April 13th /14th saw me making the small trip down to my local track of Wombwell for round 2 of the championship.
Saturday practise went well, I was setting good lap times, the kart felt well and I was looking forward to race day.
Heat 1 - Started 2nd on the grid, took the lead from the start and held onto it for a short while. Brandon #55 managed to make the pass on me dropping me into 2nd, but I managed to hold onto him for the whole race, finishing just 0.1 seconds behind.
Heat 2 - Started 5th, had a decent start, but had a coming together with someone which dropped me down to 11th. I managed to battle my way back up to 5th, so it could have been a lot worse.
Heat 3 - Started 3rd, had a good start and got up into 2nd on the first corner. Brandon #55 in 1st, me in 2nd and Matthew #23 in 3rd had a race long battle, but crossed the line in that order with less the 1 second separating us all.
Final - These results gave me a 3rd place start for the final. Another good start saw me getting past Matthew into 2nd place and right up with the leader. Matthew managed to pass me a few laps later putting me into 3rd, but again, we were all within a second of each other, bumper to bumper. We came across some back markers who for some reason decided to block me from overtaking, and even trying to push me into the wall despite numerous blue flags waving at them. This let Brandon and Matthew pull away from me a little, and as we were all very closely matched on pace, I was unable to close the gap back up. This meant my race for the lead was ruined, but I still came over the line in 3rd out of 14, so not too bad for the championship.
March 9th and 10th saw us making the short trip to Wombwell for round 1 of the 2019 championship. I head into this championship as the current Winter Series Champion, so Im hoping to do well in the full championship.
As usual, the weather was dreadful, high winds and rain were what we had to contend with.
Saturday practice went well. The track never really dried out all day, but we manage to get the setup sorted as we were consistently in the 39's which is pretty quick, especially on wet tyres.
Sunday, and the rain was even worse.
Heat 1, the track was very wet and the rain was pouring. I started on pole, but Brandon managed to make his way past on the first lap. I managed to keep on his tail, trying to make a move, but he defended well and there was no way past. I kept it in 2nd place most of the race, but on lap 8 of 10, Mason managed to get past when I ran slightly wide, which put me down into 3rd. This is where I finished this race.
Heat 2, I started this heat in 5th. I made it upto 4th on the first corner and set off after the top 3. As the race went on, the track started to dry out, and I had a full wet setup on, so I was struggling with too much grip. The kart just wouldnt get round the corners properly, and we started to drop off the pace. I kept hold of 4th until lap 8 when I lost a place, and again on the final lap I lost another place meaning I came across the line in 6th.
Heat 3, the track was even drier, so Dad decided to put the race engine on to give me a chance of being able to keep up with the top 3. As he'd finished fitting it, he started it up, but unfortunately, the magnet on the flywheel came off causing terminal damage and killing the engine. This meant we were stuck with an underpowered engine to finish the day off, not ideal on a drying track. I started this heat in 3rd place, made another good start and managed to get up into 2nd, but just for a lap. The next few laps saw me dropping down into 6th, the top 4 pulling away, and I was battling for 5th with my mate Ethan #27. I managed to get by Ethan with a couple of laps to go and kept him behind me meaning I finished 5th.
These results meant I finished 4th for the final. The track was pretty dry, but still wet weather tyres were needed. Dad changed the setup and gearing of the kart to try and help me keep up with the front runners. Again, I gained a position from the start moving me up into 3rd. Brandon #55 span from 2nd place putting him out of the race, but Mason #29 passed me on the same lap meaning I stayed 3rd. Finley #81 pulled a little lead on us leaving Mason and I to have a good battle for the whole race. I made it by him near the end of the race, only for him to get the place back. After a really good, fair battle, Mason crossed the line just 0.1 seconds ahead of me in 2nd, meaning I finished 3rd. Disaster struck again as I was given a 10 second penalty for apparently overtaking under a yellow flag which meant I was demoted down to 5th place.I was absolutely gutted as I thought id earned a well fought for podium, but it wasn't to be. I need to keep a better eye out for those flags.
Well done to all those who raced this weekend, I hope to see you all next month for round 2.
We leave Wombwell joint 3rd in the championship.