I write this feeling slightly battered and bruised after an ace night out at Rouge Racings Kart track in Aylesbury.
The competition was feirce and during the pre race banter you could hear “I’ll be aiming for the one in his own race suit and helmet”… well at least that’s what I thought anyway. At least John G has his own suit and helmet aswell, maybe they were refering to him?!
Anyway, with racesuits and helmets donned, as Murray Walker would have said “the time for talking has finished – the time for racing has begun”
The karts were lined up in the pit lane one behind the other and I was hoping to have the one on the front for a quick get away and get a ‘clean’ lap in without being held up by anyone else so that I could get pole position and lead the race out.
Sadly I was awarded the equivelant of a wooden spoon in the shape of the kart right at the back of the pack.
So, using my cunning and guile, I pushed my way through the traffic and set a time that was good enough for pole.
Myself, John and Jason made up the first three positions on the grid and as the lights went green all hell broke loose.
I only crashed once, but what I lacked in Quantity I made up for in quality, I braked far later than I should have done and shot backwards at high speed into the barrier at the end of the fastest straight on the course with a bang that Barry Scott (off of Cillit Bang) would have been proud of.
At the halfway stage (40 laps) we stopped for a well earned rest and to be fair I would have been happy if it had finished there, as I was in first place. Everything to loose then!
After far to short a time we were ushered back to the karts to complete the final 40 laps.
Apart from a BIG off for Neil and Simon, I felt the second stage flowed more smoothly and I had a great dice with Gary and John G for track position.
Pizza was ordered and a good time had by all (especially me as I won it!)
If you fancy trying your hand at karting and taking my step at the top of the podium (good luck, you’ll need it!) then make sure your name is down for the next one when Jason asks!
See you then!