Hi kartpulse, I’m a newb to karting; not to racing.
Normally I run supermoto; however, the local club was pretty quiet this year due to COVID which lead to karting.
First kart was borrowed from a friend. An 09 Italkart with a Honda GX200 clone. On my initial introduction to karting I only lasted the first practice session then the motor starter system blew up… That’s me #18 rocking/wearing MX gear on a kart…
So we rebuilt the starter using borrowed components from a power washer. Picked up a suit, and joined the field again.
Unfortunately, I got tired of throwing money into my buddies kart for things that I broke and/or maintenance that needed to be carried out… Plus, I was extremely underweight for master weight, and I wasn’t allowed to modify the kart in any way… so, it was time to pick up my own to get up to weight.
Managed to find a '20 Italkart Laguna with an X125T motor package from Catalyst Driver Development in Surrey, BC for a great price.
Off to the races I go with my “new” kart. First night on it… I was tied for P1 going into the final round of the day… unfortunately, I made an error and spun… resulted in me having to fight from P10 to P4… I was upset; yet, pleased at the results.
Second day on the kart was “rivers running across the track WET”; and I only had slicks… well, that never went well. Got black flagged on the first warm-up lap of the main because I was about to get lapped Everyone else was on rains… Now I knew what it was like trying to drive up a water slide on slicks felt like. I do have video… but, I haven’t uploaded it yet.
Third day on the kart again was WET… again I arrived with slicks. However, another team lent me a set of “experienced” rains that still showed a shadow of a tread pattern… Again… not my greatest outing. I managed to finish P7 in the main… Again was taking video, but I’ve been too busy to edit/upload them so far. Luckily we had a photographer braving the conditions that captured a few candids.
I changed numbers temporarily to #99 until I can get race legal ones to run around BC.
Now, it’s time for repairs over the winter… Seems all those huge puddles I submarined the kart through washed all the grease out of the rear axle bearings and thereby allowing muddy water to fulfill the lubrication needs of the axle. Needless to say, I don’t think “crunchy” should be an appropriate word to describe rotating the rear axle.
That’s it for me… see you next season.