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Victorious end for Roydon driver Oliver

Roydon karting ace Oliver Ridout enjoyed a victorious end to the Club Championship in his penultimate action of the season.

The West Norfolk driver secured two class successes and two overall podium places at the picturesque circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire.

A tough practice day saw Ridout arrive with very little track time due to mechanical gremlins and he found himself placed sixth on the third row of the 38-strong grid for his opening outing.

Ollie Ridout 1. (4595708)
Ollie Ridout 1. (4595708)

An amazing start in this opening outing saw Ridout take the lead into Old Hall, leading on the road for the first time in a Superkart race.

His lead was shortlived, though, after missing a gear on the run down to Cascade and he dropped back to fourth on the long run to Shell Oil Hairpin.

Soon settling back into a rhythm the lap times began to tumble and his climb back up the order began.

After passing the leading 450 kart of Johnson on the straight, it was a case of gap management to the chasing pack as the overall race winner had made good his escape.

Ridout finished second overall on the road but first in class.

Starting from the front row in race two, Ridout briefly led for a second time before Johnson swept around his outside.

After running slightly wide, Ridout dropped back more places down to fifth before another strong recovery saw him work his way back up the field again.

Tyre wear became an issue and the class victory was more important than the road position to Ollie at this point.

A sensible drive for the remaining laps saw Ridout hold onto third, despite a late challenge from Ben Parkinson, to take his second class victory.

After the race, Ridout, who was due to race at Darley Moor, in Derbyshire, for the closing meeting of the year at the weekend, said: “I could have pushed harder to hold second place on the road, but felt it too risky with the tyres going off on the high speed corners.

“I backed off and came away very happy with the day's results.”

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