SKUSA Indianapolis – Freddie Slater

SKUSA Indianapolis

The final two rounds of the SKUSA X30 National Championship were held at the popular New Castle Circuit just outside Indianapolis. Known as a place very important to the motorsport industry this reflected in the high entry for the finals with Freddie competing against 46 other competitors in his category. Along with his younger brother Alfie, Freddie and his team travelled from the UK on Tuesday to commence practice on Thursday morning. Extra pressure was added when 90% of the grid had been practicing at the circuit for the 3 weeks previously. However, with the best preparation at home Freddie liked the idea of playing catch up.
Practice on Thursday started well as Freddie learnt the track in just a few short sessions. Equalling the best times of the day Freddie was happy with his initial laps. Friday went in similar fashion as the team tested equipment Freddie came out top of the time sheets in the final two sessions of the day. Qualifying at this track would be the most difficult. The tow gained a huge 0.5 seconds and the championship restrictions meant Freddie had to play minimum risk in order to post a lap time to be at the front. As the leader of the championship he played a calculated qualifying which put him in 6th position in a strong place against his championship rivals.
The prefinal was an exciting race where Freddie excelled from an outside starting position. With very assertive overtaking against his rivals on his way to the lead, Freddie demonstrated why he should be champion. Leading the last corner and being pushed wide meant Freddie would cross the line in p2. Regardless great points for the championship.
The final provided a great race for spectators as the lead changed multiple times with Freddie in the thick of it. Freddie showed a exemplary amount of driving skill and overtook two drivers at once. Combined with a moment where Freddie was forced off the track onto the dust certainly gave the crowd some nail-biting spectating. In the medley of karts Freddie brought it home 3rd where his championship competitors crashed out. Two strong podiums in round 5 meant Freddie was already champion! A totally unexpected result for the youngster who in most of the championship was 10 year old! Competing against the majority who were 13-14 year olds. Winning with one whole race meeting to go certainly showed his ability and intentions for junior racing in the 2020 season. Well done Freddie and Team!!

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