We are back!
The 2019 karting season has started and we were excited to be back on the black stuff.
With shiny new karts, rested bodies and big ambitions for the year ahead, the three Preston Hire Racing teams headed north to Newcastle Kart Track for Round 1 of the TEKA Championship.
Enjoy our full wrap up of the weekend … it was a big few days!
Karts #18, #81 and #15 rolled out with new parts and decent set-ups. It was time to get game faces back on and re-familiarise ourselves with this great track.
#15 set the pace resulting in P2 in Practice 1, however things went downhill from there for all 3 karts. As the track rubbered up #15 had too much grip dialled into the kart and struggled with drive off corners. Later in the day a rear hub broke creating further problems. The right rear wheel completely departed the kart and buried #15 deep in a gravel trap. Once the kart got back to the pits we replaced the hub and went about redirecting our kart setup.
Kart #18 had a shocker on Saturday completing only 8 laps across practice sessions before suffering a bent axel. Much work lay ahead for the #18 boys to get her fixed and ready for race day.
Similarly, #81 had some challenges with their carburettors, but new Young Gun team mate, Jordan, took to the track like a pro and they were ready for the day ahead.
Sunday morning saw all three karts on the grid set for final practice and keen to lay down some fast times in qualifying.
#15 once again struck trouble discovering a slight bend in the axel. The boys abandoned practice plans and went about replacing the axle before the start of the race. Repairs were complete just in time to receive fuel before qualifying. With such a rushed morning, reduced practice time and Guru driver Pauly feeling a bit frantic, the boys in #15 qualified P13.
#18 were also lacking practice time due to Saturday’s issues so qualified P24.
#81 impressed and came in with a strong P7 in qualifying.
Overall, the PHR boys had some work to do during the race!
May the race begin!
#18 were involved in a Lap 1 Turn 1 incident that put them to the rear of the field. They fought back hard picking off karts and pushing forward to P15 with one driver stint to go. It was a great effort to gain so many positions through strategy and solid driving. Unfortunately during the last stint of the day, the front left bearing collapsed and the wheel fell off. Bummer.
Meanwhile #15 settled into the first stint inside the Top 10 and set about a solid strategy. The race went almost perfectly to plan for the Gurus and despite lacking outright speed, #15 were still quick enough to move towards the front through consistency and strategy.
The Young Guns in #81 had a problem free race and went about their usual approach of staying clean, consistent and out of trouble. The goal was to circulate and circulate they did!
Kart #15 finished 2nd in A-class and 2nd overall being one lap down from the winners. The boys were stocked given the pre-race dramas and are pumped to start to championship with strong points.
Kart #81 finished 2nd in B-class and 8th overall. Amazing result for the Young Guns and a good sign of things to come.
Kart #18 finished 21st. The Legends are fans of Canberra so are ready to come back strong at the next round.
Newcastle once again delivered a competitive, fair and exciting race meet with great racing by all.
PHR have debriefed and are ready to get the karts prepped and ready for the next round at Canberra … known as the Kart Breaker …
Bring it on!