PFI PERFECTION FOR PARRY

Matthew Parry continued his bid for the Formula Kart Stars Junior Max title with a second dominant performance in as many rounds, this time in changeable conditions at PF International.

Having swept the board in round four at Rowrah, the Paul Carr Racing driver carried a healthy lead to Lincolnshire and could have been forgiven for driving with one eye on the championship picture, but instead produced a show worthy of a champion by easily taking both the Pre- and A Finals.

The introduction of the latest Rotax barrels produced some interesting lap times in Friday’s practice sessions, but the PCR team was satisfied to see both Parry and new team-mate Hector Hurst among the pacesetters dipping under the 47-second mark before Saturday’s qualifying produced the first drama of the weekend.

Having watched Ash Hand set a 46.78secs benchmark when the first qualifying group hit the track, Parry matched him to the hundredth in group two. However, the youngster’s following only had seconds to enjoy the achievement as closest rival Ollie Varney followed him across the line to steal away pole position with a lap timed a tenth quicker.

That left Parry third on the grid for the Pre-Final on Sunday morning but, despite the day dawning dry, a delay in finalising the result of the Pre-B Final meant that the race was moved to the final slot on the morning timetable – and into the rain.

Undeterred by the necessary set-up change on the grid, Parry made a storming start, and was leading by the first corner, with Varney and Josh Parker assuming the positions immediately behind him. Without the problem of driving into spray, Parry eased away, producing a strong wet-weather display to eventually cross the line nearly five seconds clear of his rivals, despite his fastest lap being a little way off the best of the race.

Victory gave the Bury St Edmunds youngster pole position for the main event of the weekend and, despite the rain intensifying, he duly produced an exact replica of his earlier performance, seizing the initiative on lap one and never being headed.

Already ten kart lengths clear by the notorious second corner, Parry had doubled his advantage by the end of the opening lap and continued to ease away throughout the 15 that followed. Although second-placed Jamie Fegan made minor inroads into his advantage mid-race, Parry was always in control, and eventually crossed the line 5.25secs in front of the pack after another flawless display.

Accused by resident Stars commentator Henry Beaudette of making the racing ‘boring’, Parry insisted that things had not been as easy as they may have appeared, despite the margin of victory.

“I really had to keep my concentration out there,” he explained, “Although I wasn’t under pressure from having other karts around me, the conditions were very tricky and one lapse in concentration could have meant the end of my race.

“I’m delighted to have been able to produce two performances like those, especially so soon after our great result at Rowrah, and they really help to strengthen our championship position. As usual, a big thank-you has to go to the Paul Carr Racing team for giving me a great handling kart for the conditions.”

Eponymous team owner Paul Carr was on hand to witness the 15-year old’s dominant performance, and was moved to comment on his success.

“Normally, my partner Rick May does the Stars rounds, so this is my first time here this season, but I am delighted to have supervised one of Matt’s now-regular wins,” he commented, “I am very pleased for the boy, who has been driving magnificently of late. Today’s races were near perfect – Matt did everything we asked of him and this is a great fillip for our title ambitions.”

 

Article created by Craig Llewellyn.