Robbie Gallier – Junior Max Champion

As most of you will already know, Robbie is BNL Junior Max Champion 2014 and he wins the most important prize of Ticket/Entry to the Rotax World Finals to be held at the Nola Circuit in New Orleans USA, November. He also won a new Rotax engine and a Alfano steering wheel data log system.

 

Robbie drove superbly and I have detailed how the races went below, this was compiled for the BBC as the local BBC featured Robbie live in there evening news yesterday. As there was no rehearsal, I think he found that more nerve racking than the racing!!!

he handled it brilliantly and most of the partners logos were visible at some point.

 

Good Afternoon Partners and Supporters,

 

As most of you will already know, Robbie is BNL Junior Max Champion 2014 and he wins the most important prize of Ticket/Entry to the Rotax World Finals to be held at the Nola Circuit in New Orleans USA, November. He also won a new Rotax engine and a Alfano steering wheel data log system.

 

Robbie drove superbly and I have detailed how the races went below, this was compiled for the BBC as the local BBC featured Robbie live in there evening news yesterday. As there was no rehearsal, I think he found that more nerve racking than the racing!!!

he handled it brilliantly and most of the partners logos were visible at some point.

 

The race weekend.

As it was school/college holidays Robbie was able to leave on Wednesday, which enabled him to practice on theThursday, from the first session of the day Robbie commented, this chassis is fantastic and I can win on this kart, brave words we all thought considering he was going into the weekend with 5 other drivers that could win the championship.

Saturdays qualifying did not go exactly to plan as Robbie was second for 6 of the 8 minutes and then let his tyres cool and as a result qualified 9th. He made a superb start and made two places up by the third corner and then just picked off every other kart to take the lead from lap 6 of 14 and win by 3 tenths of a second. A great start.

Where you finish in final one is where you start final two, again Robbie made a good start, his arch rival and multi champion karter Lars Lamborelle made a better one and went into the lead, Robbie soon made the place up and went into the lead and was pulling away when it started to rain, with all the drivers on slicks it was very easy to make a mistake. Robbie needed to finish in the top  5 to stay in contention, knowing he had had passed a driver that had local knowledge and knew the wet line around the track Robbie let him past and stayed with him and the other driver to finish 3rd. The race was red flagged after nine laps as the conditions were so dangerous.

With Saturday ending superbly and because of where the main contenders finished, Robbie was now in the lead of the championship, it was all hinging on Sunday.

On Sunday Robbie qualified 6th, qualifying is new to Robbie as there is no qualifying in club racing in the UK, he made a great start and kept his nerve as there were many incidents at the start. He made places up and finished 3rd, so he was to start On the clean side of the track for final 2, then came the news that the driver that finished 2nd had a two place penalty. This meant Robbie would start 2nd on the dirty side of the track and as it had been raining it would be a real disadvantage at the start. He made a great start and got across to the dry line, his arch rival made an even better start and was in the lead and Robbie followed him into paddock bend. When Lars the other  driver hit a wet patch and went straight on into the barriers. Robbie was in the lead and decided to ensure he finished in the top ten. Taking no risks he then knew he could win the championship, as the team were making signs to Robbie to stay in third and take it easy.  Robbie had set his fastest lap by this time and the team and his father were all very, very nervous and were just wishing for the chequered flag. It eventually came and Robbie came across the line in 3rdwhich meant he was BNL Champion, with drivers competing from France, Germany, Holland, Latvia, Greece, Belgium, Sweden and of course the UK, Robbie is the first ever British driver to win the championship.

 

A Big Thank You

Without you the partners, this year just would not have been possible, Graham of Eurocams, you have been with us since the dream started and have been title sponsor for the last 4 years. Rob, the support from you personally and of course entrusting Dream Motorsport with the distribution of the Talon sprockets, that has generated income towards the funding. Mike and Dan of Mountney, for stepping into to help Robbie compete in the last round of the BNL. To Steve of Bespoke Manufacturing, for all the decals and of course the fantastic race truck livery. Jon and Chris of Demon Tweeks for Robbie’s personal safety equipment and of course Ian of SJP who has stepped in when we have had funding gaps, you have all been superb.

 

Then there is the Team, Hobzie Motorsport headed by James Hobbs, without who it just would not have been viable. Through thick and thin James has been there. Robbie and James have a very special understanding which helps Robbie get the most from the kart, he has been our Adrian Newey and Ross Brawn all in one. John Crooks of Revolution who works with James and between them have worked hard to give Robbie the power. Then there’s Alex Ferris who works with James and of course Robbie’s mechanic, Connor Hardiman, who has never doubted his driver and been amazing when it has been difficult weather conditions which necessitated many changes under real pressure of time and of course the great team mates Adam Worley and Mateo Zanetti.

 

The Immediate Future

Well it is not over yet, with Robbie joint 5th in the BMC Championship, with two rounds to go and with 200 points  from the two rounds still up for grabs. Robbie is now focusing his attentions on the next round which is on the 22rd of September at the Ostricourt circuit in France.

 

Well after an exhausting couple of weeks, I am signing off and going to have a quiet weekend.