Jason Parrott Winter Cup news 2005-02-22

Parrott stars in karting season opener Kart racer Jason Parrott took a well-earned 5th place at the Winter Cup in South Garda, Italy on Sunday. The Gerald White Group-supported driver was one of the only privateer competitors in the elite...

Parrott stars in karting season opener

Kart racer Jason Parrott took a well-earned 5th place at the Winter Cup in South Garda, Italy on Sunday. The Gerald White Group-supported driver was one of the only privateer competitors in the elite Formula A category and also one of the only drivers not to have competed at the circuit before.

Jason was around half a second off the pace in qualifying and didn't finish his first heat after losing his chain during an ill-timed lunge from another driver. A fifth place in his other heat meant he was still in the event.

Jason came alive in the final where he started 23rd. His father and team manager Tim said "I've never seen him drive as hard. I don't mind saying I was jumping up and down!" By the end of the first lap Jason was laying in 10th place and from there he worked his way up to 5th. At one point he was catching up with the veteran Italian driver Sauro Cesetti but there were just not enough laps left in the race to make an impression.

The Winter Cup is the traditional opening event for the international season where drivers go to gauge themselves against the best in preparation for the European and World Championships. According to Jason, "If we carry on as we are we stand a very good chance, as we've got ourselves a good package". A change to the Kosmic kart for 2005 seems to have paid off. The race was won this year by fellow Brit Ben Hanley.

Jason impressed in the European Championship for Intercontinental A karts last year, as well as in Formula A in the British and Belgian domestic championships.

Jason's next race is back in the UK for the British Open Championship at the Three Sisters near Wigan on Sunday 27th February.

-mah-

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