Kiern Jewiss increases Karting Championship lead despite new rule on defensive driving
LONDON, 12 May 2015 – The talented young racer performed very well in qualifying in Round 2 of the British Karting Championship at Shenington, Oxfordshire this weekend. He qualified P2 but following a technical infringement by his teammate was promoted to pole for the heats.
A new rule was issued for this round in an attempt to increase overtaking: drivers are only allowed to defend on the final lap, anyone found defending before that would be given a grid penalty or a time penalty.
On the penultimate lap of final 1, P2 made a lunge for first leaving Kiern defenseless. He defended off 10 karts for the lead and came home in P2 with a solid set of points to increase his championship lead.
Although he led 14 of the 16-lap race in final 2, Kiern was pushed back by 3 karts for the last few laps leaving him in 8th, but in the final two laps he fought his way back up into 5th.
After the race there was an investigation into another competitor’s driving standards leaving them to be penalised with a 5-place grid penalty, moving Kiern up to 4th.
On extending his lead, Kiern Jewiss said: “It was a tough weekend trying to get the new defending rule to work in our favour, sadly I wasn’t able to capitalise on this and get the results our pace deserved. However, it’s good to still be leading the championship and continue to increase the gap to my nearest rivals.
“I have to learn from the mistakes that were made in the races and now put 100% focus into my European campaign at Casteletto. A massive thank you to Strawberry racing, Cream engines and my mechanic Tom Fawcett who did a sterling job as always.”
Kiern increased the gap to his nearest rivals, increasing his lead in the championship to 32 points.
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