Singleton seals fourth in country as 2009 Super 1 Series comes to an end

Singleton seals fourth in country as 2009 Super 1 Series comes to an end

28.09.2009: Exciting North Wales karting star James Singleton has firmly established himself as one of the leading drivers of his generation by finishing as the number four in Britain at the end of only his second season of national competition

Exciting North Wales karting star James Singleton has firmly established himself as one of the leading drivers of his generation by finishing as the number four in Britain at the end of only his second season of national competition – and now he is hoping to crown the year with title glory in Formula Kart Stars (FKS) into the bargain.

James headed to PF International buoyed by having dominated a hotly-contested club meeting at the Lincolnshire circuit only a fortnight earlier, and he wasted little time in picking up from where he had left off.

“We were hoping for a podium,” he related, “because we had proven our pace at the club meeting. I was very confident after that and we were fast all weekend again. Qualifying went pretty well, but down the straights the chassis was dragging off to the left because it had got bent the previous time out; if I put my head down I just had no control, and it was the same on the brakes – as soon as I braked it would just pull off to the left.”

Missing out on pole position by a scant four hundredths of a second to Coles Racing team-mate Sam Ward may have been frustrating, but it nonetheless left James extremely well-placed in second out of the 33 entrants, the very crème de la crème of young British talent at Mini Max level.

Unfortunately, the persistent handling woes afflicting him would remain all weekend, no matter what the 13-year-old tried to overcome them. That being the case, a hard-fought victory in the first of his heat races – after briefly putting a wheel onto the grass – and third place, barely six tenths adrift of the winner, in heat two were admirable results indeed, and left the Conwy-based ace third on the starting grid for the pre-final.

“I was quite confident going into it,” he underlined. “We had made a few changes to the kart that we hoped might solve the issues we had, but unfortunately they didn’t. I managed to follow Jack Barlow through into second at the start, but then my team-mate and Corby Gormley both caught me and we all got into a battle. We were lacking mid-range power which made it difficult to overtake – the only places I could really try were into the first hairpin or by getting a good run down the straight.”

Third again at the chequered flag – a second shy of victory as the top three sped off into a race of their own – was in the circumstances an excellent outcome, and left James with high hopes for the all-important grand final.

“It’s very important to be on the inside line at PF,” he explained, “because all the accidents get spat out to the outside. I followed Barlow through again at the start, but then I got to the first hairpin and just got launched from behind. That sent me onto the grass and meant I lost about five places.

“I had to fight my way back from there, and I had to really push to catch the front-runners again. The problem was, as soon as I was with them, because of the power difficulties we had I couldn’t get past. I was really close to third crossing the finish line – I’d had a go on the penultimate lap but he turned in on me – and I think with just a couple more laps I could have had it.”

A mere eight tenths away from the rostrum at the flag, fourth spot nevertheless enabled the Penmaenmawr speed demon to leapfrog one of his rivals to annex the same position in the final championship standings to-boot. Considerably less experienced than many of his adversaries, James admits that his results in 2009 have far exceeded his pre-season expectations, confessing that ‘if I had known I was going to do this well back at the beginning of the year, I would have been over-the-moon...’

What’s more, he still has a title shot left in FKS, the same championship that first set none other than a certain Lewis Hamilton on the fast track to future F1 glory, and one that now boasts the prestigious official patronage of both the sport’s youngest-ever world champion and its influential ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.

Ten points behind leader Barlow heading into the finale at Whilton Mill on October 3/4, a double-header format means a maximum score is on offer as the pair, along with Harry Crawley, prepare to duel it out for the honour of following in Hamilton’s wheeltracks. With little to choose between the trio, confidence could just make the crucial difference – and having expertly triumphed last time out at Genk in Belgium as his rivals struggled, it will be James who heads to the Northants circuit in the most bullish of spirits, and very much up for the fight.

“Whilton Mill is definitely one of my favourite tracks,” enthused the Ysgol Aberconwy pupil. “It’s very bumpy, very technical and twisty and it can easily catch you out on the gearing – you really need to be pulled up the hill. We’ve had some good results round there in the past, especially in Super 1 at the beginning of this year, qualifying second and winning both heats.

