So, I’ll start us off:
Here’s my beloved 4 corner NJMP as the final series of the year gathers steam. This is the final heat of race 2. I had a “meh” kart in race 1 last week with decent 3rd and 4th finishes. That’s not good enough if I want to win the slightly larger trophy, unfortunately.
Today I grabbed pole in quali and ran to an easy P1 in prefinal. I had nice top end on the kart, hitting 49mph e.o.s., which is as good as it gets. My rear-end grip was more absent than usual, however, so I wasn’t quite able to hook up the exit of 1, which is important, as you shall see.
Now that I’m done making excuses, on to the race itself:
What I did not know as I sat on the grid is that my easy win in pre was because Matty (#13) got spun out in the formation lap due to some over-enthusiastic tire warming shenanigans ahead of him. Anyways, he got a bad start so I had room to run.
So, I began confidently, and immediately found myself being badgered by Matt. Nose down, running defensively, we get progressively faster. As we drop down to the low 44.1’s by lap 5, I figure I am gapping him.
But no, alas, by lap 6 he starts pushing through and it’s game on. Close driving is good fun in caged rental karts, I hope you enjoy.
Skip to lap 6 for the beginning of visible action.
And here’s TJ’s thoughts: