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ITS are delighted to have teamed up with Freddie Lee as the key sponsor for the 2016 season in the ‘Pick-up Truck’ Pro1 championship. Based on NASCARS the championship is the only series to race on the Rockingham oval, the UK’s only NASCAR circuit, and other circuits including Silverstone and Brands hatch.

 

As ITS are know for their passion, drive and determination, it makes for a great pairing as Freddie Lee, with a number of records and championships already to his credit at the age of just 18, is one of the UK’s brightest up and coming racers.

 

Carrying ITS’s distinctive yellow and black colours and great tools graphic, the No51 Pick-up truck not only looks good but currently leads the championship!

 

PICK UP TRUCKS LEADERBOARD
  Position   Driver   Points  
  1   Freddie Lee   991  
  2   Paul Tompkins   963  
  3   Mark Willis   940  
  4   Gavin Murray   935  
  5   Michael Smith   910  
  6   David O Regan   906  
  7   Antony Hawkins   873  
  8   Phil White   740  
  9   Lea Wood   688  
  10   Mel Collins   655  
  11   John Shorter   602  
  12   Paul Jones   523  
  13   Charlie Weaver   503  
  14   Carl Boardley   432  
  15   Ben Edwards   425  
  16   Scott Bourne   332  
  17   Lee Rogers   309  
  18   Geoff Dixon   300  
  19   Neil Tressler   145  
  20   Dave Weaver   38  
  21   Paul Poulter   30  
  22   Chris Land   20

 

LATEST NEWS
 

Rounds 3 & 4 Rockingham:

 

With the opening Brands hatch rounds being such a great start to the season for us, we went to Rockingham confident of gathering good championship points as last year Freddie was the fastest man at Rockingham.


Rockingham is the UK’s only NASCAR style oval and the most challenging of all the circuits we race. Mastering Rockingham requires a mixture of technical set up on the truck, the drivers ability to manage tyres and race under constant pressure for a long period of time, a good ‘spotter’ who can read the track, and all the drivers, and relate that information to the driver whilst racing! AND SHEER NERVE TO RACE AT 130mph HUNNING 2” OFF A CONCREAT WALL!


Practice and Qualifying :
Practice provided proof of the set up and qualifying was a ‘points collecting’ formality as Rockingham doesn’t play by the same rules as other circuits when it comes to grid positon. The Rockingham oval is about tactics and working with other drivers to share air, you have to be a special kind of racing driver to race at 130mph inches from, and sometimes actually touching, the Truck in front of you and have the confidence to know that the other driver is not going to lift or break unexpectedly!

With a P7 and P4 qualifying over the two session, we were exactly where we wanted to be. This Rockingham round was structured as two heats of 25 laps and a grand finale of 35 laps. Which in combination delivers 125.8 miles of actual racing, not including practice or qualifying, so tyre management plays a big part.


Race 1.
Saw an aggressive grid go storming round and by lap three we had truck 88 (Dave Weaver) span into the wall, fortunately SHP Pickup trucks are built to withstand the wall and the driver walked away with just a couple of bruises and the truck was out again for third race. Freddie, who had a narrow escape when Dave was busy crashing, held his composure and got on with the task of collecting those important championship points and delivered a solid, good tyre management race, finishing P6.


Race 2.
With a front row start, (The series runs a reverse grid for the top 6 places) and rain forecast for the end of the day, maximum points for this race become the goal, and Freddie did not disappoint. Unfortunately an overly aggressive grid put truck 37 ( Neil Tressler) hard into the wall on the first lap, The driver was released from the medical centre an hour later, but the truck was not so lucky. But this is Rockingham and only ‘true racing drivers’ hold a license to race on it.


With the accident cleared and Freddie’s spotter working with the spotter of truck 12 (Paul Thomson) the two trucks, along with truck 65 (Mark Willis), soon brook away from the main pack, the three trucks dominated the race, with Freddie holding P2 for most of it, in lap 21 Freddie took the lead and remained there defending until the end in an exciting ‘drag race’ to finish where unfortunate he was pipped at the line. Finishing P2 and collecting those championship points.


