by Jamie Wesson
2015 Wednesday Championship Round 7 (Group 3) Review
Here is a brief summary of the group 3 action:
Steve and Mick Raine had been watching Isaac's stunning performances all season, and wanted a taste of what it was like for themselves. They made their d�but in a competitive group three which saw plenty of action.
The aforementioned action began early on, with Edward Lambert sliding up the inside and passing Steve at the hairpin, who had done brilliantly to qualify fourth. Steve then went 3 abreast with Alistair Campbell and championship returnee Pete Realf though the long right hand loop. He was now most certainly experiencing the racing first hand!
He was then given a harsh lesson in the reality of close fights, as Pete had a huge lock up into T1, clattering into Steve and Alistair sending them both spinning and facing the other way.
At the front, Rebecca Cassidy had been slowly reeling in Simon Lee who had started on pole. He couldn't hold onto his lead though as Rebecca gratefully took it from him at the hairpin.
Steve and Mick then had a bit of wheel to wheel action between themselves, getting alongside each other through the loop, but they washed wide on the exit allowing Alistair, who was recovering from the earlier collision and lying in wait, to undercut them both.
Having moved into fourth in the opening laps, Ed now caught third place man Richard Andrews. He had a great run through the final corner, nailing an exit and getting the inside line as they emerged onto the main straight. Side by side they charged down to the first corner where Ed completed the pass. Richard would lose a further position to Pete later on.
However, nobody could stop the dominance of young Rebecca, who charged home to take a commanding race one win and the fastest lap in the process.
Fastest Lap: Rebecca - 40.458
Race two was incident packed right from the beginning, with a nigh-on pile up at T1 at the start of the second lap. Richard had passed Alistair and Steve on the opening tour and looked set to put pressure on leader Mick, but as the tightly bunched field entered the heavy braking zone for T1, he was shunted in the back which caused him to hit Mick just before they turned in for the Apex. Thankfully, the two of them got out of the corner relatively unscathed, but the incident had caused a chain effect behind them with Alistair and Steve losing out big time.
The now shaken up grid continued to race on, and Richard eventually took the lead, going side by side with Mick through the Switch. However, there was a further mishap at T1 for Mick when he locked up on the way in and ended up in the barriers, losing himself a lot of places.
Richard was driving well in the lead but was eventually caught and passed by Pete. He still looked solid for holding on to second though, until a very strange event blighted his race. Due to an overhead lamp needing a replacement bulb, there was not as much light down at T1 as there usually is. This shouldn't have mattered, as the circuit was illuminated enough to see all the corners. But when an early leaver decided to fire up his headlamps as he reversed out the car park, the resultant beams hit Richards eyes at the exact moment he was approaching his braking point, momentarily blinding him and causing him to miss his mark.
The damage had been done. The distraction meant he had applied the brakes far too late, locked up on the way in as he fought to get the kart slowed down, went deep into the corner and due to being so wide and off line, was subsequently passed by Ed, Rebecca and Simon. A tough break for what could have been an excellent result.
It was a great win for Pete though, and Steve and Mick Raine ended the night with a new appreciation for the challenges of kart driving that Isaac and the rest of the regular racers master with such prowess each and every lap of each and every race.