King Kirk crowned English champion once again

Kirk Cattermole
Kirk Cattermole

Clitheroe karter Kirk Cattermole overcame weather troubles, handling issues and a heap of misfortune to claim the 125 Open English Championship title for a third year in succession.

The rapid racer went in to the competition at the Oulton Park International circuit in Cheshire with a mathematical chance of landing two titles as the National Championship was also in touching distance.

Despite recording the fastest time in the warm-up session, Kirk failed to adapt to switch in conditions as the heavens opened during qualifying and he secured a disappointing seventh place finish.

Kirk then saw the opportunity to seize the National Championship slip from his grasp as he finished ninth, though the outcome was enough to cement third in the overall standings.

Kirk had to dig deep and show plenty of character if he was to retain top spot in the English Championship. Having raced alongside the leaders for the first four laps, Kirk dropped down the placings when the same issues struck from race one.

However, noticing that his nearest competitor was parked up at the side of the track he knew that the title was his and the pressure was off.

Kirk will be racing next weekend at the Stars of Darley race meeting in Derbyshire. The Ribble Valley racer would like to thank PFP Services, Magnum Motorsport, Cat Racing Services and Millers Oils for their continued sponsorship and support.