Finlay impresses on 2023 MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix double dutyPhil
Finlay showed an impressive performance in the 2023 MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix, where he claimed two top-five finishes, driving for Fusion Motorsport in the IAME Waterswift Class and driving for Zipkart in the Rotax MiniMax 950 class.
The Grand Prix took place over three days at Trent Valley Kart Club (TVKC), with 28 drivers in the IAME Waterswift Class and 33 drivers competing in the Rotax MiniMax 950 class.
Finlay was quick in IAME Waterswift qualifying, where he went eleventh fastest ahead of the two heat races on Friday. The Fusion Motorsport driver ended Friday in sixth place after heat two.
He started heats three and four from seventeenth place on Saturday, making up a total of eleven places to end the day in sixth place, with the Pre-Final and Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Maximum Motorsport driver started and finished the Pre-Final in sixth place before he went on to finish in fifth place in the Grand Prix, his second top-five of the weekend.
Setting the twenty-second fastest time in Minimax 950 qualifying, Finlay used Friday to work his way up the order to finish the day in fourteenth place.
Saturday was a more challenging day, and he finished in fifteenth place in the Intermediate Classification before the Pre-Final and the Grand Prix itself on Sunday.
The Zipkart driver made up ten places in the Pre-Final to give himself a fifth place starting position in the Grand Prix.
Finlay was in the fight for the race win in the Grand Prix, before finishing in fifth place, just eight-tenths of a second behind the winner.
After a mammoth weekend racing in two classes, Finlay sends his thanks to both outfits he raced with: To Dan Hazelwood, Danny Taylor (Finlay’s Mechanic) & Fusion Motorsport in the IAME Class & to Earl Panagi (Finlay’s Mechanic) and the Zipkart team in the Rotax class.
Finlay is very grateful for all the support & guidance he received from both teams in the biggest Karting event in the UK.