Las Vegas Supenats – Freddie Slater

Las Vegas Supenats

On the back of a great year in America Winning the Skusa Protour Championship Freddie had his eyes set on the season finale held in Las Vegas. He was more prepared than ever to bring home the trophy. As the Protour winner Freddie enjoyed collecting his Championship Trophy on the Tuesday evening of race week from the Championship Organisers as the youngest every Junior X30 winner.
Traditional Vegas weather is dry and warm. However this year was different as the forecast showed torrential rain for the whole of Wednesday and Thursday Morning. This forced all the testing to be completed in the rain. This was great for Freddie as his wet weather experience shone through as he topped the timing sheets for most of the day.
Thursday started in similar fashion with two very wet sessions then a drying track for qualifying. With a last minute change the team went for slicks with it being the right choice as the sun broke through and quickly dried the temporary street circuit. Freddie had a great run in qualifying and finished 3rd only one tenth of a second off the leader. Impressive considering this was Freddie’s first time on a dry track.
The heat races came the next day, starting 3rd Freddie was in prime position to attack for the lead. Heat 1 went very smooth and Freddie carved his way past in the first corner giving him enough of a gap to lead all the way until the flag. With great momentum Freddie dominated heat 2 with impressive last lap skills to come out on top taking his second heat win of the day!
Saturdays heat didn’t go to plan as major contact from behind put Freddie through the plastic barriers ending his race immediately at turn 2. Adding this disappointing result to his pair of wins Freddie would start position 18 for the Super Sunday Final. Keeping his head high he knew he could dig a result from this race.
The final over 20 laps started well as Freddie knew it was important to keep it on the track for the first few corners. He then used his pace to make his way up the field. With some great overtakes Freddie found himself in 4th hunting down the leaders. Although he could try the leaders had opened up too much of a gap to Freddie behind. Finishing 4th from 18th was still a great achievement for Freddie as his first time in Junior X30 in Vegas. Freddie was later demoted to 5th after an unavoidable penalty. A great race week where he showed his dominance on a world class stage.
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