William Powell are proud sponsors of the William Powell racing team, bringing our brand to motorsport and supporting young racing talent on their journey to Formula One. The team is managed by kart racing veteran Andrew Rees-Reynolds who consolidates William Powell and our desire to support young people with drive and ambition.
The Formula Kart Starts (FKS) karting Championship supported by Formula One Management kicked off at Whilton Mill, Daventry on the 2nd & 3rd May 2015. On the Saturday and Sunday our drivers raced in the first and second rounds of the FKS Championship, which was filmed for Sky Sports and presented by leading sports presenter Nicki Shields.
Our six drivers competed across the Cadet, Super Cadet and Junior classes and William Powell Racing relished a fantastic first two rounds with podium finishes in the finals on both days for the juniors.
Ben Cochran (#88 Cadet), Tyler Read (#22 Super Cadet) and our juniors Cameron Boedler (#43), Tom Douglas (#28), Ethan Hawkey (#40) and Dean McDonald (#51) all delivered an outstanding performance with great skill.
In Saturday’s qualifying race, Dean McDonald put the team in the top three of the junior class in round one. Cadet driver Ben Cochran performed brilliantly in race two, only just missing out on a top three finish coming down to the wire of two tenths of a second! Dean and Ethan raced their way to another top three finish in the third race with Ethan earning a podium finish in the final.
The second rounds went ahead on the Sunday. Dean qualified in a great time equivalent to the pole position time, leading to a win in the first race. Junior driver Cameron Boedler joined Ethan and Dean in the top three to go from strength to strength.
Cadet driver Ben Cochran demonstrated how quickly he was adapting to the FKS kart, stepping up his performance from round one with a top three qualifying time. The race to watch was the final with Dean taking the win and Ethan joining him on the podium!
Christine Osborne of William Powell, sponsors of William Powell Racing, commented: “To see such commitment, determination and talent among these young people was both exciting and inspiring. It was wonderful to see how our drivers turned their desire to win into these incredible results. Supporting such talented and hardworking young people, chasing their dream of being the formula one stars of the future, is exactly why we got behind them in the Formula Kart Stars series. I am delighted with the performance of our drivers and William Powell are proud to be supporting them.”
Andrew Rees-Reynolds, Team Principal, commented: “We went looking for some of the best and most entertaining drivers to represent the William Powell brand and this first race weekend showed that we found them. Each has their own driving style, personality and motivation. What this weekend shows is that what they all have in common is no shortage of talent!”
The Championship now heads to the home of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone over the 4th, 5th and 6th June for Rounds 3 & 4.
Great photos by Stu Stretton, thank you.