The Maritime Pro Kart Series headed into its final event with one of the most competitive seasons to date. Stuck right in the middle was Jared Meade who entered in the third points position but could end the day as the champion or the seventh place finisher. The team hoped to run a decent race and keep the nose clean in order to secure a top two point position.
Jared started the first heat in the third starting position. The problem that he was directly behind a driver who was not in contention for the championship. This always poses a problem in the final race, local drivers decide their hand in the Maritime Pro Kart Series and always manage to cause peoblems for those fighting for the championship. Jared hoped that the leading kart would give way and allow Jared to race for the championship without disruption. However that was not the case. Jared got an excellent start and moved to the middle in an attempt to pass the slower kart before the first turn but that driver threw a block, causing Jared to back off. Jared tried again in the third turn but again was blacked. Finally Jared grew impatient, he moved to the inside and held his line the driver quickly swerved into Jaredís path. The third place championship contender found himself fetched on top of the ninth place driver. Jared watched other drivers who were directly against Jared in the points drive by as Jared dealt with the non-contender who had just taken him out of the race.
Jared had to start the second race in ninth. Jared again had to deal with drivers who had elected not to race the entire series but did throw themselves into the most important race of the series. And again it bit Jared. By the second lap, Jared had made up four positions and was looking to gain his fifth. Jared moved to the outside of the fourth position driver but they forced the #43 kart off of the track. Jared hit the grass and did a complete 360 degree spin down the front straight grass. Jared salvaged a sixth place finish.
Due to the unfortunate outcomes of the heat races, Jared had to start the feature in sixth position. The #43 kart was strangely off pace, possibly a result of his two incidents in the heat races, but Jared fell behind the pack. He was able to keep the kart in sixth position, which could have given Jared a fourth place points position but on the last lap a driver who was about to be lapped spun off of the track. Jared approached the accident site at full speed with another driver breathing on his rear bumper. The lapped driver pulled back onto and drove straight across the track right in front of Jared. Meade piled onto the binders and was able to keep the kart in control but he lost sixth position. The seventh place finish also dropped Jared into the fifth place points position.
This one Maritime Pro Kart Series race is puts Jaredís Maritime run over the past few years in a nutshell. It brings back memories of the terrible 2003 season which saw Jared end the Prince Edward Island race six feet in the air. Then he was crashed out of second place in Fredericton on the last lap by lapped traffic. Then a day long string of crashes in Moncton and concluded in a broken chain in Halifax. The 2005 season saw a blown engine in Fredericton and the dismal day in Moncton. The whole MKR team can only shake their head once again after a disappointing MPKS season.
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.