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Positive finish for Sandy after tough day at Buckmore Park

20 March2014

Buckmore Park - 16/03/2014)
The weather was fantastic all weekend which gave consistent conditions for all the teams. Testing on the Saturday at the sunny Buckmore Park could not have gone better for Sandy after being on the pace all day. Sunday was to prove to be a tougher day all round with a huge competitive grid of Junior Max there were plenty of false starts and 1st lap incidents.

Heat 1, with a starting position of P20 on this very tight circuit, a clean first lap is essential, but Sandy took a big hit at the first hairpin dropping him to last position, a great recovery drive would see Sandy get back to 13th position before the chequer flag and set the fastest lap of the race on the way.

Heat 2 was more of the same. Starting from P8 on the grid and after a good start a spinning kart on lap two managed to hit Sandy damaging his steering column and track rods along with the front bumper and dropping Sandy back to 16th. Sandy with this damage could only work his way back to finish 12th.

Heat 3 looked as if it was to be a better for Sandy, he made a good start and it looked as if he was going to get a clear run out of turn one but again he was spun around from a hit on his back bumper dropping him back to 17th, another decent recovery drive would see him finish 11th.

Final :- Sandy started from grid position 22 for the final and at last got a clean first lap going on to make up many positions and after getting into clean air he was able to have a fantastic drive gaining 15 places with some good overtaking finishing 7th overall and setting the fastest lap of the day, 39.43 seconds. (Drive of the day though has to go to Dad for getting Finlay Hutchison, Michael McPherson and Sandy to Gatwick on time for the 7.30pm flight home!! Phew!!)

Sandy....." what a great way to end a tough race day. Really happy with the final result and setting fastest lap of the day. Looking forward to Genk now! Big thanks to all at RL Racing, Cream Engines and to my sponsors SGM Distribution, Stirfresh and Smartcomm".

RL Racing Department Ltd

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