Robbie earns European third place
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Lympsham karter Robbie Gallier gained a third place at the Kerpen kart racing track in Germany.
ROBBIE Gallier of Lympsham, competed at the world famous Kerpen kart racing track in Germany, where Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel honed their racing skills.
The Eurocams-supported 16-year-old was competing in the Kerpen Summer Cup and the third round of the BMC European Championship.
Having never raced at the track before, racing with Hobzie Motorsport, an independent British team, and up against factory-supported drivers, was always going to be a challenging weekend for the youngster.
Racing against 30 of some of the top European drivers in the Junior Rotax class, Robbie rose to the occasion and in free practice was one of the quickest. Most of the testing was completed in the wet, but when practicing in the dry, the gremlins struck.
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An electrical fault was not found until the six-lap official practice on race day. Robbie focused and secured sixth in qualifying, finishing the first final in fifth place, after twice being knocked off and at one point lying in 11th.
The second final saw Robbie knocked by the same driver and this time the officials took action and penalised the other driver.
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Robbie battled from nearly last to take fourth, the combined results meant that he finished a superb third overall, first British driver for the weekend and a good points haul meaning he has a chance of a top three finish in the European Championship, as there are three more rounds remaining.
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