Tillsonburg ON (August 19, 2016)- The Lubricare Tillsonburg Beginners put on a good show this week and continue to learn, especially when thrown in with part of the Box Stock division. The result were very close this week with Keiran McDonald taking first followed by Kyeriah Mararcle and Zak Stewart.
The Smale Powder Coat Box Stock division lined up 13 karts for the final. It made for some very exciting racing over the night. This week we were more strick with starts, restarts and aggressive driving and a few drivers found thenselves restarting back in the pack a time or two.
The top three in the combined group were also the top three in their individual groups last year and have continued their winning ways to date and it has been the middle horsepower drivers taking the top spots. In order from 1st to 13th, the engines hp were. 10,10,10,11,8,8,8,10,8,11,11,11. Another pattern I saw starting to emerge last night was drivers are starting to respect each others space with less blocking and angling off to the wall or infield. That means better racing and cleaner passes.
After the points are tallied up, John Jackson Jr and Jacob Ross were tied for third. Tom Pellizzari was second and 2016 Speedster Nick Sheridan was firtst. Nick is having a great year and the more confident he becomes the better he goes through traffic. He is certainly showcasing what can be learned by racing in Tillsonburg.
Speaking of learning, we are starting to work our way through the older kids of this group as most of them have an Open kart in their future. We have raced the heck out of these kids and they have the skills to jump in earlier than first believed. It will be interesting to see what they can do on a National level where the 500’s are the common platform.
Speaking of 500’s, Scott Hall and Syd Hess are showing they were ready for the Open class. It seems they may be driving over their heads but since they rarely cause a caution, I think they know what they are doing. Austin Roes got some quick instructions on Saturday on dealing with a hand clutch and manual gear box. Race night we stuck him in a 500 and said have fun. Instantly a second a lap came off his Boxstock times and I can tell he will be up to speed in a short time. He never got lapped and once he figures out how to feel for traction, he will be away and running. Interestingly, his fast time was only a 10th of a second behind Holly Porter.
Syd Hess finished the night in third after leading much of the final. Holly Porter and Scott Hall tied for second with Scott Chesterman proving the worth of a used kart we have for sale by finishing first.
Two races and two weeks before our caravan down to North Carolina on Labour Day
Next race in Tillsonburg is August 23 2016
From: CHESTERMAN POWER PRODUCTS