As soon of you may remember back to posts of xmas presents, seems like an age ago now.
my parents got vouchers for my brother and i to go for an hours karting at rye house in hoddesdon, near where i live. anyway, cutting a very long story short, was cancelled several times due to snow/flooding. we were eventually given 2 free karts, 1 of which my dad drove, and the other, my mate drove - who is races in the clio cup, and is a race driving instructor.
anyway, last night we eventually got out on track for the race. arrived at 4pm, all kitted out, safety briefing, then down to the pits.
got in karts, walking pace out of pits, end of pit lane, slammed right foot onto pedal ... the speed/power was crazy. 1st corner, tight left hand, too much speed/steering and i am facing the wrong way!!!
anyway, few more laps of practising/qualifying, eventually posted a time which put me 11th out of 19 karts, with my mate on pole. race gets under way, great start, manage to get up to 3rd place, held onto it for around 15 laps. eventually, the guy in 4th place decides he wants to try and take me out on the hairpin, to which he got 2 fingers for it! he eventually got the place near the end of the race, so i finished in 4th overall!
got to the presentations, and the guys in 2nd place left early, so the 3rd place finishers got bumped up to 2nd on the podium, leaving a space for little old me the take the 3rd podium step, little trophy as well!!! well pleased!
photos to follow if i can actually find some which aren't blurry. handed my phone to the g.f and told her to take photos - bad move!
am now at working, just sitting here, i cannot move, back is hurting, legs and arms don't seem to want to work, but hey, what an experience!
next stage: 2hr 30 mins endurance race between 3 drivers!!!