The 3rd and final round of the BMKR Winter Series was held on the 19th March 2023. As usual, testing was on the Saturday beforehand. For this one, we would be ‘flying solo’ due to Ambition Motorsport being at Warden Law for The Karting Championship.
The Saturday test would be a tricky one. Wet weather throughout the day. The Sunday was set to be dry so rather than make a whole load of changes to the kart, we made minimal changes to allow a quick change back for the expected dry conditions. Our brand new wets finally got their first outing and after the minimal changes the day was relatively uneventful except a very last minute switch back to slicks for the final session after advice from the seniors.
Before heading out for qualifying, it was time to revert the minimal changes made on Saturday. Like last time, times were fairly consistent, with Rileys fastest time of 50.64, this would be enough for 4th in class and 15th overall. Less than 1 second split all 4 of the Junior Libre class, this could be a close one.
There would be just the one heat, after a good start, Riley moved up to 3rd in class, This would be short lived though as two juniors were recovering from their own incident went past in turn one. The other Libre driver took the opportunity to follow them through knocking Riley down to 4th in class. Riley was unable to re-take the position but managed to set a good time of 49.8.
The pre-final was an interesting one. For the majority of this Riley was sat 4th in class. After applying the pressure lap after lap, on the final lap he made the move and landed an overtake. This took him up to 3rd in class. With his fastest time of 49.7 to match his PB.
On to the final and the aim was to bring it home. That’s exactly what he did too. Finishing 3rd in class. Setting a PB on the final lap of 49.66 along the way. This PB was a great achievement and only 2 tenths off an Ambition Motorsport teammate. It was a good result at the end of the day.
Due to the class size, only 1st place gets a trophy. However, at this round Riley did manage to earn a top novice trophy which was a great feeling.
It was strange not running with Ambition Motorsport this weekend, however I think we did well. The 3rd in class was also enough to seal 2nd in the Winter Series by 4 points. The Summer Series begins next month.
Thank you as always to our sponsors helping make this happen.