Having only driven Rowrah primarily in the wet, Freddie had a lot to learn as the dry weather was forecast at the Cumbrian kart circuit. Friday practice was difficult and the field was trying to match the top seeded driver Taylor Barnard as his experience gave him a huge advantage. As one of the youngest, Freddie has done well to achieve lap times close to him by the end of the day Friday. This gave him confidence going into Saturdays qualifying and heat races.
Qualifying only being over 6 minutes meant it would be difficult to get a good lap-time on the board. With slower drivers on the track disrupting Freddie’s position qualifying was a disaster and meant Freddie was 18th overall. However post analysis showed Freddie was on for 2nd position until he hit traffic. This shows the importance for qualifying and how in such a short session anything can happen. Luckily Freddie’s confidence and speed meant he would be able to get himself to the front of the finals.
The heats went to plan and Freddie conscious of his drop down nose cone positioned himself in the top ten for the Prefinal posting purple sectors and fastest laps along the way. Starting 8th for the prefinal, Freddie had another cautious start but then used his speed to come through to 4th place. With the driver in front deciding to drive defensively early in the race Freddie got pushed back to 7th place. Starting the final 7th Freddie was still in contention for his target of a British Championship podium. Another difficult start saw Freddie drop back to 10th however he wasn’t there long. Driving the best he had all weekend he strategically worked with other drivers around him to get himself to the front. Going onto the last lap in a battle with 6 other karts Freddie amazing came out on top and crossed the line in 4th place. Being 8 years old at the top flight of cadet karting in the world; this was an amazing achievement for Freddie and his team. His determination showed that he will be standing on the podium later this year.