Rounds 2 and 3 of the Ultimate Karting Championship saw STF Racing, sponsored by ATN Partnership, rack up nearly 1,100 miles as they headed to the North West of England, before karting (pun intended) over to Wales for the first time during the 2022 season.
Round 2 was held at the Warden Law Motorsports Centre in Sunderland over the weekend of 16 April.
Kristian had a strong weekend, posting consistent results throughout the three heats, before eventually finishing P3 in qualifying for the Super Final.
The Super Final saw him slip a place to finish P4 overall.
Martin Stefanov, STF Racing team owner said:
“Warden Law is a great track, a unique atmosphere, and Kristian was simply strong and consistent all weekend. We got up to P3 in qualifying so we were a little disappointed to drop to P4 in the final, but overall a really great result for the championship”.
Thrills and, well... crashes!!!!!
The 3rd round, at the GYG track in Snowdonia, North Wales, however, proved more troublesome for the team with small accidents plaguing the qualifying rounds, before a big shunt from behind sent Kristian spinning to last place during the final qualifying session.
Kristian constructed brilliant last few laps, showing real race craft, to climb back up the order and qualify for the Super Final in P10, an unfamiliar grid position given this season's performances.
The Super Final saw him put in a blazing 16 laps and make up an unbelievable 5 places, with his fastest lap being less than 1/100th of a second off that of the pacesetter, to finish P5.
When asked about the rear-end collision that sent him into a 360-degree spin Kristian, 11, said:
“It’s racing, it happens, no one was hurt. I was probably pushing too hard in the first three heats if I’m being honest, and I guess the boy behind me was doing the same in qualifying”.
“We lost points this weekend but no one was hurt. It’s always frustrating when a collision happens, especially when it’s avoidable and hurts your driver, but that’s sort of the game we play”.
With the two rounds complete, Kristian and STF Racing now sit in 4th position in the overall championship, just 6 points behind the bronze medal position.
The next rounds are in Cumbria on 10 and 12 June.