For the first time this season, the sun was shining as the teams arrived at the Moncton track. With the mercury rising well beyond thirty degreases, people knew that keeping the drivers and their tempers cool would be a challenge. Practice was uneventful but Jared was looking forward to getting back onto the racetrack after his engine problems in the previous weeks. Because of the Moncton scoring system of reversing the points to determine the starting order and Jared’s disastrous race two weeks ago, Jared started on the front row for the first heat. Jared jumped out to the early lead but succumbed to the more powerful karts of Rob McLeod, Gerald Rossignol . Jared appeared to have third place secured when Tommy Mombourquette of Halifax made a daring dive bomb pass going into the last corner. Jared, expecting the #5 to spin out, backed off to avoid Tommy’s kart but somehow the kart barely stuck to the bottom of the racetrack and Jared got beat by just a few inches at the line to finish fourth.
The finishing positions were reversed for the start of the second heat and again Jared started in second place. In a carbon copy of the first heat, Meade lead the first few laps until MacLeod and Rossignol overpowered Jared. Mombourquette also got past Meade when Jared hit some marbles left as a result of some new paving done the past week. Jared finished fourth.
Meade started the third heat in third place. But this race was unconventional. The team made a few adjustments over the break that they felt would improve the kart. But no improvement could help Jared in the first turn. The pole sitter, Poncie Rose, locked the brakes going into turn one. His kart turned backwards and slid down the track. Jared was directly behind the spinning #42 kart with no where to go. Jared forced his way to the high side in an attempt to miss the spinning pole sitter but suddenly Rose cut back into traffic. Meade drove into the side of the #42 kart and then collected the #5 of MacLeod. Mombourquette and Rossignol were able to drive past the carnage and opened a large lead over the field. As the two leaders raced, Meade and MacLeod worked together to catch the leading duo. Just a few laps later, a two kart race became a four kart race for the lead. It was an impressive show as four of the best dueled it out for the lead. Jared made several attempts to pass the #5 to gain third position but came just short and had to settle for fourth.
Jared lined up in third position for the feature. Once again it was a four kart race for the first six laps of the race. Suddenly on lap seven, the #43 of Meade lost control in turn three. He chased the kart across the track, across the new rumple strips, and across the run-off grass and almost hit the picket fence before the kart finally came into Jared’s control. Jared then almost spun in turn five on the same lap then got sideways in turn one of the next lap. Jared knew that something had gone wrong. Over the next few laps it became clear that the right rear tire had “fallen off” or lost grip. He had no traction from his most important tire. Jared held onto the kart for the remaining fifteen laps. This is a remarkable achievement. When making the three left turns in Moncton, the right rear tire gets the most load of the turning force. It is the most important tire under turning. Jared barely kept the kart going straight. The team suspects that something was damaged in the accident at the start of the third heat and it finally came loose or shifted during the feature race.
We as a team would like to thank our sponsors:
Larry Hachey of National Leasing, Rothesay NB.
Lutz Longstaff, Barristers and solicitors Hampton N.B.
Higgins General Insurance Rothesay N.B.
Design Art Signs Saint John N.B.
Ultimate Auto Care Quispamsis, N.B.