Round 1 Victory for Team G3
Since reading that Club100 were bringing an entirely new fleet of faster, more responsive Birel N35 karts to Buckmore Park, Team G3 had been counting down the days for round one to arrive. After it finally came, Team G3 member Stewart shares his thoughts on how Round 1 played out.
We were at Buckmore Park for the first race of the season and were excited to be back after a long break. It was masked a little with nerves as we were down from a 3 man team to just 2, due to team mate Matt Hale being on the other side of the globe for his brother’s wedding. We knew that being a racer down would mean longer stints in the kart and myself and Barry both wondered if our hibernation over the winter had taken its toll. With that said, we felt ready.
After a quick cuppa and a visual inspection of the new karts, practice was upon us! Jumping in for the first time and feeling just how fast and responsive they were left us feeling optimistic and gave us confidence for the day ahead.
It seemed the morning practice session suddenly turned to afternoon and we were at the race briefing. This included a full introduction to all the race teams, and we saw some fresh young faces coming over from the BUKC series and some older familiar ones too. We also got our kart numbers allocated for the year; coincidently it was the same as last year, number 43! Then we headed over to the paddock for qualifying.
As we got in the kart to start, I noticed we had a possible mechanical issue with the chassis. We mentioned this to the mechanics – they assured us it had been rebuilt and was good to go. With doubt set in our minds, we decided to go ahead as normal. Barry went out and did a great job to qualify in 3rd, but he was less than impressed with the kart and wasn’t too sure if we should play our joker to get another one. Being brothers we argued about it for the entire 3 minute window you get to change your kart, so it was left up to fate!
At the start of the race, we were a bit rocky and quickly found ourselves going backwards. However we were playing the long game and Barry quickly got onto race pace to end his first stint in 6th place.
With the first pit stop completed, I went out for my first stint of the season. I was instantly on the pace, overtaking, battling and holding my own with some of the top teams from the inters championship. We soon found ourselves moving up the pack and I came in full of confidence and leaving Barry to go out there and battle for 3rd place.
Barry’s second stint was slightly mired with a 70mph off track excursion, which cost us a fair amount of time. However he managed to recover quickly and came in for the final pit stop still in 3rd place. My second stint would be 40 minutes long, my longest run in a Club100 Kart, but after Barry’s spin I was hopeful to keep us in the competition for a podium. It was the hardest 40 minutes I had done and I gave it everything I had; so much so, I had no idea what position we were in after I crossed the line for chequered flag. I just knew I had kept on the track and in the right direction! It wasn’t until I rolled back into the pits and saw Barry jumping and waving his index finger at me that I realised we had won!!
What an amazing race and a great start to the season!
We’d like to send out a big thank to G3 Pro and the teams who helped us during our pit stops.
Team G3 now has a long break until Round 2 at Whilton Mill on the 18th May. However being true racers they have entered into a 12hr endurance non-championship race at Rye House on 18th April! The team will be joined by three new team mates in their quest for glory and a special race report will follow.