Matthew Parry may only be contesting a limited race programme in his GCSE year, but showed just how determined he is to add another title to his collection by setting the pace at the Super 1 season-opener at PF International.

Despite a 55-strong entry underlining the strength – and value in financially-straitened times – of the 2010 Junior Rotax class, Parry was in dominant form from the off. Among the seeded drivers taking charge from Friday’s test session, the Bury St Edmunds resident was quickly lapping below the 47secs mark, but the forecast for Saturday meant that he would have to be on the top of his game in all conditions.

Rain fell throughout the first day of competition, with timed qualifying becoming an interesting affair as the conditions fluctuated along with the amount of precipitation. Parry was fortunate to be running in the second group to venture out, and benefited from a marginally drier – and still drying – track as he posted the second fastest time of the day.

Although that gave him a second place start for the opening heat of the meeting, held later that afternoon in heavy rain, the 15-year old seized the lead early on, and then drove with the precision and confidence of a driver now in his second season of Junior Rotax to win by a comfortable margin.

Heat two could not have been held in more different conditions, with bright sun replacing the previous day’s grey skies, but Parry showed that he had the right set-up whatever the weather by converting a second place start into another victory, and pole position for the first of the weekend’s finals.

Once at the front of the field, Parry really came into his own, taking control of the first points race to win by more than two seconds, having never been headed. He then repeated the feat in the main event of the day, again leading from lights to flag without needing to set the fastest lap in order to stay ahead.

After a strong winter series at his ‘home ‘ track, where he finished third overall, the second victory – and his fourth of the weekend – guaranteed the Paul Carr Racing driver early control of the Super 1 points table with six rounds to run, and underlined the ‘pre-season favourite’ tag applied to him by Karting magazine.

“It was good to get the Super 1 campaign off to a winning start, and I’m already looking forward to Rowrah in four weeks’ time,” Parry commented, “However, after a performance like this, I can’t afford to be complacent and won’t be taking things lightly in Cumbria.

“The drivers coming up from MiniMax will surely improve with experience, and begin to rival those of us who have been here for a year already, while I know that my more experienced rivals will be more fortunate in the rounds to come, so I have to keep on top of my game.

“Rowrah, however, is one of my favourite circuits, and I will be hoping to repeat some of the success I have enjoyed there in the past.”


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.