Successfully winning the British Open championship just a few months before, Freddie was keen to travel north to his favourite circuit in the Lake District. The Rowrah circuit deep in the picturesque Northern hills offered the usual weather obstacles all weekend. Friday practice was consistently dry, and Freddie got to work posting the fastest lap times ending the day ‘on top’.
The weather changed for Saturday morning and with two short practice sessions the team didn’t have long to get Freddie’s kart dialled in for qualifying. With it very close at the front, Freddie managed 4th in qualifying however knowing his previous wet speed at this circuit the team made changes to move forwards. Heat 1 saw Freddie with the front pack and in a last lap battle ended in contact with a competitor. Falling foul of the steward’s decisions, Freddie was given a 1 lap penalty. Heat 2 he got the chance to show his speed in the dry. Similar to Friday’s practice, Freddie was 3 tenths faster than those around him for the majority of the race. Early defensive driving meant Freddie played it safe and crossed the line 3rd. Due to the penalty he would start 17th on the grid for the prefinal.
With one of the most breath-taking starts of the season, Freddie went from p17 to p7 in the opening lap; and didn’t look back from there on. Proving his ability as an all-round driver Freddie amazingly managed to get up to 4th position until a slight mistake in overtaking. Re-joining the track he managed to get back to 15th however a further steward decision went against him meaning he would have to start from the back for the final.
The heavens opened a few minutes before his class was called to the race. The team opted for last minute changes for a wet set up. Starting from grid 29, Freddie had nothing to lose and with probably his strongest drive to date Freddie carved his way through the field. Most of the time being half a second faster than the field he showed his superior ability in wet weather skill and overtaking strength. Getting to 4th over the line shows that Freddie continues to demonstrate the pace to be P1.