Maiden victory for Team G3Pro
Team G3Pro went into Round 5 at Glan–y-Gors circuit in north Wales looking for a top three finish. The day got off to a good start with perfect weather conditions for racing; Matt and Barry were confident.
Starting with the normal 40-minute practice followed by a 10-minute qualifying session, Matt and Barry felt at home immediately and started putting in some quick laps. As the qualifying session started, Matt put in a string of quick laps and found himself at the top end of the time sheets for a while but this was unfortunately not to last and the team went from fifth down to 21st.
Matt commented: “Yet again the competition proved to be more efficient during the qualifying window; I put in a lap time which I only managed to improve on by 0.2 seconds during the entire course of the race. It’s a ridiculously strong field…I need to find some extra pace!”
Following the first start of the race, Matt went from P21 to P5 in one corner after excessive grid loading into turn one. Unfortunately that start was aborted due to a few teams crashing out. The second start to the race was not so good – the team dropped down to 30th position! Watch the highlights below to see how that happened…
Undeterred, the pair set about reeling the competition in one by one over the next 154 laps and amazingly wound up finishing on the top step of the podium and taking their maiden victory in the Clubman class.
Barry said: “Over the past three years we had found ourselves in certain races fighting from the back of the pack for one reason or another. We have shown each time that we can fight our way back through the pack to the front and thankfully this time we managed to go all the way and pick up victory!”
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Meanwhile Team Farécla G3Pro had a solid day in the office, qualifying in ninth place in the Rookie/Inters Championship.
After a tough start and opening stint from Stewart, the team dropped from ninth to the back of the grid after being shunted into a spin; however the guys once again showed their true potential with some key moves in crucial parts of the race.
Making their way up to second, they were having a decent run but once again 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 fourth 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 Clay Pigeon for Round 6.”
With six races left to go in the championship, both Teams at G3Pro have particular high hopes for the race weekend in Dorset.
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