By Tom Straker | Posted: Tuesday May 9, 2017
On the last week of Term One my Dad and I traveled to Invercargill for the National Sprint Championship for karting. My goal for the meeting was to finish in the top 10.
I started by qualifying all the way down the pack at 18th out of 20 as I found it hard to find speed in the wet conditions. Even with this less than ideal start I knew I could reel in the front pack.
I started the first heat and raced through the pack but with the rules I still had to start off 18th again. But as long as I could finish around the same place I could start the pre-final further up the field, which was exactly what I did.
After starting off 9th for the pre-final I finished in 11th due to sliding off the track for a second so 11th would be my starting position for the final.
The final is the only race that really mattered. Wherever I finished would be my result for the whole event. Heading out the gate for the final I began putting all my focus on the track. Throughout the race I pushed through the field, eventually finishing 9th. However, the kart that was in front of me was given a 10 second penalty and someone else got ‘teched out’ meaning there was something outside the rules on their kart. So that meant that my final position would be 7th so I had met my goal.
Written by : Liam Pink
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