There were ten of us last night. We ran the track backwards again. They’ve made a few adjustments which kept people, mostly, from slamming the wall in the sweeping turn. I was the only one there who had driven the course in this direction so I was liking my chances.
Chances did not work out that way. After a couple laps I found that I could keep my foot down and not touch the brake for the entire lap. That’s bad. That means slow. Sure enough I had to pull over for several of the other faster karts. I would up with a best time of 26.19. That was good enough for 4th but was just barely ahead of the newcomers and 1.5 seconds back from the leader.
For the second session the motor was much crisper. Nobody passed me and I lapped several of the newcomers. I finished the session with the second best time of 24.86, just .3 seconds back from the fastest time at 24.55. This is the best I’ve ever qualified at one of these races.
For the race they had a nice surprise for us, a standing start. For all the previous events we did a rolling single file start. This makes for few immediate passing opportunities. The downside of standing starts for me is that with my weight the lighter drivers behind me have the advantage.
Fortunately the third place starter was too busy protecting his position to worry about taking mine. The first place kart slowly pulled away from me and the third place kart held steady a couple seconds back so there was no real drama in the race. I was hoping that when hit lapped traffic I’d be able to work past the leader but due to two red flags we didn’t do enough lapping to make a difference.
So I got my third second place in a row and if my calculations are correct I am leading the championship by two points. There’s an esteem booster.