Matthew Parry timed his best result in the 2009 Super 1 Junior Rotax class to perfection at Shenington, claiming a maiden win in the championship to consolidate his bid for overall honours.

A frontrunner throughout the season, the Paul Carr Racing driver had yet to match his Formula Kart Stars success before arriving at the Oxfordshire circuit, but turned in another consistent performance to close the gap at the top of the points table.

As has been the case of late, Parry was immediately on the pace in pre-race testing, leading the Junior Rotax field into the 42-second bracket on Friday before continuing his form into official timed practice at the start of the weekend.

Qualifying was split into two groups and, going out in the second, Parry already had some idea of the time he would have to beat to secure a leading grid position. He need not have worried, however, for he immediately posted a 42.52secs effort that proved at least two tenths better than the rest could manage, annexing pole position for both his heats.

The first qualifying race proved relatively straightforward too, with Parry leading all but one lap, and only briefly losing the advantage when closest rival Shaun Pirie led mid-race. Race two provided more of a battle, as the 15-year old traded the lead with title rival Ed Brand but, with Brand having been excluded from his first race, Parry knew that second place would still be good enough to give him pole for Sunday’s first final. Having swapped the lead no fewer than four times in 15 laps, the pair were split by 0.03secs at the chequered flag and matched fastest laps to the hundredth.

The action was typical of Shenington, where the layout guarantees repeated passing unless a driver can make a telling break. Although the fast-starting Josh Webster provided an early threat to Parry in the first final, the Bury St Edmunds youngster was soon back in charge, leading the remainder of the 22-lap race to claim his first Super 1 win by the comfortable margin of three seconds.

The second final was a different matter, however, as Parry – again starting from pole – was unable to make the break, and found himself embroiled in a frenetic five-kart scrap for the lead. Four of the five – Parry, Webster, Jack Dex and the fast-climbing Billy Albone – took turns at the front of the field, with only Dex able to hold onto the advantage for more than a few laps at a time.

Although Parry claimed fastest lap as the quintet battled cleanly, he was at the tail of the leading trio – running nose to tail – when a yellow flag appeared at Wilkins, effectively negating one of the lap’s best passing places. As a result, the lead group ran unchanged for the final four laps, with Dex grabbing the victory, ahead of Brand and Parry.

Results across the weekend were enough for Parry to move back to the head of the standings on unadjusted scores, edging Brand by a single point with just the final round at PF International to come in mid-September.

With dropped scores taken into account, however, the Paul Carr Racing driver has a little more work to do, trailing Brand by 14 points, but knows that he still has a legitimate shot at claiming the title in what should be an interesting denouement to the campaign.

“It was great to finally get a win in a Super 1 final, to add to those I have enjoyed in Formula Kart Stars this season,” Parry admitted, “The racing was exciting all weekend, and the result of the Grand Final was in doubt right to the end.

“I have to say thank-you once again to the Paul Carr Racing team, and hope that I can repay all their hard work this season by getting enough points to overhaul Ed at PFI. I have enjoyed some good results there this season, and will go into the final round with confidence.”

Before the Super 1 finale, however, Parry has the small matter of the RGMMC Rotax Euro Challenge to attend to, heading to the championship showdown at Salbris in France with a chance to claiming a top three overall position and a spot in the World Finals, in Egypt, later in the year.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.