August seventh was a hot day in Moncton, and Jared was hot in anticipation to try the team’s new engine. The team had accepted that the engine they had was not worth keeping so they got a new one. It looked very promising in practice during the team’s final tune up before the national championship.
Jared started the first heat on the outside pole. He and Rob McLeod ran away from the field but not before almost being involved in a turn one accident. The third place starter overshot turn one and rear ended the pole sitter McLeod then side swiped Meade but all drivers were able to continue on unaffected. Jared was unable to keep up with the #5 so he finished in second place.
The MKR team started the second heat in the fourth starting spot. Jared had an excellent start, he split the front row and was leading coming out of the first turn. But McLeod was able to power past Meade just a few laps later. Again Jared finished second.
The third heat was a carbon copy of the second heat. Jared started in fourth but lead the field out of turn one and was soon passed by McLeod. But Jared was able to keep near the #5 kart and late in the race the leader began to suffer engine problems. Jared made a run at Rob Mcleod but he just ran out of time. After the race Jared said “I would have had him if that race were one lap longer”.
Meade started the feature on the outside pole. The start was thrilling as Meade and McLeod drag raced into and out of turn one. The two were still deadlocked entering turn three. McLeod had the benefit of the inside line and Jared had to drive extra hard to stay with Rob. Jared thought if he could get in front of the #5 he might be able to win the race. But Jared drove turn three too hard. He locked the brakes entering the fastest turn on the circuit. The kart slid sideways as the rear end slid from side to side. Jared hung on and braced for what would have been a hard crash into the tire barrier but he somehow managed to straighten the kart back out and drive away from the whole ordeal to everyone’s dismay. The #43 kart lost a lot of time in that corner but he was still very close to the leader. The next 19 laps passed and the gap between the top two karts never changed. Jared finished second but he knew that he was just as fast as the leader. This is a confidence boost for the entire MKR team. They have put up a good race with one of the best in the Maritimes. But next week comes a new challenge as they try to race the best in the country.
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.