LE MANS – IAME WORLD FINALS – Freddie Slater

LE MANS – IAME WORLD FINALS

After a very successful season Freddie participated in the World Finals at Le Mans France. With 70 competitors in total from every corner of the globe Freddie and his team undertook a long 10 day competition. As current Vice World Champion Freddie prepared himself to go one better this time around.

Practice was from Friday until Sunday in nice dry conditions where in usual style Freddie was fast from the start and enjoyed being back at the Le Mans karting circuit. Qualifying on the Tuesday was difficult as the track changed so much from the days before Freddie and the team found themselves on the back foot with the set up. Only managing 8th overall Freddie would start fourth for each heat race. However the team knew the direction they had to go in order to get back to the top of the time sheets.

Heat 1 was on a drying track with wets and although Freddie had a good lead it was hard for him to read the improvement in the track in order to push harder. Getting caught by second and third Freddie found himself falling short of a last lap altercation forcing him to drop to third over the line. The second heat was full wet and Freddie demonstrated his love for this conditions in this class as he drove off into the distance claiming a confidence boosting heat win. The last heat forced massive setup challenges as the track looked like it was wets however last minute changed to slicks with only one dry line. Freddie drove a mature race at the front and secured a second win giving him the best points tally from all drivers and most importantly the pole position for the prefinal on Saturday.

Saturday was forecast to be very wet however the weather eased and the track although starting wet would end up dry. Morning practice was damp however the prefinal started to show a dry line. The team assembled the kart to dry last minute and Freddie guided his was through the very unforgiving dry line. He fell short of the wet patches a few times however in a last lap battle managed to force his threat onto the wet patch and cross the line with a 1.5 second lead

The final was over 9 laps. Freddie drove a dominating start and was fully in control of the race. Mid way through Freddie was forced to the grass and dropped to 8th place. In some breathtaking moves Freddie carved his was back to 2nd where he hunted down the leader. With not enough laps Freddie after the set back couldn’t quite make it and crossed the line Second. Although upset with the result Freddie knew he had given it his all and now he looks forward to continue his journey in the Junior category.

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