Teams G3Pro – Buckmore Park Results
There was a very different feel arriving at Buckmore Park for the predictably grey and cold opening day of the Club100 season.
The Saturday races are now the traditional Endurance in the morning, followed by the new Quadrant championship in the afternoon. The two formats were totally mixed ability and it certainly threw up an interesting day’s racing for each G3 Pro team.
FARECLA G3 PRO – PREMIER CLASS – 5TH
The Premier Class felt like it had changed very little since 2016; some teams had gone over to the Quadrant (Keen as Mustard, DGB and Lunge to name a few) and some had gone altogether (Akita), replaced by equally competitive new teams (Bandits and JAM Motorsport) which made it very tight at the top.
The newly-sponsored Farécla G3 Pro team qualified in 5th on the grid and Fernando Moreira made one of his trademark quick starts to be fighting for the lead with Jack Mitchell from JAM Motorsport in an entertaining opening 20 minutes. George Turner went out for the second stint and dropped back from the leaders somewhat in what was to be quite a frustrating stint for the boys getting stuck in amongst backmarkers and losing time to the leaders. A solid stint from Alex Burgess in the end kept the team in a 5th position. The team are all hoping to improve from here onwards and get back onto the podium!
G3 PRO- CLUBMAN CLASS – 4TH
An interesting day for G3 Pro as the main challengers in the championship this year all seem to be established teams (KOKs Talladega, Run Time, Lucid, Apteryx Racing, CKS Motorsport etc.).
After Matt Hale qualified the team in a below-par 15th, both drivers knew it was to be another long race trying to figure out what the problem was! An average start saw Matt gain and lose places on the opening laps with keeping on the track as the main priority. As the race progressed, both drivers drove to the limit and made some progress but this wasn’t enough to be in contention at the front and instead they could only push for 3rd. But this wasn’t to be after an unfortunate coming together with team Talladega which saw driver Barry Luetchford spinning out after contact,. Eventually the team crossed the line in 16th and 4th in class.
Matt said: “The underlying speed of the kart seemed to be off – it was marginal but enough in key corners for it to count. Our pit stops were also poor which cost us a bunch of time so there’s work to do on that front.”
G3 PRO RACING- CLASS 3 QUADRANT – 2ND
Our sole foray into the new Quadrant championship proved to be one of the day’s highlights. It was promised that the Class 3 would be very much a level championship and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The 12 entrants into the class included some former regulars to the Rookies (Mobile Chicane, SMIDSY and of course G3 Pro) and eight basically all new teams (and Darri and Bobby from Racecraft disguised as the Rapid Robots).
The championship is four x 25-minute sprints with an averaging grid position for each race. The best three results counted at the end so the boys could afford one duff result!
First out of the brothers was Craig Luetchford who was faced at the start with all the opening lap carnage. Thankfully it didn’t take long to find himself leading the way in class 3. He managed to maintain the lead all the way through with a composed drive, which is normally Craig’s style and perfectly suited the tone of the race. In fact, so good was his racing and pace, that this race alone meant he was able to pick up the first ever Quadrant cup race win for Team G3Pro – one for the history books.
Next on track was Stewart who started race 2 from the back of the grid. Stewart quickly found his feet in the format and took no prisoners in progressing forward with enough pace and safety. His approach, and position overall in the course of 46 laps, meant that by the end of the race he had picked his way through the field to finish 2nd in class.
Craig went out in race 3, this time with a tidy kart and the knowledge the team were on for a podium. Craig managed to get all the way up to 6th place after an earlier crash before the race was halted by a red flag at the 18-minute mark. A result was eventually called (thankfully the driver in the red flag incident was unhurt).
The final race saw another solid performance from Stewart, again showing some of the class what his strengths were in pace and style. It meant he was able to come home in 2nd place, and this result gave the team a podium finish and a final result of 2nd overall behind the Racing Robots, with SMIDSY in 3rd followed closely by Mobile Chicane.