Saturday saw the 2nd Round of the WP Karting Championships take place at a hot and sunny Killarney Kart Track. Tate was out to continue his battle in the 2018 Rotax Junior Max Championship after an amazing result at the previous meeting less than a month ago.
It was always going to be tough come qualifying. The pace upfront this year is rapid and most, if not all of the top 6 will be competing for top spot come the much anticipated National Series which kicks off later this month. Tate put in a very respectable time of 42.240 to see him to a 2nd row start for race 1.
The first race of the day was a tough challenge, but one that Tate tackled with great determination after he was relegated down to 6th during the opening exchanges. After taking P5 from Storm Lanfear, he ended up losing out after contact with a charging Troy Dolinschek and had to settle for 6th when the race concluded.
Race 2 got off to a much better start. Tate worked his way up to 3rd as Kai van Zijl and Joseph Oelz gave chase. With absolutely nothing to separate these ultra fast young men, passing becomes more of a risk than a calculated maneuver. Tate was, unfortunately, on the receiving end and relegated to P6 after Joseph Oelz clipped Tates front bumper and that’s how it ended at the checkered flag.
In race 3 things didn’t get much better. Tate got off to a fairly decent start maintaining position in P6 and very much part of the battle for a top 4 finish before he and Simon Simpson-Heath made contact in the 180’s on the final lap. Tate definitely came off second best and dropped all the way down to 8th. It was sadly too late in the race for Tate to stage a comeback and would see him end up finishing in P8, concluding a difficult day aboard his no.494 TBP Racing Kosmic.
“Although this weekend didn’t go to plan it was full of surprises. Even though I enjoyed the thrill of driving, I had to drive around situations which I really didn’t think I’d be in. I am hoping my supporters won’t judge me for my results this weekend and I promise I will show them who’s who next race” – expressed a calm and motivated young Tate after the day’s racing.
Tate now looks forward to jumping into his Vortex ROK Kosmic machine for the first time this weekend as he tackles the rest of the ROK competitors at the Laserfiche Raceway in Vereeniging for the 1st Round of the ROK National Championship.