After the test 2 weeks ago where the team tested ready for the X30 LGM race in April, Andrew Rees-Reynolds was out again to get some race laps around PFI and perform some chassis testing ready for the 2015 LGM tour.
With a kind saturday weather forcaste the team formulated a constructive test day plan to take advantage of the weather and test the RK (Birel) chassis and race motors.
With 3 sessions on the current chassis and 3 on the new RK, the team made the bold decission to race the RK on sunday, which was going to be a less stable day, but gave Andrew and Mike Spencer the chance to understand how it would perform in wet and dry conditions.
After a very strong end to saturday posting times in the top 5.
Sunday qualifying went well with time equal to the 2013 Rotax World Champion. A slight change to the chassis however was slightly wrong and with a experienced competative grid meant after an initally good start Andrew dropped back to 14th out of 36. However much was learnt which was the aim for the weekend after only 3 practise sessions on the saturday!
The final was however more postivite after an intial good start, Andrew struggled slightly to get used to the new PFI track in the wet and also to get the very new wets scrubbed in. but after around 9 minutes of the 15 minute race driver and kart started to move through the field and was clearly (via timing and visual) the fastest or second fastest on track getting upto 6th.
Overall the team were very happy how the chassis performed especially in the wet conditions and dry grippy conditions on saturday.
New team driver Steven Crutchley had his first outing with the team at whilton mill race meeting in Feb. Steven has previous race expereince in Club100 and easykart and has now graduated into the senior X30 class.
After a little bit of a dispointing qualifying he made up for it in the prefinal and final. Considering the field of drivers on the full X30 senior grid he made his way upto 19th and the top rookie spot for the final. In the wet final he made up yet more places to finish in the top half of the grid taking home the 1st rookie trophy in the process! meaning 2 pieces of silverware from the two X30 drivers!
Steven will be concentraiting mainly on the PFI club championship this year.
In Honda Cadet Theo and Lucas were both in action. Lucas started saturday setting the fastest overal time while Theo sadly wasnt able to test.
In Qualifying Lucas and Theo both failed to get a tow and a good lap in which can cost upto 1.5 seconds a lap in honda cadet.
Both drivers stuggled in the prefinal after Lucas was taken out on the fastest part of the circuit after getting up to P18 meaning 31st was his grid for the final with Theo just ahead.
In the wet final Lucas excelled and made up a grand total of 18 places! It could have been 21 places but a mistake into the first hairpin in tricky conditions meant a top 10 was just missed by the 9 year old!
Theo also made up 5 places in the wet final.
The team are next out at Kimbolton next weekend.
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