Gray’s a sen­sa­tion

Young karting star’s ‘bril­liant’ day

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

RUIS­LIP racer Thomas Gray learned a lot from his first trip to Snet­ter­ton in round three of the MSA Bri­tish Su­perkart Cham­pi­onship.

The 18-year-old suf­fered a gear se­lec­tor is­sue in qual­i­fy­ing, mean­ing he had to start from the back of a 39kart grid at the track in Nor­folk.

But he re­cov­ered from the set­back to put in a cou­ple of sen­sa­tional per­for­mances over the course of the race week­end and left East Anglia feel­ing op­ti­mistic for round four.

Gray said: “From an un­for­tu­nate qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion, not be­ing able to com­plete a full lap due to a me­chan­i­cal is­sue, to achiev­ing a fifth and two fourth place fin­ishes in my class was a bril­liant end to the week­end.

“It is one I can look back on for mak­ing great progress. It was my first time at Snet­ter­ton 300 and all went very well in the races. Snet­ter­ton is a very de­mand­ing track, but one I’ll def­i­nitely be look­ing for­ward to next year!”

A fan­tas­tic start to race one saw the Ruis­lip driver pass more than eight com­peti­tors on his first lap of a cir­cuit he has never graced be­fore.

His speed was in­creas­ing lap af­ter lap, even­tu­ally lead­ing to him cross the fin­ish line fifth in his class, a fine ef­fort con­sid­er­ing he started from right at the back of the pack af­ter that gear­ing is­sue.

That ex­cel­lent drive pushed Gray a lit­tle fur­ther up the grid for race two and once again he showed no fear in mak­ing up places, run­ning only inches apart at more than 120mph as he se­cured fourth.

He ended the week­end by miss­ing out on third place, and what would have been his first podium fin­ish, by a mere tenth of a sec­ond to give him gen­uine hope of mak­ing more progress in his next out­ing.

Gray is cur­rently study­ing with the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion at Lough­bor­ough Col­lege on an AASE course. He was among 25 stu­dents who were cho­sen from well over 1,000 ap­pli­cants.

IN­SIDE LINE: Ruis­lip karter Thomas Gray (32) in ac­tion at Snet­ter­ton

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