Dry and cold to start with but sun came out just before midday. With Steve away, Nathan was
managing the weekend ably assisted by his father,
As you would expect the new team of Arthur and Colin were first to arrive. In no time Nathan had
helped them get the kart set up and fitted the seat.
Testing underway Sam was complaining of severe vibration which made it impossible to see. Upon
investigation, the team concluded that there was a slight bend in the axle. Adrian and Nathan’s dad
changed the axle over but due to several seized bolts and the axle sticking, he missed session two.
What you would expect with a 6-year-old chassis!
Session two went well. Session three saw a few little spins from the mid pack, mainly into Bruno and
due to trying to carry too much speed. As we usually do usual Nathan went around with a track map
to sort the drivers out who needed it. The final session of the day ran very smoothly, everyone
seemed happy with performance and Nathan and dad were able to leave the track early with mostly
positive opinion of the day.
In a complete contrast to Saturday, Sunday was a day of rain, rain and more rain. For timed practice,
we had a greasy track with a drying line. Lucas and Yas topped the time sheets with Ben and Tom in
close attendance. Braden just pipped Pedro followed by a great showing from Ed.
The first heat came just as the rain arrived. Heat two was probably the wettest of the day, Lucas
found his way through to the lead and romped home to victory. Alfie was standing at the side of the
track again but this time due to clipping a kerb and losing his chain. He confirmed that the engine
was finally running as it should.
Heat three was a corker! Luke (now on the Tyro back up engine due to at that time unknown starting
problems) started P12 and due to a bit of bunching at the first bend, came through to P6 before the
end of the first lap. He went on, fighting his way through the field to finish an excellent P3. He and
his dad were over the moon. Alfie followed him home in P4. The boys were back!
Between the last heat and the final, Nathan had a bit of time to breathe and decided to look at
Luke’s own engine. Following a review of the manifold and starter motor, he took the large red cover
off the engine and found that the low-tension wire to the coil had been chaffing against the crank
case. It had just about worn through to the first strand of copper and must’ve been intermittently
The final saw Lucas and Ben take a well-deserved front row. They checked out right away and were
both unchallenged for much of the race. Yas drove well to take P3. There was a battle further back
between Luke, Pedro, Braden and Alfie. It looked like Braden had got it until he defended on the last
lap and Pedro went through, only to run wide and Luke went through on the pair of them. Great
racing! Overall a successful weekend but several new challenges made it a bit of a brain teaser for
Nathan, but “that is what we do!”.