Friday, 25 April 2014

CKRC 2014 - Round 3 - 20 April 2014

The third round of Cheshire Kart Club 2014 Championship took place on Sunday 20 April. With 5 Hondas racing, Samuel was given 2nd, 1st and 3rd for his random grid starts.

He had a very close first heat with Kai Hunter, exchanging the lead a number of times; Samuel crossed the line in second place 0.2 seconds behind but claimed the fastest lap of the heat with a 42.75.

Heat two and Samuel lead most of the heat but again, very close racing and he crossed the line in second place 0.1 seconds behind Kai.

During the lunch break Samuel was interviewed by a film crew from Super1 TV Productions.

Third heat and again, Samuel lead most of the heat and this time the times were even closer with him and Kai virtually side by side crossing the start finish line. Samuel claimed the fastest lap again with a 42.54 second lap.

Samuel started in second place in the 12 lap final. And once again, the racing was very intense with Samuel gaining the lead on lap 4 - him and Kai crossed the line at the same time but Samuel gained the advantage and stayed in the lead until lap 9 when he dropped back just 0.08 seconds. He pulled it back on the penultimate lap and set a new Championship lap record of 42.31 (and also track lap record!) Kai gained an unfair advantage on the next to last corner of the last lap, pushing Samuel off and was subsequently disqualified; Samuel took the win and the top step on the podium.

Collectively, the CKS team had a great racing day - as well as the Honda Cadet win, Ross took home the IAME Cadet, Nathan the Mini Max and Aaron a second place in the Senior Rotax final.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

TVKC 2014 and NKF - Round 1 - 6 April 2014

The first rounds of the Trent Valley Kart Club Championship and also NKF took place on 6 April. Samuel had only raced here once before, late 2013 and had only managed a few practice days so he still had a lot of learning to do on the track. Plus the Honda grids are huge (35 for this race) which was a little daunting although by the end of the weekend he had risen to the challenge.

The first heat was wet and he started 22nd, finishing 29th. The track had largely dried out by heat two and he set a one minute 10.06 second lap, just dropping one place to 25th. Heat three he started 5th and finished 24th but went marginally quicker with a 1:10:03 lap.

Samuel started 29th in the final and had his best finish with a 23rd and also set his fastest time of the weekend with 1:09:65.

The NKF Championship was held at the same time as the TVKC club race but as we don't yet know how many Honda Cadets are entered, we don't yet know where Samuel finished or how many points he collected. Round 2 will be at Rowrah.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

MBKC 2014 - Round 3 - 23 March 2014

Round 3 of Manchester and Buxton Kart Club Championship took place on 23 March and the weather was more spring like than the previous round.

The random grid placings saw Samuel start 4th in the first heat and finish 3rd with a fastest lap on the club circuit of 51.20 seconds. He then finished in 2nd in the second heat with a faster time of 49.70; third heat he again finished second from a start position of third and almost went sub 49 seconds with a 49.13 fastest lap.

In the final he started third due to his heat finishes and retained the place across the finish line but managed to go even faster with a 48.70 second lap.

Photos are taken from the MBKC Facebook page.