That was so successful that Nathan immediately asked to race for SFR Motorsport at the next Independent
Kart Race (IKR) event at Rye House in the Rotax Senior Division.
This was my first ever race and it was pretty eventful. In one qualifier my engine wouldn’t start, and I
watched from the pit lane as the karts did the formation lap and then the rolling start.
At that moment the engineers got the engine going and I dashed out to catch up the field. Even though I
started well behind, I made up the gap AND 5 places and qualified for the final in 10th place out of 15.
In the final I made up 5 places early on when I realised that the kart wasn’t quite right. Then I
noticed not only was the kart in front pulling away, but the kart behind me was catching up. I WAS
I let the kart behind me go past because I had seen a cloud of smoke coming from my engine and at the
same time the marshals signaled for me to return to the pits.
So, what could have been a podium on my first ever race turned into a mechanical failure, but I know
that’s all part of racing.
And I can’t wait for my next opportunity to race……