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Kart Race #1 (of 6)

Yee Haw! This was fun.

I was not the all-conquering zoom-master that I might have hoped to be, but it was one of the most fun times I’ve had at a kart track.

The first qualifying heat went almost exactly as expected. I wound up 6th fastest out of 12. My best time was 29.718 which is half a second better than my last session. Couldn’t expect much better than that. I was one second behind the fastest qualifier and almost two seconds faster than the slowest.

The second qualifying session went unwell. First my kart would not move. After several attempts they moved me to another kart. The guy in charge apologized saying that the kart I was getting had brand new tires so I’d have no grip. He was right. I couldn’t brake, corner or accelerate as well, but all that sliding around sure was fun. Wound up in 11th place at 30.912. That’s 1.9 seconds off the fastest time for the session, but 2.5 seconds faster than 12th.

Overall I had the 7th best time so that’s where I started the race. However I didn’t stay in 7th for long. The kart for this session had an issue with its accelerator. Rather than getting instant power there was a severe lag. It took a few laps to get used to that, during which I lost four places. I managed to get back around two of the karts that passed me then spent the rest of the race on the tail of two karts locked in battle. Neither made any major mistakes so I wasn’t able to get buy…until…the last corner of the last lap one of the drivers spun out the other and I got past the spun kart and nearly got past the spinner as well.

So I finished ninth and I’m placed the same in the championship. Though, I doubt that anyone had more fun than I did. I know I’m weird, but I’d much rather have an exciting race trying to pass people than one where I’m out front alone for the whole thing. Though I doubt that’s going to be something I need to worry about.

On a final note, there was an amzing lack of ego and attitude among the racers. Everyone I talked to was there for fun and we all had it.

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Tags: ,, - Author: Tom - Published: January 6, 2013


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