Okay, so this post is a bit of a proud Dad moment, so you may want to pass…

On Good Friday at Easter, my eldest son Bailey (aged 9), had his first ever karting experience at Daytona in MK. The circuit was a little damp, and he came – well, last. That said, he set a fastest lap of 33.638, which was only 2.5s off the fastest time and he managed 18 laps. This was just to see whether he liked it – and he did. He really liked it. 

 

A few days later, on Easter Monday, I took him for his second try. The weather was better and we’d had a chat about what a ‘racing-line’ is. Yeah, yeah, pushy Dad…

Well, it worked… He was faster. Much faster. His fastest lap was fourth fastest of the day with a 28.491 and he came second overall with 24 laps. His best lap was just 1.3s behind the fastest time – done by a girl with all the gear who has been doing this for many years. The winning boy – who did one more lap – was 5 years older. The improvement in just a few days was impressive. His lap time had improved by a very massive 5.1 seconds!

  

His third time trying karting came today. He hasn’t been for two weeks and the weather was far colder, so I was expecting his best lap to be nearer the 29.0s. That didn’t phase him though and he certainly did an excellent job of proving me wrong.

  

To cut a 15 minute session to just a few sentences, he came first. His lines were better, his confidence had grown. All in all he did 31 laps and his fastest lap was a truly brilliant 24.382. That’s another improvement – of 4.1 seconds.

In the space of two weeks and three sessions, Bailey has knocked 9.25 seconds off his lap time and gone from 8th to 1st. His confidence his high and he’s learning a great deal – and whilst he’s trying hard at school I’m willing to keep giving him this opportunity to see where this goes. He’s been offered a full-days training at the next half-term which would allow him to race properly. We shall have to see…

And today, inspired by his big brother, little Isaac had a try at karting too. He’s only 6 years old though, so he had to pass a ‘Bambino Module 1’ test first. He’s never fast – he’s slow at cleaning his room; teeth; getting dressed; leaving for school… the opposite to Bailey who is always racing to be first. Wasn’t expecting Isaac to be very good to be honest, but he did great too – passing his test first time out. Well done son! This could get very expensive…