Macintyre and McLean take the Wins
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William Macintyre and Josh McLean took victory in Cadet and Mini X30 as Fusion dominated Round 3 of the TVKC Winter Series at PF International.
The Fusion boys set the pace all weekend in Cadets in the mixed conditions. With Saturday Qualifying wet, William took a close P2 in the group before Freddie Slater snatched a last lap overall pole position, ahead of team mate and star of the show, Oliver ‘Pineapple’ Wright, who set the 3rd fastest lap in group.
Vinnie Phillips, Leo Robinson, Bart Harrison and Archie Clark all also performed well and most exceeded expectations in Timed Qualifying.
Although Sunday morning started wet, there was less rain and the track began to dry through the day. Freddie took a dominant win in Heat 1 as William had a disastrous start, getting tapped into a spin on the first lap, but he embarked on a spirited recovery drive which saw him climb from last back up to 7th.
In Heat 2 on a quickly drying track, Fusion’s front runners were Oliver and Leo, both struggling to make progress initially, but in the end both came back to finish in the top 10.
Heat 3 saw drivers having to make a choice between intermediate (wet) tyres and slicks. The Fusion team opted for slicks, in order to give the drivers experience of the tyre ahead of the Final. Although the eventual winner chose correctly, it was a close call, with William and Freddie closing rapidly at the flag to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.
On to the Final and Freddie would start P2 with William P5 and Vinnie P7. As the lights went out Freddie wasted no time in stamping his authority on the field, snatching the lead and pulling 10 kart lengths clear of the squabbling pack.
William quickly emerged in second and set out to chase his team mate down and within a lap he had closed the gap, taking control at the front.
The Fusion pair made a bid to escape at the front but after a few mistakes they got caught up, making it a five-way battle for the lead ,which included Vinnie, who was running strongly.
Freddie chose his moment and went for a move on William at the chicane but I’m doing so lost time and dropped to 5th. As he battled back through he crashed at the second hairpin, narrowly escaping a nasty roll, brushing the barrier but rejoining in 8th place.
Meanwhile William soaked up the pressure at the front and defended well on the last lap, forcing the others to battle for second at the first hairpin, earning himself a gap which allowed him to cross the line first and celebrate a well earned victory.
Vinnie finished the line a very creditable 4th, with Freddie recovering to 5th, while Leo and Bart both progressed well to finish in the top 15 from near the back of the grid. Archie Clark put in a great performance in his first race off novice plates to claim top novice.
In X30 Mini Josh McLean dominated practice and qualifying in wet conditions, claiming pole by 0.4s. The heats proved more difficult, however, as he lost a few places, but in the final, after a tough battle, came out on top to celebrate his first victory in the class.