Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Samuel's Test Day with CKSUK

Samuel had a test day with Champion Kart Services UK (CKSUK) yesterday and we had glorious weather!

Ryan put Samuel in a Cadet kart and let him on the track to see how he'd get on and rather surprised us with a respectable 50 second lap time.  A few tweaks on the kart and he went out again and got the times down to 47 seconds.  Few more tweaks and he went out a couple more sessions, each for around 10 minutes, and he managed 45 seconds.  All his laps were consistent although he had a few spins in the early stages until he got used to having to use his brake rather than lifting off for corners.

Samuel managed to knock in a high 44 second lap but Ryan wanted to see him get closer to 43 seconds and on his final session of the day, he got a 44.1 second lap which after a very hot and long day (with one shunt from another driver that bent part of the axle) was pretty respectable especially as it was his first time on the track.

We were also joined for the day by Tom Sansbury who added his GoPro Camera to Samuel's crash helment and filmed each of the track sessions (and probably a lot of grass footage and of Ryan talking to Samuel!)  Here is the last session of the day with the 44.1 second lap:

Thanks to Ryan, Mike, Tom and Helen for a great day at Hooton Park!

Probably more footage and photos to follow at some point!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Both Gone Faster!

Jacob had a good round 8 in the Formula Bambino Championship yesterday at Daytona Manchester - his previous fastest lap was 33.811 and he knocked 0.3 seconds off to go 33.493 .  The board has not yet been updated so I can't show a photo of it - so that will follow!  He also finished fourth overall - just not quite making it onto the podium.

Then this morning Samuel had a practice session also at Daytona Manchester.  The track looked fast as Jordan had broken the lap record in the session immediately prior.  Samuel looked like he was doing well and managed to beat his previous fastest time of 29.561 fairly early on in the session.  So we were rather pleased with that!

Jordan however then broke the lap record (that he'd set minutes earlier) probably 4 or 5 times more!  The pace seemed to be rubbing off on Samuel as he then knocked in a 29.055 second lap - a good 0.5 seconds faster than he's ever gone on the new track layout!

So the morning ended with Jordan breaking the lap record a number of times and Samuel getting the second fastest lap to date - just outside 28 seconds. Not bad for a nearly 9 year old!

And here is a photo of the rather tired, hot and sweaty young drivers:

And the top 10 Junior board with Samuel in second place.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Samuel - Round 7 Inkart Cadet Championship

Last Sunday was round 7 of the Inkart Championship at Daytona Manchester.  Samuel had two second place finishes and a fifth in the qualifying rounds and was placed third on the grid in the final.

Video below of the start of the race - didn't manage to tape it all in one go as the camera battery died part way though!  Samuel moved up to second on the first hairpin and stayed in that position to finish second.

Here he is on the podium with the other Cadet drivers and the Juniors.
 And with his trophy

Samuel actually did his fastest lap to date too - he's now completed the new track layout in 29.561 seconds, knocking almost 0.2 seconds off his previous best!

He has now moved up to second overall in the Cadet Championship.  And we just have 4 rounds left in the season.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Jacob Formula Bambino Power Lap

Jacob got on the powerlap board following Formula Bambino at the start of July.

He's saying 5th place and giving a thumbs up just in case you were thinking he can't count!