The third and last round of the North Island Bucket Racing Series was just as awesome as expected. With it's usual charming mix between camping, elbow to elbow racing and after race drinking, how can you not have a killer weekend! This was the first North Island Series meeting held at the circuit and a tester to see if the go-kart lads would have us back in the future.
The weekend was dry and the recently resurfaced track had a tonne of grip in the warmth. I liken the layout to a bigger, faster and grippier Mt Wellington. I started the Saturday practice day slow with a 34.1 best lap but by the end of the day bettered that with a 33.692 PB. We did 5 sessions and I did 73 laps on Saturday so the steak and beers were welcomed with open arms.
In Sunday's qualifying I picked up some more time to get 5th from 14 with a 33.212 lap. There's nothing like feeling that progression and learning a new track. The races were fierce! Ken, Rod and I battled it out nose to tail. I was able to keep Rod at bay but Ken gapped me in the early laps and I ran out of time reeling him back in. In the last race, mechanical failures cut the field size leaving Scott, Ken, Rod and I to battle for first place. I attacked early and sat on Ken's wheel until another mechanical took him from the track. This left just Scott to reel in and having 30 laps of racing to do it was only a matter of time until he wore down and I lunged to get past him. Rod was hot on my heels the whole race but I managed to keep him behind me as we lapped back around to Malcolm, Henk and Blair. Rod and I went 3 wide through the field and I rode around the group on the sweeper in a butt puckering move to duck across the finish line in front. My first F4 A grade podium and victory. Stoked!
We did 60 racing laps on top of the 46 practice and qualifying laps to make 106 laps for the day and 179 laps for the weekend for myself. What a brilliant weekend, I'm stuffed.