Matt Parry's 100 per cent record in this year's Super 1 Junior Rotax championship was ended in round two at Rowrah, one of the youngster's favourite circuits not proving particularly fruitful on this occasion.

Only fifth in timed qualifying, in a field that proved extremely well-matched, gave Matt work to do in the heats, and he could manage only fourth place in the first of his two races. There was better to come in heat two the following day, however, as the Paul Carr Racing entry moved to the front within three laps and maintained the lead for the remainder, despite pressure from behind.

The results were enough to see Matt progress straight into the finals, and secure a start from the first two rows. Again, he worked his way to the front of the pack but, in a hard-fought battle, eventually lost touch with the leaders and came home third, a couple of seconds adrift.

Once again, the second race appeared to be Matt's best, with the 15-year old challenging Andy King for the lead until contact with one of the karts in the chasing pack cost him not only his front fairing, but also any chance of taking a good result. The pit-stop required to effect repairs dropped Matt a lap behind, and he was only able to salvage 24th spot by the chequered flag.

Despite the setback, however, Matt left Cumbria still holding a top three position in the standings, sitting third overall, just 15 points behind the new joint leaders courtesy of his perfect score from round one at PF International in March.

Although race two from Rowrah will likely form part of Matt's dropped score at the end of the campaign, he heads to Whilton Mill for round three over 8-9 May knowing that he needs to return to winning ways.

"Rowrah has been good to me in the past," he reflected, "but I was my own worst enemy this time. I've driven better than I did here, and being below par this weekend has cost me valuable points. The race was there for the taking in Final Two, but I didn't make it count and, to make things worse, we got collected by another driver and lost both the nosecone and, at the very least, another podium finish. I'll be looking for better at Whilton Mill."


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.