Enjoying new backing for 2016 by Midland Karting, hopes were high with Owens targeting wins after his debut season last year. Sadly it would prove to be a tough weekend from the moment the car first took to the track.
“Qualifying started badly with a set-up problem which made the car very nervous to drive. This left me starting at the back and way off pace. At the first race, I made a great start but it was immediately apparent that the engine was down on power and by turn one I’d already started to lose ground. Thankfully we’d been able to resolve the handling problems after qualifying, which allowed me to take some risks in the braking and corners to try and stay with the pack. Sadly, I got too bold and spun on lap four which dropped me way back. To add insult to injury, the ECU then started to misbehave costing me even more time! It was pretty disastrous!”
Race 2 would prove to be little better. With no fix for the loss of power, another strong start led to a spirited but brief battle for 3rd place. This charge gradually dissipated as engine overheating conspired to slow the Midland Karting liveried car even more. The result was a lonely 4th place finish.
“I always try to remain positive about my races, so; it was a lovely sunny day and it was good to catch up with the other competitors after the off-season! It’s only 4 weeks until the next round at Rockingham. Even if we can’t fix this weekend’s power issues, there are many more corners at Rockingham so I have a better chance of compensating for any power deficit”.
Rounds 3 & 4 of the series take place at Rockingham Raceway in Corby on 11-12 June.