Week 3 and director Will shows us how it’s done!
Another lovely night of racing came and went at Supercharged Edison. We held our weds night heats as usual and this time in our final divisions!
Guess who joined us in D1? Race director and GM Will. I kinda suspected he could drive but now we know! He did a fabulous job and almost beat our fastest driver currently, Brandon. I would love to hear more of Will’s driving story/background because I bet it’s interesting. Anyways, congrats to Will on P2 in h1 and h2!
It was good night for meeting people. A gentleman also in my split introduced himself, Marc Coltelli, and he’s a UK racer who might be in his 30s or early 40s. He has what appears to be considerable experience in racing, both euro karting tour type stuff and car racing. If I understood correctly he is involved currently in Electric formula racing in some capacity. It was nice to meet you, Marc Coltelli! I shall be asking for pointers, no doubt.
He’s not our only UK racer, however. The gentleman you will see me battling with in the Pink helmet is also a UK transplant IIRC and I will report back with more info.
The racing was GREAT! Since we were in our final splits, we had a much tighter field and we could battle (which isn’t productive in TT but a hell of a lot of fun which is 70% of why we do this anyways).
I personally had a lot of fun seeing if there was any benefit to bump drafting folks in electrics. I was hoping to bonk Richard (250lbs) up the hill a bit and see if we could get better time but we kept getting flagged: so, Richard and I traded back and forth for a bit, amusing ourselves, and no doubt confusing the flaggers.
Unfortunately, my Gopro once again bricked itself on the grid, so there is no heat 1 footage. Which, is fine by me since I was struggling a bit with the cold track and a kart that decided to make zero noise. You may think the canned engine sounds are silly, but one does miss the feedback the engine noises give.
But, since our starting time was so late, Brandon and I did a rental general session. It was really fun to go out on the much slower karts and mess around. This session was filmed and actually, seems to be drawing more eyeballs than the fast karts, lol.
I did manage to get the recalcitrant Gopro to do its job for heat 2. And, here it is:
Race 6 (heat 2)
It was an excellent first night out in D1. I managed to post a respectable time and the leaderboard was tightly spaced. It appears that places 6-11 were all 44.5x! Me and Icaro came really close, with Icaro pipping me by a mere 1/1000. Nice drive, Icaro!
Icaro beats man in crooked glasses
My pal Alex was very pleased having set his new personal best for track 1 with a fast 44.376, and I came in 11 with a 44.587. It seems that everyone had a pretty good night in heat 2, after the track warmed and gripped up a bit.
And so, we are off. It looks like it will be a hard fought battle for tenths!
If anyone else has footage and stories, feel free to jump in and share!