South Yorkshire Kart Club decided that it no longer could support the MSA meetings due to lack of entries each month, so they decided to go down the IKR route to cut costs and try and attract bigger entries. Their first championship they have run is the Wombwell Karting Winter Series, consisting 4 rounds from November to February. This is the first proper championship I will compete in.
So...round 1 was over the weekend 10/11 November 2018. And as its Wombwell, it was wet wet wet all weekend.
The entry list wasnt huge for the Honda Cadet class, there was 5 of us racing on the Sunday. All 3 heats had a very similar feel to them, we struggled to get the set up just right as it was damp on one race, wet on another and they drying for the 3rd.
I managed to finish 2nd in all 3 heats, finishing between 5 and 8 seconds behind the number 23 each time, but I was happy with that as it meant I started the final in 2nd place, and still had a good chance of getting the win.
I had a good start, and settled into second place, right on the tail of Matthew (no.23) who held the lead. This time my Dad seemed to have got the set up just right, and I was able to keep on the back bumper of Matthew for the first few laps. I was faster on some parts of the lap, he was quicker on others, so we had plenty of side by side racing, I was loving it.Then on lap 4, I got a good run up the long straight, slipstreaming the leader, pulling along side ready to try an overtake at the hairpin. As I hit the apex, I floored the throttle....nothing!! The kart just died on me. I thought id acidently knocked the kill switch with my elbow, but as the marshal came over to assist me, he pointed to a big hole in the side of my engine. The conrod had snapped, and swiftly destroyed my engine, meaning the race was over for me.
I was gutted as I was having a good race, but I suppose these things happen. I did have positives to take from the race though, I had realised that I was now quick enough to be racing with lads a few years older than me who have been karting for a few years, so hopefully, the rest of the season I should be able to battle somewhere near the front.
Well done to Matthew who went on to win the race, Im sure we will have some good races all season long.