Finishing Vice Micro Champion in last year’s Supernats, Freddie wanted a new challenge and chose to do the class above. This meant more speed, more competitors and a higher quality of drivers. The mini swift category is known to be one of the most competitive in the competition and across the world.
The circuit was made in temporary format in a asphalt area next to the Westgate Hotel Resort and Casino at the bottom end of the Las Vegas strip. With a new track layout to the previous year it was key for the drivers to learn the new track as soon as possible with limited testing.
Although Freddie was the youngest of the 71 drivers, he got to grips with the circuit very early on posting fastest laps in the Wednesday testing. Qualifying was difficult for Freddie as he found himself on his own out the front without a slip stream from any other driver. Starting row 5 for his heat races meant Freddie was still at the sharp end of the races.
Spread over 3 heats in 2 days Freddie managed 6th, 7th and 17th matching the pace of the front runners. in accumulative scores Freddie qualified 16th overall; the crash in heat 1 proving detrimental to his final starting spot.
Super Sunday held all the main race events of the week. The mini final held over 12 laps was one of the most competitive. With a great start from the outside Freddie forced his way to p10 round the first sequence of bends. In pursuit of the front pack he fond himself in multi driver battles which enabled the front pack to get away. Despite this Freddie managed to hold off the fast drivers from behind and on is own start closing in on the next pack. Reaching them on the last lap the tough battle commenced. Jostling for positions, Freddie found himself in the hardest race of his life and whilst getting battered and bruised by the older more experienced competitors Freddie popped out in 10th position.
Being the youngest driver at only 9 racing in a new class Freddie had to work very hard for his achievement. Learning a great deal from the weeks racing will long term help his skills when he returns to British Cadet Racing.