Fongy's City of Melb
Anyone who reads the forums at Kartbook.net will know of Fongy. Poster of some things controversial, and most things funny, Peter Edgar, was inspired by the generosity of Colin Edwards and decided to help The Fongster with his quest to become a racing legend.
What started out as an almost tongue-in-cheek thread soon turned serious with various people coming to the party to support Luke's efforts to make the field at the City of Melbourne Titles. Pledges varied from practice tyres and entry fees to chain lube and after-race beers! A whole community got behind the "Widdle Fella" to get him on the grid at Todd Road.
Fongy's CoM diary is below. To read the full build-up behind this amazing story, visit kartbook HERE.
Luke Fong, City of Melbourne Titles Diary:
Hey guys, thought I would write a detailed report for tonight as we are home early from the casino.
Heat one was probably not worth talking about. After being out of the seat for so long I didn't want to get into any trouble, and probably got bullied out of a few positions that I shouldn't have been. I was fast enough to run with the top 10, but I just wasn't being smart enough.
Sunday of the City of Melbourne was set to be a cracker with the weather looking nice, well at least when I woke up. The day got off to a bad start scuffing the old man's ute (we call it Bruce because its looks like the vegetarian shark in “Finding Nemo”) in the car park at the motel on the way out. That happens I thought, get the bad luck out of the way early before a drive in the pre final.
Carby session went well, the carb-e-rat-or in dial, the driver half in dial for a couple of laps, and the billy kart was set. I had a driver tune up again from Matty Hayes, and Ratus J Evans just for the pre-final. The heavens opened up in the morning for the first round of pre-finals for the day, and it was a hard decision as to what tyres to head out with. The track was drying up fast, but we didn't know how much it would dry up.
Ratus made a last minute call and a mad rush had us changing from wets to slicks, with a tyre pressure change to the slicks also. The track had actually dried up so much that we were able to run on the full dry line. The only possible issue was tyre pressure, but having said that we managed to pick up a couple of spots from p11, with the third fastest kart on track!
Ratus J Evans, was quite impressed :-) . I got the big thumbs up from the old man as I came past the pits on the in lap. We had secured the top ten start we were looking for in the final!
The heavens opened before the final, and Ratus J Evans and myself, knew for a fact that we wouldn't have anything near the front guys to get going in this race, due to the fact that I am approximately 8 foot shorter than any other driver.
At the start I got bashed from pillar to post, and all I wanted to do is finish the race, so I just continued to get on track and hope to heck I could make it through the first few corners. We managed to finish the race, somewhere down the back, but hey, we knew that we need more laps in the rain. Too bad I don't have another 3 foot of height on me like D Sera, otherwise I would have been somewhere nearer to the pace, although when was I ever going to get near him?! Next time I'll remember to steal the white pages from the motel and anything I can get my hands on to make me taller in the kart! I must say, we were encouraged with the pace we put together in the dry, the kart was getting much better as the weekend got on.
I was only there at the weekend because I had really good support and help, of all of the people on the track at the weekend I count myself as one of the luckiest.
Some of the people I need to thank (in no particular order, just as they come to my head):
This weekend has been unbelievably awesome and my sincere apologies if I have missed anybody off this thank you list.
Thanks again, lets see if we can make the next big one happen now, Tassie states... :D