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Parry doubles up at Buckmore
28 June 2010
Matt Parry claimed his second clean sweep of the 2010 Super One Junior Rotax season thus far by winning both finals at the fourth round of the championship at a baking Buckmore Park circuit in Kent.
Last year's championship runner up led every lap of both finals to take his overall final win tally to five (from eight attempts) and keep him firmly in command of the points standings as the season enters its second half.
But despite his assured performances in the finals, which was helped by the fact that he started from pole position and was thus able to avoid the first turn carnage that claimed several of his nearest championship rivals, Parry didn't have it all his own way during the course of a boiling hot weekend.
Fastest of the 49 drivers entered in timed qualifying Parry claimed a win and a second place finish in his two heats with the other wins going to Jack Barlow, Sean Babington and Andy King.
From the front of the grid Parry and fellow front row starter Babington were able to navigate their way through Buckmore Park's infamous first two corners without incident while several others, King and GP Plate holder Ash Hand included, got swept up in a multi kart pileup.
Parry and Babington maintained station for the remainder of the 24-lap duration despite the best efforts of Lewis Plato with Parry taking the chequered flag nearly two seconds up on Babington with Plato a further second back but still highly delighted with the best finish of his season to date.
Parry's closest rival in the championship, first year Junior driver Harry Crawley, finished fifth behind Barlow with King among the non finishers.
Final two was much the same as final one with Parry leading all 24 laps from pole position and winning by nearly two seconds. Babington once again had to deal with the early attentions of Plato and even fell back to fifth briefly behind Crawley and Barlow. However Babington picked off three of the four karts in front of him before half distance to regain second spot and spent the second half of the race trying in vain to catch Parry.
Finishing third, some two seconds behind Babington, was Barlow with Plato rounding out the best weekend of his season so far with a fourth place finish and Crawley fifth once again to maintain his proud record of having finished every one of the eight finals held so far this year in the top seven.
But with his five individual wins compared to Crawley's single triumph Parry now holds a 16 point lead over his closest rival in the standings with three rounds remaining. Babington runs third, another eight points in arrears with the unfortunate Jack Marshall, one of the victims of the first corner shunt in final one, fourth overall but more than 30 points behind Parry.