The William Powell Racing team enjoyed a sunny weekend of competition in the Formula Kart Stars (FKS) series at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, from the 4th to 6th June 2015.
We are proud sponsors of five talented young drivers, on their journey to Formula 1, who collected an impressive set of results throughout the weekend. Held on the Stowe circuit against the backdrop of International GT racing on the main GP circuit, rounds 3 & 4 of Formula Kart Stars was nothing short of action packed.
The Stowe circuit at Silverstone is normally reserved for high-performance cars. On this weekend the circuit saw our five drivers compete in high-performance FKS racing karts reaching speeds of up to 80 mph. Both rounds comprised a qualifying session, three heats and a final. Ben Cochran (#88 Cadet) and our juniors Cameron Boedler (#43), Tom Douglas (#28), Ethan Hawkey (#40) and Dean McDonald (#51) all drove with outstanding performances.
The team ready for action!
Averaging approximately 70 mph around the whole circuit and running at full throttle over 90% of the time at very high revs, the Formula Kart Stars machinery was placed under a huge load. Just like in Formula 1, our drivers had to learn how to deal with mechanical issues and fast wearing tyres. All rose above these challenges with incredible maturity to extract some superb results.
Round 3 was held on Saturday with Dean McDonald taking pole position in qualifying and Ethan Hawkey close behind and 3rd fastest of the juniors. Cadet Ben Cochran delivered a sterling performance all day competing with far more experienced drivers and finished the day among the prize winners in 5th.
Dean and Ethan traded wins during the heats while Cameron collected fastest lap in heat 1. Ethan’s run of results came to an end as an engine problem forced his retirement from the final. Tom showed great pace all weekend and some impressive overtakes. On a frantic start, Dean was pushed wide and back down to fifth to begin with, He charged his way back through the field again to claim 2nd, putting the team on the podium yet again!
Cameron Boedler (#43)
Sunday was host to Round 4, again with qualifying, three heats and a final. Ben Cochran achieved one of his best performances yet, finishing 3rd in heat 3. This placed him 3rd on the starting grid for the final. During the race, his carburetor failed and Ben’s engine was down on power. The determination of this young man shined as he refused to give up bringing the kart all the way to the finish holding off two other karts that still had full power.
Ben Cochran (#88 Cadet)
In the juniors, Cameron Boedler had to miss heat 3 due to a leaking radiator, placing him at the back of the grid on the final. Storming through the field, he delivered overtake after overtake to gain 6 places! Mayhem through the first corner sent both Ethan and Dean backwards. Ethan was on a charge only for his machinery to retire him from the race yet again. Dean continued, catching the pack ahead then delivering some impressive passes to finish on the podium once again!
Dean McDonald (#51)
Andrew Rees-Reynolds, Team Principal, commented: “This is probably one of the toughest tracks on the calendar as far as mechanical-load is concerned. The Stowe circuit placed the FKS machinery under immense strain for extended periods. I was very impressed with how few issues there were! For the team to come away with such fantastic results this weekend, in light of the tyre-wear and mechanical challenges, was impressive all round.”
Mark Osborne of William Powell, sponsors of William Powell Racing, commented: “When you see the skill these young people employ on such a fast track, you understand why karting is where the top, professional drivers in Motorsport begin their journey. It takes more than just talent to drive that well. It takes hard-work and commitment. That commitment is a trait that our young drivers have in abundance! Even when faced with mechanical problems everyone persevered and with the pole positions and podiums achieved, this perseverance paid off.”
Interview with Mr and Mrs Osborne, owners of William Powell.
The next two rounds of the championship will be held in Northern Ireland at Nutts Corner Circuit over four days from 23rd to 26th July 2015.