Out of the comfort zone.
Shenington Kart Club - Sunday February 19 2017 by Jez Caudle
Now the van is just about habitable we decided to spend a weekend at Shenington Kart Club. If William didn;t have cricket commitments we could have driven up on the Thursday and taken part in Friday testing - but as it was we arrived late Friday. The awning went up, the karts came out and then we went to watch the last of the practice sessions.
Then I crashed - the work I had put in getting the van ready caught up with me.
We thought we had a set up by the end of play on Saturday - good enough to tweak on Sunday, but this really wasn't the case. We still haven't got to grips (sic) with the new tyres. I was given some really good advice that I externalised but for some silly reason didn't act on. It was only when we were driving home that it hit me and I realised where we were wrong.
William was 13th in practice, 10th in Heat 1 - making up 7 places, 11th in Heat 2 - making up 5 places and then 10th in Heat 3 - making up 5 places.
He started the final in 11th place. The barrier went up and I started his engine and jumped to the side. I looked around and he was still on the grid with his hand up. I jumped back round to try and start him but he was hit by the kart behind - that missed me by the width of a Rizla paper. I got him started but he wasn't able to catch the pack and started last.
William dug deep and was soon up to 6th I think but our setup inexperience soon came home to roost and he finished 10th.
We learnt a lot at Shenington and we will be going back with a much improved setup, better familiarity with the new tyres and hopefully with his number one engine purring. A person only improves by challenging themselves against those who are better - and that really did happen this weekend. We got out of our comfort zone and survived. Hopefully next time we can prosper!