Podiums at Shenington for Teams G3Pro
G3 Clubman – 2nd
Teams G3pro travelled to Banbury for Round 4 of the Club100 championship at Shenington Raceway.
The duo were hoping for their luck to change after a disappointing round at Rye House when they were disqualified for being underweight, costing them a podium finish and the points that go with it.
Greeted by rain, the team went out in practice looking to get on the pace quickly and to the learn the new track layout. It was Barry’s turn to take up qualifying duties and he set a strong lap on right from the beginning to show in P2, however this wasn’t to last as the track start to dry and on the last lap team G3Pro dropped down to P14.
Matt said: “It wasn’t ideal starting from mid-pack, I knew that we had our work cut out although we’d been in the same situation before so opted for an early pit stop on lap 2. We just had to keep calm and play the long game whilst staying composed and not make any rash manoeuvres, and try and make my way forward as quickly as possible. I think Barry gained around four places before the first round of pit stops so I was very pleased with that.”
Next out in on track, Matt gave another consistent performance. He said: “We were in 12th place by the time I got out on track and I knew it was going to be difficult to move forward. The teams in front are all very experienced and would be on the pace but with that said, I knew that me and Barry had a little more ability and speed and our pit strategy as ever was strong.”
Over the 132-lap race, the Team G3pro drivers both put in solid drives and were able to make up the places needed to finish once again on the podium in second place.
G3 Inters – 5th
Round 4 took the team to Shennington, a new track for all of the G3 crew! Sadly the Inters team were down to a two-man team as Craig was away topping up his tan in Mallorca.
The team took part in early morning testing to gain some knowledge and advantage over their rivals. The track was fast but as there had been consistent light rain throughout the morning, it made the track greasy. Mark had a couple of spins trying to find the track and kart limits at a particular corner of the track! The track started to dry towards the end of Stewart’s stint and the conditions changed.
Stewart and Mark both went out on a drying track and found more speed during general practice but just didn’t seem to piece together a strong lap compared to the rest of the field. Feeling their kart was underperforming, the team decided to get it tested during practice. Mark went out to set a qualifying lap, but didn’t manage to connect a good lap together so qualified P24 overall, P8 in class.
The team decided to play a joker after qualifying (switch the existing kart for a new one but then start the race from the back of the grid) as they didn’t have many places to lose and hoped the gamble would pay off. Stewart went out to start the race and as luck would have it, it rained! He didn’t have a bad start and made up some places on the first few turns but unfortunately a kart had spun on the 1st chicane and to avoid a head-on collision he had to go off-track; in doing so lost all the places he had gained. But it was head down and back to business for stints one and two as they drove well without any further incidents. The track was now drying and getting faster as Stewart handed over to Mark.
They both went out consecutively, but they were just a few tenths off the pace, the kart didn’t have any top end which the team suspect was because the kart could have been set up for wet conditions earlier in the day. It was damage limitation and although the team had smooth pit stops and used other teams for speed along the straights, a podium position wasn’t to be.
The G3 Inters came home in 5th place, which wasn’t too bad as it matched their worst result of the season to date. The championship is proving to be extremely competitive with the top three Inters teams in the race all finishing in the top ten overall!! The boys really will have to be setting the pace at GYG to stay in contention for the top step! G3 Inters currently sit in 2nd position in the Championship.
G3 Pro Premier – 8th
Having never raced at the Shenington Circuit, the G3 Pro Premier Team of George Turner, Fernando Moreira and Alex Burgess arrived in Oxfordshire not knowing what to expect from their day’s racing. Taking advantage of the opportunity of an additional morning test session to get to grips with the track, they were buoyed to find they had the fastest time in the wet/dry conditions.
Qualifying for the actual race however proved unsatisfactory, the team found themselves down in 17th overall for the wet start. As with their race at Rye House previously, George took the start in the wet and immediately climbed up to 11th. However there was something not right with the kart and when Fernando took over for his stint some adjustments were made to the performance which ultimately lead to making an unscheduled pitstop to correct. This dropped the team down to 23rd and they remained in the mid-low 20’s until the chequered flag. A disappointing 22nd overall and 8th in class not doing much for their climb up the championship table.
“We were enjoying the track but just couldn’t get the performance out of the kart,” explained George. “We were just losing so much speed on the straights we were sitting ducks into the hairpins.”
The team go forward into Glan y Gors looking to better their seasons best of a 5th place finish in the Premier Class.
G3 Pro Quadrant – 2nd
Calum Jones and Rhodri Parry headed to Shenington in a strong 2nd place in the Quadrant Championship and were looking to finally get their first win of the season from the dominant Hicks Racing team.
Race one was Calum’s and he started dead last on the grid, down in 25th position. In one of the most amazing opening laps we’ve seen, Calum moved all the way up to 11th in just a single lap! From there he quickly picked off opponents to arrive in 2nd place which he held until just 3 laps before the end before dropping to 3rd. A very impressive performance indeed from the grid position but rivals KyritsHicks took the race win.
Race two saw Rhodri take the wheel from 12th on the grid. A strong opening lap saw him climb to 7th and this is where he remained, battling between 7th and 8th position during the race. Again Hicks Racing took another win.
Calum took the third race from 14th on the grid but it was apparent from the difference in pace between race one and three that there were issues with the kart. He eventually brought the kart home in 11th and with Hicks Racing coming in 2nd place it looked as though once again their win was sealed.
Rhodri took the final race from pole position on the grid and it was to certainly be the most entertaining race of the day. A good start saw him keep the lead but he was in a race long battle with M&M Racing and Keen as Mustard for the win. Rhodri lead the race from lap one to 11 before being overtaken, but did not give up and was back in the lead from lap 14 to28. The 29th and final lap saw Rhodri being overtaken into turn 2, but he remained close behind. With the team in front getting defensive into the final set of turns, the whole crowd was on their feet as Rhodri accelerated better off the final bend to take a photo finish across the line.
The live timing screens clocked over showing Rhodri 2nd by just 0.032 of a second!
This allowed them to take another 2nd position behind Hicks in the final standings for the event.