Despite ever-present optimism heading into the final round of the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Silverstone, an enlarged field and poor qualifying performance combined to limit rookie Matt Parry to a high point of seventh place.

That that result came after another tenacious drive in tricky conditions was of little consolation for the Welshman, who had hoped to end the regular season on a high by building on recent improvements and claiming a maiden podium finish.

Instead, another below par qualifying session saw Parry start from row six in each of the weekend's three races and, with little progress in the midfield in the first and last races, he was left to settle for eleventh place at the chequered flag.

Race two, on Sunday morning, was better, in spite - or maybe because - of rain, which again brought Parry's wet-weather abilities to the fore. Sadly, a first corner collision meant that, instead of potentially working towards that elusive podium finish, the 17-year old was left to recover from the rear of the field - which he did to great effect in eventually coming home seventh overall.

"It just wasn't our weekend," Parry sighed, "We struggled a little in testing, and there was a lot to learn as the Silverstone GP circuit is one of the longer ones we run on. Perhaps because of that, qualifying was disappointing, and meant that we had a lot to do in each of the races.

"The first and third races turned out to be very similar, with the midfield pack battling amongst themselves and just passing and repassing on the long straights. That allowed the leading group to get away, while our positions remained pretty much the same as at the start.

"Obviously, race two was different, as I was able to make a lot of overtaking moves in the wet. Again, the Fluid Van Diemen was good in those conditions, and we were praying for more rain later in the day, but it wasn't to be."

The results dropped Parry to seventh in the overall season standings, a little below the top five position that he and the Fluid Motorsport Developments team had hoped for, but the Welsh talent remained the best rookie in the series, and heads back to Brands Hatch for the annual Formula Ford Festival this weekend hoping to emulate the team's surprise 2010 success with Dane Dennis Lind.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.