The first round of the LGM Series at Pfi was to be one of the biggest events the UK has seen for some time. With Over 80 entries in both the Junior X30 and Senior X30 classes showing the Iame engine is now the engine of choice in the UK. The entry list was something to behold with the senior grid boasting world champions, European champions and British champions.
The Mach1 UK team had been in fine form building up to the event and infact collected trophies all but one weekend since the turn of the year! and on the podium at every race at PFI. Early testing confirmed the speed with Brett Ward instantly on the pace if not setting the pace in Senior X30. Team mate Patrick Kibble doing the same in juniors and at times in the wet sessions seemingly in a class of his own. The Mach1 product powered by Paul Carr engines working well in the wet and the dry.
Qualifying was set to be important with such large grids, and the pace continued for Kibble in Juniors putting himself in the right place for a good last Lap and qualified 4th in his group 10th overall. Similar story with Ward although in the hardest group with the 3 drivers we considered to be main competitors again 4th in group and 9th overall. although a better last sector on the final flying lap would have put him 2nd.
The rest of the team had mixed fortunes, Tom Douglas in juniors coming straight back after breaking his arm had engine troubles similar story for Davey Shepherd and Gus Lawrence having to use a spare motor to bolt on last minute to qualify on. Rino Russo had a steady run in the middle of the pack a vast improvement for him from 4 months out of the kart.
The Pre Finals were great races in juniors Kibble finished 3rd after a great race, and Ward again finishing 3rd after trading places for 2nd most of the race.
this left both drivers starting 8th for the main event. Kibble in juniors had a pretty good start up to 5th and gradually caught the leading pack after trading a few places the race settled down with him in a comfortable 4th place but by this point the lead 3 had broken away leaving him with a lonely last few laps but lapping at the leaders pace.
In Senior Ward had to do it a little harder, dropping to 11th after the first lap, gradually picked his way through the field up to 4th where he would remain by this time to much to do to catch the leader but again with great speed.
Overall A great team effort and the Mach1 the ONLY kart to place in the top 4 in juniors and seniors. A true testament to the product and the team.
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