Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change with it.
The Senior Championship didn’t disappoint once again!
We were treated to one of the most competitive and challenging Championships I have witnessed at Brentwood in my “short” time here.
With 48 drivers in the championship it’s going to be difficult to mention all the drivers, so to be honest, I’m not going to try to.
Our most improved and Rising Star drivers from last season kept the pressure on the more experienced drivers as both Aaron Clark and Samuel Essery scored highly, Aaron really put a good run together towards the end of the season recording a season best 4th place on week 11.
Aaron strapped on his work boots this season and really got stuck in tussling often with the Championships top 3 drivers and often coming out on top.
Aaron’s score of 158 points was good enough for 11th in the Championship one point behind 10th placed James Rose and one place ahead of Samuel Essery. Next season needs to be a top 5 for both Aaron and Samuel.
An 8th place finish was the result for Peter Knight this season, Peter is a driver 100% capable of taking the Championship, if only he’d arrive for all 12 weeks (Hint, Hint Peter!) 4 missed weeks means he missed more races than any other driver in the top 15 but still found himself solidly in the top 10, this confirms his talent, let’s have a full campaign next season Peter.
Adam Richards is a driver often found on holiday in Florida, this, as you can imagine did slightly effect his Championship score, nevertheless Adam this season was much improved, he even moaned less, so much less that on week 12 Adam and I found ourselves moaning about his lack of moaning? #OnlyAdam.
Anyway, Adam secured a couple race wins and was in and amongst the meaty end of the competition on more than one occasion, as we approach the wet season lets see what Adam can produce.
Time for a “ShoutOut” this one goes to Karen Shadbolt.
Not a driver, but a parent, having to deal with the fallout from two brothers who are not overly experienced has its difficulties at the best of times yet this season both Shadbolt’s were well and truly chucked in at the deep in. I still don’t know who is Aidan and who is Kieran, I’m sure they change each week.
Despite a tough season, both drivers performed really well and got to grips with some really competitive action, Aidan (which ever one that is) really raised a few eyebrows on week 7 with an epic weeks racing, let’s see what the Winter season brings.
New recruit Harry East found two friends, Yian Charalambous and Dylan Cotton, these three drivers, probably never realised they were in a great battle for position throughout the Championship, swapping positions most weeks until Yian finally came out on top.
I have been taking my time in getting to the action at the top of the table, but here goes.
I am biased, but results speak for themselves. Let’s be honest, 90% of the time a “Brentwood driver” arrives at another karting circuit (I’m not including indoor karting as that’s pretty boring and not worth talking about) they win; not by a little, but usually by a lot. It surprises me that the drivers and parents who race there – and usually get beaten by what they may see as a rookie – don’t get the memo and just decide keep getting beaten.
intelligence should mean that the very next week they should be racing where the competition is, Brentwood, yet they continue to ignore the obvious and plod along racing where there isn’t the incentive to improve and the rewards on offer aren’t as they are here at Brentwood. Anyway, that’s my biased opinion.
We are privileged here at Brentwood to have the country’s most competitive hire kart racing Championship.
Championship title holders are dotted throughout the top 10 drivers in the Senior League just showing how ruthless the Championship is. Anyone in the top 10 could win the Championship, this Championship for one of the first time was really a championship off the circuit involving a drivers mindset, determination and competitive attitude, this was best shown by our top three drivers, with others still searching and clutching for the next reason as to why their races was “destroyed” by a means beyond their control the top three on most occasions’ rose above the rest and let their driving do the talking.
Some karts are better than others, this is correct and some times, very few,this may also affect a drivers overall weekly score, but this is just one of many excuses.
The drivers who use the least amount of excuses are often found heading the field, this season was no different.
What a season for Stef, Last season’s champion raised his game and went up a notch this season and improved further, yes, he didn’t walk away as Champion but his focus this season was exactly where it needed to be and the results spoke for themselves.
Stef lead each and every week apart from week 12, a bitter pill to swallow but a great competitor and he should be proud of his achievements and be back next season even stronger, the good news for Stef, is unlike most motorsport, he only has to wait a week until the action starts again and Stef can attempt to make it 2 championships in 3!
A great 3rd placed finish from Stef this season in a truly tough Championship by a truly tough champion!
Jack had a great first three weeks last season and a great week the season before. This season Jack had a great 12 week Championship fight.
Jack adapted to the needs of the SodiKart very quickly and as a result finally found what he had been missing from all of his previous Championships, a competitive attitude!
Jack’s attitude was exactly what was needed from a sportsman in his chosen sport, a bit “deep” I know, but gone were the “I’m too heavy” and the “My kart was bad” excuses and we finally found a “I’m going to do all I can” mindset and “I’m only going to focus on myself” approach.
The result of this “New” Jack Adams a runners up position and the third fastest lap in the Championship.
Jack’s driving didn’t change this season however rather than trying hard for 5 minutes then another 5 minutes of driving with an “excuses found” Jack just drove. Anyway, that’s enough nice words for Jack, I’m feeling ill.
Olli, Olli, Olli! What a season, a poor start, at the half way point Captain Flash was 53 points away from the summit of the Championship and had already dropped 91 points in all and all seemed lost:
A refusal to defeat and a mindset change where Oli started looking at what he can do rather than how unfair the negatives were resulted in Oli dropping just 20 points for the entire second half of the Championship.
Week 12 was the perfect approach; despite a kart in heat one which other drivers would have thrown in the towel, chucked their helmet and began a picket line with mum, dad, aunt, uncle and anyone else prepared to listen, Oli kept pushing, won race two and the final on his way to a maximum points finish and the Championship title.
I have too many superlatives for Oli there isn’t enough paper to write them on, a ground breaking Championship title which will see him hard to beat with his current attitude. The perfect Champion
(I don’t say that much)
There’s no rest for the wicked, so roll up them sleeves and we’ll see you all back here on Sunday for the AllStar Cup.
Don’t forget to book yourself into the Winter Championship!
I’m going fast again