Just two drivers this weekend, Charlie Bingam and Taylor Woodward. John was unable to attend due to personal commitments and I was unable to race after last weekends incident.
Testing Saturday was great, Taylor was looking confident pulling in some great lap times. Charlie was on the pace. The weather was good, dry and we were feeling confident for a good result Sunday.
The great British weather had it's say on Sunday with it's spells of heavy rain and sunshine! Charlie and Taylor drove hard in heat one. It was wet and the track was greasy. Both drivers are still on Novice plates so start the heats at the back of the grid. Taylor finished 20th and Charlie 9th.
Heat two was a little dryer, but on the first lap there was an accident which involved a number of karts including both Charlie and Taylor. Taylor had bent the axel which meant he could not continue, Charlie hit a stationary kart head on which completely destroyed the front bending the stubaxle and sending his steering column to the shape of a banana, also squashing his petrol tank with force as it blew off the inlet and breather pipe fittings and therefore covering his suit and legs with fuel for the duration of the race. Suspecting he had hurt himself in some way as he was fiddling with the kart for the whole race and looking down at his legs. It was revealed at the end of the race the severity of the karts damage but thankfully driver was unhurt. A very impressive finish from the back of the grid to finish 6th despite multiple issues for both kart and driver which shows true grit and determination.
It was all hands to the pump when we got back to base. Both karts needed fixing, luckily we had my kart in the truck so stripped it of all parts to get Charlie and Taylor back out there for Heat three.
Heat three was dry and both pushed hard to get a good finish. Charlie finishing 9th and Taylor near the back as the axel had shifted causing him some issues.
Between heat three and the final, the weather was dry. We set both karts up for a dry race. As we were walking down to line up the heavens opened. We managed to change from slicks to wets, but had no time to change the gearing on the karts, so the boys would have to run with what they had which was very frustrating as Charlie was 6th on the grid.
They had no pulling power out of the corners which caused Charlie to loose places and drop back to 12th place in the first few laps. Taylor was holding his own at the back of the grid pushing hard to move himself through the pack. Charlie managed to pull back 8th in the last couple of laps. It was a lost cause due to kart set up and weather conditions. Both drivers pushed and worked as had as they could.
It really is a credit to the Haase product that within a very short time we are starting to produce results and the kart is responding well. We are looking forward and learning fast of how to become top of our game.
Next race we will be back to full strength!
Thanks once again for the support from family and friends over the weekend. Also help from Mick (of MAD racing), Steve and Stuart. Great to catch up with he MadCrock boys Simon and Dan, well done guys.