A Battling result for Team G3Pro Farécla
Team G3Pro and Team Farécla travelled to Ellough Park Raceway in Suffolk to compete in rounds 9 and10 of the national karting championship.
G3Pro drivers Matt and Barry, returning to a track which they both know well and like to race at, started the day with the normal 40-minute practice, followed by a 10-minute qualifying session.
During qualifying, Matt did enough to place the team in 17th overall and 7th in class.
The race start was a little manic as normal and was clean for at least the opening six corners in which Matt was able to hold position, coming up upon turn seven which is a hairpin. Naturally the grid bunched up as expected; unfortunately one driver locked up, firing straight into Matt at speed sending him into a near spin. Luckily Matt managed to keep the kart engine ticking over and resumed the race right at the back of the pack in 29th position – all was not lost!
As the race unfolded, the teammates set about moving forward through the field in true G3Pro style! And from the back of the pack both drivers set a blistering pace and had some excellent pit stops. The team finally managed to move into a podium position and third place on lap 119; excellent work but the race was far from over.
Barry said: “Both myself and Matt were pushing the kart so hard to make up the lost ground I think we wore the breaks out as, after every pit stop, we noticed the break pedal was getting longer and longer after each stop.
“During my final stint, I knew I just had to get the kart home as by that point Matt had already lost out third place and was getting a little excited on the team radio complaining about lake of brakes at high speed. Our pace had taken a toll on the kart and we came home in fourth place.
The result from Ellough Park means that Team G3Pro head into the final round of the championship in fourth position.
In the afternoon race, Team Farécla normally made up of Stewart and Craig were joined by Matt and Barry as driver Craig was taking a well earned break with his partner who was expecting their second born (we’re pleased to report a very healthy baby girl).
This meant that the 2014 championship winning trio were racing as a three once again and the drivers were looking to continue the team’s fine current run of form, which has included a race victory and two fourth place finishes from the previous three rounds.
Proceedings started well with Stewart qualifying a respectable 10th overall and third in class.
As ever the race start was hectic with Stewart coming under fire right from the off; he was able to ride the storm and managed to stay composed and moved his way up the ranks before pitting in sixth overall and second in class.
Pushing to maximum, the trio had a race-long battle with the newly-crowned 2016 champions CKS Motorsport; both teams traded places for the race lead throughout the 135 laps only to lose out at the end by a handful of seconds and came home for another podium finish in second place.
Unfortunately the team’s high sprits were dampened slightly after a post-race black flag time penalty for an on-track incident on the last lap involving a back marker – the team dropped from second place to third but at lease this meant they still got on the podium for a second time in four races.
Stewart said: “Amazing race! We gave it everything we had but came up a little short. The penalty at the end was disappointing but we won’t dwell on that and instead focus on Buckmore Park for the final round of the season; hopefully we can improve on our current fourth place in the championship.”
The teams now head to Buckmore Park in Kent on Saturday and hope for good conditions to make their mark in the final two races. They really appreciate all of your support so don’t forget to visit the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter!