In life, things never go as you plan, but sometimes they end up better.
Originally, I had planned to go to the third and fourth round of the Gold Cup, but other events stepped in. However, an opportunity came up for a set of test days to help setup Ched Follis’ 206.
Between spending time at both PGP Motorsports Park and Sumas International Motorsport Academy, it was an opportunity to get some more seat time with the 206 and try some new setup changes with the four-stroke at two different tracks with Ched and Leo. Continue reading
I’m admitting right now. I’ve been enlightened to the 206.
I say enlightened, because although I’ve known about the engine package for a while now, yesterday was my first race in one. I had no idea what fun I’ve been missing out on!
So in my last post, I admitted how having to worry about my engine exploding was making karting less fun, so while I’m working on that, I’ve been focusing on also how to improve my approach to my driving.
I’ll admit, though no surprise to anyone, that I am not the fastest driver in the world. Therefore, I always want to work to improve my driving skills, and my understanding of how to setup my kart. After a few years of racing, I’ve gotten to a point where “just getting seat time” isn’t becoming as beneficial. I need a more focused approach in how I practice and test, so I can work on developing specific skills with my racing, setup and racecraft. Continue reading
It’s been ages since I’ve posted something on the blog. To be honest, I’d forgotten about |StartingGrid| for a little bit. Life has been busy with… life. However, there has been some light at the end of the tunnel, and I’ve started to be able to get back into racing. This post really isn’t going to be anything special, as just a summary of what’s been going on while I’ve been away.
Practice…Practice…and the occasional race.
Even with all of the running around at work, I’ve been able to make a few times on the track. Mostly, I’ve been spending my free time getting in practice laps during the off-weekends. I’ve been saying for a while now that my result in the races haven’t been what I’ve wanted. It’s a combination of needing more practice with my driving, but also improving how I set the kart up. So whenever I’ve had a free moment, I’ve been at the kart track doing laps.
Pretty much the status quo, I guess.
Two weeks ago, I drove in a club race at Sumas Motorsports Academy. It was my second race in my X125 Tag/Velox SK1. I qualified ninth, finished the first heat race in sixth, and the final in seventh. I got as high as fifth place in one of the heat races, but at the end of the day, I probably finished where I should have.
Now that Chris and I have done a few practice days together, we’ve started incorporating a few more pieces into our day programs. Two weeks ago, we started mounting an onboard video onto the kart. It helps us so we can reflect back on changes more accurately, and start to analyze where we can find more laptime.