Changeable conditions put pay to Griffiths' pacey Clay Pigeon outing

2nd August 2022

ZIP Kart PaddlUp racer Ethan Griffiths at Clay Pigeon

You know what they say, no rest for the wicked and all that. PaddlUp's Honda Cadet superstar was back at it last weekend at the penultimate round of the Ultimate Karting Championship (UKC) at the legendary Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorchester, where 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button began his motorsport career.


Griffiths' second event on the bounce showed huge promise. Lap times across the weekend were consistently podium-worthy but the inevitable mid-pack melee and unpredictable weather in the final race meant he was unable to capitalise on it.


The weekend got off to a bumpy start after a high-speed trip into the tyre barrier during Friday's practice session, but the #99 driver wouldn't be discouraged and went quickest and second quickest in Saturday's first and second practice sessions respectively.


Heat 1 would prove to be far less fruitful. Griffiths started the race on pole owing to the series' random grid draws in the heats but it was not to be, prolonged on-track scuffles and subsequent off-track excursions eventually resulted in 15th place at the flag. The second heat would see a turning of the tide with a three-position gain from 12th to ninth, which was then turned up a notch during the third and final heat. A sensational drive saw the Zip Factory Team driver scythe through the field as he climbed from 21st to 10th to close out Saturday on a high note.


With Sunday, came changeable weather conditions and a new set of challenges for the 21-strong field. Griffiths though, took it all in his stride during the Super Heat, performing a triple overtake on the wet outside line at Billy's Blind en route to a second-place finish, having started 12th.


The Super Final added the last twist in the tail of the weekend as the rain began to fall prior to the start of the race, once abated, the drying track favoured those with worn wet tyres that resembled intermediates. Try as he might, Griffiths was unable to make progress in the wet-dry conditions and ended the day 12th.


With just one round of the UKC remaining, the supercar buying and selling platform-sponsored entry occupies fourth in the overall Honda Cadet standings so there's still plenty to fight for at Three Sisters Circuit on 12-14 August.