Super driving and great pace go somewhat unrewarded for young Tate.
On a cool winters morning this past weekend. Tate Bishop was set to continue his campaigns in both the WP Maxterino and Rotax Mini Max Championships. Sitting pretty in Maxterino with a healthy championship lead over his rivals, one would think it’s all damage limitation, but not for Tate. The young man wants wins and that’s certainly what he set out to do in Maxterino Qualifying. Tate put in a killer lap to grab pole by nearly 4 tenths from his closest rivals.
Race 1 saw a tight battle with regular front runner Troy Dolinschek where both drivers held the lead at different points in the race. After running in first in the later parts, it would ultimately be a P2 for Tate, with the naked eye hardly being able to spot the 0.1 second gap as they crossed the line. Race 2 was even closer, as is always the case in the Maxterino class. The lead changed a number of times with the leading pack all doing their best to make use of the slip down the straights. Tate battled his way up to 1st before dropping down to 3rd. He climbed back up to lead again before finally crossing the line in P2, this time only 94 hundredths between the top 2. Race 3 would prove a difficult pill to swallow, all be it somewhat insignificant in terms of Tate’s title challenge. After leading the majority of the race, contact with another driver meant he dropped down the order to 6th. A sad way to end the day, but points none the less and enough for a P2 overall with no real concerns as Tate still holds a very healthy lead in the Regional Maxterino Championship.
In Rotax Mini Max, Tate continued his campaign to close the gap at the top. A decent lap in Qualifying was good enough for a row 2 start on the inside, definitely the preferred side of the tarmac into Killarney’s Turn 1. An enthralling battle ensued as the top 4 challenged for bragging rights. Tate ran as high as P2 before eventually crossing the finish line in P4. Race 2 was yet another tight affair. After the leader got away, it was all or nothing for second place, with Kai van Zijl, Sibo Solomon and Tate all battling to grab second spot. In the end Tate finished in P3 as the 3 drivers crossed the line with almost nothing to separate them. In race 3 Tate struggled for pace. Setup was always going to be difficult with the extra rubber laid down from the other classes and unfortunately the kart just wasn’t working as usual. None the less Tate still drove his heart out to nab a 3rd place and give him an overall podium for the day.
“Very privileged to be the Dad of this fine young human being. A real inspiration of all that is honest, great and beautiful every single day” Very nice words from father Tim Bishop post proceedings on the day.