SKUSA – Utah – Freddie Slater

SKUSA – Utah

For the second time this year, Freddie and the Slater squad travelled to America to
compete in his second junior race. The Utah Motorsports Campus, surrounded by a backdrop of snowy mountains played host. Freddie was impressed with the facility and despite being just 10 years old, had thoroughly prepared himself for the tough challenge of a competitive full junior grid and was looking forward to getting out on the track to start testing.

With only 8 short sessions over 2 days it was going to be a challenge for Freddie to get on the pace of the other drivers. After the first day there was still time to find, but Freddie and his team knew they could get the job done. With a different set up on Thursday and being more familiar with the track, Freddie started to climb up the timing sheets.

The first round was held on Saturday with the format being qualifying, pre final and final. With perfect positioning Freddie managed to create the ideal lap as his tyres came in at 59.7; the fastest time of the week. Against all odds the Brit was on pole. From this, Freddie knew he had a hold on the race. The first pre final was over 12 laps and along with his team mate John Burke, Freddie lead the field until the last few laps.
In an amazing move, Freddie managed to overtake both his team mate and another kart round the outside at the first corner. This moved secured the coveted win. The final went in similar fashion. After a long 20 lap race, Freddie lead most of the way and with some great last lap battles, managed to control the race from the front and take the chequered flag. Winning his first junior race at 10 years old will remain one of Freddie’s biggest achievements to date.

On a high from the previous day, Freddie was confident he could complete the same set of results. A messy qualifier meant Freddie would only achieve 5th but being on the inside was crucial factor at this track. The pre-final was the hardest race of the weekend for Freddie. He started strongly as he observed the track and began to manoeuvre his way through to the leader. After putting on some pressure, Freddie went for the overtake. With an amazing next lap Freddie opened a small gap and was able to dominate the victory. From pole Freddie lead the final but not without a battle. It started to drizzle and made Freddie the target at the front. In amazing defensive style, Freddie managed to keep the whole pack behind him even after being forced off the track. The race was stopped 5 laps from the end. Freddie was in the lead, so the victory was given to him! A double junior winner maximizing his points from the weekend. With his younger brother Alfie achieving his first podium in micro it was a perfect week for the Slater squad.

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