The start of this year has been really trying. Despite all of our best efforts the new Iame Parilla engine I was using which looked very good on the Dyno was not delievering on track, we just could not get any pace at all so January was frustrating for everyone.
Thanks to James Mills at John Mills Engineering we decided at Kimbolton to get it sent back and Ogden supplied us with a brand new one for Shenington. As it was new we knew it needed running in and so although always hopeful we were realistic about out expectations for race day.
Testing went well and we seemed to be about on the pace ready for race day and I dared hope for a good result.
My heats went really well, Heat one I came fourth and once the team had made a few slight adjustments I was off out again this time finishing second. This put me on row two for the final anddespite dropping a couple of places into the first corner I managed to stick with the leading pack and was thrilled to seal back to back Shenington victories.
I was upset to see my mate Tyler Chesterton in a big smash at the end of the race following a really unecessary move on him by another driver who then on the very next corner lunged at me pushing me wide. Neither incident was seen by the marshalls but we have it on video and the driver knows what he did - driving like that is dangerous.
As leading Shenington 2012 competitor across the line on an Iame in 2013 I was awarded a £200 Iame voucher which has already been put to good use.
I have to thanks Danny Sweeney and of course my manager Martyn Smithers for their help and support, my kart was amazing. Thanks also to Ogden Motorsport and in particular James Mills of John Mills Engineering for all of his help in getting my engine sorted and for the voucher, although my mum queried whether it was a £200 saving or an £800 spend!!
Photo courtesy of Graham - TSR Productions
Following on from the abandoned January round the Winter Series at Shenington finally got underway in February with very respectable grids across all categories. Following a good day of testing on Saturday foggy conditions on Sunday delayed the start and made the early heats challenging for all drivers.
I left Shenington last December with a superb victory to end my season which followed on from my win the week earlier at Kimbolton, it was an amazing way to end the year and to wave goodbye to comer racing