Race3.
Starting mid grid Freddie soon picked his way to the front of the pack and run in P2 for much of the race dicing again with trucks, 65 and 12. The three trucks once again broke away from the pack and it looked as if a top three finish was achievable even with spent tyres. However in lap 20 two trucks span, but with no damage, but the resulting yellow flags and rolling start gave the pack the chance to catch up, and trying to defend that many trucks with tyres that had raced in excess of 100 miles that day was always going to be a challenge with 15 laps left to go. The remaining laps saw Freddie get bounced down to P8 and whilst he did manage to fight back throw the pack to P4 , the aggressive closing laps were just too much our tyres and we Finished in P6. The objective for the weekend was to score enough points to retain our lead of the championship – and we did!

The Freddie Lee Racing in the ITS Truck with its striking yellow and black livery can next be seen at: Rounds 5 & 6 Rockingham on 28th /29th May, where last year Freddie won the super pole championship, which officially made him the fastest man on the Oval! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors without whom the season would not be possible. .
 

Rounds 1 & 2 Brands Hatch:

 

Build up to the start of this years ‘Pick-up Truck’ race season had been planned well and executed smoothly, so we arrived at Brands Hatch for the opening rounds in good shape and quietly confident as last season’s closing round had proved that both the Freddie and the Pick-up were on the pace.

 

This year FL Racing launches with a new title sponsor ‘ITS Tools’ and the ‘Pick-up’s’ new striking yellow and black livery sat well against the tarmac of Brands Hatch.

 

Arriving on Saturday the team watched the weather forecast closely wondering if we would be lucky enough to miss the predicted gales and rain on Sunday/Monday.

Sunday:
The 20 minutes damp practice went smoothly and once Freddie had satisfied himself that the Pick-up was balanced, he scrubbed in some tyres and retired early. Qualifying had been declared a damp track but with drying conditions, so the possible results all hung on tyre choice. Matt Roach, our crew chief, made a great call which resulted in a Freddie attaining P2 for race one and P3 for race two.

Monday:
Fortunately the gales, which were still strong at 7.30am, subsided in time for our first race. However the track was still wet from the nights torrential rain fall and had standing water on the exits of most corners.

 

Race 1.
Although qualified in P2, because of the reverse grid run in this championship, Freddie actually started in P5 alongside the very experienced Carl Boadley. By lap 5 Carl and Freddie were running P1 & P2 respectively and whilst Freddie matched Carls pace lap for lap, he just could not find a way round him and finished the race in P2.


Race 2.
Starting in P4, this time behind Carl Boardley, Carl and Freddie quickly broke away from the pack and produced some thrilling to watch close racing, a requirement for the safety car backed them in to the pack, but not for long!, as soon as the safety car was clear so was Freddie and Carl. In lap seven Freddie finally found a way past Carl and led for four laps, Carl briefly regained the lead but Freddie fought back and again led the race until lap 16, and whilst never giving up, Freddie in the end had to settle for P2 by just 0.29.

 

Officially this places Freddie at No.2 in the championship, However as Carl Boardley has already confirmed he will not be competing in the full championship then technically Freddie currently leads the championship by 48 points. The Brands hatch round will be televised and we will advise of the dates as soon as we have them.

 

The next round will be at Rockingham on 9th/10th April, where last year Freddie won the super pole championship, which officially makes him currently the fastest man on the Oval! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors without whom the season would not be possible.  

THE TEAM

Freddie Lee:

Freddie Lee

Name: Freddie Lee Number: #51
DOB: 06.10.97
 Lives: Chelmsford
Marital Status: Single 
Occupation: High School
Twitter "Freddielee_51" 
Websitewww.freddieleeracing.com

 

CAREER HISTORY: 

2013 Debut season Pickup Truck Racing

2012 Debut - Ford Fiesta Jnr & Ginetta race winner

2011 Debut - British & Essex Ministox Champion

2008-2010 Multiple Kart race winner, lap record holder & champion Zip young gun

 

 

 

 

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