Following a disastrous first heat, where Josh had an electrical issue and was unable to take the start, it looked like it was going to be a difficult day. A win in his second heat was countered with a nosecone penalty in his 3rd which left him classified 16th after the heats. Team mates Jess Edgar and Cian Shields also had mixed fortunes but good pace and would line up 13th and 17th respectively.
In the 15 minute Final, Josh continued his impressive pace, storming through the field, reaching the top 10 when the ‘safety car flag’ came out. At the restart he wasted no time, picking off his rivals one by one until he was up to 2nd. Meanwhile Cian was also making good progress and was just outside the top 6. Jess couldn’t capitalise on her speed and climbed to 10th before another driver insisted on defending for the entirety of the race. A dropped nose cone would compound her frustration after the race.
Back at the front Josh had closed the gap to the leader and took control with 3 minutes to go, stretching out a comfortable margin to the flag for a memorable victory, making it 2 out of 3 for the LGM series so far. Cian ended up in 6th with a solid drive, whilst Jess dropped to 15th after her penalty.
In the Junior X30s, Oliver Bearman showed a massive step forward in performance during testing and the heats, with team mates Tom Edgar and Alicia Barrett also looking fast, Alicia probably one of the fastest of all on Saturday.
A nosecone penalty prevented Oliver securing a top 5 start for the Final, with Tom and Alicia also having at least one bad heat, meaning they would all start outside the top 10. A crash at the start put an end to Alicia’s hopes of a recovery drive, frustratingly preventing her from turning her pace into a result. Oliver and Tom both were quickly on the move. Whilst Oliver battled in the lead pack at the start he faded slightly mid-distance, but when team mate Tom came past he found a second wind and was pulled along to a credible 7th place. Tom completed a spirited recovery to 6th, moving up 12 places from his grid, with one of his best drives to date. Team mate Dougie Bolger continued his improved pace but was out of luck in the Final when a crash knocked him back.
The team head to Forest Edge in 2 weeks for Round 4 of the Series.
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