SECOND STEP IN 1ST REGIONAL FOR TATE
Tate Bishop began his 2018 Junior Max title challenge in fine style by taking second overall in only his first outing in the class. Climbing into his Junior Max for his first race ever, the young man could not have imagined such success as he tackled old rivals and up country competition, some with already a years experience in the 125 cc Junior Max class.
Mid morning qualifying saw Tate finding his feet with a respectable P5 on the timesheets. A sound effort to put his name forward as one of this years main challengers.
Race 1 saw Tate fighting for position as the top 6 hassled each others rear bumpers. After briefly dropping down to P6 he clawed his way back into 5th and held off a tough challenge from Simon Simpson Heath to take P5 when he crossed the finish line.
Race 2 was somewhat magical for young Tate. After being knocked down to P6 during the opening exchanges, he fought hard to climb back up the order and while keeping it clean through the Golf Club Complex, slingshotted into P2 after some contact right in front of him. It needs to be added, that while crossing the paint in P2 when the checkered flag waved, an exclusion for the race winner at the end of the day (more about that later) meant that Tate in fact won only his second ever race in Junior Max. Quite a fantastic achievement for one of the class rookies.
Another proper performance from Bishop in Race 3 which included a real tussle with fellow Mini Max graduate Sibo Solomon, saw Tate nab P4 at the end. As mentioned earlier, after the overall winner on the day was handed a technical infringement exclusion from the days results, Tate’s race 2 victory added to a P4 in race 1 and P3 in race 3 was enough to be awarded an overall second on the day and round off a very successful start to his Junior Max campaign.
“It’s such a tough and very competitive class and tyres are so important. Whilst trying to get to grips with the pace and overdriving a little in race 1, I managed to kill my tyres which made things very tough for the rest of the day… but it was such a great learning experience and I’m really looking forward to learning so much more in my rookie year” Added a chuffed young man to close off the day.
Round 2 of the WP Regional Karting Championship goes down on March 3rd. Keep an eye out for the no. 494 Kosmic machine as Tate looks to improve and make his mark in the class. See you there.