This is a very, very neat bit of driving by Mr. N.
I find this race to be really amazing on 2 levels. First off, these guys are good. Real good. An extremely high level of skill is to be expected but his throttle sensitivity is off the charts.
Notice how he has the kart, as TJ describes it, constantly loaded. It is very difficult to determine where braking ends and throttle begins. He manages to keep the engine humming almost constantly and is “on top” of his kart at all times. Perfect balance pretty much all through the race and most importantly, under pressure. As I am discovering, that ain’t easy.
The other thing is how mature he is as a driver. The elbows are very, very sharp and at times, it seemed that everyone was gunning for him. Despite this he holds it together and rebounds quickly from (sometimes a bit unfair) setbacks.
This is remarkable driving.
4:30 takes first?
7:40 the mugging begins-drops to 3rd?
9:30 patience rewarded (back to 2nd?)
12:15 begins to pressure 1
12:45 great example of throttle mastery. Look at how early and long he is on gas here in this fast round corner.
13:12 Ryan now is in total command of this fight.
17:00 WTF. Drops to 4. Would love to see a birds eye view here. Maybe they are running out of laps. Norberg tried to force the issue to get by but gets blocked repeatedly, opens up the door.
17:15 beautiful positioning here sets up pass for 3 at 17:25
17:40 can’t tell if the last second lunge by the other guy was in time.
Oof. That was intense. To get an impression of how hard he had to work over the weekend:
Final note. Mr Rolinson seems “pleased”. I think this might have been first race with new team?