Teams G3Pro ride the storm at Lydd
Teams G3Pro and G3Pro Farécla bare witness to Mother Nature at its worst for Round 3 of the Club100 championship at Lydd raceway, Kent.
Drivers Matt & Barry from Team G3Pro were hoping to build on their 2nd place podium finish at Rye House which kick started the team championship title bid.
It took the duo from Team G3Pro a while to find their feet on a newly re-laid tarmac surface which was still slightly wet from rain fall the night before. As the qualifying session started it was Barry’s turn to get behind the wheel to try and change the team’s current poor run in qualifying, unfortunately this wasn’t to be as Barry came home 19th quickest, which was only 6/10th of a second of pole!.
Barry said: “Again we had to start toward the back of the pack, I was actually happy with the lap I’d put in and thought I’d done enough to be in the top ten at least! However the competition is very strong in our championship so again it’s something we both need to work on as starting from the back isn’t ideal as we lose so much time at the beginning of the race.
The start of the race was hectic as ever, with driver Barry surviving the opening laps picking up a few spots before the first round of pit stops, highlights of which can be watched below:-
Next out on track was Matt who quickly got into the rhythm and start picking of the competition. He said: “We were in 15th place by the time I got out on track and I knew it was going to be difficult to move forward… that’s was up until it started to rain.
Over the 127 lap race, both G3Pro drivers put on a master class in driver skill in terrible conditions and were able to move into the top three overall and 1st in class. Towards the final 40 minutes and closing stages of the race the pair were looking good for the team’s first win of the season, however this wasn’t to be!.
Barry, on his out lap from his final stint of the day was unfortunately caught out with cold tyres and made an unforced error which sent him into a spin, dropping the team back to 2nd place… this was compounded when he again missed his breaking point on his way back to the pits and was docked a lap for cutting the circuit limits, which put the team back down to 5th place.
Driver Matt said: We were totally gutted to lose out on the win today, however that’s motorsport for you, we both win together and we both lose together. Yes we lost points on our championship rivals but we will do everything we can to make up the lost ground at Whilton for round 4.
Team Farécla G3Pro whom were racing in the afternoon for class 4 honors were hoping to continue a strong start of the season after finishing 3rd at Buckmore Park.
The Luetchford brothers noticed during practice and qualifying that the kart had issues with grip, which Stewart particularly noticed in his first stint meaning he was only able to qualify sixth in class (25th on the grid).
The team had an eventful first lap, in what were possibly the worst driving conditions the team have ever raced in making up several places, however coming up toward the first pit stop Stewart had to take evasive action to avoid contact with another driver. With the lack of grip, this sent him into a spin, and to the back of the grid.
Just when they thought it couldn’t get worse, and with just over an hour into the race, the kart suffered a mechanical fault which ended any hopes of a strong finishing position.
Thankfully the race continued without more drama, but the team weren’t ever able to recoup the loss, and finished 8th in class.
Craig said: “That’s just how racing goes sadly. This was a lesson in wet racing at its worst which is still a learning curve for both me and Stewart, roll on Whilton mill!
The teams now head to Whilton Mill in Northampton 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!