Parry edges closer towards first title

FINE FORM: Matt Parry leads the Dunlop InterSteps Championship
FINE FORM: Matt Parry leads the Dunlop InterSteps Championship
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BURY St Edmunds-based Matt Parry moved a step closer to landing his first major single-seater title with a dominant performance at Pembrey Circuit in the Dunlop InterSteps Championship.

Just three weeks after netting 102 points from a possible 103 at Snetterton, Cardiff-born Parry repeated the feat on a weekend when British sporting talent was displaying its prowess at Olympic venues across the country.

The Fortec Motorsport driver produced his own golden performance by claiming pole position for each of the weekend’s three races, which he duly won to surpass Jake Dennis’ previous series record.

Parry added two fastest laps on a sensational weekend that saw him drop just a single point for missing out on the best lap in race one.

Despite not featuring at the head of the timesheets during practice, Parry was back on form in qualifying to secure pole position for each of the three 21-lap races.

The ability to preserve rubber would be key but Parry was in no mood to hang about and quickly amassed a lead of more than a second in race one of the weekend.

Over the first half of the race, the margin grew to almost two seconds before the Welshman eased off in the closing stages, allowing his main championship rival to be flattered by a six-tenths deficit at the chequered flag.

The AirAsia Caterham Driver Development Programme protégé had to keep on his toes in race two, which was interrupted by two safety car periods.

The 18-year-old showed his growing experience and professionalism, however, by successfully negotiating the subsequent restarts to put a valuable cushion between himself and second place, ensuring that he again crossed the line in the lead.

Race three was altogether more straightforward, as a good getaway allowed Parry to put the green-and-gold Fortec machine into a commanding lead.

The advantage grew with every circuit and, despite not having to push, Parry still managed to grab the extra point for fastest lap as he headed a Fortec one-two-three across the line.

With his current 540-point total, Parry is a huge 123 points clear of second-placed Matt Mason in the driving standings, with just two race meetings and 206 points left up for grabs.

Parry’s path towards the Dunlop InterSteps Championship title continues on the road course at the UK’s only oval circuit, Rockingham Motor Speedway, over the weekend of September 1-2.