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Ice-cool Marshland St James cadet kart racer Sayell shines in heatwave at Fulbeck Sprint competition

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IAME cadet kart racer Jenson Sayell defied the extreme temperatures to stay among the leading lights in the Fulbeck Sprint Series after round six.

Sayell started the weekend well as he was fastest in the warm up and less than a tenth of a second off pole position in the qualifying session.

With rising temperatures, Sayell’s parents did all they could to keep the youngster cool by using ice packs in his helmet prior to each race and a fan to keep him cool.

Jenson Sayell and dad Rob.
Jenson Sayell and dad Rob.

He then found himself in a tight battle for the lead with Levi McGrath in heat one as he finished only half a second behind the winner and then took another runner-up spot in heat two.

As temperatures soared, Sayell faced his biggest challenge of the weekend in the final, as he lost many positions on the opening lap as his kart failed to withstand the hot weather but clawed his way back up the order to finish third.

Dad Rob explained: “We over-compensated for the higher temperatures in the final with tyre pressures and fuel mixture but it made it hard for Jenson to pass but, after place changes, he managed to take third on the final few corners.

“He did amazingly well in exceptional conditions – as did everyone racing in the heat.”

Sayell’s championship rival McGrath won all three events with Harrison Bishop and Sayell now tied on points as they go into the final four rounds.

The Marshland St James racer moved on to round five of the UK IKR Series at Shenington where Sayell fought fierce competition.

After running in a new engine, Sayell was second quickest in practice and went on to qualify third, just one-tenth of a second from pole position.

A chaotic start to the first heat left Sayell with a five second penalty that dropped him to 11th after a collision with the polesitter who had a slow start.

During the wet second heat, Sayell made up seven places and finished fourth and managed to pick up third in the third heat.

Mixed results in the heats saw Sayell start fifth on the grid for the final and his father Rob made some changes to the kart which gave him good pace and better handling.

Sayell moved up to third in the first corner but then got stuck behind a defending driver most of the race. He was passed once but then was pushed wide and lost two positions.

On the last corner the defending driver braked earlier than previous laps and Sayell was caught out and tapped him.

Sayell finally got by to move up to third on the last lap, however after the race, he was given a one place drop penalty due to the contact.

Rob added: “Jenson’s driving was good all weekend – unfortunately dropped nose penalties are common in the sport due to the concertina effect on a rolling start if one kart brakes harder than the rest.

“It was a great shame not to make the podium in the final, however, as Jenson was the second fastest on track.

“The defending driver races regularly at Shenington and had taken Jenson wide more than once while defending hard. Jenson did not tap him intentionally so the contact penalty seemed a bit harsh.”

Round six of the UK IKR series will be on Sayell’s nearest track at Fulbeck in two weeks where he will hope to make up some points.

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