West Norfolk karting youngster secures four runners-up berths
Karter Jenson Sayell, 8, secured four more runner-up places in all four events in the fourth round of the Fulbeck Sprint Series on Sunday.
Sayell, from Marshland St James, continues to impress in his IAME Cadet after taking fastest in the warm up session and second in the qualifying session.
The West Norfolk race ace was running his Synergy chassis for the second time, adjusted to fit him more accurately and now running his personalised graphics.
Starting from second in Heat One it was a close match throughout with experienced local boy Levi McGrath chased closely by Sayell.
Sayell took the fastest lap on laps three, five and seven, getting increasingly faster with a time of 52.64 on lap seven.
McGrath responded, ultimately taking the race’s fastest lap on lap eight with a time of 52.61 and crossed the line a lap later just 0.3 seconds ahead of Sayell.
Heat Two saw the youngster drop to fourth on the first corner with Harrison Bishop and Simeon Stone giving chase to leader McGrath.
Sayell passed both to regain second place but was unable to challenge McGrath, still 2.8 seconds adrift at the flag. Stone finished third.
Sayell qualified second for the all important point-scoring final alongside McGrath.
Sayell again was swamped at the start, dropping to third but quickly regained the place.
He gave chase to McGrath but despite several personal best lap times he was again unable to make up the lost time and had to settle for another very respectable second place.
Bishop came out ahead of a race long battle with Stone for third.
Sayell’s father Rob was very happy with his son’s results, saying: “Jenson is still getting used to the change of chassis and drove so well all weekend.
“Time lost regaining places at the start is making it hard to challenge McGrath but it’s early days and beating him in the warm up and shadowing him in Heat One shows he’s close to the elusive win in this series.”
Sayell’s next outing will be at Whilton Mill in Northants at the end of May when he will be joining the FastR Fourth Round to collect a fourth MSA signature for his licence.
“This will be a huge challenge for Jenson where he will have to start at the back of a very large grid as a novice.
“Our aim will be to simply finish each race but it will be excellent experience,” explained Rob.