Slater Doubles Up
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Slater Doubles Up
Freddie makes it two wins in a row by taking Round 1 of the TVKC Winter Series
Track: Whilton Mill / PF International
Event: Winter Series
Weather: Cold, Dry
Despite a remarkable debut season, finishing 5th in the MSA Cadet British Championship at the age of 9, including a plethora of podiums, Freddie had to wait until last weekend’s Whilton Mill meeting to take his first outright victory. But, like the proverbial bus, you wait for one and then two come at once, as he clinched Round 1 of the coveted TVKC Winter Series at PF International this weekend.
One week ago, at Whilton Mill, Freddie and team mates William Macintyre, Josh Irfan and Vinnie Phillips were all at the sharp end, and in an intense 6 kart battle, it was Freddie who took his maiden win, crossing the line, arms aloft. William had to settle for 4th with Josh 5th and Vinnie 6th after all having a spell at the front.
At PF International, on a cold track which refused to dry out until the final, the Fusion boys were again at the front in the heats, lining up 2nd (Freddie), 3rd (William) and 6th (Vinnie).
At the start Will slotted into 2nd with Freddie in 3rd, Vinnie battling hard inside the top 6. Freddie closed the gap to the front two as Will made his move for the lead. A lap later Freddie hit the front as the pair made an effort to pull away. Meanwhile Vinnie was flying, setting fastest lap by over 0.3s on his way to an eventual 6th place finish.
As the race drew to a conclusion, Freddie defended hard and the lead pack of 3 became 5. Will risked a move around the outside which nearly came off, but ultimately he lost 2 positions as Freddie went on to take his second win in as many weekends, with Will having to settle for another 4th, his results not doing his pace and effort justice. Bart Harrison had one of his strongest showings to date racing inside the top 10 in the heats, with Oliver Wright also showing well in TQ, with 6th in group. In the end they crossed the line 16th and 17th in the 38 strong field.
Freddie’s win marks the end of the 2017 racing season for the Fusion team, having enjoyed a dominant season with race wins at the beginning and the end of the year, and a lot more in-between!