“Now I just want to win the FKS championship. We will play things as safe as we need to, but if a win is on offer too then we’ll certainly take it.”

- RA -  photo Chris Walker


28.09.2009 / MaP

More News

Intrepid Force Rotax - Four points from a podium and a Euro most challenging
The fourth and final round of the international Rotax championship that’s regarded by many as the most competitive series in its class worldwide, proved to be a competition to be reckoned with for the Intrepid Force Rotax drivers who travelled to the French Sologne Karting circu more >>
Wavertree triumphs in Super 1 finale
Lydd-based Wavertree Motorsport is celebrating a victorious conclusion to the British Super 1 championship, after its drivers won the Mini and Junior Max finals at PFi last Sunday (20 September).Jack Barlow more >>
Les 3 et 4 octobre dans les installations de l’Eupener Karting…
Les Total 24 Hours In-Out vont faire le plein de vedettes ! Installé en plein cœur d’Eupen, à proximité immédiate de la sortie sur l’autoroute Liège-Aachen, l’Eupener Karting tourne à plein more >>
Decise round in Spain in the WSK final rush
The payoff – as for the mathematics counts, to be exact – is the subject for the upcoming WSK meeting. Next weekend, from September 24 th to 27 th , the Spanish circuit in Zuera will host a round ever so crucial in this 2009 late season. In a very openended championship situation, KZ2 (at the concluding round) will find for sure its champion in Spain. In all other classe more >>
David Da Luz after a thrilling finish at Alcaniz
At the end of a totally crazy and action-packed final, the Portuguese David Da Luz landed the CIK-FIA World Cup for KF2 at Alcaniz. Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Australia’s Mitchell Gilbert accompanied him on quite an unexpected podium, to say the least. For its first major international meeting, the Alcañiz Motorland complex got more than its fair share! The final more >>
Jack Barlow at the double
Mini Max star scores twin wins in British championship finale Jack Barlow’s roller coaster season delivered another white-knuckle ride at the concluding round of the British Super 1 champ more >>
Russ Danzey aims to give Neurocare a head-start with charity karting day
Exciting young South Yorkshire karting star Russ Danzey is putting his on-track skills towards a good cause, by organising a special event to combine fun with fundraising and raise money for a local neurological charity. more >>
Ed Brand is best of British
Second place was enough to give Ed Brand his first British karting title at the PFi circuit in Lincolnshire last Sunday (20 September).The Coles Racing driver had gone into the British Super 1 series’ Ju more >>
KSM Motorsport feiert drei Siege in Kerpen
Michael Schumacher in Action     Ein Heimspiel hatte die Mannschaft von KSM Motorsport am vergangenen Wochenende (19./20.09.09) auf dem Erftlandring in Kerpen. Insgesamt sechs Piloten schickte der Bergheimer Rennstall zum Finale d more >>
David Da Luz au bout du suspense
Au terme d’une finale complètement folle avec de nombreux rebondissements, le Portugais David Da Luz a remporté à Alcaniz la Coupe du Monde KF2. Le Belge Stoffel Vandoorne et l’Australien Mitchell Gilbert l’ont accompagné sur un podium pour le moins inattendu. more >>
Gutsy King doggedly defends his chances of clinching runner-up laurels
Warwickshire karting star Jordan King produced arguably the most impressive defensive drive in recent memory in the latest round of the national Super 1 Series at Larkhall in Scotland – as he battled against a distinct lack of power and grittily bade to keep alive his hopes of finishing as runner-up in the 2009 title chase. more >>
Johnson belies lack of experience for breakthrough British podium
Young Walsall karting star Roy Johnson might admit to having endured a tough learning year in the KF3 class in 2009 – but a maiden rostrum finish in the hotly-contested Super 1 Series at Larkhall in Scotland last time out sig more >>
‘Outsider’ Bowyer gives rivals food for thought with best S1 showing of season
Exciting Peterborough karting star Callum Bowyer enjoyed his best results of the year in his latest outing in the national Super 1 Series at Larkhall in Scotland – grabbing his breakthrough victory at KF3 level despite being put at something of an ‘outside’ disadvantage weekend-long. more >>
