Macintyre Robbed at the Death
William Macintyre was one corner away from recording almost a perfect weekend, after the 8th British seed had dominated the qualifying heats, only to be denied at the last corner on the last lap by ORM driver, Arvid Lindblad.
In Heat 1, Freddie Slater took the win and also fastest lap after starting on the second row (3rd), followed by Ashton Hodgson and Maxwell Dodds. Archie Clark continued to show great speed after finishing an impressive 4th, whilst Oliver Wright rounded out another top 10 in 8th. Sonny Smith making his debut with the team made up 17 positions finishing 11th, ahead of Aiden Neate in 13th who had been running in 2nd until a last lap incident put him down the order. Bart Harrison (17th) Leo Robinson (19th) and William McLean (27th) were hoping to have better results later on in the day after a disappointing first heat.
Macintyre took his first win of the day in Heat 2, after starting 4th and immediately taking the lead and pulling a gap on eventual second place, Sam Shaw. Neate made amends for his first heat finishing up in 3rd, and Vinnie Phillips made up 9 places to come home in 5th – also posting fastest lap along the way. Further down, Clark picked off 11 places throughout the race to cross the line in 15th, Smith also making up 11 places to 17th, followed by Harrison (18th) Robinson (19th) and McLean (26th).
In Heat 3, Macintyre made it 2 wins out of 2 after starting 17th, again showing very impressive speed through traffic posting fastest lap. Slater (4th), Wright (5th), Neate (6th) and Philips (10th) concluded the top 10 Fusion boys, whilst Clark finished in 11th. Smith – who usually drives in the Honda Cadet class, made up 13 places to 15th and McLean in 27th. Harrison unfortunately retired on Lap 1 after a mechanical failure put an end to his race.
Macintyre cemented Pole Position and 3 extra championship points with a Heat 3 victory and fastest lap, after starting down in 21st position. Phillips, who had earlier led the race finished 3rd, whilst Slater (6th) finished ahead of an improved Robinson in 7th. Further down, Wright made up good ground to 16th.
In the early stages of the A Final, things couldn’t have looked any better for the Fusion outfit. Macintyre lead from the start, followed by Slater and Neate closely behind, with a comfortable gap to the charging ORM trio of Lindblad, Dodds and Harley Keeble. At the half way mark, the gap had closed up, and several lead changes brought the pack closer behind. Heading onto the last lap, it looked as thought Macintyre had the win covered, however Lindblad and Keeble both pushed with everything they had left, and heading into the last corner a slight mistake from Macintyre gave Lindblad the chance to pull alongside in a drag race to the line. Lindblad was victorious by the smallest of margins (0.01s), with Macintyre in 2nd and Keeble 3rd. Slater was 4th followed by another strong drive from Neate. Completing the top 10 was Phillips, with Wright (12th) and a good recovery by Robinson in 13th. Smith rounded off his debut with the team with a 16th, whilst Clark couldn’t convert his heat pace into a result in the final, unfortunately losing 8 places to 21st. Harrison struggled but managed to make up 5 places to 24th, whilst McLean gave it everything to graduate from the B Final, however was unable to make the top 4 qualifying places.
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