LUCKY 7 MAKES IT 7
Coskun Irfan was victorious at the FairFX MSA Kartmasters Grand Prix last weekend at a very warm and sunny PFi. Irfan was followed home by Maxwell Dodds, and Fusion team mate, Freddie Slater – who also picked up the Bruno Ferrari award at the meeting.
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With the meeting held over 4 days, Friday was the first official day of racing, but first, Qualifying. Dodds topped the time sheets, followed by Luke Watts and Arvid Lindblad. Positions 4th – 9th were all taken by team drivers, with Vinnie Phillips the highest placed ahead of Aiden Neate in 5th, Slater 6th, Irfan 7th, Leo Robinson 8th and William Macintyre 9th. The soul remaining Fusion driver was Oliver Wright, down in 20th.
In Heat 1, Macintyre took victory, making up 8 places, crossing the line ahead of Irfan who also had a strong race through from 7th. Rounding out the podium was Dodds, whilst Neate (5th), Slater (6th) and Robinson (9th) completed the top 10 for the blue and orange outfit. Wright, who was recovering from a disappointing qualifying finished 15th, however Phillips was caught up in an incident during the race, finishing down in 23rd.
Dodds was victorious in Heat 2, with Lindblad completing an ORM double in 2nd and Macintyre 3rd. Irfan settled for 5th, with Slater playing the consistent game, finishing 6th again following up his result in Qualifying and Heat 1. Phillips had a better 2nd heat, taking 7th, followed by Neate in 8th, Wright in 15th, and Robinson 17th.
On Saturday, the same format would be carried out as Friday, with Qualifying and 2 heats. Lindblad topped the time sheets with team mate Dodds in 2nd and SCM driver Charlie Rippin 3rd. Irfan was 4th, with Wright (6th) having a much improved Qualifying session compared to the previous day. Phillips was 7th, with Macintyre 10th, Slater 12th, Neate 14th and Robinson 15th.
Macintyre and Slater stormed through in Heat 3, working together well to complete a 1-2 for the team. Lindblad completed the podium, with Irfan 5th, Wright 11th, Phillips 13th and Robinson 15th. Neate was unfortunate to be caught up in an incident towards the end of the race, dropping him down the order, only to be topped off by a nose cone penalty resulting in a finish of 27th.
Dodds won the final heat on Saturday, cementing pole position for the Pre Final on Sunday. Brandon Carr came home in 2nd, whilst Slater 3rd and Mainctyre 4th both had strong drives again to make up several positions in the 10 minute heat. Irfan was 8th, Neate having an improved run in 11th, followed by Phillips in 12th, Robinson 16th, and Wright in 18th.
In the Pre Final, Irfan converted his 5th place start to victory, followed by Macintyre and Harley Keeble. However, a post race decision confirmed a 1 lap penalty for Macintyre after a collision with another driver during the race, promoting all the drivers 1 place higher for the starting grid in the Grand Final. Neate had a solid race to finish 5th, Phillips 7th and Wright in 11th. Slater was an innocent party on lap 1, getting caught up in an unavoidable accident dropping him to last, however a mature drive back meant he would start the Final from 13th, just ahead of team mate Robinson in 16th.
At the start of the Final, the inside row got the better start, with Irfan, Dodds and Neate all linking up well and managing to create a gap to the chasing pack on the opening few laps. Further down the order, Slater and Macintyre were both picking off drivers lap after lap to close on the 4th place of Lindblad. In the closing laps, Neate took the lead of the race, however in true Kartmasters fashion, it was every driver for himself. Neate was unable to hold on as Lindblad went to the front, ahead of Dodds and Irfan. On the penultimate lap, Lindblad over defended, allowing Irfan to sweep round the outside of both himself and Dodds, to take the lead and put a decent enough gap between him and the new 2nd place of Carr. As the positions swapped and changed every corner, it was the number 7 kart of Irfan who crossed the line first to make it Fusion’s 7th Kartmasters win. Dodds finished 2nd, whilst Slater produced a fantastic last lap to secure the final podium spot in 3rd. Macintyre made up a total of 23 places to finish 4th, with Neate in 6th. Phillips was 8th, Wright in 12th, and Robinson in 19th after picking up a nose cone penalty.
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