Matthew Parry confirmed his reputation as one of Britain’s leading kart racers by claiming a second national title in two years, wrapping up the Super 1 British Junior Rotax crown in the final round at Three Sisters.

Having already posted the 2009 Formula Kart Stars crown on his résumé, the 15-year old was determined to go one better in Super 1, having finished as runner-up last season, but was made to wait until the seventh and final event to do so after a mid-season hiccup. As a result, what would usually have been a weekend of self-preservation took on a slightly more urgent feel, despite Parry carrying an advantage of more than 20 points into the meeting.

Friday practice saw the usual suspects heading the timesheets, with Parry comfortably in the top six after careful preparation – including pre-race testing and a club meeting at the Wigan circuit – but things did not run quite so smoothly in Saturday’s qualifying session. The strong field proved closely matched at the front and, despite being just a couple of tenths off the pace, the Paul Carr Racing driver found himself only eighth on the combined timesheets.

“It was difficult going into the weekend to find the balance between pushing hard as usual and making sure that I didn’t do anything silly, but I had hoped to be fastest in qualifying so that I could keep myself out of trouble at the front,” Parry admitted, “Starting back in the pack made things more difficult.”

Torn between trying to race his way to the front and retaining a sense of caution, Parry posted ninth and second places in his two heats, which actually dropped him to ninth on the grid for the first of the weekend’s two finals. The inside starting slot, however, was a good one to have heading into the first turn and Parry emerged unscathed before finding himself in sixth position. Content to make space for himself while the top five battled over the podium places, the Welsh-born youngster edged himself closer to the title with one round to run.

His result in the first final meant that Parry would have to start the final event of the Super 1 season from the outside of row three but, again, he kept his wits about him as the field headed into turn one and set about consolidating his sixth position while the same quintet, including his closest championship rivals, diced amongst themselves. Knowing that, provided he made no mistakes, he would be crowned as British number one, the Kosmic-mounted youngster kept a watching brief before crossing the line three seconds behind the winner.

The brace of sixth-place finishes confirmed Parry’s position at the top of the standings as, with dropped scores taken into account, he held a 17-point advantage over nearest rival Jack Marshall.

“It was a little against my nature not to try and win the races, but I knew what I had to do this weekend,” Parry admitted, “After a couple of rounds where perhaps I didn’t drive to my full ability, it was important that I followed the game plan. This is a great way to end the season, and I am relieved to have finally secured the British title, especially having come so close last year. I have to say a big thank-you to Paul Carr and his team for their support throughout the year.”

Despite the distraction of taking his GCSE exams in the middle of the season, Parry can now add the #1 plate which had narrowly eluded him in 2009 to his FKS title from last season. With an eye on moving to single-seaters next season, the youngster’s final kart meeting is likely to be the Rotax World Finals at La Conca in Italy in the middle of November. Having finished second in last year’s event in Egypt, he will again hope to go one better to round out his karting career on a high.

“It is very difficult to advise a young racing driver in the circumstances Matt faced this weekend,” team boss Paul Carr admitted, “so, in the end, I just told him to race normally but keep away from those fighting for second and third in the championship! He did that, and it has been a fabulous season. Matt is a fine young driver with an undoubted career in motor racing.”


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.