The Leinster Kart Club recently held the fourth round of their winter championship in Athboy Kart Club. Having previously been postponed due to horrendous weather conditions, the weather greeting competitors, at least initially, wasn’t a whole lot better- with full wet tyres being very much the order of the day! Even once the rain stopped, the track was left damp and greasy. giving all competitors an extra challenge for the day!
Driving her new 2020 MAD-Croc chassis, Kayls’ day got off to a difficult start. On the formation lap for her first heat of the day, she got a misfire, later traced to a faulty plug, meaning she would not make the start. Things were not to get much better at the second time of asking. In her second heat, eager to progress forwards from her P4 starting position, she spun off. “I was pushing hard- a bit too hard and ended up spinning off the track”, she said philosophically afterwards.
This put the Cork driver at the back of the grid for the all important final. Having made some changes to the kart with her Dad Mike, she was keen to charge up to the front as soon as possible. A good start saw her climb to second by the first corner and, with the changes to the kart have obviously made a considerable improvement, she relieved Greg Elliott of the lead down the inside of turn four. It wasn’t plain sailing from there however, as Elliott kept the pressure on for the duration. At the flag, it was a delighted Kayls who took the win after what she described as a “tough, but great battle!”
Kayls would like to thank her Dad, Mike, who as ever, was her mechanic for the weekend, as they had a tough time trying to set up the kart, in changeable conditions- but got there in the end! Also her family and friends, everyone else who was there for her – and Wright Racing Engines for the amazing engine they recently supplied.
“Also a massive thank you to Graham Joyce Photography for the awesome photos as always. Kayls.”