Street of Lancaster Grand Prix 2011
October 8-9, 2011 -
The third annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is set to take place October 8-9, and will be the first time Superkarts! USA will sanction and organize the event for the City of Lancaster, California.
First practice session was half use to discover this very fast street circuit. After a few laps, and warmed up tire, I could start pushing harder and getting a mark for my braking zone. The barrier are so close, there’s no room for error.
Second practice session allowed us to push the lap time down and get more data for setting up the kart. Lap times were in the top of the sheet.
Time to put a new set of MG tire for the qualify. The new MG went up in temperature quickly and the grip was high, after couple of lap, I got stuck in traffic and decided to kill one lap to let a gap with the pack in front. The rest of the qualify went well and got the 2nd place. A great 1 & 2 position for the AVANTI – P1 race Team.
Saturday afternoon, lots of spectator around the track for the Heat race of the day. The race director decided to put a little show with a pace car sponsored by Lancaster Honda. It was fun to drive behind that car for the warm up lap. The pole setter crashed in the barrier on the warmed up lap trying to heat up the tire, I took a bad start and got the lead after the first lap. Lacking of bottom end on my engine, I got passed in the straight but got the position back in the hairpin. After losing my position again in the fifth lap, the leader Manning started to drive very defensive and blocking every lap the inside line before the hairpin. I was losing a lot of time exiting the hairpin because of a carb trouble but closing the gap again in the back of the track. Once the race over I received a 5 place penalty for causing accident in the warming lap. After an appeal of the sanction to the race director, the penalty got waived as evidence shows that the pole setter took himself out.
This is wrapping the first day of racing at the street of Lancaster grand prix. Positive feeling at the end of the day, as the pace was there to be upfront and fight for a victory. Time to head to the hotel to relax and debrief with other drivers and team members.
Morning practice session started early on Sunday, nothing much to change there besides getting a feel of the track and grip. Some changes were made to the exhaust pipe to get a little more corner exit speed as well as cleaning the carburetor.
Second Heat race showed a great pace with a good fight with Manning for the second position, as well as the faster time of the race, half second faster than previous day. The morning engine tuning definitely helped.
I started 3rd for the 20 laps Main Race event, the pace was fast right away and was pushing the second been blocked my Manning. On the 4th lap I lost a position trying to overtake in the hairpin. 2 laps later my teammate chris tried an overtake on Manning on the hairpin, both going wide, I stuck in the inside, and they both crash exiting the hairpin. Chris got a broken spindle and tie rod, but Manning manage to continue without any damage. After 10 laps chasing the leader, I got held up my lapped traffic and got passed by Manning 3 laps before the checkered flag.
Finally a 3rd position podium finish was a fair result for the weekend even though I had the pace to finish higher.
1st - Jeffrey Dyers (Tony Kart)
2nd - Mike Manning (CRG/MMK Engine)
3rd - Yannick Rolland (Avanti/P1 Engine)