December 13, 2018

“Munson Burner” firing on all cylinders at Cool Fab series

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Swindon’s Samuel Munson has stormed into second place in the Cool Fab Racing AC40 Rookies Championship after a fantastic run of recent form.

Six straight victories from the last two rounds has taken Munson to within just three points of championship leader Henry McCartney ahead of the next round later this month.

The 10-year-old started the season in style with victory in the opening race of the series but crashed in race two and came home 11th in race three.

Round two was in Dorset at an overcast and cold Clay Pidgeon circuit and in qualifying, Munson stormed to pole position.

Munson made a poor start in race one, along with a few other riders, as he misjudged the starting lights and immediately dropped down to fifth place.

He recovered though and eventually came home in third place after brilliantly negotiating his way through the field.

The next two races saw Munson encounter the reoccurrence of the bike issues that plagued him in the first round.

Race two saw the youngster leading the final lap by three seconds when his engine unexpectedly cut out and, having restarted the bike, Munson crossed the line in fifth.

More troubles hit Munson in race three and as the bike continued to run intermittently, his team pulled him out of the race.

 

Ahead of the next round, the team resolved all the bike issues and it made all the difference as Munson stormed to three race wins at Tattershall in Lincolnshire as he lived up to his recently acquired nickname, “The Munson Burner”.

The first race however didn’t go without a glitch as Munson arrived at the grid without a petrol cap. A mad dash to the pits by his father Steve to grab a spare petrol cap resolved the issue.

With just 12 seconds to compose himself for the race, Munson composed himself and stormed to victory with ease.

Race two and three followed in the same manner as he finished with a hat-trick of race wins and also recorded a new lap record.

Round four took Munson north to visit Rowrah in Cumbria and once again he qualified on pole position – his fourth of the season.

Munson though didn’t get the best of starts and dropped down to second place for the first couple of laps with Henry McCartney taking the lead.

The Swindon rider though hit back as he retook the lead after tucking inside of McCartney on one of the hairpins.

Both riders went tyre-to-tyre after that, and although McCartney kept pace with Munson, he couldn’t find a way past.

Munson found himself in second place again early on in race two before retaking the lead and taking the chequered flag.

Race three saw Munson take the lead into the first corner but McCartney clipped his rear wheel and the race was subsequently red flagged, not because of that incident but due to a jump start instead.

On the restart, McCartney lost grip and crashed out leaving Munson to take up the lead in the race.

He built up a gap on second-placed Olly Horner but unbeknown to Munson, officials had hit him with a three-second penalty for a jump start.

Fortunately, Munson had created a 1.8 second gap on the penultimate lap and despite not knowing about the penalty, he claimed victory by 3.013 seconds – just enough to take the race win after the penalty was applied.

Reacting to his recent fine form, Munson said: “I really liked the Tattershall track, the second corner was my favourite as I was able to hold the throttle wide open through that corner where others backed off.

“There was a bump on the apex too which unsteadied the bike as they have no suspension but I kept it pinned each time. I think I even got air at one point! I’m really pleased at my results – it’s what we should have been achieving in the first two rounds if it wasn’t for a few mistakes from me and the bike not working well.

“I’ve not been to any of the tracks before, unlike my nearest competitors so they have an advantage over me, plus I’m quite big compared to the other kids – they are all light so can get off the start line quicker than me.

“I was a bit surprised that I was given a penalty (in race three of round four) because if I had jump started I would have been in first place into the first corner? But I wasn’t.

“I only found out after the race that I had been given three-second penalty. No one from the officials indicated it to me when the race was going on so I could have easily lost – it was lucky that I had friends in the crowd waving at me – I knew something was wrong – I had quite a big gap and they were waving at me like crazy people. So I just went as fast as I could and luckily did just enough. Winning by 0.013 of a second is the closest it’s ever been and ever going to be.

“We’re making up for our initial bad luck at the beginning of the season now and there’s nothing in it. I hope to continue my success at the next round at Red Lodge.

“Though Henry (McCartney) hasn’t won many races, he’s been consistent and scored points in nearly every race. I’ve had to play catch up but I’m there now and its only half way through the season so everything still to race for at the fifth round at Red Lodge in Suffolk.

“I would be absolutely made up if I can make it nine race wins on the bounce, but I don’t want to expect it as this is racing and anything can happen.”

Watch Samuel Munson in action in the last round of racing by clicking on the video below.

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