With a new tyre manufacturer on board for 2014, the season got underway on the 22nd February. Unlike 2013 when snow had to be cleared from the track before the race could start, this year started with clear blue skies.
Thirty five karts made up a full grid and like last year the qualifying time difference between Pole position and 35th position on the grid was a mere 0.60 seconds. The grid formed up for a rolling start, thirty five karts thundered into the first set of bends, we picked up a couple of places, when a tap from behind sent us spinning into the barriers. We re-started well and truly last in 35th place.
For the next two hours, at a really hot pace on the new tyres and successfully completing five pit stops we had battled our way into the mid-field. Then it happened, with five laps left in the race, an electrical fault caused the engine to splutter. Ross managed to get the kart back to the pits, but four laps were lost sorting out the problem and we re-joined and finished the race in 32nd place.
Lady Luck was not with us at this race, but as always the pace was fast and very competitive. Counting down and looking forward to the next race!
Following the long trip to the beautiful circuit at Glan-y-gor in Snowdonia for a successful but frustrating race, we moved onto the fast and exciting circuit of Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire. Practice and qualifying took place in wet conditions so getting a grid position was a bit of a lottery . The plan for the day in the changing conditions was ‘stay on the black stuff’!. Andy started the race amongst a full grid of thirty five karts, followed by Graham (the team heavies), both on slick tyres in the wet conditions and made reasonable progress through the traffic and spinning karts. Ross (carry his lead ballast to bring him up to the minimum race weight) went out just as the track began to dry. From then on it was flat out all the way, fantastic. We crossed the line in brilliant sunshine for a top ten class position, our best of the year. Next we move onto our home track of Rye House.