Macintyre Takes Maiden S1 Victory
Fusion 1-2 at Whilton Mill Super One
In mixed conditions at Whilton Mill for Round 2 of the MSA British Championship, the Fusion duo of Slater and Macintyre were unstoppable. Despite just missing out on the front row in TQ (William held up on his best lap), the pair finished 1st and 2nd in every race thereafter.
In TQ, although Dodds (Strawberry) claimed pole position, the Fusion boys were out in full force in the slippery conditions, filling 7 out of the top 9 with William 2nd, Aiden Neate 3rd, Freddie 4th, Vinnie Phillips 6th, Archie Clark a superb 7th and Bart Harrison 9th.
Saturday’s heats were held on a wet track with Freddie making clear his intensions with two wins, William backing him up with two 2nd place finishes. Aiden scored two P5s, with Leo Robinson recovering well from a disappointing TQ with two 9ths.
On Sunday the rain clouds lifted and the track slowly started to dry. By the time the first Cadet Final came round tyre choice was key. Most of the Fusion boys went out on slicks, with just Archie and Bart going wets. Lindblad (ORM) had also chosen wets and shot into an immediate lead ahead of Freddie and William. Archie was also enjoying the wets on the drying track and stormed through into the top 10. The Fusion boys settled into a rhythm, working together and as their tyres came on they chipped into Lindblad’s lead. At mid-distance they had caught him and went either side at Christmas corner, with Freddie going the long way round the outside, earning himself a gap in the process that he would hold to the flag to maintain his unbeaten run. William brought it home a comfortable 2nd with Aiden 6th and Archie an incredible 8th.
In the televised Final 2, the Fusion duo of Slater and Macintyre made a strong start but after only 1 lap the race was red flagged following a nasty incident at the final corner involving Bart, who thankfully walked away. At the restart Freddie and William made an escape as Lindblad tumbled down the order. The Fusion pair traded the lead several times before Freddie took back control, William electing to push him away to a 5 second lead. On the penultimate lap William executed a great cut back at the hairpin to edge into the lead and drove a superb last lap to hold a slender advantage over his team mate for an ecstatic maiden British Championship race victory, whilst Leo came through to a fantastic 5th place and top rookie.
Although disappointed to not maintain his unbeaten run, Freddie took consolation in the fact he had scored a near maximum score over the weekend. He now leads the British Championship ahead of William, with Aiden 5th and Leo 9th.
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