This street race was an open shifter class, so Eric was racing against ICC's with more horsepower. Eric qualified on pole, but in the heat race the both Cole and Kurt Mathewson got the advantage on the start. Eric finished second and was closing in on Cole, who won the heat race. The race series has liberal tire rules and Cole came to the final with new tires. Eric could not over come the tire advantage and finished second.
Eric traveled to Goodland, Indiana to race his first street race. He had a mechanical issue in qualifying and qualified towards the back. In the heat race Eric moved quickly to second place and set the track record, but could not get around Joe Ruch who won the heat race. In the final Joe and Eric pulled way from the pack. Eric passed Joe on lap 18 and won the race.
Evan was on vacation and Eric worked leaving Andy as the only one to race. Continuing to struggle with kart set up, resulted on two 11th place finishes.
Evan continued to search for the set up, as he qualified third (behind Tim Hollowell and Tim Bannon. At the start, Evan dropped a couple positions, but came back to finish second.
Eric traveled with the DRT race team to Phoenix for the SpringNationals. Andy flew in on Friday to help Eric for the weekend.
Being the first race event for Eric on his new DRT, there would be a learning curve. The schedule, track and heat (up to 105 degrees) would also be a physical challenge. The first day of competition presented more challenges, as Eric was forced to start at the back of the 24 kart field for failing to pick up his race tires on time. The two heat races and final turned out to be more of a test session for the final day of racing (new qualifications).
Eric qualified .457 seconds behind pole, but that was only good enough for 14th in this competitive event. Eric improved one spot in the first Heat Race, and improved to P7 in the second heat race. Eric had a good race, but in the last few laps lost a few spots to finish 10th.
Eric in the DRT pits with his Grandfather, Bob Batt.
Evan was able to race his first event on his new DR Kart (Eric kart was in transit). Evan had not had much testing in this kart and found himself struggling to find the right set up. He qualified second (behind Colton Aldridge), and had fellow DR Kart pilot Tim Bannon behind him on the grid in P4.
Evan and Colton pull away and passed each other several times in the first few laps. Ultimately Colton pulled a few kart lengths away and Evan appeared to have second placed locked up....until his bumper came loose and was dragging on the asphalt. Ron Peterson was able to pass, and Evan finished third.
Andy raced the clone class, and qualified 10th and was able to move up to finish eighth.
Evan had to work, Eric's equipment was on its way to Arizona for the SKUSA SpringNationals...So Andy was the only one to racing. The new CIK Senior clone class was created for the 2 cycle sprint kart...without the 4 cycle body work and tires that created such an advantage last year (there will be a different clone class for those karts).
It was his first rain race, and rain always adds to the excitement. Conditions varied from heavy rain to just damp with puddles on the tack. Andy was able to qualify second, and came in second place in the race.
Eric was on track for opening weekend at New Castle to break in the new DR Kart and rebuilt DDR 2001 Spec Moto. Kart ad motor were outstanding!
We are excited to purchase new DR Kart S-97 Chassis's from Brian Fisher at DRT Racing. The DR Kart has many of the same components as the Zanardi karts that we raced for years, but with unique geometry and superior support!
DR offers three different shifter options including the new S97 that Clinton Schoombee (S1), Josh Lane (S2), Brian Fisher (S4) and Lance Lane (S4) raced in SuperNats XV. DR also offers TaG, Cadet, and kid kart options.
As we prepare for the 2012 season, watch for news regarding a new chassis for Batt Motorsports.