Another stunning victory for Team G3Pro
Teams G3Pro and Farécla travelled to the Dorset track with only victory in mind in round 5 of the national championship.
G3Pro drivers Matt Hale and Barry Luetchford were looking to make it five podiums in a row (and four wins out of five) and were also hoping for a better qualifying session after starting 33rd in the previous race in which the team battled hard to finish third place at Whilton Mill.
During qualifying, Barry did enough to place the team in seventh from 32 teams; however they would have started further up the field if it were not for a high-speed crash which saw damage to the kart and a manic push to get repairs made before the start of the race. Matt made it to the starting grid with a minute to spare!.
Race start was a little messy which ended up with Matt dropping down to ninth after contact. Surviving the opening laps are crucial and after everything had settled down Matt went about picking off the competition one team at a time.
As the race unfolded, Team G3Pro set about moving to the front of the field with both drivers setting a blistering pace to finally take the lead on lap 57; over the course of the 170-lap race, the top three teams swapped places until lap 87 where Barry once again took the lead and set about putting in a string of quick laps to extend the gap to 12 seconds over the second-place team.
The final stint of the day was down to Barry who was able to bring Team G3Pro over the line in first place for another victory.
Barry said: “We weren’t expecting to win as this has been a bogie track for us in the past – always finishing fourth with some form of disaster happening. This time Matt and I were determined to get on the podium and to win is a bonus which we deserved. Our strong strategy and race pace ultimately proved too much for the competition.
Watch some of the key exciting moments from round five below!
Team Farécla had a solid day in the office qualifying in ninth place, 26th overall.
An amazing start and opening stint from Stewart saw the team move from ninth in class to fifth overall overtaking a record 21 teams in the opening stint and showing once again the true potential of team without all the mechanical problems the team have suffered this year.
During the race the team made there way up to 2nd in class and were having a decent run but once again the team got caught up in the aftermath of an incident and it was only through quick thinking and a serious evasive manoeuvre that they avoided a large crash.
Team Farécla eventually crossed the line in eighth in class. Stewart commented: “Well that was more like it – almost!. We had the pace and we had the kart but again we didn’t have the luck; it was still a most enjoyable race. Our luck will change soon and we both look forward to returning to Whilton and Buckmore Park for round six.”
With five races down and five to go for G3Pro, nearest rivals M&M racing are keeping the team on their toes by finishing second yet again. It’s time for a long break until round six of the championship at Buckmore Park in Kent on the 1st August. During the gap in the championship rounds, Team G3Pro and Farécla are competing in a special anniversary race where they get to team up with driver Chris Bray and Cody Hill – preview to follow.