Keith Teal does indeed rock
North Wales once again provides some great action. Guest team comes in and ousts runaway leaders.
Club100 made its bi-annual visit to the fabulous Glan-y-Gors circuit in North Wales for round five of the championship. With KyritsHicks running away with the title at the moment it was good to see a guest team consisting of Pete O’Connor and Daz Teal making an appearance and likely to challenge their dominance.
Keen As Mustard made the best use of their pole position to lead the field round the opening lap. O’Connor, guesting in the “Keith Teal Rocks” team went from ninth to second on the opening lap. Maxx MPH were also on a charge, moving from grid nine to fourth. Sadly Keen As Mustard’s bad luck continued on lap six as they got tangled up in an incident and dropped to the back of the field.
Meanwhile, KTR (I’m abbreviating the name because, although Keith Teal does indeed rock, it’s too much to keep typing) had taken the lead and were pulling away. Despite having a kart that was struggling for top end they took advantage of the karts behind them scrapping and slowing each other down. Maxx MPH eventually got past Racecraft on lap 22 and began closing the gap to the leaders, setting fastest lap in the process, but ran out of laps. So KTR took the first win of the day followed by Maxx MPH. Racecraft were comfortably fourth ahead of Team DGB. KyritsHicks could only manage fifth.
Algorithmic Ascendancy and Big Cat Motorsport were the highest gridded of the class 1 teams but it was KyritsHicks from grid four who took advantage and swept into the lead. KTR and Maxx MPH were both on the move from the back of the grid. By half distance KTR were in second and Maxx MPH were sixth but struggling to find a way past Clunge and the aptly named Mobile Chicane. A rather over ambitious lunge/unnecessary move/outright banditry saw Maxx MPH go off at the top of the hill. The move ultimately cost them a podium. Fortunately it didn’t affect Clunge or Mobile Chicane’s class positions. However, it did put Algorithmic Ascendancy and Big Cat Motorsport in the mix.
Back at the front and KyritsHicks were back in more familiar territory and pulling away at the front. KTR were comfortably in second. This is how the race finished with Algorithmic Ascendancy finishing third on the road but being docked one position for cone abuse. This promoted Clunge to third.
The third race of the day was once again a two kart affair between Maxx MPH and KTR. Starting fourth and six on the road respectively, they were first and second before the end of the first lap. KTR nipped past on lap two and seamlessly pulled away. Maxx MPH initially came under pressure from the charging Racecraft and, despite iron-manning it (because I’m a hard case), they never flagged and held onto second position. Racecraft themselves were coming under pressure from G3Pro and a late race move saw them get past. A subsequent 8 place penalty for changing a race-worthy kart prior to the start dropped them to twelfth overall. KyritsHicks were the biggest beneficiary of this; moving to fourth behind KTR, Maxx MPH and G3Pro.
AS racing made the best use of their front row starting position to lead the field round. In fact they led the first half of the race. However, the flying KTR were rapidly working their way up from grid eighteen and, along with KyritsHicks, were soon knocking on the door of the front-runners. Maxx MPH, on the other hand, only needed a top five to be assured of a podium but the silly twat opted not to get his jet tweaked in practice and, despite making a good start, went backwards during the race. A penalty for exceeding track limits while pushing hard just compounded his misery.
Up at the front and AS racing soon came under increasing pressure from KTR and it didn’t take long for them to conceded the place. Old Men Racing, KyritsHicks and Team DGB also followed suit shortly after. From here it was plain sailing for KTR and they cruised to their third win of the day. KyritsHicks came home second and Team DGB had their best result of the day in third.
Finally! With a clean sweep of three wins to count, Keith Teal Rocks literally did rock to victory and put an end to KyritsHick’s winning streak. The championship leaders finished second and Clunge did a great job to finish third. Just missing out on the podium were Team DGB in fourth and Maxx MPH, rueing his earlier idiocy, in fifth.