Teams G3Pro and Farécla Round 4 Race Report
Team G3pro returned to Whilton Mill last month, looking to continue their great start to the season.
Greeted by sunshine, the team went out in practice hoping to get on the pace quickly but this wasn’t to be. Barry noticed immediately that there were some issues with the brakes not performing and some overall performance issues but unfortunately the team didn’t have time to make any adjustments before the qualifying session. Both drivers were correct in thinking they had issues, with the team ending the qualifying session in 33rd place from 36 teams.
With the qualifying session over, Matt headed straight in to pit road for the Club100 mechanics to make a couple of tweaks to the kart. Whilst not perfect, the adjustments had made a big improvement and the team thought they had enough to move forward.
The start of the race was hectic to say the least, highlights of which can be found here:- Whilton Mill video Matt said: “It’s been a while since I started at the back of the grid and I know how dangerous it can be. I had to be composed with my driving style and not make any rash manoeuvres and make my way forward as quickly as possible. I think I gained around 19 places before the first round of pit stops so I was very please with that.”
Next out in on track was Barry. He said: “We were in 14th 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 were all very experienced and would be on the pace but with that said, I knew that myself and Matt had a little more ability and speed.”
Over the 130-lap race, the Team G3pro drivers both put in a master class in driver skill and were able to make up 30 places to finish once again on the podium in third place; whilst the team lost points to their closest rivals, it still felt like a win for the team.
Meanwhile over at Team Farécla, drivers Stewart and Craig were hoping to build on the teams impressive second place at Red Lodge raceway.
During qualifying, Stewart quickly got into the groove around Whilton Mill, but with an underperforming kart he was only able to qualify in 35th from 36 teams. Stewart said: “Driving into the pits I knew we needed some adjustments but I wasn’t expecting to see Team G3pro having similar issues. With the adjustments made, we discussed how best to make our way forward at the start.
“The start of the race was mostly entertaining and both myself and Matt were taking some hits whilst moving forward. I somehow managed to fight my way up to 15th place and things were looking promising.”
True to form, Team Farécla’s amazing run of bad luck continued half way through the race with the chain snapping whilst out on circuit thus ending any further progress for the team. Craig said: “It was another one of those days – for a moment we were making a comeback after a disastrous qualifying session but yet again our race was ended by mechanical issues.”
The teams now head to Clay Pigeon in Dorset on Saturday and hope for good conditions to make their mark in the races. They really appreciate all of your support so don’t forget to visit the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter!