Returning to the track that has always provided some form of drama, be it good or bad, teams G3Pro and Farécla headed to Buckmore Park in Kent for Round 6 of the Club 100 Endurance Championship. Both teams had a great start to the day with G3Pro qualifying in second position whilst Team Farécla manage seventh from the 31 teams competing (third in class).
The start of the race was hectic as normal with G3Pro holding position in second place for the opening 10 laps, before making their move to take the lead from title rivals M&M Racing. Once in the lead, G3pro and M&M slowly began to pull out a margin over the chasing pack. It was shaping up to be a battle royal but G3Pro suffered the team’s first mechanical fault of the session with a snapped chain thus handing over the lead to the competition and putting G3Pro in last place. From then on in, they were on the back foot and six laps down but true to form, Hale and Luetchford didn’t give up and instead pushed the kart to its limits and were able to claw back one lap and finished in 20th place.
Team member Matt Hale said: “At the start of the race we were on the pace and battling with M&M. Barry managed to take the lead early on, however he wasn’t able to drop M&M who were more than up to the challenge and were also putting some amazing lap times which enabled both our teams to pull a gap over the rest of the field. The battle however only lasted a further five laps for us due to a race-ending mechanical failure. I’m gutted that this ended our podium streak but that’s Motorsport for you.”
Team member Barry echoed Matt’s comments: “I’m sure M&M feel the same themselves after also suffering a mechanical failure and thus also ending their hopes to close the gaps on us. Obviously we got lucky that they also had problems too but both me and Matt were gutted that we lost the chance to go toe to toe with M&M and I’m sure they feel the same way.”
Starting from row four on the grid and in seventh place showed a big step forward for Team Farécla who thus far have struggled this year with qualifying.
The start of the race went smoothly with driver Stewart Luetchford managing to keep out of trouble and was able to pick up a place to move into sixth overall. As the stint wore on, Farecla found themselves moving towards the front of the pack and at one point found themselves in third place.
The team held position until they were ready to make their first of six pit stops. Unfortunately as driver Stewart made his way round to the pit lane, he was involved in an off-track excursion which led to a spin and put the team down into 20th place – however, they were still on the lead lap after they pitted.
Midway through the race, Farécla dug deep and were again flying through the field and in full recovery mode, quickly finding themselves back in contention. The remainder of the race required heroic drives from both Craig and Stewart and saw the team climb valiantly back up the order overtaking everything in their path. With 10 laps left, the team completed an amazing comeback and finished seventh overall but more importantly third in class and earning a podium finish for the team. Stewart said: “Another hard race with its highs and lows; we know where the race was lost and as ever winning isn’t easy. We are undeterred and will be fighting hard for our next podium finish.”
All the highlights from Round 6 can be viewed below:-