Last weekend I raced in my first official club race weekend with the Portland Karting Association. I do have a lot of practice days under my belt and have raced in a few Winter League (pursuit format) races but this was my first true club race weekend. My main goals were to not make a fool of myself and to get comfortable with how race day logistics work. Secondary to those goals, I secretly also wanted to make the big taped “X” I had to wear on the back of my helmet and rear of my kart look silly by getting onto the podium!
Overall, I feel that I achieved all of those goals. I qualified P3 out of 7 drivers on a track layout I had not raced before. I then finished P4 in Heat 1, Heat 2 and the Final. I think I could have gotten P3 in the Final if I had not gotten stuck behind a World Formula driver in the last few laps. I felt like I made good clean passes and made minimal mistakes as well!
Unfortunately, my engine was really down on power all weekend. Off the line, out of corners and on the straights I lacked a clear amount of power compared to others. However, I made up a lot of that lost time through the corners in which I felt I was really hooked up well.
I also have to give a HUGE shout out to my wife and self-titled “Team Principal” Jana for all her help this weekend! She helped me out a ton with the schedule, tire pressures, logging, making sure I ate and stayed hydrated and so much more. That allowed me to not have to worry or think about too many extra things throughout the race day and just focus on the race! We make a good team!
Here are the on board videos! As always, I love to get feedback and take in any advice you all might have for me! This is my first year karting and I am eager to improve in as many ways as I can.