The word for today was "wet".... constant rain once again challenged all drivers out there. The bucket bikes were out in force too, contesting the last round of the King of Kaitoke Series.
Well the weather did just as it predicited and we had rain, rain and more rain. Our members are now getting used to it and we saw 31 keen karters and 18 very keen bucket bikers there to test themselves against the conditions.
Cadet racing was close all day with the two girls Rianna Omera-Hunt and Maddy Stewart (in her first outing in a brand new Kiwi Kart chassis) taking out first and second places. Logan Keats came through to take third place for the day, and there was some great improvements through the rest of the cadet field with Kurt Longstaff showing some excellent skills in the wet and unrated driver Aksal Harken flying through the field at times. Also new cadet driver Ryan Wood showing a steady improvement throughout the day in what was only his second clubday!
Junior restricted had a good field with long time racers Jordan Lum and Thomas Batt battling for first and second. It was Thomas' first meeting in his new Intrepid Chassis so lots of learning for dad and the team. Well done to Ruth Davy in achieving her C rating on a trying day.
There was a strong field of 7 junior drivers and well done to Campbell Caird for winning the day, with Zac Thompson second. Close racing right through the junior field with Hamish Stokes and Taylor Burling-Claridge fighting for third and fourth place and trying to stay out of the floorpan deep puddles that suddendly appeared in the downpour just before heat 4.
Clubclass had a good field for the day. Thanks go out to Chris Smyth who has been out promoting the class and helping new members with gear and advice. Chris was rewarded with winning the day. New drivers Brad Roberts and Marc Colliss both showed some good racing skills.
The Rotax Max lights saw new member Carl Westerman nearly win the day ... however Aaron Stagg had a strong finish to the day and managed to take first place.
Open class saw a great tussle between Peter Hoare and Paul Campbell, both enjoying the wet weather.
Well done also to the yamahas of Darren Conway and Charlotte Oram for mixing it up in the all-in senior races.
Special thanks must go to Shane Longstaff, his first day in training as a Kartsport Steward and he was out on the track all day in that weather. Also thanks to Ryan Caird for being available as starter for the day.
See you all at the July clubday with seniors racing for the Bill Picard Memorial Trophy!