McLean Bounces Back
Josh wins in Scotland as Dimitrov and Slater also take podiums
Josh McLean took his first LGM victory at Round 2 of the series in the Mini X30 class at Larkhall, Scotland. After a difficult start to his Championship campaign, having been taken out whilst leading Round 1, Josh was on great form at Larkhall, taking a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in his heats. The final started off dry and Josh was bundled back to 4th, but with great pace he recovered to take the lead. When the rain began, the Fusion driver hung on well in the treacherous conditions and, after the race was red flagged, was declared the winner.
In Junior X30, Round 1 winner Georgi Dimitrov was again on great form. His first heat proved hard work from last on the grid, as with many drivers defending he could ‘only’ climb to just outside the top 10. This gave him grid 5 for the Final. There were last minute changes on the grid as most drivers had chosen wets, having witnessed the Mini final, but the rain stopped. It became apparent that the track was going to rapidly dry, so all drivers were given 4 minutes to change back to slicks and the Fusion mechanics got to work, with the Cadet team joining the Junior team, getting all five drivers back on the grid in time.
Georgi wasted no time in climbing to second, with Tom Edgar also making a strong getaway to run inside the top 5. After a handful of laps a few spots of rain started to appear and Georgi wasted no time in taking control of the race. As the the rain intensified to a downpour, Georgi slipped to second, but retook the lead as the leader went off the track. The intensity of the rain brought out another red flag and with the results taken back a lap, Georgi was denied the victory and classified 2nd. Tom Edgar drove a great race to finish 5th.
IAME Cadet saw each Fusion driver run at the front in the heats, the team showing great pace in the dry conditions with a noticeable return to form for William Macintyre, who took 2 heat wins while Aiden Neate looked comfortably one of the fastest on track.
Freddie Slater continued his run of good form with three top 3 results, with Josh Irfan )making a welcome return to the team from his European races), consistently up at the front. The Final was the last race of the day and ended up the only race with the drivers on wet tyres. Both Freddie and William suffered difficult starts from the outside of the front row and lost touch with the leaders, but once into their stride they lapped at a strong pace, along with Josh, but struggled to close the gap to Lindblad (ORM) who had stretched out a lead.
Freddie took control of the chase and closed on Dodds (Strawberry) in the final laps but had to settle for 3rd, with William finishing just ahead of Josh for 4th and 5th respectively, Oliver Wright was just outside the top ten, with Leo Robinson not far behind. Freddie still leads the Championship after 2 rounds.