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Karting ace Ollie is the King of Cadwell

West Norfolk race ace Ollie Ridout made it two King of Cadwell crowns in as many years after an excellent weekend at the picturesque Lincolnshire circuit.

After winning the 125 event last year, Ridout took to the track for the PVP powered Division 1 Superkart.

Ollie Ridout in action at Cadwell Park. (3007288)
Ollie Ridout in action at Cadwell Park. (3007288)

In qualifying, Ridout registered the fifth (second in class) fastest time (1.28.884) to start on the third row for race one - only 0.126 off first in class.

Ridout climbed up to fourth on the first lap before moving a further place up the field as the laps went by.

A mistake by Nathan Barton allowed both Tom Hatfield and Ridout to make their moves into first and second spots respectively.

Pumped by the potential of his first-ever race victory, Ridout gave chase to Hatfield in vain, when a missed breaking point at the hairpin allowed the his rival to break the tow and sail home to victory.

Ridout crossed the line first in class and second overall, setting a personal best time of 1.27.136 in the process.

In his next outing, Ridout finished third overall to secure his second class win and his second podium of the weekend.

Going into the final race, lady luck was not on Ridout’s side after a rear cylinder bearing failure ended his race on lap two at the entrance to Mansfield.

Leaving a nervous watch from the sidelines knowing that should Daniel Thompson finish the race third or higher victory was gone, Ridout watched as a gear linkage fault ended Thompson's race.

It left Ridout on 50 points and Barton (who won the class) on 45 points.

The long summer break now means no action until early September when the long trip to Anglesey awaits and the UK cup (O plate) meeting beckons.

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