After the disappointment of the first round where my engine exploded in the final, it was time to put all that behind me and try and score as many points as possible this month. Again on race day, it was cold and damp, not a slick tyre in sight all weekend!
The race entry was much better this month, 12 Honda Cadets and 2 IAME Cadets in my races.
Heat 1 - I had a front row start for this one, starting in 2nd place. I made a brilliant start, taking the lead on the first corner and pulling away from the rest of the pack. I think someone spun at the hairpin, but I managed to avoid that, and extended my lead coming around fast part of the track. By the end of the first lap, id managed to get myself a healthy lead, and set off trying to hit the braking points, sticking to the race lines and trying not to get too excited that I was leading.
I could see that someone was working their way through the pack and starting to close the gap on me lap by lap, non other than the 2018/19 NKF karting champion - Jack Hobson. Heading into the last couple of laps, Jack was right there with me, but I just kept my head down, concentrating on my own driving as I knew Jack wouldn't knock me off. With 2 corners to go, Jack made his move and got the lead from me. I kept pushing right to the line to try and get the lead back, but Jack crossed the line 0.319 seconds in front of me, well done Jack, but I didn't care, that was by best ever drive according to my Dad, and I was delighted with my 2nd place finish.
Heat2 - I started 5th on this heat and again, I got another good start. I managed to get up into 4th from the start and was having a good battle with the top 3 ( tough competition as the current NKF champion with Jack, the FSS and SYKC champion with Brandon, and the FSS runner up, Henry). After another good run up the straight, I pulled alongside Henry to try for an overtake, but I managed to lock the wheels and spun off the track onto the grass. Luckily, I managed to get going again, but lost a couple of positions. I kept my concentration and managed to 6th, so not too bad considering the spin.
Heat 3 - Pretty uneventful. I started this heat in 8th, had a good battle with Henry near the end and finished 5th, just 0.199 seconds behind Henry, so knowing how good Henry is, I was very happy with that result.
Final - 5th was where I would start the final. I didnt quite have the setup nailed for this one, so I couldn't quite keep up with the top 4. They all drove brilliantly and pulled a good gap away from me leaving me in no mans land for while. Things were soon to change though when it came to lapping the backmarkers. Unfortunately, I got held up pretty badly by one of them which allowed the kart behind to catch me up, number 35, Oliver. Having raced bumper to bumper with Oliver before, I knew I didnt have to worry about getting knocked off, and we had a good battle for the rest of the race. We caught up another backmarker, I went to the left to overtake, but he started drifting left also, so I had to ease off a little allowing Oliver to sail past on the opposite side of the backmarker. I wanted that position back, so I got right on his back bumper and again, we battled away, often side by side, swapping positions for a good few laps.
Coming onto the last lap, I was in front of Oliver, and then deja vu, we caught a back marker up on the fast section, and just like before, I went for the overtake, but he started edging my way, so again, I had to ease off just ever so slightly until I knew he'd seen me, but Oliver spotted the gap on the inside and off he went again, managing to squeeze by again. I was gutted, I tried to get the position back, but Oliver held me off on the last 3 corners and took the chequered flag in 5th, meaning I finished 6th. My Dad said it was a brilliant race to watch, he and Olivers Dad loved it saying it was really entertaining.
So all in all, a decent weekend, once again, I was snapping at the heels of the lads who are current champions, so I must be heading in the right direction. Well done to my good karting buddy, Brandon for the win, Jack who came second, and my other good mate, Henry who finished 3rd
The points meant I am now back upto 2nd in the Championship, so I need to have another good weekend in January to keep the pressure on the leader.
I must add, I have to say a special thanks to Jacks Dad - Shaun, as he spent a bit of time with me this weekend giving me some good driving tips which definitely helped me, and for helping my Dad with the setup tips - Thank You
Merry Christmas to you all :-)