Paul Carr Racing’s Matthew Parry transferred his strong European form to home soil as he claimed a podium finish on debut in the Super 1 Junior Max class at Whilton Mill.

Having opened the season with fourth and second places in the RGMMC Rotax Winter Cup and opening round of the RGMMC Rotax Euro Challenge respectively, Parry arrived at Whilton in good form and immediately set the scene for the weekend by qualifying third fastest in Saturday’s timed session, ahead of proven Junior Max runners Spencer Barrow, Josh Webster, Bill Cowley and Billy Albone.

The 15-year old Bury St Edmunds driver then showed that his qualifying pace was no fluke by winning his first heat and finishing third in the other, earning himself a front row grid slot for the first of the weekend’s finals alongside 2008 Junior Max number two Ed Brand, whom he had recently beaten at the Euro Challenge round in Zuera.

The pacesetters then proceeded to finish as they started, with Parry coming home a mere 0.4secs shy of Brand at the flag, and posting a fastest lap just a couple of hundredths away from rewriting the Whilton Mill class record.

Despite subsequently dropping to third place in the second final, Parry remained upbeat after posting a best lap just 0.02secs off the best of the race, and coming home behind Barrow and Brand, both of whom race regularly at Whilton Mill. His podium finish, ahead of fellow rookies Andy King and Ash Hand, threw down the gauntlet to the more experienced drivers, none of whom should assume that the single digit numbers will be there for the taking in 2009.

“A podium finish on my Super 1 debut in Junior Max is a solid start to my campaign, and means I can look forward to the next round at Rowrah, where I know I am strong,” Parry said, “As my dad says, all I need to do now is start converting the second and third places into firsts.”

Parry’s result also capped a reasonably successful weekend for the Paul Carr Racing team, although team boss Paul Carr knows that there is more to come form his young charge.

“Matt still makes unnecessary mistakes but, if we can iron them out – which we are working on – he will be quite unstoppable,” he claimed.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.