Back to Genk for the final round and I immediately felt totally comfortable in the kart and with the equipment I had. After a strong test on Friday set up was perfect and I took a strong pole in quali and went on to win both finals as my key adversaries fell away. Perhaps the Championship was possible?
Day two brought another challenge it was torrential rain in quali. I had never driven the track in the wet before but managed to get P5 and an inside line which I was happy with, my team mate was rapid though and had pole, was this his day?
Final one went perfectly on a drying track I took another win and went off pole for the final race of the weekend.
The final race was was the oddest one I have ever competed in. I knew what I had to do, there was one driver I needed to stay ahead of and I had to protect my kart. No mechanicals, no accidents, no penalties, no getting caught up in someone else’s trouble. As the drivers behind me challenged for my place I gave them room to come through and sat back just enough to stay in touch but with a tenth more reaction time ‘just in case’. I happily followed and didn’t go through with the kart in front preferring to take a cautious approach. It was the strangest feeling ever, going out racing but not really racing! The result was I ended up third anyway, a cautious third but easily enough to give me the victory for the weekend, the 2016 Championship title and a ticket to the World Championships.
I am totally delighted, my first series in Europe and I won it, a national Championship and I was now eligible to race for Team GB in the World Finals and try to be the World Champion!!
KR Sport, Martyn and Ash have been amazing and my spanner man, AKA Dad hasn’t let us down, I couldn’t be more grateful.
This weekend is the penultimate round of Super One at Shenington and two weekends later is the final round at PFI. The British Champion title is still available to me and I will be giving it my best shot, Hopefully the racing is as clean as in Europe and we all get to race and see who wins.
With Super One, (the British Championships) going according to plan my team, KR Sport, decided to enter the BNL Belgian Championships. I had never raced in Europe before but they seemed very confident and so I entered for the first round in Genk, Belgium hoping for a ‘respectable’ finish.
The format is testing on Friday, quali and two races on Saturday and the same again on Sunday. Over the three rounds, (six days) you can drop your two worst results. Track time is great and the race distances are each about 16 minutes.
I mastered the fabulous Genk track pretty quickly and out of the four races I had a P4, a DNS (mechanical) and another P4 and a P2. The DNS was such a shame but these things happen in racing.
With such a strong showing in Genk I decided to do the next round in Ostricourt once again hoping for a respectable finish. This one was tricky, I was limited because it rained almost all day on Friday so I think we got 7 laps in the dry to learn the track! Saturday I finished 9th and 5th but having finally got some track time I finished P3 and P2 on the Sunday.
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