Slick Performance

As the rain closed in over Labour weekend, Cambridge kart racer Andy Schofield was “in the zone”, closing in on victory.

Competing in the senior class -  15-years-old and up – Andy won the Yamaha light class at the 2012 Pace Engineering North Island Sprint Championships in Taranaki.  It’s the second year Andy – a Cambridge High School student - has raced in the senior class after progressing from the junior ranks.

Andy won the same title in the junior class twice and  in his first year in the seniors last year Andy placed second.

This year, he had a clear goal.  “I always compete aiming to win but you never really know.”

Over Labour weekend at the North Islands, after practice rounds were held earlier in the week, qualifying was held on the Friday and the race was on the Sunday.

In Friday’s qualifying Andy qualified second fastest, finishing one one hundredth of a second behind Daniel Kinsman.

But, by race day on the Sunday the tables, and indeed the weather rad turned.

“On the Friday it was dry, by Sunday it was raining. Everything changes when you’re racing in the rain.
“The lines you take on the track don’t change as such but it’s a whole lot slower and you brake differently heading into the corners.”

Sunday’s race went for 27 laps and Andy started in second on the grid.

“It was a bit of a bad start because I was on the outside of the grid and dropped to fourth. It’s always hard starting from the outside of the grid.”

However, by the end of the first lap Andy was back in second and said he spent the next 15 laps chasing down the leader, before the race ended in a with a close battle for the win between Andy and two other competitors.

Andy, who primarily races for Kartsport Tokoroa was the eventual winner by four tenths of a second.

The win caps is the latest in what has been a highly successful stint in the sport over the last eight years.

Two impressive achievements, among many others, which Andy has accomplished while carting include winning the National Rotax Challenge in 2010.

That win saw him  get to compete in Italy that year.

Then earlier this year, Andy also won the National Schools Championships in Wellington.

Andy’s father Nigel said Andy has a number of good qualities which make him a good kart racer.

“He just gets in the zone when he races and his lap times are pretty consistent throughout any race he does.”

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