Sprint 1 | 8 Laps | P13 —> P12
Time for the first qualifying sprint then. Deven got off the pre-grid slowly as his engine took its time in equalizing out the air/fuel mix, but he was able to get into his proper starting position for the start, which he took very well, making it up to 8th position, gaining 5 places, before dropping back a spot before the end of lap 1. He held on to 9th position for most of the race, but it was tough, hard racing and he lost out near the end in back and forth battles, and then getting a less than ideal exit on the final corner of the final lap and losing a drag race to the finish by only 0.011s to cross the finish line in 12th spot. Not a bad race, and lucky not to get caught up in a turn one starting crash, so all in all an ok start to the day.
Sprint 2 | 8 Laps | P13 —> P16
This is where the day seemed to show what it had in store for us. The backup pull-start on the motor, which had been working flawlessly, suddenly had the string break off on the pre grid during the test start. The motor had started well with the main start battery as well all day, so the team was not too worried about this devlopment. However, they should have been. Sure enough, as the start your engine signal was given, the engine refused to turn over. It was panicked flashbacks to Växjö, SKCC Round 3 all over again. As the team rushed in to get the engine started it was the racing community who again came to the rescue. Thanks to a concerted effort, the egine was started and the battery reconnected properly according to the technical regulations, and off Deven went. But we were a whole half a lap behind and even at full race pace there was no hope of catching up for the rolling start. There would be no extra formation lap this time to help us either. So, despite Deven’s best efforts, he was still coming around the last two corners when the rest of the field was taking the start. The full length of the start/finish straight behind, the Grabko GP racing machine came chargning down to the first corner, and was gaining on the field ahead fast. By the end of the first lap, our racing driver was caught up to the back of the field and going into turn one already passed the last placed kart. A frantic race ensued with Deven picking off place place, but there was always another ahead that took more time to get by. With 3 laps to go in the short sprint race, he had worked his way up to 16th place, but now had a 4 kart gaggle ahead of him. He got up to the back of this group with 2 laps to go but couldn’t make further headway even though the pace was there, and it ended up a 16th place finish.
Extremely tight and tough day of racing with paper thin margins separating a top 6 finish from a top 15 finish. A little bit of luck on a day in which the team showed much improved pace and was right up there on lap time pace with some of the fastest Formula Mini has to offer and we would have seen a different result - but it just wasn’t on the cards for our exuberant fledgling driver. Still, proud of the speed and the rise again, never say die attitude shown by both team and driver. It is encouraging going into the final rounds of both the Kart Cup West, and the South Sweden Kart Championship Cup - in the coming two weekends. It is going to be a thrill ride to see where we end in these series, where the battle for final position is extremely close, so make sure to stay tuned to our social media and YouTube accounts to keep up with all the action and results, you won’t want to miss these next couple of weeks!
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