Freddie Lee races into the future with support from FSI
FSI is proud to be a supporter of Freddie Lee, son of the UK's most diverse winning champion Barry Lee, and continuing his accent in to the hall of motorsport fame by becoming the youngest ever participant and winner of the Pro 2 Pick-up Truck championship in 2014, at the age of 16.
The Pick-up Truck series is based on the USA NASCAR series and is the only championship to race on the UK's only NASCAR style oval track at Rockingham in the midlands.
In 2015 Freddie progressed into the Pro1 Pick-up Truck Championship and at just 17 Freddie joined an established grid of very experienced racers who didn't make any allowances for his age.
Each round was a learning curve for Freddie and the team, yet by midsession Freddie began collecting trophies and gathering points.
With a new found confidence, the team headed off to Rockingham for the Cars and Stripes Super Pole 100 weekend. Running on the Rockingham Oval NASCAR Style, the trucks race at speeds of around 120-130mph, completing laps in around 42 seconds, in the dry, whilst bump drafting 2 inches off the back bumper of the truck in front and less than an inch from the solid concrete wall.
This racing certainly isn't for the timid, but is second nature to Freddie now: his competitive career started in karting at just eight years old.
Almost as fast as Lewis...
In 2015, Freddie set the 2nd fastest race lap (Rockingham Oval) at a British or Irish circuit over the season, 2nd to Lewis Hamilton (Silverstone) no less! (source: Autosport, December 17-24 2015).
The top five drivers from each of the two qualifying sessions go head to head in the final shootout session, with the fastest driver of that session winning the Superpole Trophy.
Circuit conditions were wet to begin, but a dry line appeared as the trucks proceeded through qualifying.
The top drivers were separated by just four tenths all of which were in the high 47 second bracket due to the weather, with Freddie qualifying 4th in both sessions.
Freddie had managed his tyres to give him an advantage in the final session and on lap three delivered a blistering 46.48 lap and secured the super pole trophy, making him officially the fastest man at Rockingham in 2015.
Although 2015 saw a number of podiums for Freddie unfortunately two DNF's cost him a top three finish in the championship - which meant there was only one option Come back and win the championship.
Determined to win the championship Freddie totally rebuilt the pick-up over the winter and spends hours training to arrive at each round in top condition.
A strategy is established for each round, and the Pick-up is continually serviced to ensure they avoid a DNF. To date, over the 15 rounds raced in 2016, Freddie has achieved:
- 4 x pole position
- 5 x 2nd place
- 2 x 3rd place
- 3 x 4th place
- 1 x 5th place
- 1 x 7th place
- 2 x pole position
- 4 x 2nd place
- 2 x 3rd place
- 3 x 4th place
- 2 x 5th place
- 4 x 6th place
- 2 x 7th place
- 1 x 8th place
Which in combination means Freddie has lead the championship from the start and currently has a 242 point lead of the championship. With one race to go at Brands Hatch on 6th November, all Freddie has to do is finish the race to be crowned champion.
It is envisaged that Freddie will also experience European and International racing, in particular USA NASCAR at some point in the next four years.
FSI is very proud to support Freddie and wish him all the best for what looks to be a promising futue in motorsport.