Sprint Race 2 | 8 Laps | P13 —> P13
This is where the day fell off the rails. Deven’s start was tentative, there was no attacking racing and no explosive start. Lapping at around half a second slower than the previous race, he quickly lost touch with the karts ahead and now was being pressed from behind as well, and had to fight just to maintain his starting position. It was an uneventful and disappointing race, not only from a result perspective, but also from a speed point of view. Scratching their heads, the team tried to find out where things had gone wrong. It became clear that it was just not on mentally for our young driver and that he needed to get into e better mindset for the final race that was to come. It was going to be a hard slog if any positives were going to be taken away from the day.
Final | 12 Laps | P12 —> P9
After the results of the sprint races, our man Deven would be lining up in 12th spot for the final, up one grid place from his qualifying position, but now on the outside going into the first corners. It was a step forward, albeit a small one, and starting on the outside of the gird is never an advantage. He made the best he could of the situation, getting a good aggressive start, but was unable to capitalize on it, gaining one spot but losing one as well in the first lap, crossing the line in the same position he started, 12th. After a good move for a pass into the first hairpin on the third lap, Deven’s inexperienced race craft let him down a bit. He had worked himself into a good position to make his move on the next driver ahead, got alongside and beat him to the apex, but then allowed the other kart to come out the outside of him again and he lost the position back and the momentum he had built up. By the time he caught back up a few laps later, he couldn’t quite get himself in a similar position and was stuck behind despite being clearly quicker. It was unfortunately a familiar tale to tell, reminding us of the final last week in Jönköping. In the end, after some drama in the lead pack, Deven crossed the line in 10th place and was promoted to 9th after a disqualification for unfair driving was handed out ahead of him.
It was a day that showed a few rays of light that we are going back in the right direction, but there was much more on the table for the team here that was not taken. It was a decent result but with only one round to go in the Kart Cup West series, it is going to be a very tough challenge going into the final round, which is to be held on the 17-18 of September at the Glomming Ring in Uddevalla, Sweden.
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