Matthew Swanepoel quick but bad luck in Grand Finals
Published by Bas Kaligis 30 november 2010 15:54 - Print
|Sunday morning and there was plenty of excitement and the atmosphere was electric with much anticipation from all the competitors. The South Africans were, as usual their jolly self and upbeat about their prospects of success. First of the South Africans out for the warm up practice was Matthew Swanepoel who posted the second quickest time and really looked in the driving seat. The junior pre final started at 11.10am and Matthew started 13th on the grid. The start saw a huge pile up on the first corner with one of the competitors going right over the top of Matt but fortunately it was only his ego that was bruised. After fighting his way back from 23rd place he finished 14th in the pre final which meant that this was his starting position for the final. |
The Final race start position was on the outside of the grid was no less challenging with him being pushed off and going from 14th to 24th in the space of the first corner. Some determined driving in the next few laps saw him regain lost ground and was up to 13 position by the 8th lap and gaining fast on the other competitors. Unfortunately an over enthusiastic competitor who was just about to be overtaken by Matt decided that he was having none of this and the result was that he knocked off the nose cone on Matthews kart, resulting in an early retirement for him. If this was not so no doubt he would have finished much higher up in the field.
When asked for his comment Matthew said: "The racing has been very tough this weekend and with all the drivers being World Class any one of them are good enough to win. Unfortunately some drivers showed very little consideration and respect for their fellow competitors and that is one of the reasons why the Stewards of the meeting had such a busy time and issued no less than 35 sanctions. We go away here knowing that it was not our turn to win but just being here and competing with the best drivers in the World was a victory in itself."
"I am very grateful to Ed Murray Racing, as the series promoters in South Africa, for all the assistance and help that they have given me."
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