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15 December 2009 MP/CLL09/19 for Immediate Release PARRY SECOND In

15 December 2009 MP/CLL09/19 for Immediate Release PARRY SECOND In

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15 December 2009MP/CLL09/19For immediate releasePARRY SECOND IN ROTAX WORLD FINALS
Matthew Parry enhanced his status as one of Britain’s finest karting talents byclaiming a podium finish at the prestigious Rotax World Finals at Sharm ElSheikh’s Ghibli Raceway.Amid the spectacle of 216 drivers representing 60 countries in the mostinternational event on the kart racing calendar, the new Formula Kart Starschampion produced an impressive week-long display to claim second place in the20-lap final, ending the event as the best-placed British driver in the JuniorRotax class.Despite having arrived in Egypt at least a day after his rivals, courtesy of anappearance at the annual
Awards to receive recognition for his FormulaKart Stars title, Parry was immediately on the pace, topping the openingpractice session and repeating the feat second time around to establish himselfamong the pre-race favourites.When the single qualifying session came around, however, there was much head-scratching in the Parry camp, as the switch to new tyres failed to produce theexpected gain in lap time. While his rivals all picked up around half a secondcourtesy of the fresh rubber, Parry found himself going just a couple of tenthsquicker and down in 13
position overall. With each driver running identicalchassis and engines, suspicion naturally fell on the tyres, but the 15-yearcould not help but be disappointed after his earlier domination.“We just don’t know why we couldn’t get any more speed out of the kart on thenew tyres,” the 15-year old admitted, “I didn’t have any problems with trafficthat could have accounted for the difference between my times and the otherfrontrunners, but the tyre band was still showing on our front tyres at the endof the session, so there may have been something amiss there.”The warm-up session that preceded the first of the all-important qualifyingheats saw Parry back in the top four in his group, while race one yielded thirdplace to restore some of his earlier confidence. However, a melee in the
Briton’s second outing saw him having to settle for seventh, and left a trickythird race to be negotiated on Friday.Again starting from down the order, Parry knew that he would have to pull outall the stops to secure a direct route to the pre-final and avoid the pitfallsof the repecharge but, buoyed by another top three appearance in the morningwarm-up, the Bury St Edmunds resident produced the sort of passing performancethat has become his trademark, progressing smoothly up the order beforeeventually claiming another third place.Of the 72 drivers in each class, only the top 28 would make it directly into thefinal stages, with the top six from the
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repecharge surviving at the second attempt, leaving some 38 with little to dobut kick their heels from Friday afternoon. Fortunately, the results over histhree qualifying races were good enough for Parry to claim sixth overall on theJunior Rotax ranking, earning him a spot on row three of the pre-final.Happy to have made the cut after the frustrations of timed qualifying, Parry wasable to start afresh on Saturday and, armed with another set of new tyres,showed just what he was capable of by carving his way to the front of the field.Having tailed UK rival Ed Brand in the morning warm-up, Parry was able to turnthe tables in the race, claiming the lead on lap seven of twelve and holding onfor the remainder to earn himself pole position for the main event.Having thrown down the gauntlet, just 20 laps remained between Parry and theworld title but, once the drivers’ parade had seen the 60 competing countriesdisplay their flags for one last time, a poor getaway again left him with workto do.While Brand snatched the lead from the outside of row one, the #56 kart droppedto fifth by the end of the opening lap, but Parry refused to be downhearted.Quickly moving to the head of the chasing pack, he set about closing the gap tothe top two, where Brand was being harried by Japan’s Ukyo Sasahara. As theleaders squabbled, Parry homed in, setting up an exciting finish for the largecrowd.

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