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K1 kart league – October 2013

I didn’t finish second! The curse is broken! After four races in a row in the runner-up spot I finally got out of my rut. Unfortunately, rather than improving position I slipped back to fourth.

The first qualifying session went very well. I finished in fifth but was only .2 seconds behind the fastest time, and only .002 seconds out of fourth.

The second qualifying session went less well. The kart had brand new front tires and was understeering badly. I adjusted my driving style and managed to almost match my first session time. However, the drivers that beat me in the first session all improved on their times.

I started the race in fifth. Unlike the previous few races we had a rolling start instead of a standing start. It didn’t make much difference. After a couple laps I was up to third and setting up for a pass for second. Then they stopped the race. There was some problem with one of the karts so they decided to restart the race.

The new kart wasn’t quite as snappy as the one I had in the first attempt but I was quickly up to fourth. Then they stopped us again. There was a problem with the scoring computer. The driver in second was being shown a lap down. They fixed it and we got going again.

For the next few laps I was right on the tail of the third place kart then he just drove away. I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong then noticed that the tires were no longer squealing in the corners. After a few more laps I didn’t have to lift off the gas for any corner other then the hairpin. Each lap was slower then the previous. I finished in fourth.

With two races to go I’m still leading the championship points but I’m going to have to do a better job if I want to stay there.



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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 8, 2013

K1 SF Racing League round 5 – best race ever!

Seriously, given my record so far in this series, this was my best race.

There were 11 of us including several first-timers. The first session was really smooth which meant that it was really slow. I placed 6th but my best lap was only 25.17 which is at least half a second off my best. With the newcomers is was tough to get any rhythm going.

The second session I improved to 24.887 but fell to 7th. The kart for this session had really long brake travel and the first few corners were quite an adventure but once I got used to it it worked well.

I started the race in 7th but going into the first hairpin the karts in front of me bunched up and the guy who started 6th braked early and I stuffed myself into the inside of the corner. He had to go wide and I was well ahead before the next corner.

Two laps later it was almost a carbon copy. Same corner, same move, same results. I was up to 5th. I’d been on his tail for about a lap and I kept pulling out and he kept looking back so I knew it was just a matter of time.

It took a lap to catch the next racer. I started swerving back and fourth behind him which seemed to make him nervous. Then coming out of the hairpin he turned to look for me and hit the barrier. We were side-by-side at the next corner but he backed off. After I got past him he started trying way too hard and kept hitting the barriers.

I was slowly closing in on 3rd but time ran out before I could get close. So I finished 4th out of 11 which according to my unofficial calculations puts me in 4th in the championship. With one race to go 2nd place overall is mathematically impossible but 3rd isn’t.

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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: May 6, 2013


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