Meilleur chrono pour Maisano
Le Français Brandon Maisano a signé le meilleurs temps des essais qualificatifs de la Coupe du Monde KF2 qui se déroule ce week-end sur la piste espagnole d’Alcaniz. Il abordera donc en position idéale les manches qualificatives qui détermineront les 34 finalistes. more >>
On-board cameras: conclusive experience at the CIK-FIA Karting World Cup
The major innovation introduced by the CIK-FIA at Sarno (Italy) produced encouraging results regarding race control. The miniature on-board cameras systematically mounted on all the Junior karts of the KF3 category, in all their heats and finals, enabled the officials of the race to observe the drivers’ actions on the track more efficiently. But they particularly seem to have resulted in more >>
Le Karting Club Lëtzebuerg présente son PROJET pour la KART WINTERCUP 2009/2010
Programme (3 épreuves) :Manche 1-3 = SPRINT à Lommerange le 14 et 15 Novembre 2009Manche 4-6 = SPRINT à Lommerange le 28 et 29 Novembre 2009Manche 7-9 = CHRONO CHALLENGE à Mondercange le 6 Mars 2010Catégories :Mini-kart   Micro-Max   Minimes   Cadets  more >>
Strawberry Racing storms to double Euro Max titles
Webster and Varley crowned in FranceStrawberry Racing is celebrating a unique double after lifting the Junior and Senior Euro Max crowns at Salbris last weekend (12/13 September).In the senior category, Joseph Reilly led team-mate Luke Varley across the line in the final round of the Euro Max championship - but it was the latter who triumphed overall. Jo more >>
MSA British Kart Championships for KF1 & KF3 and ABkC National Championships for Cadet & KF2
Super One MSA Series Round 6 (incorporating the MSA British Kart Championships): Larkhall, Scotland 12 – 13 September 2009Congratulations to Alexander Albon and Alex Gill, who have provisionally won this year’s MSA Junior British Kart Championship and the ABkC National Cadet titles respectively, with a round to spare.  The penultimate round was held at the Scottish more >>
Ed Brand is European Junior Max vice-Champion!
Ed Brand showed genuine star quality with a brilliant performance in the final round of the Euro Max kart championship in France last weekend (12/13 September)The HRS Motorsport driver had headed to Salbri more >>
Harry Crawley aiming to put ‘the icing on the cake’ in Super 1 finale
Exciting young Dartford karting star Harry Crawley has admitted that he will be going all-out for glory in the 2009 Super 1 Series finale at PF International later this month – as he bids to overcome the odds and achieve a result that he acknowledges would be ‘the icing on the cake’ of what has undeniably been a superb season. more >>
Pedal to the medal – Easykart title battles conclude this weekend
Easykart, Round 8, 19/20 September, Ellough Suffolk is nothing like the KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, but don’t let that put you off. This coming weekend (19/20 September), Ellough Park will stage the final round of the Easykart Championship and will more >>
Foster-Jones races into title contention
Robert Foster-Jones was in unbeatable form in last weekend’s [12/13 September] penultimate round of the British Super 1 Championship and has set up a thrilling title-decider. The RFM driver was in electrifying more >>
Davide Forè - Fast But Unlucky
When he joined the official CRG Team, Davide Forè started the 2009 season with a lot of hopes and, as usual, a strong willingness to give the best of himself. Unfortunately, the five-time World Champion has not conquered the foreseen victory despite his usual fantastic speed. The same has happened at the World Cup for KZ1, when a podium was within the Italian driver’s reach. more >>
Norman Nato confirme à la Coupe du Monde
Championnat de France, Championnat d’Europe et cette fois Coupe du Monde, Norman Nato répond décidément présent à chaque grand rendez-vous, en évoluant constamment aux avant-postes au pl more >>
Singleton revs up for end-of-season flourish with ‘Super 1 standard’ success
Exciting young North Wales karting star James Singleton sent out a warning shot to his rivals that he will be hard to beat indeed in the final round of the national Super 1 Series – by warming up for the event with a brace of eye-catching performances that included a peerless victory. more >>
