PFI-based RL Racing Department put the Junior Max title beyond doubt at the final round of the coveted Super One Series with Sandy Mitchell, claiming the title of British Championship 2014!
"A fantastic end to a fantastic year with a fantastic group of individuals." That was the only way Team Principle Steve Armstrong could describe 2014 within RL Racing Department. After initially finding his feet in Round 1 at the Rowrah circuit, Mitchell all but dominated the Junior class with outright wins at Buckmore Park for Round 2 - where he won all four races - Larkhall where he won the Main Final after team-mate Will Shaw won Final 1. Overall pole at Shenington and then finishing P4 behind team mates Max Bird and Stuart Middleton at PFI signalled what was coming for the Scottish lad and indeed the team.
This title is Armstrong's first S1 title since making the RL brand his own, he did however win the S1 title twice and the Euro Max title as well as Vice World championship status and Vice S1 champion under Richard Lock's original RL Race Team. The team have also made huge progress with the likes of Max Bird who has shown probably some of the fastest laps in the team and some great maturity at various rounds with heat wins, and front qualifying as well as at PFI with P2 overall but for a technical glitch pushing him to the back of the grid for each heat, ultimately hammering his way through to 6th in the main final after having to qualify via the B final. Lucy Fulton has come on in leaps and bounds from her almost novice state in January having not driven in Junior spec until 3 days training in Lanzarote to help her gain valuable dry laps before the season began. She has grown in stature all year culminating at Shenington for Round 5 of S1 with a P6 start for the pre final and overall P11 finish. Stuart Middleton joined the squad mid-season and immediately moved forward with heat wins at his first race with RL at Shenington then also at the coveted Kart Masters GP at PFI, Stuart is now a constant threat to the podium.
In Mini Max Rory Hudson started the year as part of a trio of RL Mini's but by the first round he was alone in his quest for glory and it has been a hard year for the former Honda no. 2 seed. Slowly but surely though he has risen up the order and Shenington's TQ session saw him P3 with P6 for final 1 and also a P3 start at PFI and racing in the front group before a crash after leading the race signalled his arrival, he'll surely be a front runner in 2015.
The RL Senior Max assault only really took flight half way through the year with the duo of Jac Constable & Luke Knott showing strongly at every race they go to, Knott qualifying in the top 3 at GYG, Shenington and PFI then going on to P2 at GYG in final 1 and P2 overall at PFI with Constable P8 overall at Shenington and some heat wins between them. Constable's progress has been momentarily halted with gremlins for the last weekend or 2 at PFI but he will be a front runner for 2015.
The team now look to the winter with a full schedule of club races and testing as well as the World Finals where Mitchell will be going after the ultimate title in kart racing, to be World Champion. The team have recruited the talented young Bryony King into Junior Max with the possibility of some X30 racing also and are currently talking to a handful of drivers to fill the available spaces within RL for Mini Max (2 spaces), Junior Max (1 space), Senior Max (1 space) & X30.
RL will field a team primarily at the Super One Series for Rotax Max, all relevant club races and testing for this as well as the BNL series and selected X30 races including S1 and LGM.