Rounds 1 & 2 OK Senior
Having not been to Clay Pigeon since his cadet days, it was going to be a very different experience for Will driving an OK Senior kart and one I’m sure he was going to enjoy. Friday testing went very well and Will was looking forward to his first senior OK race; although it was already apparent that tyre wear was going to be the dominant factor this weekend.
Qualifying went well and Will was third; with 9 one hundredths of a second covering the first 7 on the grid, it was going to be a very close race. In Final 1 Will ran a solid third until his tyres began to go off and he slipped down to finish 6th and was frustrated at the way the tyres went off during the race.
Final 2 was even more frustrating for Will. The tyres gave him no chance of moving forward and he slipped down to eighth place by the chequered flag. Not what he was hoping for; although the karts were fantastic to drive, tyre management should not be an issue with short kart races and left Will feeling disappointed with the opening round.
Will was hoping for a better result in round 2 on Sunday and was quickest in Sunday morning practice. In qualifying Will only did 4 flying laps to try and preserve his tyres for the coming races so was down in 10th place after quali. In Final 1 Will got a poor start and was soon down in 13th place and not wanting to push too hard on his tyres, made moving forward very difficult. A steady drive and being mindful of his tyres to save them for Final 2, Will only managed to climb up to ninth by the race end.
In Final 2 Will was hoping to be able to push a bit harder and move forward during the race. However a coming together between 2 drivers in front of Will not only delayed him, but also dislodged his front fairing so an automatic penalty was inevitable. Having lost ground early on meant Will had to push hard on his tyres sooner than he had wanted to. This had an impact on his ability to catch and pass those in front. In the end Will could only manage to climb up to 7th place on the track, which was later amended to 10th after his penalty for a dislodged front fairing was added.
All in all a disappointing weekend for Will and with both second Finals won by drivers coming from the back of the grid after not competing in the Final 1, not a good advertisement for the British Karting Championships. The tyres did not seem up to the job and influenced the results in an unequal manner; hopefully things will be different at the next round.