​Heartbreak for Rhys Owen in the opening race of 2023 season

​There was heartbreak for young Sleaford karter Rhys Owen as he took part in the first race of the year in the Fulbeck Sprint Championship.
Rhys Owen was frustrated by technical problems despite racing well all weekend.Rhys Owen was frustrated by technical problems despite racing well all weekend.
Rhys Owen was frustrated by technical problems despite racing well all weekend.

​With Owen, who had a successful winter test plan, having stepped up to race in the Junior Max class and with a grid of 20 karts all looking for a good start to the year, the youngster was looking very competitive in Saturday’s practice, posting times in the top four to put him in good shape for Sunday’s race.

The grids for the heats were picked due to no qualifying having taken place due to the lack of light, and in heat one Owen started eighth and came across the line in third place.

Heat two saw Owen start in 13th place and race hard to secure a fourth-place finish.

That would put him on pole position for the 12-minute final.

He got a great start and posted three fastest lap times in a row to pull out a two-second lead.

But with three minutes to go, disaster struck as a mechanical failure ended his race.

It proved a disappointing end to the weekend for Owen but the meeting had produced plenty of positives to take into the rest of 2023.

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