Little Green Man Series, Round 1, PF International, 6th April 2014
Nearly 70 drivers competed at PFi, with one of the finest Cadet battles in recent times taking place for the A Final victory.
The first round of the country’s most popular Cadet championship was closely fought between drivers from several different teams. The LGM series visits clubs across the country as part of regular club meetings and is pretty much full to capacity.
Jonny Edgar, Kiern Jewiss, Lewis Thompson and Dexter Patterson won the earlier heats which needed to start on Saturday to accommodate everyone. Patterson, with two wins and a 2nd was on pole alongside Edgar. The second row was made up of Tom Wood and Joe Turney with good top three results. Teddy Wilson, with 5th, 9th and 3rd was joined on the third row by Albert Carter.
The grandstand was bursting with spectators for the final, a 15 -lap race with ever changing leaders where no-one could have predicted who would win.
One of the championship favourites, Jewiss had his dreams dashed at the opening round with a rare engine seizure. After two wins then losing his rear bumper in the third heat, Jewiss had to climb from his 15th place on the grid, which he did, only to pull clear and lead the race with two laps remaining. Whilst in the lead, his engine sized at the end of the straight putting the Next- Gen driver on the sideline.
Turney made an excellent start but soon lost the lead to Wood. In the early stages the battle at the front was led by Wood and Edgar, switching between them before Thompson, Wilson and Jewiss came to the fore. When Jewiss dropped out with two laps left, Wilson was just behind and ready to take over but with Wood constantly on his bumper. They finished just 0.06s apart with Fusion’s Wilson claiming victory and Patterson almost a second behind his AIM team-mate Wood. Patterson had fallen away at the start, but being ‘on form’ came back to a strong third place.
Fusion’s Zac Robertson was fourth and the fastest man on track, recording a 67.49s lap. Next-Gen’s Thompson was fifth, relatively disappointing considering he had been leading, but a very good result from 14th on the grid. Turney, also Next-Gen, took sixth ahead of Fusion’s Edgar.
Top privateer Clayton Ravenscroft gained nine places to come in 24th overall after winning the B Final with Toby Stevenson 29th, also from the B.