From Chesterman.ca – Well, not really but the races on August 9th were still pretty amazing. The weather turned out to be very nice for racing despite the weather man forecasting doom and gloom.
As part of our “expect more, get more approach” program, this week # 39 Kate Courtnage from Harley handled the awards presentations. Kate did a fine job despite being thrown under the bus at the last minute. This program will continue as we work with the racers to increase their public speaking skills. When they hit the big times and get a microphone put to them, they will be ready to go.
As for the Beginners, this week saw new driver # 27 Ethan Giles/Aylmer take to the track and he did a fine job staying out of mischief and was pretty close to the pace with this being the first time he actually got to drive the kart. Word has it the seat was not too comfortable and he had a sore arm afterwards but he was back to practice the next day to work that issue out. Let’s hope the drama of racing did not unsettle him too much. Next week,( I have been promised) will be the appearance of young Dylan Watson/St Thomas, so the Beginner division is growing once again. By narrow margins, # 66 Colby Bennett/Port Dover took home the overall after taking both main wins. Not giving up much was # 57 Bryson Green who was there to grab 2nd in each of the 3 runs and actually beat Bennett in the 10 lap sprint. # 01 Jamie Hall/Wilsonville won the sprint but after getting caught up in a caution in the final, her results put her into 3rd for the night. Next week with 6 Beginners on the track, the racing should be a hoot to watch. Bring the Grandparents and see if we can give them a show.
# 52 Jacob Sheridan/ Mount Brydges used his consistency to finish on top again this week. The 4 points he gained over 2nd place # 48 Andrew Marshall/Dorchester put him out front for the series as well. Marshall managed to put in the fastest lap in each of the three races of all the Juniors. After taking 1st overall last week, # 77 Alex Hill/ Wilsonville put together another great night and finished tied for 2nd with Marshall. When you adjust the season points by removing each racers lowest points night, Hill sits firmly in 3rd. Davidson, Hall, Meyer and Miller are all close enough in points that no one is safe this early in the season.
Showing the depth of talent in the Seniors, we have a tie for 1st this week between # 87 Brad Perrott/Strathroy and # 10 Blake Westman/Aylmer. Each took a win but were unable to do it a 2nd time this week. Holy Cow, in only his 2nd time racing on the dirt, new member # 3 Jaxson Jacobs/London managed to put together a win in the final main and thereby put himself into 3rd place this week. The story doesn’t stop here for this group. The ability to win goes all the way to the back of the field in this division. Westman, Perrott and Jacobs were the fast lap setters for the 3 races. In the final race # 92 Austin Giles and # 51 Matt Anderson were leading but some contact between the two coming out of the pit turn put them into the wall almost blocking the track with the field right behind early in the race. What was really amazing was that the rest of the field managed to make some last second manoeuvres to avoid the whole mess. Right behind was # 79 Bea Courtnage who was most likely to get caught but avoided disaster and took over the lead at that point. She was not able to hold it though as the hard charging Jacobs managed to make a pass that stuck before the checkered. With the corrected season points dropping each racers worst night, we have Perrott in first followed with a 3 way tie for 2nd. Westman, Courtnage and Courtnage take that honour. With standings this close, every pass on every night in every race will prove to be very important.
The Experts this week were all chomping on the bit with series leader and usual winner Scott Chesterman away. It was anyone’s chance for a win with the most likely being # 19 Cody Coburn but after qualifying in 2nd, the 10 lap sprint went bad as he went into the wall and flattened a rear tire, thus ending his victory chances. Expecting to come back and win the final, Coburn failed to notice his inability to countersteer the kart to the right and on this track, if you can’t steer right, you cant go left. The resulting infield donuts were entertaining to all except the other racers waiting to get on with the race. After causing 3 restarts, he got the hook. So who was the fastest? # 75 Dylan Chesterman managed to make a charge in every race in the later laps to make a perfect night after qualifying fastest. From there it was down to # 7 Dave Chesterman, # 37 Scott Kelly and # 15 Josh Beecroft but when Beecroft lost a carburetor he was out of the picture leaving Kelly and Chesterman tied for second as Kelly Qualified faster but long in the tooth Chesterman beat the youngster in each race.
Next battle takes place at Chesterman Power Products in Tillsonburg, Tuesday Aug 16 at 7 pm. Be There.