BRDC Stars of Tomorrow frontrunner Matthew Parry is refusing to give up on his Minimax title ambitions despite suffering his most disappointing round of the year at Llandow.

The 14-year old Bury St Edmunds youngster headed to South Wales having regained top spot in the class standings last time out at Whilton Mill, but was denied a real chance to get used to the circuit when Friday’s test day was hit by heavy rain. With the rest of the weekend held in generally dry, if occasionally blustery conditions, anything learned on day one proved to be of little material use.

Despite that, and the fact that the Ultimate Motorsport team and the majority of TonyKart runners struggled throughout practice to find a set-up that overcame their excessive levels of grip, Parry produced his usual battling performance on race day, after an adventurous settings change put him closer to the pace of his main rivals.

A top three result in his opening heat provided a useful platform for the rest of the day, and the youngster then gave another reminder of his passing ability by making up places in each of his next two qualifying races, coming from 21st to ninth in heat two and twelfth to fifth in heat three. The set-up on the Ultimate kart was still not ideal, but Parry’s results would ensure a sixth place start for the main final late in the afternoon.

Recent performances had set the level of expectation high in the Parry camp, but all concerned were aware that Llandow was proving to be a tougher challenge. Despite that, a solid start saw the youngster immediately gain a position, which he held comfortably, appearing to bide his time, until midway through the 14-lap race.

Then, however, a mistake under braking for the Raymonds hairpin saw the Ultimate kart clip that of rival Andy King with enough momentum to spin it into the path of the field. Adjudged to have been at fault in the incident, Parry was shown the black flag, forcing him to return to the pits.

Instead of a costly exclusion, however, the teenager was allowed to rejoin a lap down on the field – a decision which could have positive implications for his championship challenge.

Parry eventually came home 25th, taking a serious hit to his points tally for the weekend, but the Clerk of the Course’s decision not to exclude him from the race means that he can still count Llandow as his mandatory dropped score for the season, keeping him in the title hunt.

“I just overcooked it a bit at the final corner, and left my braking a little later than the kart in front of me,” a naturally disappointed Parry admitted, “I received a penalty for that, and can have no argument about it. However, the Clerk of the Course obviously saw it as a minor infringement and allowed me to rejoin, and that means that I can still look forward to the next round of the championship, at Genk in Belgium next month, with something to play for.

“What happened at Llandow was unfortunate, but that’s racing. I just have to put it behind me and keep fighting. I am still optimistic that I can challenge for the title and will be doing everything I can to get a good result next time.”

Before Parry can resume his pursuit of the Stars of Tomorrow Minimax title, however, he has the small matter of two further national competitions to attend to, with the fourth round of the Super 1 Series and the annual Kartmasters event, both held at his ‘local’ PFI circuit in Newark, in July and early August.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.