Tate Dominates Killarney Proceedings
Scorching temperatures greeted the Killarney faithful on Saturday for the first round of the 2017 WPMC Karting Championships. The heat was dully replicated with some intense on track action, culminating in what would be described as Tate’s finest performances in a kart to date.
Starting out with Maxterino duty, Tate Bishop was up against old rivals Troy Dolinschek, Jason MacBeath and Kyle Visser. Although having the upper hand on the latter two in 2016 respectively, Dolinschek was surely not going to make things easy for Tate come race day. Qualifying got under way and Tate managed a fine 2nd place (1 tenth off the pole man) to ensure himself a front row start alongside Dolinshek for Race 1, and what a race it would be. I had the pleasure of watching this young man fight for the lead with all he had. He kept a calm head and with some blistering pace, took the victory by almost 4 seconds, followed by Dolinschek, Macbeath and Visser. In race 2, Tate truly turned the knife he had inserted in race 1, by obliterating the field and coming home 7 seconds clear of 2nd place man Dolinschek and taking the fastest lap by more than half a second on his closest rivals. Race 3 would see a perfect end to a perfect day aboard his 94 Kosmic machine as Tate claimed his 3rd win, ensuring an overall win in class and quite frankly the best possible start to his 2017 Maxterino campaign.
Moving swiftly onto the 2017 Rotax Mini Max class, Tate began duties in his second class with a somewhat difficult 4th in qualifying to see him have to make up places from the second row of the grid come race 1. A task that he tackled quite superbly, going on to take 2nd place in race 1, just 1 tenth off winner Joseph Oelz. Struggling with engine performance in race 2, Tate drove with maturity beyond his years to claim his 1st race victory in the class. Another fine drive in race 3 saw him cross the finish line in first before he was handed a harsh 10 second penalty for a dislodged bumper during the warm up lap! Tate ended with second overall for the day.
“We won 5 races today but the 10 second penalty makes for different reading. We could have had 1st overall in both classes, but will take it in our stride and come back stronger for round 2” said Tate after the day’s proceedings. Father Tim Bishop felt much the same way saying “We ended up with a nose cone penalty in the final Mini Max race for a brake test in the warm up lap and ended up second”.
All in all a sweltering performance from this future champion, one he can be most proud of. Catch Tate in action for the 2nd round of both championships at Killarney Kart Complex on 11 March. See you there…