Rising talent Matthew Parry regained control of the Stars of Tomorrow Minimax class with another commanding display at Whilton Mill, but left knowing he could have put more distance between himself and his rivals.

After his battling comeback performance in round three at Rowrah in May, the 14-year old Bury St Edmunds youngster led from the front in round four, only to be denied the top step of the podium by a mechanical problem in the final.

On a good day for the Ultimate Motorsport team, Parry began in fine form, converting fifth on the grid into victory in his first outing. The ten-lap race saw the top four finishers covered by less than a second, with Parry coming home 0.45secs clear of second place, but things were even closer second time around, as he won his second by just 0.16secs, underlining just how competitive the Minimax class is at national level.

More impressive, however, was the fact that Parry again displayed his overtaking ability, coming from 17th on the grid to take his second win of the day. He was equally aggressive in his third outing and, while not able to complete a hat-trick of wins, still passed eleven other drivers to claim fifth place and secure pole position for the ‘A’ Final.

Heading an all-Ultimate front row, Parry leapt into an immediate lead and, even after team-mate Ashley Hand had been punted out of what was a close-fought race, continued to lead the team’s charge towards victory. However, as he proceeded to pull away from his pursuers, Parry found the handling of his kart suddenly going awry.

With five laps remaining, the youngster appeared to make an uncharacteristic error, running wide and taking to the grass at the downhill right-hand hairpin. With his advantage gone, Parry continued to press on – only to make the same ‘mistake’ next time around. A third identical transgression, however, suggested that something more was amiss with the Ultimate-run kart, leaving the teenager to come home in a disappointed sixth place.

Post-race investigations confirmed the suspicions, with the discovery of a slow puncture in Parry’s left front tyre explaining the excursions, but the youngster also admitted that, with the kart losing grip during the race, it was becoming more important to manage tyre wear generally.

“It was very hot at Whilton Mill and perhaps I pushed the tyres too hard too soon in the heats,” Parry suggested, “It is something we need to look at, but I will be aware of it at future meetings.

“Of course, it was very disappointing to have the puncture in the final, especially as I was leading comfortably but, with my main rivals also having problems, I am back on top of the championship and that is the most important thing.

”It is Llandow next, at the end of the month, and, with the Ultimate team in such good form, I aim to stay there.”

Parry will head to the fifth round of the Stars of Tomorrow season, at Llandow in south Wales over 28-29 June, with a 13-point advantage over his closest rival.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.