February 4, 2020
It has only been a matter of weeks since Freddie Allum first joined the programme and since then preparation has been intense for what is a big season ahead. At our recent training day Freddie had the chance to meet his fellow #YRDArmy members as well as get his first taste of our state of the art facilities.
Although new to the sport, like many of his fellow members Freddie very quickly caught our eye here at YRDA. After taking his ARKS test back in December 2018 Freddie began racing in the highly contested TVKC Winter Series in January. Freddie made gradual progress, with his best points score coming in the fourth and final round. From scoring just nine points in round one, Freddie improved to 22 at the final round showing improvement as he raced on his novice plates.
Shortly after the Winter Series came the LGM Series. A tough challenge to take on just months after beginning racing, but it was Freddie throwing himself into the deep end and taking on the best in the country. Down by years in experience it was a huge learning curve for Freddie who would rack up an impressive 172 points throughout the course of the season. In a heats and final format it would give Freddie the chance to start from the front, middle and back of the grid during the season.
Away from LGM, Freddie also competed in the Spring Special and PFI Trophy at TVKC where he would finish 12th place before taking on the MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix. The biggest race in the UK Karting Calendar, Freddie was once again given the chance to race only the best gaining valuable experience in a learning year.
Shortly after the LGM Series finished in September Freddie began testing Mini X30 in October as he got ready for a jump up in class in 2020. Freddie would also switch across from SWRD to KMS, the team Luke Watts has raced with for the past couple of seasons. It has given Freddie a great mentor with Luke having already come through the Mini X30 class with tremendous success.
In his first two races since graduating, Freddie has finished 13th at the opening round of the TVKC Winter Series and 17th in a packed grid at the Whilton Mill season opener despite carrying mechanical issues. Fast progress from a driver still learning the trade, but as he did in 2018 Freddie is once again not holding back on challenging himself in 2020.
Freddie will race in both the British Kart Championships and LGM Series along with all other national races including the British Kart Grand Prix and British Open Championship. It is an exciting season ahead and we are very excited to have Freddie onboard who joins fellow YRDA drivers Vinnie Phillips and Ethian Symonds in the Mini X30 class. It gives the #YRDArmy a strong representation in an ever-growing class and we are very excited to see what Freddie can do in 2020.
Freddie Allum: “After being given the amazing chance to join the YRDA at the end of 2019, I have very much enjoyed working with Jamie, Steve and all the coaches at HQ. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am really looking forward to 2020!”
You can follow Freddie’s progress through our website and social media channels throughout the season.