Griffiths proves his worth in challenging weekend at Warden Law
The British Kart Championship got back underway at Warden Law for the seventh event of the 2022 season, in what proved to be a challenging meeting for PaddlUp Academy driver Ethan Griffiths who battled his way up the order throughout the weekend.
Friday's practice sessions were fraught with issues and very much set the tone for the weekend to follow. Lacklustre pace had the Zip Factory Team scratching their heads throughout initial running and that continued into qualifying, leaving Ethan to set the 23rd fastest time.
In post-quali discussions, it came to light that it was in fact the carbon floor tray the team had installed that was allowing the front of the kart to flex much more than usual adding excessive amounts of grip to the setup, stopping it from rotating properly on corner exit.
From there, came the heats. And with a revised setup, Griffiths was on a mission. Climbing 14 places to P9 in Heat 1 and six in Heat 2 to finish P17 (with an unfortunate 5-second penalty dropping him to P19), the #99 driver had earned himself a P16 grid slot for the Pre Final.
A further four positions were gained during Sunday's opening contest leaving Griffiths P12 on the grid for the all-important final. Despite the last race of the weekend being cut short due to a multi-kart pile-up and subsequent red flag, Griffiths managed to climb up to 10th capping off a valiant recovery effort at the Sunderland circuit.
There isn't much time to recover, however, as the team heads to Clay Pigeon for the next round of the Ultimate Karting Championship.