TEAM RE-GROUPS AFTER A DIFFICULT WHILTON MILL ROUND 1

SODI Vitesse set their sights on a promising Whilton Mill Round 1 after earlier success at Forest Edge. Leaning on the knowledge and growth in driver confidence gathered from the kick-off round to Vitesse’s 2024 season, the two young drivers of Mylum and Rond were looking competitive in the Inter-Max category.

Saturday was a mixture of practice and qualifying. Faced with the new track layout and having not taken part in earlier testing, the drivers approached it head on and with good results. Unfortunately, qualifying did not favour the young team. Rond, who took a trip off the tarmac and into the tyre wall resulting in injury, saw his weekend end before it had started. With an assessment from the paramedics leaving him unable to race under new MSUK guidelines, he had to sit out for the remainder of Round 1 of the WMKC championship, and leaves him unable to compete in the upcoming FEKC Round 2 meeting. A blow for the young driver, but the team are sure he will come back even stronger.

Mylum, now the sole Vitesse entrant for the weekend, left qualifying in 19th position out of a 34 strong grid. However, a later disqualification from the session, left him starting from dead-last. A disappointing feat after an impressive effort.

Quite literally starting from the back foot, Mylum could only go up from there, and he did just that. The two remaining qualifying heats on Sunday proved tricky to gain positions, with the majority of both being raced under Battenberg conditions. Gaining numerous positions but then being hit with a  Front Fairing penalty, saw Mylum finish Heat 1 in 25th. Heat 2 saw him gain 12 positions and cross the line in 21st.

Combined heat finishing positions meant Mylum lined up 25th to start the final. Making good progress in the first lap and pushing forward, Mylum was caught in someone else’s accident causing him to leave the circuit. Having lost time and the leading pack, he pushed hard to gain places but this unfortunately set the tone for the remaining laps. Closing out the weekend in 21st position.

The team will be back in April to fight for more. For now, the team turns its attention to Round 2 of the Forest Edge Kart Club championship.

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