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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just in case no-one sees this in the other thread :)

If anyone is interested, the Lancer Register came second in the Ferodo trophy against 15 other Car club teams, and 6th overal in the race which included 4 private (expericenced kart teams). We finished about 1 second behind the winning alfa team.
I'm sure the few of you who saw it will agree the final laps were exciting !
The driver of that stint was me. The rest of the team was Al (Silver RS), my brother and my friend.
We qualified 5th overal. Directly behind the Alfa team. Within about 2 laps we had got past the alfas to lead the ferodo trophy and passed a private team into 3rd. We pitted and changed drivers, we then dropped down to about 9th. After a few more driver changes we had clawed back up to 6th overal and 2nd behind the Alfas again. However there was a big gap.
We dropped back again, after changing drivers. We then clawed backup again, the race proved to be a mix of wet and dry, the wet being very slippy indeed.
The team did a good job and we got back to 2nd place again behind the alfas. They pitted for the final driver change just as we did. As they left the pits I climbed aboard for the final stint. The Alfa team were about 10-12 seconds ahead and we had about 12 laps (The track was a kilometer long)
I went for it.
I pulled in the alfa, driving my heart out, taking 4 seconds off him in one lap. I snuck behind on a fast left/right twist and then got a run on him through the 90 degreee turn that leads into the start-finish straight. We went neck and neck into the first (almost) flat out 180 degree curve. He left me exactly one kart width and I took it. I could see him at the side and so slowly drifted out to the kerb, forcing him to lose momentum. I then covered my line into the next hairpin.
I had him. The lead was ours, after almost 100 kilometers of racing we had done it. I had 3 laps to go.
Then I could feel rain on my face through the open visor.
I knew the karts were tough in the wet and I was cautious as the track felt very unpredicatable.
I covered my lines, 2 laps to go.
Still raining, not very hard. I covered my lines again as he was not far away. My lap times had dropped by about 2 seconds.
The last lap.
Still ahead, I went into the second haripin smoothly, but at my acceleration point the track was slightly damper than the last lap. The kart slid wide of the apex by about 3 feet and I lost a little momentum. The alfa man was past !
He waved at the pits but there was still 6 corners left and I don't give up.
I dived into the esses, and realed him in, going through the long left right bends I was directly behind him again. He knew I was there and tried feainting his line into the final bend. I anticipated this and took a different line agian to get maximum drive, hoping to nick past on the start finish. But there was not quite enough tarmac, and we lost by about 1 second.
I was very upset. BUT what a race. The Alfa demanded we return for a re-match. Good lads.

As stated, my brother set the fastest time of all the car club runners. a 53.33 seconds lap. The fastest private team was a 52.86. Interestingly, the next fastest lap set by the alfa team was actually a few tenths slower than the fastest laps set by my friend and myself (both very low 54.2's)

All credit to Al, it was only his second kart race and he had fast (60mph) outdoor kars and rain to deal with. He may have been slower than the rest of the Mitsi team but we've done a lot of kartraces together. At least he kept it on the track when needed and you could see him learning and getting quicker. A bit more practice now and we will have the trophy next year !

A shame a few more people couldn't take part, another team or two would have been excellent. Try it next year, its bloody great !

TonyC
Head hanging in shame for lossing the race on the last lap :(
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Agreed, it was a good race, well done all

We are going to be putting in some practices between now and next year so that the Mitsis can have more than one team (already organised a team of 4 willing to drive next year!!!) Lose a few pounds too!!! the lighter you are the faster you go!!!!

A pity there were only a few of us in support!!
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
On the subject of weight, it makes a difference but with these faster, twin-engined karts you can drive around it.
My brother weighs a feather-weight 10 stone, but I'm 12 stone and only 8 tenths slower (on averge it is less as he doesn't do banzai laps everytime - nearly all our race laps were 54.? seconds). And my friend is another stone heavier than me but was still faster than the other teams (54.? second laps still)
The other teams did consist of small and large drivers, a lot of speed is through technique.

Nice to hear we've another team already forming. With luck, next year we can not only get the Ferodo Trophy, but also the team prize as well :)
Sorry to give you a heart-attack on the final lap Big Evo :( And lets not mention Trevors camera/film escapade :)

TonyC
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
To be honest I havent sat in a kcart for 10 years let allown one with 12 hp, I feel I let the side down, but I will do some training for next year, on and off the track. Tony and his mates drove a great race and the last few laps were more exciting than any F1 race ive seen.
My girlfriend now wants to do it though, I know that Bigevo already has two lady drives (Sorry we didnt get chance to talk, maybe organise a meet up for the yorkshire members sometime) so maybe we can have a ladys only team, could be interesting.
Maybe the club could organise a karting event is anyone is interested, see whos the quickest on the track. Could do one with the pug club, us Vs them, Just an idea.
Thanks for Trevor for organising it and being our Ross Braun (Spelling maybe a bit off) of the day. Need to practise those pitstops when the Kart donst stop, gain some seconds.
Cheers
Al
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
An all girl team sounds like a really good idea. Good idea also about organising another karting event, mega fun! Going to get some serious practice in especially if your planning on beating the Pugs!! We will have to suss out the good karting circuits, that one at the weekend was a good one, also heard that there is a really good one in Bradford area somewhere?
 
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An all girl team sounds like a really good idea. Good idea also about organising another karting event, mega fun! Going to get some serious practice in especially if your planning on beating the Pugs!! We will have to suss out the good karting circuits, that one at the weekend was a good one, also heard that there is a really good one in Bradford area somewhere?
 
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