Ronan McKenzieTwelve year old Karting Champion Ronan McKenzie has achieved his second Pole Position of the season and his third podium, finishing third after an eventful days racing at Round three of the Easykart UK Junior 100cc Championship on 22 May.

McKenzie qualified in Pole Position by over a tenth and a half at the Clay Pigeon circuit in Dorset, but due to contact in the first corner lost a couple of places. McKenzie made up a place to finish second, and from second on the grid in the Pre-Final he kept the position for the whole race.

From second on the grid McKenzie had a brilliant start in the 20-lap Final taking the lead in the first corner, but on the next corner was hit wide by the kart behind which dropped him down to eighth place. McKenzie then set about getting back to the front, overtaking karts one by one – on the final lap he set the fastest lap of the race challenging for second place, but could not complete a safe move in the remainder of the lap and had to settle for third.

“Obviously I’m really disappointed with what happened to me at the start of the Final. I had got into the lead when the contact happened, and I was the quickest kart in the race even having to make five overtakes, so I’m sure that I could have driven away to a win. But that’s racing!” Said McKenzie after the race.

McKenzie’s father, Jason added “Even though Ronan lost out on seven places after the incident at the start, he wouldn’t give up – to be honest I think it shows what a talented driver he is that he can come back from such a setback to claim a podium. His overtaking was amazing – good, clean racing, and I think most of the spectators were glued to Ronan’s comeback performance rather than those at the front that benefitted from the incident at the start.”

This latest podium still leaves Birel Easykart Driver Program member McKenzie at the top of the UK Championship leader board, but he is now tied on points with two other drivers with five rounds to go.
Birel will be inviting McKenzie to Italy for a test drive in a KF3 (Kart Formula Three) in July, which if successful will result in a part-funded drive for their Junior Motorsport team in the World Series Kart (WSK) next year, where drivers are routinely scouted by Formula One teams to take onto their youth driver programs.

The next two rounds take place on 9th & 10th July (with a race day on both Saturday and Sunday) at the Whilton Mill International circuit in Daventry, Northamptonshire – McKenzie’s local track where he has been racing since the age of eight.

Ronan McKenzie is competing in the following events in 2011:
Easykart UK Junior 100cc Championship
Easykart International European Junior 100cc Championship
Easykart International Junior 100cc World Finals
Easykart UK Junior 100cc “E” Plate Open Championship

For more information about Ronan McKenzie please visit www.ronanmckenzie.com