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Friday Night Challenge 2018 - Week 3

Hello and welcome back to Kingston Park Raceway for Friday Night Challenge. For week 3 we saw 14 drivers make their way down to the Lemans track for tonight’s Friday Night Challenge round. Majority of the drivers were new and a few regular drivers. The night’s racing kicked off with the practice round so the drivers can get a feel for the karts and the track. With the practice race out of the way it is now time to kick off the main heats of the night. With the group warmed up and ready to go the night was underway with all drivers fighting hard on track to earn the right to be in top 10 positions for the semi-finals. From the top 10 drivers in the semi-final group only 6 drivers will make it into the super final to race for the champions trophy.

The semi-finals got underway with the top 10 drivers from the group on points resuming their battle for the top 6 positions available for the super final.

From the semi-finals, the top 6 drivers in the super final were Joshua Manser, Josh Dreaver, Joshua Stewart, Michael Ha, Braydon Bateman and Henare Dedman. As the drivers finished the safety briefing for the final race, it was time to get the main event under way. All of the drivers switched from being laid back and joking around to competitive mode for the big race that will crown another Friday Night Challenge winner. It’s time to go and the drivers headed out on their pace kart lap. The pace kart peeled back into pit lane and it was time to begin the gentle rolling start up to the start/ finish line. The lights went green and we’re are underway. From the jump Dreaver took the lead off Manser going around turn 1. The drivers were all neck and neck and at turn 3 Ha made his move to pass Stewart to claim 3rd place. Coming back down the main straight Dreaver, Manser and Ha were bumper to bumper with no gap between them.

On the 2nd lap Ha was putting the pressure on Manser for 2nd place while Dreaver was trying to extend his lead but it wasn’t enough as Manser and Ha were keeping up. At the start of the 3rd lap Manser made a move on Dreaver at turn 1 and lined up side by side heading into turn 2. While Manser was trying to take 1st place Ha and Stewart were less than half a second behind keeping up with the leaders and at the start of lap 4 Ha dived up the inside of Manser at 1 to take 2nd place. Dreaver turned back to see if Manser was still behind and when he saw Ha he turned back full knowing “I need to go faster”. On lap 6 Ha made his move on Dreaver for 1st but didn’t expect Manser to line up next to him coming out of 1 and going 3 wide into 2. Heading into 2 we had Dreaver on the inside Ha in the middle and Manser on the outside. At the last minute Manser pulled out because he knew he would probably end up in the tyres if he kept pushing which gave Stewart the free pass around the outside to take 3rd place.

1st place – Josh Dreaver

2nd place – Michael Ha

3rd place – Joshua Stewart

Fastest Lap – Joshua Manser with a 61.794!!

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