Victory for teams G3Pro & G3Pro Racing in Wales
G3 PRO- CLUBMAN CLASS – 1st
Team G3pro travelled to Llandow Raceway in south Wales to compete in round four of the national championship.
Team G3pro drivers Matt Hale and Barry Luetchford were full of confidence after a convincing round three victory in Hertfordshire last month, but knew they would have to be at the top of their game to repeat the same success. The day started well with Barry able to qualify the team at the sharp end of the grid in 10th and 3rd in class.
The race start was hectic with Barry managing to fight his way forward and able to make his way up to third place in time for the first of five fuel stops.
During the race, Team G3Pro were trading places with their closest rivals Koks Racing but it was a series of lightning-quick pit stops which helped the duo take the lead. Matt, behind the wheel for the final stint, had a 30-second margin over Koks and just played it safe and cruised home to victory for the second time this season.
Matt said: “We raced at Llandow last year and it didn’t go well what with a wheel falling off. It’s not our favourite track that’s for sure but myself and Barry were both on form; our pit stops made the difference once again, we both had a clean race, and that was enough!
“Back to back wins – it doesn’t get much better than that! Although it’s still early days in the championship so now we set our focus firmly on Spa.”
FARECLA G3 PRO – PREMIER CLASS – 5TH
An out of character midfield performance in qualifying saw the team play a joker enabling them to switch karts and start from the back of the grid for the race. There was a big job on the team’s hands to get the kart home in high finishing position.
Fernando Moreira took the start for the team and immediately set about plucking back position after position before handing over to George Turner who followed suit battling hard to get the kart into a top three position going into the final third of the race.
However, on George’s pit in lap he made a heavy challenge on another kart in a different class which resulted in a black flag penalty for advantage by contact, as you can see below no advantage was gained!
Alex Burgess had to sit bemused in the pit lane for the penalty time before being allowed out to try his best to claw back all the lost positions. An impressive performance by Alex saw the team finish in fifth position.
George was disappointed that a penalty during his stint had cost the team a shot at a podium position: “I am gutted that it was my contact with another kart which got us the penalty. We can take a lot away from today though, starting from the very back of the grid we really showed our class and pace to get all the way up to the top three.”
The team will next appear joined by Calum Jones at the 10 Hours of Spa Francorchamps event on the 27th-28th May.
G3 PRO RACING- CLASS 3 QUADRANT – 1st
Coming of the back of three second- place finishes, G3 PRO Racing were once again looking to turn the tables on their close rivals Rapid Robots – with Stewart away on his travels, G3 drafted in the services of Koks Racing’s very own Mark Perkins.
The racing got under way for heat 1, and Craig said: “I started 30th, seventh in class, with our main rivals Rapid Robots starting along side me in 31st. I had a great start to the race, moving up through the grid with Rapid Robots following closely behind. Six laps I was up to 3rd in class. Rapid Roberts unfortunately had more pace and managed to get passed with a clean overtake which dropped us down the order – I eventually crossed the line fourth and 23rd overall, so not a bad start to the day.”
Next up was heat 2 with stand in driver Mark, who said: “In heat 2 I started in 25th position –I avoided several crashes on the opening lap which put me in the lead of Class 3 and mid pack Class 2/Class 1. I managed to accumulate a bit of a lead in my class and finished comfortably 1st in class, not bad for my first Quadrant race!”
Craig was back in for heat 3 and said of the stint: “I started 26th on the grid, fourth in class. The race start was particularly hectic up the front of the grid with lots of contact, this unfortunately had a knock on effect causing serious bunching toward the back and I was smashed from behind causing me to crash into the team in front of me. Somehow we all survived the opening lap! The race after that was pretty clean for me, I got into the grove and found my rhythm, I crossed the line 2nd in class which was well received as we needed the points to challenge for the top step of the podium.”
It was then all to play for in the final race of the day for heat 4. Mark said: “The guys at G3 said all I needed to do was win the class – no pressure then! I had a good start once again to the race and found myself in a clear second place, I was getting some mixed message from the pit wall about whether I needed more points for the class win – I decided just to go for it and moved into the lead, and I manage to build a gap over second to finish 1st in class and take the top spot on the podium alongside a delighted Craig!”
All three teams would 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; and Ken Pudney who took these amazing set of pictures.
The teams now head to Spa Francorchamp’s Belgium for the Club100 European special event – preview to follow.