28 September 2009 MP/CLL09/16 For immediate release DOMINANT PARRY DENIED ‘O’ PLATE GLORY There was a distinct

sense of déjà vu about the Rotax ‘O’ Plate for Matthew Parry, as he watched another title go begging, just as it had at the Kartmasters meeting in July. As had been the case at PF International, Parry proved to be a dominant force in the early stages of the Shenington event, only to see fate conspire against him when it appeared harder to lose than win. Returning to the scene of his first Super 1 Series win in August, the Paul Carr Racing star was confident that he had the package to run at the front, but the heat draw did not appear favourable, with Parry due to line up tenth, 14th, 20th and 17th for his four qualifying races. Undaunted, the 15-year old halved his initial deficit on the opening lap of heat one, and was leading by lap five, setting the tone for his weekend as he controlled the race to the chequered flag., There was better to come on Sunday, however, as Parry continued to underline the reputation he has established for being able to overtake at will. Despite Shenington’s layout needing a driver to establish a gap to avoid becoming embroiled in a race-long scrap, Parry continued to disprove the theory, showing impressive pace and tactical nous as he repeatedly carved his way through the field. Starting from row seven in Sunday’s opening race, the Bury St Edmunds youngster again gained five places on the opening tour, before making steady progress up the order to hit the front on lap nine and win by just over a second, having set what would stand as the fastest Junior Rotax lap of the weekend en route. Heat three was, if anything, even better, as Parry gained no fewer than 19 places as he claimed a third win in as many races. This time, a lightning start saw him vault immediately into seventh, which became second by lap five. From there, the PCR driver tracked poleman Jamie Dyzra before pouncing on lap eleven and eking out enough of a gap to ensure victory. It was a similar story in race four, as Parry again made the most of his start to move from 17th to eighth on the opening lap, but progress wasn’t quite as serene thereafter as he lost places for the first time all weekend. Sensing a clean sweep of the heats, however, he was quickly back in the fight, working his way through those ahead of him to hit the front for good on lap twelve of 15. more…

…continued (2/2) Unsurprisingly, Parry’s results secured pole position for the Final, with his zero score from the heats easily ahead of his nearest rival’s 20, such was his dominance. However, despite eking out an advantage on the opening lap, his efforts to leave the chasing pack in his wake were thwarted early on, as a crash down the order resulted in the pace being controlled for several laps. With the field bunched behind him, Parry came under immediate pressure at the restart, and the top four runners continued to change position with every lap. The PCR kart was at the front of the pack on lap seven, but disaster struck just three tours later as Parry was caught up in someone else’s accident. The resulting impact saw the #2 kart spin fully through 360 degrees before coming to rest with substantial damage, ending Parry’s bid for glory on the spot and leaving him classified an unrepresentative 23rd overall. “That’s racing, I guess,” a clearly disappointed Parry commented later, “It’s a frustrating way to end what was looking set to be a successful weekend. We were lapping quickly, and I wasn’t making any mistakes, but there was nothing I could do about how it ended. “Paul Carr always tells me that you don’t have to be the quickest driver out there to win, but if you are quick and make no mistakes, then it makes things a lot easier. However, you only need one moment to upset your plans, and that’s exactly what happened to us. ”In hindsight, I could have waited a little longer to make my move, but I didn’t want the frontrunners to get a break. Besides, my kart was just so fast on the straight that it was proving difficult to sit behind everyone else. “I’ll just take the result on the chin and learn from it as we go to the final round of the Formula Kart Stars series this weekend. Things look good for us at Whilton Mill - with the title all but assured, I can race without too much pressure, but I want to take the crown so that I can go to the Rotax Challenge finals in Egypt in December on a high.” Ends. Note: Sky Sports has now started to show footage of the Formula Kart Stars series at 6pm every Monday night. Picture caption: Paul Carr Racing’s Matthew Parry looked set for success in the Junior Rotax ‘O’ Plate, before an accident ended his dreams at Shenington [photo credit: Chris Walker/kartpix.net].

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