The final podium.
The Rain Pro Kart Ser…..Maritime Pro Kart Series was once again under way after inclement weather wreaked havoc on track scheduling in Geary. The Meade Kart Team arrived at Scotia Speedworld again in heavy rain. The playing field was leveled because this track has never been raced on under wet conditions. Veterans of the Halifax track were inexperienced in the rain but rain experienced drivers like Jared were unfamiliar with the track. Few adjustments were made to the kart, a general rain setup was put on and tested and the team did not change it. Jared was unsure of exactly what would happen over the coarse of the day.
Jared finally received some luck when the starting positions were drawn. Jared started fourth out of seven karts, exactly half way down the order. This meant that he could start both races in the middle of the pack, as opposed to having to start one race in the back of the field where passing is difficult. Jared fell into fifth position behind Halifax veterans. But Jared used his rain experience and stayed persistent and stayed on the track. Two drivers spun in the closing laps and one driver made a mistake in the final tight hairpin, this allowed Jared to move into and finish in second place.
Again, Jared started the second heat in fourth place with Halifax drivers behind him. Jared quickly moved to the front of the pack and on lap three Jared moved into the lead. With two laps to go, twenty-year veteran of the Halifax circuit, Barry Nickerson, moved onto Meade’s bumper. Jared kept the charging #3 behind him and despite a last corner bump-and-run attempt by Nickerson, Jared was able to win the drag race to the finish line. Jared had finally broken a year and a half winless streak, a streak that seemingly lasted an eternity had finally ended.
Over the intermission and the younger class features, the tracks dried considerably. Jared was starting on the pole with Nickerson directly behind him in the third starting spot. Jared’s experience of rain racing was no longer helpful, the track was too dry. Jared knew that he would have to use everything he had learned in his previous two visits to the Halifax track to try to hold off the twenty-year veteran for twenty laps. Jared Jumped out to the early lead but Nickerson and nine year Halifax veteran Nick Mombourquette teamed up on lap ten and pushed each other down the backstrait; Jared was helpless. He tried to block and crowd Mombourquette as he moved to the inside. After contact, Jared had no choice but to let the two karts go. Jared was now in third. He followed closely behind kart #3 and #4 but the gap opened every lap. Jared just did not know the track well enough to keep touch with the leaders. Late in the race Mombourquette and Nickerson raced for the lead and in the battle, #4 of Mombourquette was knocked off of the track and spun. This left the door open for Jared to take second place. Jared ran the final laps unchallenged from behind but too far back to make a charge for the lead.
Experience was the name of the game in Halifax. Meade used his experience of wet racing conditions to qualify on the pole but once the track dried, Nickerson used his experience of the Halifax track to win the feature. The MKR team was ecstatic with their day. Nickerson may have won the final battle, but Meade won the war, as they left with the most chanpionship points for the weekend.
Meade leades the pack through turn 3.
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.