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King's Lynn karting ace edges closer to championship glory

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Bambino kart racer Jenson Sayell, 8, edged closer to glory in the Fulbeck IKR Series at the Lincolnshire track with two wins at the weekend.

Sayell’s double success sees him close the gap to just four points behind Maximilian Abrahart going into the final round next month.

He was fastest in both dry practice sessions on Saturday with a best time of 1.02.84 but Sunday’s wet weather brought about some very challenging driving conditions.

Jenson Sayell crossing the finishing line. Picture: Josh East. (52457558)
Jenson Sayell crossing the finishing line. Picture: Josh East. (52457558)

Championship rival Abrahart qualified fastest by 0.73 of a second to start on pole for heat one and ultimately took the win in a very wet race.

Sayell stayed in contention but lacked grip and was unable to challenge for the lead.

The rain had stopped for heat two but the track was still damp and very greasy.

Abrahart started on pole but Sayell made an excellent start and quickly pulled clear to win by six seconds.

Sayell also took the fastest lap with a time of 1.05.33, averaging 30.4 mph, but Abrahart started on pole for the final, taking priority having won heat one.

Sayell and Abrahart battled for the lead on lap one, the two going into a corner side by side half a lap into the race with the West Norfolk youngster edging ahead when Abrahart spun and dropped to sixth place.

Sayell was able to consolidate the lead over the next eight laps to take the flag and fastest lap (1.03.68), some 25 seconds clear of Alfie Mair in second with Theo Poyzer third.

“I am so proud of Jenson’s mature driving this weekend in all the very challenging conditions.” commented father Rob.

“Both Tornado engines were on song and once we got the set-up right the kart handled brilliantly. Jenson was smooth and in control when it would have been so easy to spin.”

The team’s next outing is at Woodthorpe where Sayell will compete in the penultimate round of their 2021 championship and O plate Final.

“I’d like to thank Tornado Engines for their continued support and interest and my dad Harry, Jenson’s grandad, and of course Jenson’s mum Trudy for their support all year,” added Rob, himself a former oval and circuit champion.

More information on third generation racer Sayell is available on Facebook under Jenson Sayell Motorsport

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