Round two of the NKC at Lydd Kart Circuit - 5-6/6/21

Jun 6, 2021

Rhys-Tom competes in his second Senior Rotax Race in the NKC

Round two of the NKC (National Karting Championship) was located at Lydd Karting Circuit. This was Rhys-Tom's second time competing in the Senior Rotax class and his first time competing at Lydd Kart Circuit.

Rhys-Tom attended Friday and Saturday practice ahead of the second round of the NKC to get up to speed for the race on Sunday.

Friday was a wet test day which was only used as a day to get used to the configuration of the track for Rhys-Tom as he had never driven this track before. Rhys-Tom has always enjoyed the experience of driving in the rain and this weekend he had good pace to compete if the race was going to be wet on Sunday.

On Saturday the track was dry, and the weather forecast also showed that it would be dry on Sunday, this meant that Rhys-Tom needed to find a setup that he is happy with and that he is able to compete at the front of the grid. At the end of the day he found a setup that he was pleased and confident with.

“I’m glad that we’ve come to the circuit a day earlier to get more testing done. It takes the pressure away of needing to be on the pace with the fastest here within the first ever day of being on the track”.

The qualifying session on Sunday went well for Rhys-Tom as he qualified in a respectful 7th place out of 27 drivers on the grid. Unfortunately, Rhys-Tom came in at 161.8 kg on the weighing bridge which means he was underweight by 0.2 kg after Qualifying. This demoted him to start 2nd last on the grid (26th) for heat 1.

Heat 1 was a decent recovery for Rhys-Tom as he made his way up to 16th place and he was ready to progress higher into the points positions in the next heat.

Heat 2 saw Rhys-Tom climb up the order to 9th by lap 1 which filled him with confidence to try and pick more places during this heat. Once again things went wrong for Rhys-Tom as he was hit off the track and forced to retire from the race as his kart was not able to make it out of the wood chips in the runoff area.

“It’s frustrating to see the progress you’ve made wash away so quickly, but I have to accept what’s happened and try to recover from this incident as best as I can in the final”.

The final came and Rhys-Tom was starting from the back once again, he was ready for a big and final push of the day. He managed to achieve 21st position by lap 1 and was looking to progress further up the grid. On lap 3 Rhys-Tom was behind 20th position and was gaining quickly. As he entered the final 2 corners of the track the kart in front spun mid corner and was rolling back to the outside of the corner where Rhys-Tom was going to avoid a crash. He made contact with the other kart and flipped upside down in the kart. Rhys-Tom came out of the kart with only a fractured bone in his hand but mainly the kart took the damage in the crash.

“This weekend is nearly a one worth forgetting about, but there have been some highlights to the weekend. My pace was there, and I felt comfortable with the kart which are the main things I look for in a race weekend”.

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