The Protrain Team certainly shone at the April PFi race meeting with brilliant performances from all four drivers, Henry Stennett, Tommy Foster, Josh and Tom Rafferty.
The Trent Valley April club meeting was an extremely busy race meeting with over 200 entries and tremendously competitive. The Protrain team welcomed new team members brothers Josh and Tom Rafferty in Junior X30 racing with Henry and Tommy in Mini Max.
Mini Max was the first final and after lining up second and third in the pre final we had high hopes of a victory. Tommy had got knocked off on the last lap of the pre final when third and demoted to seventh but his speed had shown that he was a candidate for victory. Tommy quickly made his way through to third but Henry and the leader had too much of a gap on him. Henry coolly shadowed the leader and then with two minutes to go Reece Wade his race engineer gave the signal to overtake. Immediately Henry grasped the lead under the bridge and looked certain for the victory pulling out a three length lead. Then going into the second hairpin, a slight mishap and running wide Henry dropped back to second and with the leader defending to the finish there was no way back through. Henry’s best ever Mini Max result saw them both on the podium.
In Junior X30 there was such a huge grid that the qualifying was split and Josh and Tom were in the same group. A slight miscalculation on fuel levels meant that Josh suffered a problem and started the pre final from last whilst Tom was in the tight middle pack. They both drove through the field in their pre finals to finish 11th and 12th and straight into the final starting 21st and 24th. Amazingly by lap three Tom had made up 14 places and lying seventh and looking to move to the front when he was landed on by another kart. Bravely he continued to the end in agony just dropping four places to 11th and then immediately off to accident and emergency, fortunately with no broken bones. Meanwhile his brother made even greater progress from his 24th position overtaking everywhere and showing brilliant speed. At the finish 9th was a brilliant performance and a great start to his first meeting with Protrain.
Team Manager Jason Dredge said “what a great, fun meeting where the Protrain drivers showed what they are capable of even if the results didn’t quite reflect their true potential. I knew that Josh and Tom were going really well when everyone was asking me their times on Saturday and it was great to work with them. Henry was so close to victory and Tommy could have done the same if he hadn’t had his incident in the pre final. It should be very interesting at the next championship round!”