Slater and Dimitrov make it 2 for Fusion at LGM R1
Freddie Slater and Georgi Dimitrov take the wins in Cadet and Junior X30 respectively at the LGM season opener at PF International
Georgi Dimitrov started the competitive part of the weekend badly, having posted fastest times in practice he suffered an electrical problem in Timed Qualifying, bizarrely only cured by him holding the coil on the engine! He continued to drive one handed, remarkably setting the fastest middle sector of the session, but ultimately ended up down in 16th.
The determined Bulgarian surged through in his heats for a 5th and a 7th, giving him grid 5 for the Final. On a fully dry track, he wasted no time in seizing the lead of the race and despite dropping back to second at one stage, he timed his move to perfection, taking back the lead and earning himself a 1 second advantage that he would hold to the flag for a well deserved victory.
In the headline LGM event, IAME Cadet, Freddie Slater was on fine form, fresh from his British Open victory and proudly sporting the O Plate. It was team mate Bart Harrison who took the win in heat 1 however, as the wet tyres chosen by the team gave him the edge, but only just as William Macintyre came on strong in the latter stages of the race to finish a close 2nd. Freddie struggled a little to find his feet in the slippery conditions and ended up P5. He made amends in Heat 2, storming from the back row to finish 3rd, with Leo Robinson a superb 4th and William also making up good ground from the back to finish 7th.
Heat 3 saw a comfortable win for Freddie, one of just 3 drivers to end up on slicks, as the rain just held off and the wet runners struggled, with Oliver Wright and Bart the best of the rest from Fusion in 5th and 6th respectively.
Most of the Fusion front runners had completed their 3 heats, but in the final heat of the day Leo and Vinnie Phillips both gained places, Vinnie setting fastest lap on his way to 7th, with Fusion returnee Aiden Neate second fastest.
In the Final the race was red flagged straight after the start following a nasty incident involving front runner Arvid Lindblad. William and Oliver were also involved in the crash, limping back to the start line with damage to their karts. As the karts re-formed on the grid, there emerged 5 blue and orange karts in the top 6, with Leo and Vinnie moving up the order. At the restart Freddie shot into an immediate lead and was never challenged, pulling a comfortable gap over the field as he reeled off the laps of the 15 minute race in impressive style to take the flag. William faded back as his kart had sustained damage from the first corner crash but still managed 5th place. All eyes (and ears) turned to Oliver as he stormed through the pack and up into 2nd place, but the increasing noise from his kart underlined a broken manifold from the start incident, which gave him a massive increase in power but ultimately a non-compliance in scrutineering.
In X30 Mini, Josh McLean was unlucky not to make it a clean sweep for Fusion, driving superbly in the Final, coming from grid 3 – after two 3rds in his heats – to take the lead with 2 laps to go, but then going into the first hairpin he was punted out of the lead and back to an eventual 5th place finish. Jess Edgar had a superb showing, coming home 4th at the flag definitively underlining her massive step forward in performance since the start of the year.