Jack Hawksworth best of British as he beats F1 star in Karting World Cup
Jack Hawksworth proved himself as the best in his country and one of the best in the world in the fiercely-contested CIK-FIA KZ1 Karting World Cup at Sarno – beating a Formula 1 star in the process as only cruel ill-fortune prevented the young Bradford ace from finishing inside the final top ten.Jack travelled to the southern Italian circuit near Naples knowing it was his gold more >>
CRG-MAXTER: A winning combination in Sarno
Three victories in a row in the World Cup for KZ1: an extraordinary result for the CRG Team, as thrice Belgian champion Jonathan Thonon confessed. "It is great to work with such a competent team and to drive this incredibly performing equipment". On 5 and 6 September, on the more >>
2009 Macau International Kart Grand Prix - Provisional programme
October 7-11, 2009        Wednesday, October 7, 20098:00    8:20    AKOC - CADET 60CC + Mini ROK - FREE PRACTICE8:25    8:45    AKOC - ROK JR / ROTAX MAX JR / FORMULA 125 JR OPEN - FREE PRACTICE8:50    9:10    AKOC - ROK SR more >>
Macau to host 2009 CIK-FIA Karting World Championship
Historic Sporting First for Macau SAR   For the first time in its history, the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship will be held in Asia this year, with the Macau SAR set to host the event from October 8 – 11th. more >>
Troisième Coupe du Monde pour Thonon - Première pour Niceta
Pratiquement au pied du Vésuve, la Coupe du Monde KZ1 (karts à boîte de vitesses) a offert un superbe spectacle sur le circuit international de Sarno-Napoli. Au terme d’un week-end passionnant, le Belge Jonathan Thonon a remporté un troisième titr more >>
Coupes du Monde Karting KZ1 et KF3 Jour J-1
Désignant les finalistes des Coupes du Monde KZ1 (karts à boîte de vitesses) et KF3 (Juniors de 13 à 15 ans), les manches qualificatives qui ont débuté ce samedi à Sarno permettent déjà de tirer quelques ensei more >>
La pluie brouille les cartes à Sarno
Jérémy Iglésias a signé le meilleur temps des essais qualificatifs de la Coupe du Monde de Karting KZ1 (karts à boîte de vitesses) qui se déroule ce week-end à Sarno. Le Français a devancé le double tenant du titre, Jonat more >>
Callum Bowyer: If we just had some luck we’d be invincible...
Not for the first time this year, Callum Bowyer was left ruing his ill-fortune at the end of his latest karting outing at Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland, where he proved to be comfortably one of the quickest drivers on the track, only to once again see his challenge stymied by sheer bad luck. more >>
Jack Hawksworth ready to take on F1 stars and ‘save his season’
West Yorkshire’s brightest budding Formula 1 prospect Jack Hawksworth will have the opportunity to take on two of his racing heroes this weekend – as he pits his driving skills against a couple of members of the current grand prix grid and bids to lift the fiercely-contested KZ1 World Cup crown. more >>
Two World Cups to grasp at Sarno !
Within the space of six weeks, the CIK-FIA is about to hold three events of world dimensions, with successively the World Cups for the KZ1 and KF3 categories, then the World Cup for KF2 scheduled in Spain (20 September) and, finally, the World Championship, to be organised at Macau (11 October). more >>
Singleton learns a lesson as he conquers Rotax Cup rostrum
Welsh karting hot-shot James Singleton had to work hard indeed for his latest podium finish in the fiercely-disputed Rotax Cup at Three Sisters near Wigan – but he firmly believes the experience will stand him in goo more >>
Nyck De Vries - A Fully-Deserved German Title
ADAC Kart Masters: „Finale furioso“ in Kerpen
Gastpilot Michael Schumacher begeistert die Fans mit SiegLukas Wenig (Bambini A), David Beckmann (Bambini B), Marvin Kirchhöfer (KF3), Marcel Schwabe (KF2) und Roland Ecker (KZ2) heißen die Meister des Jahres 2009. Sie s more >>
Abgeräumt! KSM Motorsport dominiert Finale zum ADAC Kart Masters
Eine absolut dominante Vorstellung lieferte KSM Motorsport am vergangenen Wochenende (29./30.08.2009) beim Saisonfinale des ADAC Kart Masters ab. Die KSM-Piloten – unter ihnen diesmal auch Teamchef Michael Schumacher in der KZ2 – sorgten am Abend für drei Siege, eine more >>


2001-2023 full copyright