Slater takes important Junior win in Genk

04-May-2021 13:55
in News
by Admin

Ricky Flynn Motorsport put in an excellent performance in the Champions of the Future by RGMMC series at Genk. The British team negotiated the change in conditions at the first meeting outside of Italy perfectly, assimilating the new MG Tires and the poor grip of the track. The Kosmic chassis with Vortex engines prepared by One Engines proved to be very competitive. Freddie Slater put in an extremely convincing performance throughout the meeting and won both the Prefinal and the Final, while Dion Gowda and Maxim Rehm were well placed.

The result of this first race weekend in Belgium is very positive for RFM, two weeks before the opening of the FIA Karting European Championship on the same circuit with the same tyres. However, the competition was very tough in Genk and several incidents delayed the progress of some of the team, particularly in the first few corners after the start.

In the OK-Junior class Freddie Slater set three fastest race laps during the heats and made up 14 places on Saturday evening. In great form, the driver and his machine did not stop there. Freddie proved to be unbeatable in the Final stages. He made up another eight places and won the Prefinal with another fastest lap and a comfortable lead over his rivals. He then led the Final from start to finish to take a significant victory.

Despite a difficult heat and a dropped spoiler, Dion Gowda started to make good progress, which was confirmed by an 11-place improvement in the Prefinal and a rewarding 12th position in the Final. Maxim Rehm was delayed by a retirement in his fourth heat, but managed to qualify by winning the second chance heat. He then made up 17 places in the Finals and finished 14th in the competition.

Maxens Verbrugge started the Qualifying session with 12th place but two successive setbacks in the heats meant that he was no longer able to play his part in the Final stages. Despite a fastest lap in one heat, Edgar Anpilogov was unable to compensate for a modest Qualifying and three heat penalties to reach the Prefinal. Enea Frey also narrowly failed to make it into the Finals after some turbulent heats. Salim Hanna Hernandez and Tobias Clausen, who started from a distance and suffered a retirement in each heat, did not manage to qualify either.

Rintaro Sato was unlucky to finish 24th out of 69 OK drivers. Two successive retirements in the heats following collisions at the beginning of the race deprived him of access to the Final despite a quite honourable competitiveness demonstrated by his 11th position in Heat 3 and his fastest time during the second chance heat.