PFI Club Race – Alfie Slater

Coming of a strong result from Whilton, Alfie was confident and set to have another good race Paul Fletcher International circuit for the second round of the winter series. Testing was limited due too a late start with the track being frozen and unsafe to drive on, this meant the tack and conditions were always changing. When qualifying came around it was dry but very cold and slippery, with Alfie not doing the first round of the winter series meant he was the only one on brand new slicks. The green flag dropped and they were off Alfie made through the first few corners to then lose control and unfortunately get stuck on the grass, as he didn’t complete a lap it meant he has to start his heats from the back row.

The first heat Alfie was on the back row in 28th position after the track officials let a shocking start go Alfie was a whole straight behind. He had a great first lap that put him straight to 21st but still has so much time to try and make up because of the start. He drove some good laps and was eventually catching the next pack in front. He finally got there on the last few laps and with some great overtaking moves he finished the race in a outstanding 17th position making up 11 places after the officials really bad start.

As there was so many entries Alfie had a long wait until his next heat but watching the other races and his team mates kept him pumped and ready to go. From the unfortunate qualifying he started 28th again at the back but with the great first result he was confident he a can do it again. The start this time round was a lot better making everyone closer Alfie was making up places through the first few corners before getting hit and span around coming of the bridge. He quickly tried getting going again but still lost a huge amount of time. He Gradually made a couple places back but with the time lost only resulted in finishing 22nd still making up places but knowing he could’ve been a lot further without the spin.

With the bad luck throughout the qualifying and second heat meant Alfie was in the B final and starting in 8th position. On the grid Alfie got held up behind a non starter meaning he had to try make up his positions on the formation lap he eventually made it round and got back into the right position. Alfie had a great start putting him in 5th position going towards the first hairpin but trying to defend their position another driver wrongly forced Alfie on to the grass causing him to spin, this unfortunately meant he was a lap down and had no chance getting through to the A final. A disappointing weekend for Alfie not having a true reflection of his potential.

We next head to Valencia for the IAME Series winter cup for Alfie’s first European race in the mini class.