Returning from America less than a week ago, Freddie was straight back on the track at Whilton Mill Kart Circuit in Northamptonshire. Coming back to freezing temperatures and a low grip track compared to Vegas it was certainly a shock to the system for Freddie and his team. Learning his craft at the Whilton track Freddie was still pushing hard to achieve his first final win here.
Testing went well as the team tried to set the chassis up to suit Freddie’s requirements in the low grip conditions. Now aged 9 his feedback is now at a level where he can have input into getting the kart perfect for him. Although Freddie was fast, the other seeded drivers were also and if he was going to win on Sunday he would have to find a bit more to have an advantage against the rest of the field.
Heat 1 on Sunday was a drying track so the team and majority of the grid chose intermediate tyres. Freddie pushed away with his teammate to cross the line 2nd. Heat 2 was an exceptional race for Freddie. Although the initial start was not progressive the next 5 laps were nothing but breath-taking as Freddie cut through the grid to finish 4th from his 18th starting position. Heat 3 went in similar fashion as Freddie charged from 19th position to 3rd posting the fastest lap of the day.
With the points very close at the front for the top 4 positions Freddie started P4 for the final. He knew he was the fastest in the last race and that he could win. Freddie got straight to work and slipped into the lead in the early stages of the race, this enabled him to control the pace and every time he got overtaken he chose to retake the lead to give himself a hold on the race. As the last lap battle broke out Freddie got away and crossed the line with both hands in the air. Winning his first race since he has had his MSA licence means a lot to Freddie and he now believes he can carry on the success into 2018.