Daniel Demaras is READY to compete in Round 1 of the MotoMaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship double-header race this Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Goodwood Kartways.
Here’s Daniel Demaras’ latest article for K1 Speed (originally published on May 13 2019) at https://www.k1speed.ca/blog/drift-night-1-recap.html
Author: Daniel Demaras www.k1speed.ca/blog
Photographer: Ryan Dupont www.instagram.com/ryan.dupont.photography/
K1 Speed Toronto is usually ‘your place to race’. Competitors come to the track to race as hard and fast as they can. To be as precise as possible, setting laps within hundredths of a second of each other. But on Drift Night…you can forget all about that!
With special, low grip “drift” tires bolted to the back wheels of K1 Speed’s otherwise very grippy karts, these race machines were slipping and sliding freely around the track. Racing lines went right out the window, and drivers had to adapt to having practically no grip. Welcome to Drift Night!
This was one of the most fun and relaxed nights ever at K1 Speed Canada. Racers who normally strive for the overall track record were seen doing donuts in Turn 1, just trying to get the kart righted. It was a completely new challenge for even the most experienced racers. Through fast corners, part of the test of skill was keeping the kart pointed in the right direction. Let the rear end slide out, give the steering wheel some opposite lock, and hold on tight. Even while trying to drift through a sweeping corner, it was very easy to spin out, but with some practice, drivers were able to pull off great slides through the twisty sections. The trick is to feather the throttle. Mash the pedal, even in a straight line, and you’ll be pointed sideways wondering what happened.
After every session, drivers would hop out of the karts with huge smiles on their faces. It’s hard to be serious when you’re backward on track, watching your friends smile and wave as they glide past. With everyone so eager to get their chance in this unique event, Drift Night races sold out early. So, If you want to try drift karts out next time, you’ll have to get down to K1 Speed early for the opportunity.
No matter how many times you’ve been to K1 Speed and raced in their state of the art karts, you’ve never experienced something like this. Drift Night is a unique, fun and exciting event will take place once a month. Just check back with K1Speed.ca and mark your calendar for the next Drift Night.
Zero Emissions, 100% Adrenaline
The event didn’t look like a club race. Big teams with their 18 wheelers filled the grounds at Goodwood. Race 3 was used by many as a ‘tune-up’ race before next week’s Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship. PRO even brought out the big tent to house all the inter-club racers .
Andrew Waring (pitted next to his brother Nick) had the No. 12 PRO Intrepid Briggs & Stratton kart back in perfect mechanical condition. Andrew’s technical ability and attention to detail are on a different level to most tuners. On a personal level though, Daniel was glad to have Andrew back in his corner. Waring is so enthusiastic and supportive; he really believes in young Daniel, and provides great motivation.
Morning practice was a chance to work on details. After watching Daniel on track, Andrew made changes to air-pressures and gear to help maximize performance. Daniel’s gap to the leaders dropped from 1.250 sec to 0.674 sec by the third on-track session.
Qualifying wasn’t ideal, with Daniel leaving time on the track by apexing too early in turns 5 and 6. PRO data analyst Gianmarco reviewed Daniel’s on-board footage, and helped guide Daniel to where there was time to be found. The kart was perfect; now Demaras would have to find that perfect racing line.
Daniel ran as high as 9th in the pre-final, setting a best time of 43.089 sec before a costly error (including a last lap pass by Spencer Todd) shuffled Demaras down to 13th.
An incident in Turn 4 halted Daniel’s progress in the final. The accordion effect at the first big braking zone compressed all the karts together, and the left side of Daniel’s nosecone get stuck between the rear wheel and bumper of kart No. 300, dragging Demaras’ front wheels off the ground, and onto his competitor’s kart.
But Daniel’s got heart. Even though he was in last place, on top of another kart, he climbed out of the seat, dragged his kart back onto four wheels, and proceeded to catch the tail end of the field, and made two passes to finish in 17th.
Daniel has great sponsors that support him, like K1 Speed, Scarboro Subaru, KPMG, Nostalgia and Kenya Coffee. These businesses, who see Daniel’s determination, make his racing endeavors possible. Their financial support has provided Daniel with top-shelf equipment, extensive driver training, and the support of men like Andrew, Gianmarco, Curtis and Darryl from PRO.
Daniel will be back at Goodwood Kartways on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the next round of racing.
Contact during the first lap of TRAK Race #3 final had Daniel’s front wheels off the ground.
Daniel even got “The Italian Hand” from Spencer Todd!
Look at the tiny air filter on this Briggs & Stratton racing engine. How restrictive.
And now look at this MONSTER we bolted on. Bigger filter, more air, more flow, more power!
Questions have been raised about the legality of adapting an AEM intake from a Subaru WRX so the team may not run it on race day, just to avoid the protest.
TRAK RACE 3 – MAY 11th, 2019 – SATURDAY SCHEDULE
- 8:00am – Gates Open
- 8:15am – Registration Opens
- 9:15am – Registration Closes
- 9:30am – Mandatory Driver’s Meeting
- 10:00am – Practice Session 1
- T.B.D – Qualifying
- Lunch Break
- T.B.D – Pre-Final (10 Lap Race)
- T.B.D – Final (12 Lap Race)
- 3:45pm – Podium Presentation
TRAK RACE 3 – RACE ORDER
- Briggs Junior
- Rok Senior
- Rok Masters
- Rok Shifter
- Mini Rok
- Briggs Senior
- Briggs Masters
- Rok Junior
- Briggs Junior Lite
- Briggs Cadet
The race will utilize the Long Track configuration which is the same lay out which will be featured for race one and two of the MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship.
Wednesday, after school, Daniel was back at Goodwood, training under the wing of Darryl Timmers, Daniel began to find speed.
Speed. I am speed.