Finlay salvages top five from opening Ultimate Karting Championship roundPhil
Finlay’s fast pace at Whilton Mill Kart Club went unrewarded as he took part in the first round of the 2023 Ultimate Karting Championship last weekend, where a top five in the Superfinal was a poor reward for his pace during the event.
The Dan Holland Racing driver started from 13th place in Heat one on Saturday, climbing seven places to finish in sixth place.
Finlays heat two performance was all the more impressive as he made 18 places to finish in fourth place at the end of the session.
Starting from second place on the grid in heat three, the Maximum Motorsport driver fought hard for the lead and finished in second place, just under four-tenths of a second behind the heat winner.
The combined score from his heat results meant that Finlay would start the Superheat in third place on the grid. Despite losing two places at the start, the Staffordshire driver fought back to claim third place at the end of the Superheat session.
Starting from second place on the grid in the Superfinal, Finlay was pushed out wide into the first turn which left him down in twelfth place at the end of the first lap and already into fightback mode as he looked to return to the front.
The Maximum Motorsport driver worked hard during the twelve-minute race where he made up seven places to cross the line in fifth place.
Despite this Finlay leaves the first round of the championship lying in third place in the points standings.
Finlay sends his thanks to his mechanic Jamie Dzyra and Dan Holland Racing for all their hard work and support over the weekend.
Finlay also sends his thanks to Neil Riddiford from IZone Driver Performance for his constant support and mentoring during these development years