It might have been a chilly winter's day on Sunday but that didn't mean the racing was any less heated!
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F4 A-grade has been sufficiently pre-heated and the season is now set to boil. There's no doubt that this is some of the best race spectating around with non-stop battles up and down the 18 strong field. Aaron took pole position from Nathanael in qualifying by a fraction however when it's that close, pole position isn't enough. Aaron fought hard in race one but it was Nathanael's strong start which sealed it for him over the line by 0.4s. Henk showed strong consistency running ever so close to the 29 second club to take out 3rd with a healthy gap. Steven continued his strong season progress to 4th place in the challenging field.
Race two flashed in the pan and set the smoke alarm off! Racing clockwise at the bottom of the 29s bracket there's practically no clear passing opportunities. So when Nathanael once again got the jump on Aaron, you could almost feel his determination from the viewing stands as he dipped into the 28s during chase. With absolutely ridiculous precision, Aaron made space where there was no space and forced his way up the inside of Nathanael under braking into the midfield horseshoe left. Incredible. This is buckets though and the battle doesn't stop there as the two fought in and around lap traffic in the dying laps. Last lap. Half a lap to go. Aaron pushes for the inside of a back marker on turn 5 whilst Nathanael splits the difference and goes around the outside for a 3 wide sandwich. Nathanael leads for a split second before Aaron parked it next to him on the final corner. Clutches get spanked for the dash to the line followed by yells and hoots from the spectators. No one could call the result with it coming down to 0.002s on the line, points to Aaron. Congrats for taking out one of the closest finishes I've ever seen and for pole position all on your birthday. What a present.
The battle for 3rd place was just about as close, coming down to 0.2s between Steven who took it out and Henk who clearly has a new challenger. Dylan progresses strongly again, sticking it into 5th place in front of Mike, and Wil. It’s incredible to see the battles being had and the times being set in A-grade in the middle of winter. It’s a clear testament to how good bucket racing is as a training ground.
Bucket racing continues to grow with more new faces in B and C grade and just as many heated dog fights. Pete, Paul and John went at it in B-grade with Pete taking out race one followed by John and Paul separated by 0.1 seconds. Paul converted it into a win in race two followed by only 0.6s to Pete. 8 racers made up C-grade with equally tight battles separated by a fraction of a second across the field. Fabiano and Brian traded places in the two races ending up with one win apiece over the day.
F5 racing has me absolutely obsessed. Nathanael has set the bar so damn high, I’m all in scrambling to catch him. Thankfully it went very well for me setting pole position 0.1s off Nathanael’s lap record. Over the three races, Nathanael and I broke the lap record 5 times in the cool winter conditions. When you only have 14hp and you’re already doing consistent low 30s laps, there really is very little opportunity to pass going clockwise. Even more so when it’s captain smooth himself who doesn’t seem to ever stuff up! He got me off the line in both races despite me getting fairly reasonable starts. I couldn’t find a way past and unlike previous races, I learnt when to pull the pin and take the points without falling off. I’m still pretty chuffed though, a new lap record of 29.914 on a 50 (good enough for 3rd in F4) and every pole position since I got the bike is something I’m proud of. Rick took third place in both races whilst Mark, Henk and Terrene showed good progression through each race.
Sidecars continue to provide some great entertainment, drawing hoots and gasps from the crowd including one wheel and grass karting action. Rick and Henk continue their sidecar dominance with two wins.
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To see the current results of the F4 C-Grade championship, click here.
To see the current results of the F5 championship, click here.
To see the current results of the sidecar championship, click here.