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1  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: August 06, 2017, 11:46:16 PM
What an awesome end to my son's summer race series! My baby boy, Tyrel, finished his race weekend on a very positive note! After starting the final in 22nd, he managed to make up some ground he lost at the start and raced his way up to a 12th Place finish! I'm so happy for him! Smiley

https://youtu.be/IBNFAvab-SY

2  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: July 10, 2017, 05:12:37 PM
Well it's turned out to be an interesting weekend for sure; Tyrel did well in 1st practice, was all set to go out for practice 2 and his motor seized up, so we had to swap motors off of my kart...and then after that, mother nature decided to step in and call it a day for us all, lol.

Tyrel ended the weekend with a strong performance. The pre-final was his first time on track after the engine change, so we weren't 100% sure of what we had, but we got things together for the final race. Tyrel was having some nice battles for 9th and 10th position before finally finishing 10th for his first race back here in the Briggs Sr Division at GoPro Motorplex this year.

Here's the footage from the Final;

https://youtu.be/oO55OAuW12s
3  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: June 11, 2017, 09:29:07 PM
A pretty uneventful weekend for me; we struggled to find pace all day, so no video upload for this round. I guess the best news of the weekend was that there was another bad flip, but the driver walked away with minor injuries. It's back to the drawing board to find more speed...not to mention I also have to get my other chassis ready for my son who's visiting for the summer! Smiley
4  Events / Other Events / Re: Dominion Raceway Superkart League on: June 03, 2017, 09:28:05 AM
Here are the videos from the Pre Final and Final heats.

PreFinal  https://youtu.be/HGdOgaDo3Ig

Final https://youtu.be/v9BaytvNEdE

5  Events / Other Events / Dominion Raceway Superkart League on: June 03, 2017, 08:47:45 AM
Here's a new karting adventure I've joined! This league runs monthly, weather permitting, at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Va. We just completed our 1st Round of competition, here's the results!
6  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: May 29, 2017, 12:14:23 PM
Here's some nice pics from this past weekend's events, Rounds 4 and 5.
7  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: May 29, 2017, 02:09:53 AM
Well, it was a very fun and challenging weekend! With my primary chassis in the shop for repairs, we expected to unload a bit off our best pace...and it took half the weekend to get some of it back. It's the first round we've attended that I didn't improve my personal best lap time.

We did manage to stay out of trouble for the most part (lost a wheel in 1st practice on Saturday and a spin in the Pre Final that day) to claim top 20 finishing positions in both Finals and Championship Points at the end of the weekend. Hopefully we can find some more pace in this chassis at Round 6!

https://youtu.be/JoxoxL5mwlI

8  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: April 17, 2017, 03:02:21 AM
Well, I survived another crash and managed to bring it home in one piece. I believe the pace the other driver and I had in the video afterwards would've kept up running with some of the pack had we not gotten separated. Other than the broken chassis in the Final, so much was accomplished this weekend!

https://youtu.be/n5YKzw_-vFM
9  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: FUN DRIVING VIDEOS on: April 02, 2017, 09:07:11 PM
It's been a while since I messed with online racing. This site is pretty good Smiley


https://youtu.be/WazUs-cVO0M

10  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: Kart Racing on: April 01, 2017, 08:31:41 PM
Santa Clause is coming early this year Smiley

https://youtu.be/Rx_IO0eRvQs

11  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: March 20, 2017, 06:00:09 PM
Well, I thought I was ready to have a breakthrough weekend, but Mother Nature had other ideas, lol.
I had the most fun during Friday practice. Saturday was almost an entire wash-out; It rained through both morning practice sessions, then when everyone thought it was going to rain for Qualifying...the rain stopped.

Unfortunately, most of the field was on rain tires (myself included), so that made for a wild qualifying session.
The same was true for the pre-final and final heats. I pretty much eased my way through each session (I hate spinning off track and getting a DNF). The most frustrating part was it felt like I had the best balance on the setup of the entire weekend during the final heat...just didn't push hard at all, as it started to rain AGAIN during the final with slick tires on.

All in all, I still felt I made some progress, if only in baby steps. I did manage to hold onto 22nd position. Next, I need to get the kart scaled properly for optimum balance. I've come a long way, considering this is only my fourth race here at GoPro Motorplex. We'll see what Round 3 brings! Smiley

12  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: March 05, 2017, 10:49:47 PM
Well, this past weekend's testing at GoPro ended well. I set a new personal best lap time, as well as continuing to get a better feel to the setup. There are a couple more things I need to get done before the next race...it should make things get interesting for sure! Smiley

https://youtu.be/akUesKf7ldg
13  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: February 22, 2017, 06:47:56 PM
Man, what a rough weekend! I struggled the whole time to find speed; I was 3-4 seconds off my best time from last year (ouch). We tried everything from setup changes to clutch settings to gear ratios to no avail. In the end, I discovered I had a blown head gasket...that explains alot! I had to settle for just getting some seat time and 22nd position in the points standings. I'll be going back down there again in a couple weeks...taking it from the drawing board, to try to get back on track. I'm confident I can get back to where I left off from 2016. I did manage to find a nice balance in the setup on Friday as far as handling was concerned, so I'm hoping that will translate to more good things next time around Smiley

14  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: January 24, 2017, 07:54:40 PM
Look to me like you will be busy racing!

