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MSA Super 1 Series

MSA Super 1 Series
2 - Shenington - 30th April 2006

Formula A
Lichfield and Parrott move up at Shenington

Jason Parrott

Reigning Renault Formula A Super One karting champion Mark Litchfield’s hopes of winning his third championship in a row are back on track after an eventful meeting at Shenington on Sunday 30th April. A win and fourth place in the two championship qualifying finals at the Oxfordshire kart circuit left Litchfield (Heage, Derbyshire) at the top of the points table.

Going up the leaderboard with Litchfield were Jason Parrott (Peterborough), who scored an impressive victory in the second final, and Jamie Croxford (Wotton Fields, Northants).

Parrott was delighted with his victory and the new found performance of his kart after a frustrating lack of pace in the opening rounds at Three Sisters in March. He found form at Shenington after switching to a different engine on Friday, emerging from the two heats with pole position for the first final. A 15th place finish in his first heat – thanks to a first lap incident – meant Litchfield started the first final in seventh place, but he worked his way up through the field without delay, passing Parrott by end of the fifth lap.

After losing his lead, Parrott fell into the clutches of the following pack of Gary Catt (Sheffield), Chris Brown (Broxbourne, Herts) and Jamie Croxford. Contact with one of his rivals pushed Parrott off the circuit, dropping him to sixth place, but he set about recovering immediately, his engine improving as the race continued.

Meanwhile Litchfield was not left untroubled in the lead, with both Catt and Brown snatching the lead from the two-times champion. Parrott capitalised on the battles ahead and rapidly returned to the head of the field, taking his turn to take the lead from Litchfield. Parrott couldn’t stay ahead, though, and despite a late attempt couldn’t wrestle the lead from Litchfield.

When the second final started, Parrott made the move stick, taking the lead from Litchfield on the first lap and dominating the race until the chequered flag. Behind him at least four runners went off at the hairpin, ending the race for Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield), who arrived at Shenington as championship leader.

Christodoulou topped the tables in official qualifying, but was hampered when his engine seized near the end of the first heat. On the Thursday before the race weekend Riki enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour with Renault F1 Team as a reward for leading the Formula A championship after the first two rounds. But by Sunday evening, his lead had gone.

Behind Parrott, Jamie Croxford took second place at the end of the second final, moving up from ninth on the grid and earning a promotion to third place in the championship. Michael Ryall (Plaistow, London) was third in the second final.

Renault Formula A Championship provisional points: 1st – Mark Litchfield 190pts; 2nd – Jason Parrott 183pts; 3rd – Jamie Croxford 171pts; 4th – Gary Catt 164pts; 5th – Riki Christodoulou 163pts; 6th Patrick McKenna 161pts.

Formula ICA
Cooper comes back for first ICA win

Jonny Walker

Young karters Jonathan Walker (Dinkley, Blackburn) and Ben Cooper (Gravesend) emerged as talents to watch in the Renault Formula ICA championship on Sunday (30th April). Both took race wins in points-scoring finals at Shenington, near Banbury in Oxfordshire, with Cooper taking fourth place in the national championship and Walker moving to sixth in the standings.

Qualifying third for the first points scoring final, Walker took the lead on the opening lap, but was challenged hard by Matt Truelove (Lincoln), who led the race twice before dropping to third place. Cooper, meanwhile, drove a storming first final to finish in sixth place. He started a lowly 21st on the grid after accident damage to his kart in the second qualifying heat disqualified him from the result.

In the second final, Cooper rocketed from sixth to second on the first lap, before taking the lead two laps later and holding first place until the end of the race. Cooper said: “Once I got into the lead I didn’t want to get overtaken. My kart was going very well, it got better and better in the finals. This is my first Super One win and I was getting a bit nervous towards the end of the race. I’m delighted, the standard of drivers is very high in ICA, it’s great to be able to do well against them.”

It was Ollie Millroy (Claygate, Surrey) who asserted a clear lead in the Renault Formula ICA championship coming second in both finals. He came to Shenington tied for points with Lee Bell (High Wycombe) and Jason Edgar (Cleator, Cumbria). In his first final, Millroy climbed from eighth on the grid to finish second, and in the next race he held onto second place, his consistency rewarded with the ICA championship lead.

Renault Formula ICA Championship provisional points: 1st – Ollie Millroy 192pts; 2nd – Matt Truelove 177pts; 3rd – Lee Bell 165pts; 4th Ben Cooper 159pts; 5th – Jason Edgar 156pts; 6th – Jonathan Walker 153pts.

Formula JICA
Chamberlain takes Shenington victory

Jordan Chamberlain

Jordan Chamberlain (Newport, Gwent) strung together a commanding run of race wins in the Renault Formula JICA kart championship at Shenington on Sunday (30th April). The 13-year-old won all his qualifying heats and both races counting towards the Renault-backed B4 British Championship.

The dominant display left him leading the series after four races at two venues, with the Oxfordshire circuit suiting him particularly well. “I was hoping for a win,” said Jordan. “I know the track quite well, the kart handled really well and the engine liked the track.”

The only hiccough came at the start of the second final when his kart had to be restarted on the dummy grid and Chamberlain couldn’t catch up the pack to claim his pole position during the rolling up laps before the start. Fortunately, the pack was red-flagged before the race got under way, giving him a second chance to start in first place.

Oliver Rowland (Penistone, Yorkshire) had a difficult first final, starting in seventh place and losing two places by the chequered flag. He made up for this in the second final, steadily working his way up through the field to eventually finish in second place. On the way he got the better of a gripping battle between Jack Harvey (Lincoln), Gary Thompson (Co Dublin) and Tom Grice (Hockley, Essex).

Behind Chamberlain and Rowland, Richard Bradley (Blackheath, London) is third in the Renault Formula ICA Championship. He drove from 11th on the grid in the first final to finish fifth, but dropped a place in the second final, finishing sixth.

Renault Formula JICA Championship provisional points: 1st – Jordan Chamberlain 194pts; 2nd – Oliver Rowland 187pts; 3rd Richard Bradley 174pts; 4th - Gary Thompson 168pts; 5th – Scott Jenkins 167pts; 6th – Jack Harvey 164pts.

Full Race Results from Round 2...

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker -

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