Parry’s progressing after equalling best-ever finish

RAIN MASTER: Matt Parry battles the challenging conditions. Picture by Jakob Ebrey
RAIN MASTER: Matt Parry battles the challenging conditions. Picture by Jakob Ebrey
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Formula Ford rookie Matt Parry continued to make steady progress along his single-seater learning curve by twice equalling his best UK championship result as the series reconvened alongside the fourth and final Eurocup outing at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Running at another former F1 circuit, Parry also showed further aplomb in wet conditions, as he recorded a brace of fourth place finishes among his Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain rivals.

Although he had not tested at Zandvoort, the Welshman quickly adapted to the circuit despite the conditions, but was then frustrated by a red flag stoppage which interrupted qualifying just as he was getting into his stride. Parry found himself thwarted by traffic in the few laps that remained, slipping back to 13th position.

Race one, on Saturday, was equally disappointing, as a rookie error saw Parry end his race before being able to overturn his lowly grid slot. The 17-year old accepted full responsibility for the mistake, knowing that he had missed a chance to kick-start his British series points tally.

“It was entirely my fault,” he conceded, “It is particularly frustrating because we knew that we deserved to have been higher up the grid, and the pace in the car was really good.”

That pace was evident in race two, as Parry was able to lap with the frontrunners. The British championship regulars proved to have the upper hand over their European rivals, scooping four of the top five positions, with Parry’s race good enough for fifth overall.

The third and final race was also held in full wet conditions. While the locals dominated at the front, the British contenders again scrapped amongst themselves, with Parry making up one spot over his grid position to hang onto his main rivals, finishing seventh, and again taking strong points for another fourth place UK series finish.

“The goal now has to be to get onto the podium,” explained Parry, “We have come close on a few occasions, both at Snetterton and here at Zandvoort, and I am looking forward to the next couple of circuits on the calendar.

“We have already tested at both Brands Hatch and Donington Park, and have gone well at both, so I have a huge degree of confidence going into September.”

The sixth Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain triple-header takes place at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 3-4 September, supporting the visiting DTM touring car series, with the trip to the resurrected Donington Park circuit following three weeks later.