Driver #16: Goodwood CRKC Race 10

Relaxed.

That’s driver #16’s approach to the final regular season race at the Goodwood CRKC season. Having achieved his goal of finishing on the podium, and improving greatly since last season. Demaras is at peace with himself.

Dematras set competitive times throughout the practice sessions, but as the evening wore on, the temperature dropped, and grip disappeared. Drivers had to adapt their driving style the the changing conditions.

As the sun set early this October evening, qualifying and racing took place under the lights. Demaras started a respectable 5th place.

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The end of the race was in dispute. Demaras was caught up in last lap battles, as drivers lost their patience and their tempers. Several last lap collisions saw penalties handed out, with Demaras finishing either 5th, or 6th, depending on the outcome of post race reviews.

Driver #12: Goodwood CRKC Race 10

The final regular season race of 2016. 14 youth drivers were anxious and ready for their final chance for a points advantage before the semi-finals and finals. But before any of that, RC car time!

After the fun, the two groups of drivers went out for their practice sessions on a cold track. Daniel, along with the other drivers could be seen struggling for grip, with the karts having both understeer and oversteer. Daniel said that he enjoyed the sessions, but was finding them tricky, and fellow drivers Matte Ferrari and Alexander Holyer agreed, this was going to be tough.

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When it was time to qualify, the sky was pink, sunset was upon the drivers. They went out on track, with fastest laps varying from 37s to 42s. Daniel went out and set three really good laps, but those were not registered. The steering wheel counted them all as one big lap, and gave him a 2 minute lap time. He had one more lap, which was okay, a 39.9, and enough for fourth.

Now it was racetime. The only light sources were the floodlights and the moon. The track was cold as ever. As the green flag waved, the first three drives took off on the long flat out section of the track, Daniel still holding his own. Then, at turn four, Ivan Kosar’s kart was glowing red and boiling hot. As he went to pull over from his second place starting position, he was shunted and spun off the track. Daniel cruised straight by them.

Daniel drove strong to stay ahead of Cameron Cluett and Adam Ali, but as the white flag flew, Cameron took second place into turn 1. Daniel tried to get the up and under, but to no avail. Then, Daniel got a good exit out of turn five, and on got a run into turn six, but didn’t do it. Instead, Daniel got a good exit out of turn 6, and went side by side with Cameron into 7a and 7b. Daniel was on the inside of a, but outside of b, but Cameron braked and got out of there, while Daniel stayed on. Then, out turn 8, onto the straightaway, Cameron and Adam went on either side of the line, and crossed the finish line three wide, a perfect photo finish.

 

Nobody had any clue what the order was, but as they called the drivers up to the podium, Cameron Cluett got third, and Daniel fended him off just long enough for second.

 

This result puts Daniel tied with Alexander Holyer for third, both with 61 points, 2 points behind Christina Febrarro, while Ivan Kosar leads, by very little, with 65 points.

 

The close nature of this championship means that the semi-finals and finals will be very exciting, and every point will be crucial, to get the championship.

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International

The Demaras Auto Racing Team has international fans. Here is our biggest Danish supporter, Mr. Benno Lauritsen, proudly wearing a team hat.

Driver #16: Mosport CRKC Semi-Final

Chris Demaras entered the Semi-Finals of the Mosport CRKC Championship in the top-ten. Not mathematically impossible to win, the championship…just highly unlikely.

The unique layout of the Mosport tack on this weekend (longer track, excluding the ‘outer loop’ which the CRKC has never run on) proved too much for Demaras in the practice sessions, where a ll other drivers set tightly grouped times in the 1:08 range…but driver #16 was a full 2.7 seconds off the pace. Demaras saw his times improve in each session, but could not find the missing speed of his rivals.

However, qualifying saw a complete change of fortune for Demaras, whose times improved by over two seconds a lap, qualifying in 6th position. As the pictures of the event show, all the drivers remained grouped together throughout the race, only a few metres apart on track.

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Eventually, three of the leading drivers collided, sending two spinning off track, and another penalized for avoidable contact. While Demaras struggled to keep his kart on the track, he did manage to finish in 5th place, bringing home 6 points on the day.

Driver #12: Mosport CRKC Semi-Final

The Mosport semi-finals race was a hard luck story.

The race was to be contested on the MIKA short track, with the longer run up to turn one, and an extra section at the top of the hill, but with no outer loop. The practice sessions were difficult for Daniel, the lighter kids having an advantage up the hill, but he held his own.

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For qualifying, Daniel showed pace immediately.  He was flying in the formation lap but was impeded on his first lap. Driver #12 caught up to a slower kart, and as they head down the hill, Daniel caught the kid in the hairpin, slammed on the brakes, but to no avail. He plowed into the kart in front.

He then did a lap, but had several points in which the kart would seemingly bog down for no reason. As soon as he crossed the finish line. The kart then stopped on him. He momentarily got power back, but eventually pulled over onto the grass. Daniel hit the brakes, but that didn’t stop the kart. As soon as he got out of the kart, he checked the brakes, and sure enough, the pedal wasn’t connected to anything. The kart had also run out of gas.

The one hotlap Daniel set was pretty fast (albeit slightly impeded by the kart slowing down due to a lack of fuel.) and was enough for third. Daniel started well, but as soon as he got to the top of the hill, the kart stopped due to a vapour lock. He lost half a lap to last place until the marshall got his kart going. Daniel finished a quiet last place.

Daniel is going to need a good result in the finals after the issues in the semi finals in order to get the championship.

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Driver #16: Goodwood CRKC Race 9

With the end of the season approaching, driver #16 sought to maximize his points haul in Race 9 at Goodwood.

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After three slippery practice sessions, Demaras managed to quality in 2nd place, one of his best starting positions of the season. While Chris did not challenge for the win, he drove consistent laps, keeping his competitors behind him.

“I thought I was alone out there. I couldn’t see anyone behind me, so I just relaxed and drove each lap like a practice session, hitting my marks, and not being in the least concerned. Only after the race did Daniel tell me that I had another driver breathing down my neck the whole time!” quipped Demaras.

Driver #16s second place finish has kept him in the top 10 in the Friday championship, with the post-season races approaching.

Driver #12: Goodwood CRKC Race 9

The Demaras Auto Racing Team arrived at Goodwood early on Friday, taking time to show video evidence from the previous race, hoping to clear Daniel’s name, and remove the penalty from his record. While Track Marshal Boyle agreed that the penalty was not Justified (and that Daniel should not have been penalized) the rules of the series prevent race results from being altered. The video evidence was dismissed, and the penalty would stand.

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Not letting the bad news get him down, driver #12 got to work in practice, setting quick times in the reverse configuration.

Demaras qualified 2nd, behind pole-sitter Alexander Holyer, who seemed untouchable on this night. Behind Daniel was championship rival Cameron Cluett, and much further down the order was the points leader Ivan Kosar, off the pace all day.

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Young Daniel fended off attacks from Cluett throughout the race,  defending his position, but not making up ground on the leader. Demaras finished on the podium again, with a respectable 2nd place.