SGR Carts and Coffee 2014 – Round 4
Grand Prix Kartways
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
February 13th, 2014
It was once again time to get the racing gloves, helmet visors down, and get strapped in for another round of the SGR Carts and Coffee – Toronto series. To the surprise of everyone, there was a major change which although mentioned during the driver’s meeting no one first thought it would hinder performance – it was the track. Just a few weeks prior, the Grand Prix Kartways course was repaved at spots which resulted in some very slippery conditions. In fact, the track was so slippery at some parts that it looked more of a drifting competition than a go-karting one overall.
Nothing kicks off a round of Carts and Coffee like a big smile and the infamous #1 finger up in the air!
As per usual, the competitors were split in three groups from slowest all the way to the fastest. Regardless of your usual skill of mastering the corners, now the playing field was completely even given that the track might as well been an ice rink.
From the moment the first green flag dropped, the battles were on. Drivers were going two wide without thinking twice and some mini battles ensued.
Only a handful of laps later and there was a multi-car tangle as they dove into the second hairpin corner.
The second and more advanced group had their game face one. Thumbs-up from the pole position driver, just no smiles in this group – talk about all business!
The grid was tight with this round and from flag-drop, it was apparent that the #5 was on the hunt for the lead against the #18.
Even the ladies in this group were thrashing the go-karts and getting sideways more often than not – again, the slippery conditions made all advantages of the past null.
Coming into the home stretch, the #18 keep the hammer down and passed some slower traffic without difficulty.
The final and fastest group of round 4 was more eager than ever before. It could have been a matter of the points race or just the sheer fact that these tricky track conditions made for some fun driving – who doesn’t like going lock-to-lock?
By the first lap of the race, the grid of drivers was all over the course with wheels in full lock. Keep in mind that this group of racers are the most experienced of the bunch.
Once the feel for the slippery track was managed, it looked like a scene from the Australian V8 Supercars series with one car following another – bumper to bumper.
Coming out of the large bend and onto the front straight the #2 driver had his eyes on the prize, but the #15 wasn’t going to let him get away with it.
Accident? What accident? Yup, this is what happens with course conditions get silly.
Never before seen in this series, the #19 somehow managed to get up on the barrier as it was some kind of Gymkhana stunt! Partially scary to spectate and fun at the same time. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Congrats to the #13 driver for the win and going on his vicotry lap, flag in hand!
Congrats to all the winners, in particular the #1 placement of Guillermo who nailed down a fast lap! A big thanks to the entire SGR crew and all those that came out to drive as well as spectate! Be sure to register for round 5 and come out for some good times.
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