DUBAI SCHOOLBOY TAKES MINI MAX CROWN AT UK KARTMASTERS GRAND PRIX
Dubai, UAE, 29 August 2017: At eleven year old, Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) student Jamie Day became the youngest Mini Max class winner at the 2017 Motor Sports Association (MSA) Kartmasters Grand Prix in the UK on 6 August, as well as being the first driver holding a UAE license to win at the competition.
Over 260 drivers competed in nine different classes at the 22nd running of the event, hosted on the 1.382 kilometre PF International Kart Circuit in Brandon, England and organised by the Trent Valley Kart Club. The famous event attracts top karters from around the globe and past winners have included renowned drivers such as three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Day, who drives for Energy Dubai and recognizes Dubai Kartdrome is his home track, pulled double duty on the weekend in the UK, challenging both the Vortex OK Junior and the Rotax Mini Max categories for KR-Sport.
He started fifth on the grid for the final OK Junior round and managed to move up one position during the race to fourth, just missing out on the winner’s podium. Jamie made up for the shortfall with a sensational run in Mini Max.
Following four heats and a pre-final, Day managed to put his kart second on the grid for the final Mini Max race. After the lights went out he passed the frontrunner and managed to hold on for win, crossing the line just 0.08 seconds ahead of Kai Hunter.
The two-time UAE karting champion has been training hard at Dubai Kartdrome and also at European circuits this season to fulfil his racing ambitions. Day will spend eight of twelve weeks of his summer holiday this year racing overseas.
He reflected, “It has been tough being away from my family so much, but I feel it is what I need to do in order to achieve my goals. I have raced in some high level competitions this year, all under the UAE flag, and have picked up a number of trophies and fastest laps.”
Day enjoyed the moment, but he has already his sights set on the future. He said, “The Kartmasters Grand Prix, at present, is my best achievement but I still have the rest of the British Championship, OKJ Worlds and Rotax World Final to go this year.”
Photos: Chris Walker www.kartpix.net