Fusion’s Freddie Slater took his fourth win in succession and his first British Championship victory in a thrilling lead-swapping battle in slippery conditions at PF International. Two races earlier in the packed programme, Jessica Edgar had produced the surprise of the day as she took her first ever win in X30 Mini on her class Super One debut.
In IAME Cadet qualifying it was William MacIntyre who led the team with a solid 2nd fastest lap overall. Freddie had a disaster out of the pits as he was forced onto the kerb and into a spin, rejoining last then storming through the field, setting 4th fastest lap despite overtaking twice. Leo Robinson performed well in his first S1 TQ session, netting 9th fastest lap just ahead of team mates Aiden Neate and Vinnie Phillips.
In Saturday’s heats, held in dry conditions, Freddie took a second and a 3rd whilst William scored a 4th and a 2nd, meaning the team mates would line up alongside each other on the second row for Final 1, with Aiden 7th, Vinnie 9th and Leo 11th.
On Sunday the clouds loomed and a light drizzle made the track surface slippery for Final 1. With all the drivers on slicks it was a true test of driver ability. Freddie took control of the race early on from Lindblad (ORM), as the two stretched away from the pack. The Fusion driver came close to breaking away on several occasions but a mistake on the penultimate lap allowed Lindblad through and a frustrated Freddie had to settle for 2nd. William ended up 6th having gone backwards in the early laps whilst Aiden came home 10th.
As the rain increased there was no doubt about the choice of tyres for Final 2, and for the first time that weekend all drivers ended up on wets for the most important race of the event. At the start William had a disaster, coming off at turn 3, with Aiden joining him, but the determined Fusion driver knuckled down and stormed back through the field to an eventual 4th place finish, setting the fastest lap by 0.3s.
Meanwhile at the front it was a three-way battle for the lead as Freddie, Linblad and Dodds (Strawberry) all took turns to head the pack. As their thrilling battle ensured, they were joined by Watts (RHMS). On the final lap Freddie had dropped to 3rd, but he executed a great cut back at the second hairpin for 2nd and then a superb move for the lead two corners later to cross the line and score his first British Championship victory. William had caught the lead pack and had the race been one lap longer would have had a chance to challenge for the win whilst Aiden recovered to 10th with Leo 11th, a great result in his first British Championship race.
In X30 Mini, Josh McLean led the Fusion team for most of the weekend, scoring a win and a second in his heats. He went on to score a great win in Final 1, but a nosecone penalty dropped him down to 7th. Jess Edgar had quietly been racking up points and places and benefited from other’s misfortune to end up 3rd in Final 1 after the penalties. In Final 2 there was nothing quiet about her performance – once she got into second she pulled away from the pack and started to catch Rowledge (Strawberry) in the closing stages. Once it became apparent that Rowledge had a nose cone penalty, the Fusion team celebrated as Jess’s persistence earned her a fantastic maiden (no pun intended) victory, an amazing achievement for the young lady from Cumbria, fully living up to the Edgar reputation. Josh’s Sunday was one to forget as despite storming through to 3rd, another nosecone penalty knocked him back to 7th.
In Junior X30 Fusion welcomed new driver Oliver Bearman to the team and the youngster showed immediate pace, setting purple sectors in qualifying. However it was Tom Edgar (no relation) who showed his form in TQ, setting 2nd fastest lap overall, meaning he would line up on the front row for each race. Unfortunately the heats didn’t go according to plan for the Fusion boys, despite good pace. In the Finals Tom ended up 8th, with Rufus Hunt 10th in Final 1 with 9th in Final 2 in the wet.
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