Steep Learning Curve for CIK Debutant BodeTweet
Making your Stars of Karting debut in the toughest category, against the toughest competition, on an unknown track and in temperatures rapidly approaching 40 degrees Celsius is never going to be easy; as was the case for Pro Gearbox competitor Matthew Bode.
“Wow – what a weekend!” let out a somewhat downbeat Bode. “We turned up, gave it our best shot but unfortunately we just weren’t up to the level of those around us. Now that we know what to expect we can go away, recharge our batteries, prepare ourselves better for next time and come back stronger and faster.”
Unfortunately the weekend didn’t get off to a great start with a system glitch at the airport meaning team mechanic Ryan Pine was only able to arrive on the Sunday morning after a mammoth 28 hours of driving to attend.
“For sure not having Ryan there earlier didn’t help but hats off to all the other drivers in the category; they’re just out of my league – for now.”
Team manager Paul Grainger from Visions2Go added: “Matt certainly has his work cut out for him but throwing himself in the deep end has given him the reality check he needed and now we can go through the, what I must say is a long list of areas to improve and I’m sure we can perform better for the next round – it’s up to Matt now.”
Round 2 of the 2012 CIK Stars of Karting series supported by Castrol Edge runs on 21-22 April at the Mount Sugerloaf Raceway in Newcastle.