KARTING: Brilliant drive but Lucas beaten by hair’s breadth

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Kart racing team CCL racing from Grimsby had another strong result at PFI international karting circuit.

Another huge entry of over 200 plus drivers from all parts of the UK meant that there would be a full grid of around 32 drivers in each class for the main A – final races.

Local racer 12-year-old Lucas Vaus gave another strong performance for the team in the 125cc Minimax Rotax. Vaus had three strong results in the qualifying heats to put his Tonykart on pole position for the main 15 minute A final.

The top six drivers eased away from the main pack to build a lead of around seven seconds, during the closing stages of the race the lead changes place several times with less than 1.1 sec splitting the top six drivers.

On the penultimate lap Vaus took the lead from Birmingham’s Eddie Hack with two of the six drivers crashing out of contention on the second hairpin, Vaus and Hack then battled till the chequered flag both hitting the finish line side by side. After several minutes and reviewing the Tag Heaur timing system data, Hack was awarded the win by a mere 100 hundredth of a second with Vaus taking the runner up spot.

Afterwards bitterly disappointed Vaus said: “I thought I had the win in the bag as I had done all the hard work, the last four laps were very intense and terrific close racing.”

All the team are back in action in the Anglian cup in Huntingdon in early June in preparation to competing in round three of the British Super 1 karting championship at the end of June at PFI.