Karting king Sayell continues his winning form

Marshland St James’ kart racer Jenson Sayell continued his winning form at the sixth round of the Hunts Kart Racing Club championship at the weekend with three more wins, including the final.

Saturday practice took place in very mixed conditions from heavy rain to hot sunshine giving the team the opportunity to try both wets and dry set up.

It was the first use of the new synergy chassis in the wet which went well.

Jenson Sayell on the podium with Charlie Page next to him.
Jenson Sayell on the podium with Charlie Page next to him.

Grids were randomly drawn for the Heats on Sunday.

For the opening heat, Sayell started on pole and was 7.7 seconds ahead when he spun on lap six, losing six seconds, he was able to rejoin still in lead and pulled out a 3.2 second lead by the flag on lap 10.

He also took the fastest lap on the final lap with 48.22 in greasy conditions.

Sayell started fifth for Heat two, moving up to third on lap two and into the lead a lap later.

He had a straightforward race from there with 2.78s lead at flag – again taking fastest lap with a time of 48.11.

Sayell started third for Heat three taking the lead on lap two and pulled steadily away for a third win.

But events took an unexpected turn when the clutch failed post race scrutineering with too much wear and Sayell was disqualified from the race results.

With a new clutch fitted for the final but no points from his third outing, Sayell started fifth on the grid for the final.

After a hectic start Sayell was caught up in a three-kart wide corner collision on lap one putting him even further behind.

Sayell was then on a mission moving up to third on lap three but was still almost two seconds adrift from the leaders.

Page took the lead on lap four with Sayell joining him in second two laps later but still with a gap to close.

Sayell closed it down and regained the lead on lap eight with the lead pair pulling away from the pack crossing the chequered flag some seven seconds ahead.

Team mechanic and dad Rob was pleased to see Jenson take the win after disappointment in heat 3, saying: “We are very particular with kart preparation.

“We have never failed a post race check before, the wear on the clutch put it under by 0.16mm, around the thickness of a piece of paper but it didn’t meet the rule. I will monitor it in future.

“The 36 lost points will affect our championship bid when dropped rounds come into play however Jenson drove really well all day and handled the disappointment well. He is in great form this season.”

Sayell moves on to Whilton Mill at the beginning of August for rounds nine and tenof the Super One Series – it’s a circuit Jenson has rarely raced on so the team plan a test day before hand.

The Round 10 Purgo Super One Series will be covered live on You Tube.

Sayell thanks his many supporters for their encouragement, the Lynn News for excellent coverage and in particular his sponsors HD Installations, William Bowles, Christopher Phillips – Superstox 99 and J T Racing, Gear Up Racing – Jason Livings and Force Motorsport.