Heat Race 2 - 10 Laps | P9
For this race, Deven lost out a bit on the start, losing one position almost immediately. An Engine change between races necessitated by the failure in the previous heat meant that the practice engine was being used. Noticeably, Deven couldn’t quite get up the turn 5-6 hill as strongly and was also losing out at the end of the front straight, and couldn’t get in position to make overtakes like he had been able to do in the first race. He eventually lost a bit of ground to the small group of two karts ahead, but easily distanced himself from the trailing pack. Ended a much more satisfactory P9, but still ruing what could have been going into the Final.
Feature Final - 16 Laps | Started P11
Due to the first heat DNF, Deven slotted into position 11 on the starting grid for the Feature Final. He would have a lot of work to do if we were to make any impact on the race, which was a much longer distance. Normally this would have been a good thing, giving Deven time to make up positions. Now though, with the race engine out of commission, he knew he would have an uphill battle and the start of the race would be extra important.
He made an excellent start, muscling his way into the inside of the first turn 2 hairpin, and made up 2 positions right away as they came to the uphill turn 5-6 complex. Now in 9th, he zeroed in his focus on the next two ahead that he had been battling with all day long. Deven drove and excellent first stint, gaining on those ahead, and leaving the trailing pack behind him, but again succumbed to a tendency to overdrive in the middle stint to make up lost ground. This, combined with the compromised equipment he had to deal with, meant a lonely race. He was not able to quite hook up to the next group, and then ran out of laps as he refocused in the closing phases.
As always, a very special thanks to LK Racing and the Intrepid Driver Program Sweden for the chance to drive with a great chassis and a great set of teammates, not only drivers, but coaches, mechanics, parents, and siblings as well, and also Uddevalla Kartingklubb - a special club to be a part of.
Also a huge shout out to our sponsors and partners, The Techno Creatives, Improx Customs, Profil #461, Dumpling X, Freem Sweden, Minus 273, Intrepid Kart, and Zamp Helmets EU, - without you all we wouldn’t be out here chasing our dreams!