Magical Macintyre Storms To Round 4 Victory
William Macintyre reassured everyone last weekend that he is a serious contender for the British Championship this year, after claiming victory at Rowrah, for Round 4 of the Super One Series.
In Timed Qualifying, it was the ORM duo of Maxwell Dodds and Arvid Lindblad that took the first 2 spots on the grid, however Macintyre and team mate Freddie Slater locked out the second row, followed by Aiden Neate in 5th. Vinnie Philips posted the 7th fastest time, whilst Oliver Wright (11th), Leo Robinson (12th), Archie Clark (14th), Edu Robinson (19th) and Bart Harrison (22nd) all looked to push forward in the heats.
As the rain came down on Saturday morning, mixed fortunes followed in the heats. Macintyre took the win in Heat 1, followed by Neate and Lindblad. Slater finished 2nd on the road, but was handed a 1 lap penalty after he was caught up in a last lap incident with Dodds and Lindblad. Leo Robinson came home in 10th, however Phillips (13th), Wright (15th), Edu Robinson (20th), Clark (23rd) and Harrison (25th) all lost ground from their starting positions. In Heat 2, Lindblad took the win from Dodds meaning he secured a controversial pole for the Pre-Final, whilst Slater made amends from his first heat disapointment to take 3rd, posting another fastest lap along the way. Macintyre followed in 4th, and Vinnie Phillips and Oliver Wright bounced back from their Heat 1 to finish 6th and 9th. Leo Robinson was 11th, whilst Neate was an innocent party caught up in a first corner incident, dropping to the back of the pack, however raced back through to 19th, just behind team mate Clark in 18th. Bart Harrison was unfortunate to take a nose cone penalty demoting him to 26th.
In Final 1, pole man Lindblad was penalised and moved to the back of the grid after working on the kart after the allocated time allowed, so Macintyre was promoted to 1st. However, it was Dodds who took the win from Macintyre who was pushed hard by team mate Phillips who has a great run through from 7th. Despite being up to 4th at one point from his 17th starting position, Slater was disqualified from the race after he was adjudged to have caused a racing incident, meaning he would have to start Final 2 from last. The remaining Fusion drivers of L. Robinson (8th), Neate (9th), Harrison (15th), Clark (16th) and E. Robinson (20th) all made progress, however Wright was fortunate to walk away with only bruising after a big accident midway through the race.
After Dodds initially broke free at the start of Final 2, Macintyre clawed away at his lead, eventually catching and passing the ORM driver. With 2 laps remaining, he put together a very mature and defensive drive to maintain his lead and take victory at the flag, followed by Dodds in 2nd and Lindblad 3rd. A fantastic drive back through the pack saw Slater finish in 4th, making up 24 positions along his way to the front pack. Aiden Neate rounded off another good weekend in 6th, with team mate Phillips in 8th (who had lead the race in the early couple of laps) and Leo Robinson in 11th. Oliver Wright recovered well from his crash in Final 1, finishing 13th, whilst Clark (14th), Harrison (16th) and Edu Robinson (22nd) all scored decent results to bring home some strong points from the weekend.
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