Callum Bradshaw made a successful return to PF International last weekend with a win in X30 Senior in a packed grid of 54 drivers!
Callum has always had good results at the PFI circuit. Last year whilst racing in the X30 Junior class Callum won both the MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix and IAME European Open titles along with various other races at club and national level.
Returning to race in the UK for the first time in 2017 may have seemed like a step down but Callum knew it would be just as tough considering the level of drivers in the X30 Senior field. In fact, he was relishing the opportunity to race some of the best drivers the UK has to offer as well as see some old faces again.
Racing in a traditional heats and final format, Callum got off to a perfect start with a win in his first heat from 9th on the grid. Callum’s second heat saw him doing even more overtaking with 20 places gained in just ten laps as Callum charged through to 5th place. On average, he was passing two karts per lap!
Callum’s third and final heat saw him starting from 15th place on the grid with the CRG-SPA driver now well in the mix for pole position. Callum was able to once again make his way through the field eventually reaching 3rd place in the last two laps, but a huge battle for 2nd saw him lose a place on the last lap and Callum eventually settled for 4th setting the fastest lap in the process.
The combined results put Callum on the outside of the front row for the final with a 14-lap race ahead.
Despite dropping back one place on the opening lap Callum quickly hit the front a lap later before dropping back to 5th. It may have been easy to panic at this point but Callum took his time to work his way through the field before taking the lead on lap seven. From there on in Callum’s consistency saw him slowly pull away from the rest of the field as Callum went on take victory on his first return to the UK!
It was an impressive victory with Callum beating a grid worth of a British Championship title on his CRG, which he was racing in the UK for the first time. It’s perfect preparation for the CIK-FIA World Championships which takes place at PFI in September.
On the win Callum commented:
“It was really great to win at PFI on Sunday, the whole weekend was really good! I have to admit I was expecting a good result, but it had been a while since I raced there so it was hard to expect a win in such a good field. Our pace was really good all weekend and to put the CRG on the top step was such a good feeling! I have to thank all my team for helping me get that win.”