Podiums at Whilton Mill for Teams G3Pro
FARECLA G3 PRO – PREMIER CLASS – 9TH
Things got off to a good start for Farecla G3 Pro drivers Alex and Fernando with the team qualifying a season’s best: second on the grid. Fernando made a lightning start as usual and went on the attack for the outright lead of the race; with two laps gone, the fight was raging until Fernando went wide into turn four whilst making an overtaking move for the lead which dropped the team down to third place. Fernando continued battling with the leaders for the whole of the opening stint until getting caught up in a dubious black flag incident for overtaking under the yellows; this demoted the team back down the order. Things went from bad to worse later on in the race with a transponder failure putting pay to getting any seriously championship points from the day – driver Alex crossed the finish line 18th overall and 9th in class.
Alex said: “We had a bad day in the office. Nothing went our way but once again we showed out right speed after setting the second quickest lap time of the day. At Rye house we will be pushing for a first podium with Farecla G3 Pro.”
G3 PRO- CLUBMAN CLASS – 2nd
Team G3Pro had a new driver line up for Whilton Mill with driver Matt taking a well-earned break in sunny America. This meant poaching super sub George Turner from team Farecla G3Pro.
During qualifying, driver Barry quickly got into the groove around the 1.6km Northampton circuit and was able set a quick lap time to qualify in 10th overall and 2nd in class.
The race start was action-packed with Barry making up three places on the opening laps and managing to stay out of trouble. By the first round of pit stops Team G3Pro were in a comfortable second place overall. It was then over to George who quickly showed his class and settled into maximum attack mode overtaking everything in his path. Over the remaining 146-lap race, both drivers fought hard and although unable to close down the leaders, George eventually crossed the line to take the team’s first podium of the year.
George said: “The race was most entertaining with me and Barry in the thick of the action all the way through. I’m delighted that we were able to get a podium finish and some good championship points for the team.”
G3 PRO RACING- CLASS 3 QUADRANT – 2nd
Team G3Pro Racing opened the account at Buckmore Park with a second-place finish and the pair travelled to Whilton Mill with their sights set on the podium once again.
Craig said: “I started heat 1, 25th on the grid, row 13, and fifth in the class. I had a great start to the race – the track was dry and the conditions were good, and I had made my way up into third in class behind Rapid Robots and Loose Heads. After an entertaining race with Loose Heads I managed to secure the second spot with Rapid Robots in another class once again to take the heat win.”
Next up was heat 3, where I started 31st on the grid, row 16, and back of the grid! He had another great start with the track being slightly wet this time, which I played to my advantage – many teams crashed out ahead of me and I just kept out of trouble and finished fourth place.
Next up was Stewart, who said: “Whilton is not my favourite track but the kart felt good which made a me a little more optimistic for the race ahead. I started heat 2 in P25 (second in class) and had a really good, clean first lap, which is always nice! Turns out I had made up seven places and I had made my way up to P15 by lap six. That’s when a few patches of rain across the circuit made things interesting – until a big shower made it a full wet track which left everyone looking like they were driving on ice. The track was full of yellow flags and there were a few epic moments when I nearly lost it. I put a sensible driving head on as I knew I was in the top three, so just tried to bring it home while watching everyone else around me spin off the track. Towards the end the track started drying out and I managed to bring the kart across the line in P2… there’s a theme here!”
Going into heat 4 with two second places and a fourth, a top three finish was the only out come if Team G3Pro wanted to claim a step on the podium. Starting towards the back of the gird wasn’t the best place to be to achieve this. But again, avoiding all the pile-ups on the first lap, Stewart settled in to the race in P5 and embarked on a toe-to-toe battle with rivals Rapid Robots (kart 42), which made exciting but intense racing. Then Rapid Robots made a mistake and drove into the back of another kart, which Stewart took full advantage of to squeeze though a gap.
He said: “By then, Loose Heads had spun off putting us in P2 and just left Simon from Mobile Chicane who had made great progress while I was tussling with the mid pack! After 10 laps of keeping Rapid Robots at bay behind me I finally caught Mobile. I was waiting to see if there were any corners I was faster than him at to make my move, but Simon caught himself out with a late brake, tapped another kart, which left yet another small gap to pop though to take P1.
“Rapid Robots had also made it past Mobile and didn’t make the last seven laps of the race easy in the slightest, but apparently it made great spectating! We managed to take top spot in that heat, giving us an overall P2 podium finish for round 2.”
We’d once again like to thank our sponsors G3 Pro for giving us the opportunity to fly the flag for the brand; our supporters, for turning out to races and following us online; our fellow competitors for the challenge and camaraderie; John Patterson who once again took these amazing set of pictures.
The teams are now looking towards round 3 held on Friday (21st April) for QUADRANT series, Saturday (22nd) Endurance championship, and Sunday (23rd) for a one-off sprint race, the latter of which will actually see driver Matt compete in singles competition. All of which is being held at their home circuit of Rye House Raceway, Hertfordshire.