Silencer drop denies Russell fourth crown

George Russell (13) FRONT in MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix weekend of August 13/14, 2011
George Russell (13) FRONT in MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix weekend of August 13/14, 2011

George Russell from Tydd St Giles was cruelly ‘silenced’ in his ambitions to claim a record fourth Kartmasters crown.

George (pictured) returned to Lincolnshire circuit PF for the 2011 edition aiming to win in the KF3 class. Unfortunately, the silencer on his exhaust fell off as the 13-year-old was poised for grand final glory.

“I got overtaken on lap three, but I wasn’t worried and I just planned to stay in the leader’s slipstream,” the Wisbech Grammar School student said.

“But then the silencer on my exhaust fell off, the result of earlier contact into the first hairpin when someone had driven into the back of me.

“I could hear it getting louder-and-louder by the lap, and suddenly it went. That was really disappointing, as I received a mechanical flag which meant I had to come into the pits and was unable to finish the race.”

Earlier, a comfortable pole position in qualifying was followed by a solid performance through the heats to secure George the outside front row grid slot for the pre-final.

Although it was hardly an advantageous place to start from at PF, he took the chequered flag by half-a-second.