This past Saturday saw Tate Bishop back to Regional Karting duties at the 3rd Round of the WP Karting Championships. After a quite terrific showing at the National Championships in KZN just a week ago, Tate had been testing a new kart around the Killarney Circuit and needless to say, the team was happy with the result.
Having shown blistering pace in the early morning warm up session, things kind of went downhill from there for the 2017 South African Maxterino Champ. A few setup niggles meant that Tate could only muster a P7 in qualifying, giving himself an uphill battle to make his way to the front during the course of the day.
Come race 1, all things considered, Tate drove to a superb P3 showing some pretty rapid pace in the process while managing to close up the gap to the leaders by around 3 tenths a lap. A much better scenario having lacked almost half a second in qualifying.
Even with the gains made in race 1, Tate started race 2 from the outside of the 3rd row and from the get go went about gaining some places. He jumped ahead of Charl Visser and Sibo Solomon at the start and seemed to have steady pace. Unfortunately the chaps upfront had upped the pace again and all Tate could salvage was a fighting 5th.
Race 3 got off to a rough start with Tate being relegated down the order to 10th by the end of the first lap, but he came back fighting with all he had. He picked off Luca Werli on lap 3, then Solomon on lap 10, before making some precise overtakes to get up to P5 as the checkered flag waved, bringing an end to a tough day on the black stuff. Despite some decent results and points bagged, the race winning pace was lacking due to some setup niggles and getting used to the new chassis on a surface with plenty of grip.
“The brand new kart settled at the front giving us a massive amount of camber and a load of toe out that we didn’t check throughout the day. It killed us pace wise” Said team boss Tim Bishop after a challenging day. Tate now looks to National duties once again at the end of this month where he will be keen to go one better and grab a podium.