Final | 12 Laps | P26—>P28
The clouds broke soon after the 2nd sprint race and the sun even came out and showed itself. This had a very immediate effect on the track, and it was a fully dry track by the time the karts were to be prepped for the final. In the switch back to the dry chassis setup, it was finally discovered that the chassis had bee wrong for the wet the entire day and the mystery of Deven’s lack of wet weather pace was discovered. Notch it up to yet another team failure compromising Deven. These are the things that cannot happen, yet they have far too often this season.
Now corrected, and everything on the kart double and triple checked, it was time to get out there and see what could be done in the final. Having moved up 9 spots on the grid due to the sprint heat results, it was possible, with another exceptional start, to get inside the top 20 and salvage something from the weekend. It was an exceptional start, for 3/4 of a lap. Deven shot off the line and took 2 positions through the long looping right hand turn 1, then he took 2 more with a brave move into the fast left hand turn two before the important turn 3 hairpin that leads onto the longest of the two back straights. He got a decent exit and then was able to outbrake 3 more karts into turn 5, which is another hairpin that leads onto the second back straight. He then dove down and took 2 more on the turns 7 & 8 chicane. All of the sudden he was 17th and had only to survive the last tight complex at turns 9-11 to complete the first lap. But he wanted more and continued his charge. Again at turn 9 he dove in, but this time was not able to get the full inside line and got caught in the middle of the 3 wide kart sandwich. He had no chance to avoid the kart directly in front of him and clipped into their rear right tire, sending them spinning right in front of him and he came to a complete stop, and couldn’t maneuver around the kart he had spun, who had lost engine and couldn’t move. Deven’s was still running, but he had to use his hands to manually roll back his kart to get enough room to steer around and get moving again. This took what seemed like an eternity, and by the time he could get going again, he was half a lap behind the rest of the field. With his race effectively over, Deven bravely raced on, and showed good pace throughout the rest of the race, and even caught up to another backmarker and passed them, but had no chance to catch up to the rest of the pack. He finished the race last of those that did take the checkered flag. In the end he was classified 28th after 7 other DNF’s and a disqualification, but it wa equivalent to either of those outcomes. He would only collect a single point from the weekend, and it would seriously hurt his standings in the Driver’s championship.
After a good and promising Friday practice, it all fell apart for Deven mostly due to the team failing to provide him with the equipment and setup necessary to show his potential. Critical mistakes cost the team and the driver this weekend. These will have to be critically investigated and measures need to be taken to ensure that this doesn't happen to him again in the future. Now comes the summer break with the next race being SKCC Round 5 in Jönköping on August 14th followed closely by Round 4 of the Kart Cup West in Gothenburg the week after.
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