Adepticon behind me, so the focus this week was on the race track. The good thing coming out of this second practice session tonight was that I was able to duplicate and improve upon what I did last week. We a slight adjustment on the cross weight percentage to mimic the lead weight that I put on the kart towards the end of last week's practice. And we went up in tire pressure 7 psi on the right sides and 5 psi on the left sides. Went out and I looped in the corner on the first lap at speed. Ran the rest of the laps on that session and found it a bit too loose but not bad. Track was really cold and air temp tonight was in the low 50's F. Came off the track and dropped 1 psi, went back out and ran really good, running 11 sec flat laps. Felt pretty good. Took 1/2 psi out of the right sides to see if it was better. Went out with just my old man, gave him a straightway lead and ran him down. Definitely think I found the right gear. Went and did a second stint while hot with a big group. Left some big gaps and ran down one kart with the Animal 206 and one with the Clone and blew by both of them. Its a great feeling being fast. Everything seems to be clicking thus far. Noticed a bit of a backfire. Got to the end of the night and noticed I lost an exhaust header bolt and sheared off the other. So the night ended on a sour note. Now I have broken bolt in the head to get out. Think I caught it in time not to damage anything in the engine. So should be okay.
So next week will be the real test, Race #1. Can I be fast when it counts with a bunch of karts on the track and the adrenaline pumping. I know come next Friday afternoon the butterflies will come. It's great to feel alive and fast.