Yate-based driver Dan Healey finishes second at Kart Champs in London
5:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Yate and Sodbury Sport
YATE-BASED driver Dan Healey came agonisingly close to winning a national competition at the Tower Bridge karting circuit in London.
The 15-year-old was leading at the Kart Champs for 12 to 16-year-olds until the final lap but had to settle for second place against more experienced racers.
There were 30 drivers, split into three groups of ten for the heats. Healey was out in the first group and was third quickest right until the end, when he dropped to sixth. The tables then turned and when Healey went back out he qualified in second place. For his first heat, he started on pole. It was a rolling start and he got a good getaway, and won, scoring a maximum ten points.
The second heat involved a grid reversal – Healey started in tenth place and he got up to fourth before they cut his heat from eight minutes to six-and-a-half minutes. At the time they brought out the flag he was right behind the third and second placed drivers.
Healey had beaten everyone to get the best score of the day with 17 points, so he started in pole in the Grand Final. They had another rolling start and he managed to pull away and get a good advantage over the second place man – both drivers were out in front of the rest of the pack.
In the middle of the race there was an accident which brought out the flag and reduced Healey’s advantage.
On the final lap with six corners to go, the second placed man got the jump on Healey and made it up the inside to take the lead and win the race.
His mum, Jo Healey, said: “He was slightly gutted when he got out the kart, probably more annoyed that he missed out on the final lap, but it’s a learning curve for him and to think that neither of us ever thought he would do so well was just a huge surprise.
“I am so proud of what he achieved in his first national competitive race.”
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