Slater Finishes LGM As Vice Champion
Freddie Slater was forced to settle for the runners up spot at the final round of the LGM Championship held at PF International, after missing out on the title by only 5 points. Slater was beaten to the championship by ORM’s Arvid Lindblad, who entered the weekend in second place.
Date 7th October 2018
Event Little Green Man
In Saturday’s heat, conditions were tricky after rain had soaked the Lincolnshire circuit. With an extra 3 points available for Pole Position in the A Final, Slater was aware that any advantage he could create over his rival could make all the difference come the last race on Sunday. He kicked off proceedings in fine fashion, making up 18 positions in Heat 1, taking victory ahead of team mate Aiden Neate in second. Looking to bounce back from recent disappointing results was Leo Robinson, as he finished up 5th for first race of the weekend. Further down, Vinnie Phillips was 17th, followed by Archie Clark 18th and Maison Rudman 30th (+10s nose cone penalty). William Macintyre had a weekend to forget after he was excluded from the meeting due to driving in a manner incompatible with safety, something very out of character from the young Scotsman.
On Sunday, conditions brightened up, as Lindblad took victory in Heat 2, leading home an ORM 1,2,3,4. Slater was 5th, whilst Neate climbed 22 positions to 12th, ahead of Phillips in 13th, and Robinson 14th. Clark had an improved result, crossing the line 17th, whilst Oliver Wright (who missed Saturday’s first heat) was 19th, and Rudman struggling down in 34th. Neate secured a row 2 start after clinching the final heat win of the day, crossing the line ahead of Maxwell Dodds (2nd) and Lindblad (3rd). Phillips had a great run through to 4th after gaining 11 positions, ahead of Wright in 5th, Robinson 7th, Slater 9th, Clark 27th, and Rudman 29th. The results of the heats meant Lindblad would start on Pole Position for the A Final, gaining 3 extra bonus points and more importantly taking the lead of the championship heading into the last race of the year, however Slater would start 2nd needing only to finish in front of Lindblad to clinch the title.
As the lights went out, both championship rivals pushed away from the chasing pack, making it a 2 horse race for the win. With an extra 2 points on offer for fastest lap, Lindblad dropped back from Slater, to gain a slip stream on his fellow competitor, trying to do all he could to gain the fastest lap (which was awarded to Neate at the end of the Final), however he was unable to do so despite all his efforts. As the 15 minutes ticked down, Lindblad led onto the last lap, and did everything he could to fend off the threat of Slater behind. No matter what move Slater tried, Lindblad had an answer, as the ORM driver held on to take his second championship of the year, beating Slater by only 5 points. Third to cross the line was Harley Keeble, whilst Neate was caught up in an incident through the race, managed to climb back up to 8th. Robinson finished off the weekend in 12th, a large improvement on his recent outings, followed by Phillips in 13th, Wright 14th, Clark 17th and Rudman in 31st.
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