Me­chan­i­cal fault frus­trates kart­ing star Gray

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

RUISLIP racer Thomas Gray was curs­ing his luck af­ter a frus­trat­ing week­end at Don­ing­ton Park.

The 18-year-old saw his chal­lenge for the British Su­perkart Cham­pi­onship ham­pered by a me­chan­i­cal fault that pre­vented him from build­ing on his pre­vi­ous out­ing at Snet­ter­ton. Qual­i­fy­ing in fifth for the first race of the week­end gave him a chance to move up the field and he did just that with a fly­ing start that pushed him up to third.

Af­ter such an im­pres­sive start the team felt he had the pace to com­pete for the top step on the podium.

It was not to be though and af­ter he missed a gear change on the last lap, he even­tu­ally dropped down to fin­ish fourth.

The sec­ond race did not bring about as much good for­tune as the first, with Gray more than two sec­onds off the pace within the first three laps.

But sev­eral min­utes later, Gray was out af­ter a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem with his ex­haust brought his chal­lenge to an abrupt halt.

It was a busy few days for the karter as the week­end’s main at­trac­tion, along­side the on­go­ing cham­pi­onship, was the British Su­perkart Grand Prix.

Gray qual­i­fied in sixth po­si­tion but both he and the team knew they had the race pace to chal­lenge at the front for the Grand Prix.

De­spite a promis­ing start, in which he gained a cou­ple of po­si­tions, he even­tu­ally re­turned to the pits af­ter an is­sue with his en­gine, which ended his in­volve­ment.

n FRUS­TRAT­ING: Thomas Gray leads a pack at Don­ning­ton

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