Gunny

Hey Gunny, I just checked the VMSC schedule...and there is not one conflict with the Karting Challenge Schedule!!!  Smiley
15  Events / Other Events / Re: 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: January 21, 2017, 04:19:09 PM
I'm trying to do the whole season this year...but I just can't give up autocross, lol.
16  Events / Other Events / 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: January 21, 2017, 04:33:23 AM
Here's the 2017 schedule!

2017 Event Schedule (12-Round Series):
Round 1: Saturday, February 18
Round 2: Saturday, March 18
Round 3: Saturday, April 15
Round 4: Friday, May 26 - Double-Header, Night Race
Round 5: Saturday, May 27 - Double-Header, Night Race
Round 6: Saturday, June 10
Round 7: Saturday, July 8
Round 8: Saturday, August 5
Round 9: Saturday, September 2
Round 10: Saturday, September 30
Round 11: Saturday, October 28
Round 12 & Championship Banquet: Saturday, December 2
17  Events / Other Events / Re: 2016 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: December 03, 2016, 07:45:23 PM
What a way to end the season...with my first career victory at GoPro Motorplex! Smiley

The season finale was a wild race; there were a few crashes...I managed to slip by a couple, stay out of trouble to hold on for the win in my division!

The morning started out a little rough; popped a chain during morning practice, and had to miss qualifying. I started the pre-final dead last, had a chance to advance, but spun out avoiding another driver who had also spun. I guess like they say, it isn't over 'till it's over!

18  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / FUN DRIVING VIDEOS on: November 22, 2016, 07:10:46 PM
I love this song...and the video isn't bad either, lol

https://youtu.be/3LdP-1WLVrs

19  Events / Other Events / Re: 2016 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: November 07, 2016, 10:46:59 PM
This was by far my best outing yet! I was getting pretty close to the 2nd place driver in my division, but there were 1 or 2 karts in between us most of the race and I never quite got an opportunity to get to him!

I learned a lot this weekend on how to setup the kart as well as learning the track more. It's a shame the season is almost at an end! Smiley


https://youtu.be/oCJoY25rmwE
20  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: Kart Racing on: November 01, 2016, 02:37:38 AM
This was one of my first times out on this course with this kart; as you can see, there's a lot of room for improvement, lol. I need to get used to everything too; finding the proper lines, get rid of the oversteer in the set up, and of course gear ratios that will work best for me. This is a very fun track to drive! Smiley

https://youtu.be/0RgmhP-kA4k
21  Events / Other Events / Re: 2016 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge on: October 28, 2016, 06:00:11 PM
My first race weekend report;

Wow, what a weekend! It all started with a late night engine change, followed by two chilly, slippery practice sessions, With practically no track time on Friday practice, I struggled most of the morning, but managed to make it through ok. My 3rd place finish slotted me into the 7th position in the standings...I'll be trying to get at least one more position before the season ends!
22  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Media MEP Oct 16 2016 on: October 16, 2016, 09:20:45 PM
Man, what a fun day at Meadow Event Park! Thanks to VMSC for putting on another great event! Good weather, good food, and good company! Smiley

Here's a little video

https://youtu.be/Af_lQLxCmHM

23  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Media from VMP 10-2-16 on: October 15, 2016, 10:20:22 PM
Anyone have any pics from this event?
24  General / Open Forum / Interested in Kart Racing? on: October 07, 2016, 08:33:26 PM
Here's some good stuff from Davin Sturdivant. He has over eight years of racing experience as a Solo II autocrosser and a competition kart racer.

http://buildraceparty.com/five-easy-steps-to-get-started-in-karting-theartofkart/

Below are some of the places I go to regularly.
Comet Kart Sales  https://cometkartsales.com/home.php
Based in Ohio, you can get items in two days usually.

KartSport   http://kartsportna.com/
Located at the closest kart racing complex to us (GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina), they have both a retail and online store as well...also allowing for 2-day delivery to Richmond.

Acceleration Kart Racing   http://www.accelerationkarting.com/
These folks are in Las Vegas. They're really pleasant to deal with; I got a lot of my stuff from them when I first started out in karting!
Here are a couple more nice links to check out!
https://startinggrid.org/2016/05/09/help-the-newbies-karting-needs-it-keepkartingfun/
http://www.windingroad.com/articles/blogs/speed-secrets-time-to-hit-the-rental-kart-track/


25  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Media from VMP 10-2-16 on: October 02, 2016, 03:03:07 PM
Man, it was an interesting but fun day at VMP! The course wreaked havoc on my kart again, but I was able to finish out the day on a positive note, thanks to my buddy James Churchill for allowing me to "borrow" some parts from his kart after it broke. We both were glad to keep one of us running so we could treat some of our fellow members to some karting fun! I think both Gunny and William had a blast Smiley

Here's my fastest, and last run of the day!


https://youtu.be/EN3a0oQ3YQE
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