MATT BLITZES BUCKMORE


Matthew Parry moved back to the head of the Super 1 Series Junior Rotax British Championship table with a sparkling display at Buckmore Park that netted his fourth and fifth victories of the season.

Having bounced back into title contention in round three at Whilton Mill, Parry was determined not to waste the opportunity to re-establish himself as favourite for the crown when round four rolled around. Right from the start of the event, the Paul Carr Racing driver marked himself out as the man to beat, building on a successful appearance at the Buckmore Park Kart Club’s meeting the previous weekend, where he had qualified fastest and won both finals ahead of a strong Super 1 contingent, to quickly establish a similar pattern of dominance.

Among the top ten runners who all broke the 40-second barrier in pre-event practice, Parry raised his game for qualifying as Saturday dawned bright and sunny. Not only did he post the quickest time in Junior Max, but comparisons across the entire meeting showed that his pole-winning lap was actually faster than anyone else had managed, including the normally quicker Senior Max frontrunners.

Buoyed by his obvious pace, the 15-year old led from start to finish in the first of two heats on Saturday afternoon, coming home a second clear of local driver Sean Babington, but then suffered his only setback of the weekend in the second race, as a poor start dropped him to third and forced him to battle for position before eventually taking second behind old rival Andy King.

First and second in his two races still warranted pole position for the Pre-Final but, with both heats having taken place on Saturday afternoon, there was a long time to wait before racing resumed. Undaunted, and clearly relaxed after his earlier performances, Parry duly spent time revising for his remaining GCSEs before suiting up once again.

This time, there was no faltering at the start and, taking advantage of Babington scrapping for second with Lewis Plato, Parry streaked into an immediate lead. It was to be one that he would not lose, heading the 30-strong field throughout and, such was his domination, the youngster felt no need to push in search of fastest lap to go with his victory.

If anything, temperatures had risen again by the time the second final came around, but Parry remained cool and got another perfect start to lead the pack into turn one. Once more, the combination of the Welsh-born youngster and his PCR-run Kosmic kart proved unbeatable, with Parry edging away throughout to eventually win by nearly two seconds over Babington, and leaving the rest of the field over four seconds adrift.

“The maximum score from the two finals puts me back on top of the Super 1 British Championship,” Parry confirmed, “I was very confident coming back here after my performance in the club meeting at Buckmore a week ago, and I knew that the kit put together by Paul Carr and Rick May would be superb. The balance of the kart was perfect, as required for Buckmore Park, and everything came together to produce the perfect weekend.”

Parry will be back in action this weekend at the latest club meeting at PF International, kicking off a busy July as he looks to put the strain of GSCE exams behind him. A full programme of karting, with testing at Larkhall in Scotland following in the week after PFI, means that Parry’s Formula Renault test programme will be put on hold in order to limit the adjustment needed to swap from kart to single-seater and back.

This is an important decision as he gears up to end the month by taking the plunge and making his debut in the Senior Rotax class at round three of the Euro Max Challenge at the Speedworld circuit in Austria, and then reverting to the Junior class in order to continue his pursuit of the Super 1 title.

 

Article created by Craig Llewellyn.