TILLSONBURG, ON – What a great night racing in all divisions. Drivers were greeted with a very smooth and tacky track. That usually means fast times and indeed two track records were set. Both the Beginners (Nick Sheridan) and Seniors (Kate Courtnage) now hold the records.
The youngest division this week saw some good action. The group is very competitive and this sometimes makes for some overly aggressive driving which is easy enough to curtail once the drivers get into this mode, all part of the learn to race program as we attempt to get the whole group faster, not just in lap times but also improve their passing ability. When the action was finished, # 45 Nick Sheridan/Mt Brydges and # 5 Tom Pellizzari/ Tillsonburg stood tied for 1st. # 93 Rayse Meyer/Courtland in 2nd and # 14 Paige Smith/Woodstock in 3rd.
The Juniors provided some hot racing this week but most notable was # 93 Amber Meyer/Springford who was determined to win some races. The effort paid off and she finished 2nd for the night. The only driver to one up Amber was # 52 Jacob Sheridan/Mt Brydges who had claimed first overall with # 66 Colby Bennett/Port Dover putting together 3 strong finishes for 3rd overall.
The Seniors had some very close racing this week. # 77x Alex Hill and # 39 Kate Courtnage were jockeying for position when a really grippy track and some side to side contact put them both up on two wheels and then both did a rather exciting end over end roll. The caution light went red as they were both mid air but both landed rubber side down, karts still running and drivers ready to continue racing. Hill needed the kart to be put back on the racing surface but Kate was pointing the right way and wondered whey the red light was on. Both were ready for the restart.
Kate was in the thick of it again when she made a last lap charge in the final main on leader #87x Brad Perrott. Brad looked to have the race won but Kate got a good drive heading out of the last corner and was side by side as they crossed the line. Even after checking the video replay it is really too close to call. The transponders say Kate won but according to our rules (I thought) the transponder has to be on the back of the seat and Kate’s is on the side towards the rear. I had warned the Juniors about this earlier and said that if it was almost too close to call you had better have the transponder in the correct location.
So drivers are asked to recheck the rules and you will see the clarification on transponder location that will take effect August 29, 2012. So this week the results go, Kate, Alex and Brad in that order. For the Summer series Kate and Alex are tied with 411 points in first place.
The Expert results this week were affected by derailed chains, faulty shifters, a late night at work, a mysterious bog and a fuel pump that didn’t. Suffice to say that the house karts went 1,2,3.
Next race in Tillsonburg is Sept 4 2012. Thanksgiving 100 is Oct. 6, 2012. Year end Banquet is Nov. 17, 2012. (racers , family and spectators all welcome).
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