Tate Bishop went into the 7th and penultimate round of the WP Karting Championships this past weekend looking to continue his fight at the sharp end of the field. Things didn’t get off to a great start as he could only manage 9th in qualifying. An uphill battle lay ahead, but we have seen Tate do it before.
In race 1, he climbed his way up the standings lap by lap to take a very well driven fifth place at the flag. His pace had improved drastically from qualifying as he now lapped just as fast as the leaders.
Carrying this momentum through to race 2, Tate put in what could be considered one of his best drives of the season. Picking off places every few laps, he found himself up to P3 and began reeling in the front two. A lap or two more and many believe he would have had the win, but P3 was how it would have to read. Less than half a second covered the top 3 at the flag.
What was looking set to be one of the greatest comebacks in a days racing took a turn in race 3, where all sorts of on track drama lead to Tate being knocked down to P5 while running in the top 2 and challenging for the lead. He ended in 5th which was enough to take P4 overall for the day, but more importantly some serious race winning pace is now a real thing for Tate and we look forward to the final round of the championship in a few weeks time. Before that though, Tate will be tackling the South African National Karting Finals at Zwartkops at the end of September.