The time had come to actually put all the practising to use, it was time to race. As I was most comfortable at Wombwell, I decided to do my first couple of races here. I wasnt going there to try and win, it was all about learning how to do the rolling starts, how to race safely around the other racers, and if I was in the position to do so, go for an overtake or two.
So the first couple of race meetings went OK. I had to start at the back as I was a novice, but I managed to get past a few people in each race that I did, and I really started enjoying the racing, knowing when to and when not to overtake - when to push and when to take it steady, and most importantly, leaning how to finish a race without spinning off.
Then it was time to race somewhere else, so off we went to Fulbeck to join the Sprint Series racing, and the MSA championship they run there. The grids in the sprint series are much bigger than Wombwell which again, has been a good learning tool for me to get better at racing as there are more lads and lasses there who are similar speeds to me.
So, between September and November 2018, id raced at the Sprint Series 4 times, Wombwell 4 times and in the Fulbeck MSA races twice - I've had some good races, some bad races, I've picked up my first couple of trophies, and most importantly, I've built up my confidence ready to race next year.
Heres a few pictures from those races;
After 8 months of practising at Wombwell and Fatcats, I was getting near to my 8th birthday, which meant Id be able to race. Dad decided I was ready for a newer kart, and after some thought, and plenty of discussions with other Dads, we decided to get a Synergy chassis. Luckily, one of the lads who raced at Wombwell in the Honda Cadet class was moving up into MiniMax, and so his chassis was up for sale, and thats the one we got..and still have. It was time to go testing in the new kart, so off we went to another new track...Fulbeck.
After a few months practising around Wombwell, the other Dads were telling my Dad that I should visit a few other tracks so I could broaden my skillset on different kinds of corners etc.
The first track we visited was at Fatcats Motopark at Doncaster. Its mainly a MotoX complex, but it does have a nice tarmac track there for karts and Mini Moto bikes. Its usually not too busy too, so I managed to have the track to myself a few times, meaning my Dad could stand on the circuit and help me out with the racing lines and braking points.
So, after getting my first kart, it was time to start learning how to drive it quicker and quicker. Dad started taking me down to our local kart track at Wombwell, which at the time was run by South Yorkshire Kart Club. As it was an MSA (Motor Sports Association) race club, I wasn't allowed to race until I was 8 (and Id just turned 7 at the time), so I could only attend on Saturdays for the practise days. This was fine by me though as it took a few visits to start learning the racing lines and getting within a few seconds of the faster lads who regularly raced. Something else I also remember from my first few visits to the track was that it rained every single month. We practised once a month at Wombwell, and from November to May, it rained every single time. One good thing about this though is that now when it rains, Im actually pretty confident on a wet track, and tend to have a little advantage over some of the other newer racers that haven't raced too much in the wet.
So, how did I get into karting you ask?? Well, my Dad used to kart when he was younger, in the Rotax Max class, so I suppose it was in my blood. My Dad took me to the local indoor kart track a couple of times to see if it was something I would enjoy, and as you can guess, I was bitten by the karting bug.
After Dad could see that I could drive the kart safely and fairly quickly, he said I could get a kart of my own, and in November 2017, I got an old Project One kart with a T1 Honda engine on, and so my karting journey began.