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    And tow bar for the lambo, or is that sorted???

    That would give the young bloke an advantage before you even unloaded

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    Not sure you are aware but my other ride is a 2005 Ford Territory TX. All sorted with the car park cred with that baby.

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    But the lambo would be so much extra cred.

    Kinda like in Adrien Newy's book describing taking his young bloke karting and Mark Webber tagging along for the day.

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    It is the highly sought after ZF 6 speed.

    CSH. Before we had a kart we went up to the track in the Lambo for a look. I felt like the pied piper as we drove through the pits and by the time we parked there were 10 kids all in race suits gawking at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by womblesti View Post
    Ps If anyone knows of a good kart trailer for sale let me know.
    One day my kart trailer will be for sale... but it's up the back of my mums shed behind lots of other people junk and a whole bunch of spiders!

    What track have you been going to?

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    Puckapunyal. Itís a bit of a drive but been great so far.

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    Tried Oakleigh yet?

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    Not yet. He's got a few new buddies that are all going to Pucka so it's a bit of a social thing as well.

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    Wom do you have wheel alignment gear? If not and you are interested shoot me a pm. I have a virtually new set that needs to find a new home.

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    Will do. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by womblesti View Post
    Puckapunyal. Itís a bit of a drive but been great so far.
    Only raced there once and didn't get enough track time to get kart sorted. From memory I was running good lap times but come racing, my gearing was too tall which meant I was loosing too much coming onto the straight and catching them under brakes at the end, generally too late to do anything Did that at Oakleigh too a couple of times, which was my home track. Eventually learnt lap times are not necessarily an indication of race pace but when you have to qualify for grid positions, you wanted fasts!

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    I have a feeling his gearing is too long too as he seems to reel in even the fast guys a little before he brakes but at this stage itís really just about him cutting laps.

    Going to grab a few different sprockets soon to give them a try. The dash is an awesome bit of kit that I suspect will highlight the difference pretty easily.

    Thereís a come and try day soon for the four strokes so I might grab one of them for some cheapish fun. Only thing that will hold me back is the need to spend $$$$ on a trailer so I can actually move two karts at once

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    Yeah, too early too worry too much!

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    I spoke to the guys at Oakleigh about 4S, they said I would regret it.
    Harder tyre compound and less power for starters. And they have noone wanting to contest club days in 4SS.

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    Thereís about 8 in the Eastern Lions Club. I know theyíll be slow (fastest are slower than the kids) but itís tempting to have something that doesnít require much cash to operate while I tred water concentrating on my sons racing.

    Weíll see but the cost of getting a proper trailer will likely be the deciding factor.

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    Give it a go then.
    I'm running J's in both karts whilst we find our feet, so far, can't complain about maintenance on the 2 strokes.
    The unrestricted J is enough for me to handle at the moment cutting practice laps, only downside is there is no seniors category to run in. Might have to try and pickup a S and give some club days a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by womblesti View Post
    Thanks Topper.

    He doesnít seem too worried about the touches.

    We went up today for another practice and he took another 2.5 seconds off his pb.

    For context when he started a month ago he was doing 1 minute 5 seconds and heís now down at 54.2 seconds. The fastest kids do high 48s and most of the pack does 50-51 seconds. Itís awesome improvement and very proud of him.

    Watching some of the parents has been pretty eye opening as well. The mid pack/back of pack everyone is very friendly and obviously there for fun. Some (not all) of the front pack are real pricks to their own kids. They look angry all day and chastise them if they perceive them to having made a small mistake. It wouldnít be fun for anyone. I get that they are probably spending a lot of money but I canít see myself ever doing that to him.
    I saw a very well known karting personality absolutely belittle and abuse his young boy who was most probably about nine, the only thing he did not do was hit him and when the young bloke was in tears asking his mum for help she refused to have anything to do with him. It was then I made a point of telling my young bloke if he came last it was all the same to me and that was the way it stayed.

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    ^^^^
    Saddly there's a bit of that plus the mom's running up to protest about how there son was taken out.... Gopro and laptop in hand.

    On the whole its great fun with plenty of great sportsmanship.

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    Had one of those type come and have a go at me because his son ran into mine - on a fucking normal open practice day.

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    Weíre having a great time at the back of the grid!!

    Two day event this weekend. Practice 1 spin going out of pits then again after 2 laps.

    Put him on new tyres for the first time in practice 2 and he circulated well. Qually in half an hour.

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    Good stuff.

    Will continue to live vicariously through your young bloke.
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    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    Equalled his best ever time in qualifying, starting second last.

    At least he looks the part
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    Being down the back he will learn good race craft trying to get through the field, and he will stay keen as he get quicker and moves up the field.

    Glad both he and you are having fun out there.

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    Sorry for the running commentary

    A pb in race one and finished 16 after starting 18. Was the first time heís legitimately stuck to the back of the pack in a race. Very proud of the little guy.

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    20kg of lead on the seat to get him up to weight.
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    Pls keep updates coming. I like reading about it.

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    Pre race 2 banter
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    Pb by .5 in race two although he wasnít as consistent and did a few laps 2 seconds slower.

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    Sounds like he's doing a great job and having a ball.

    The times will be all over the place until he gets more seat time and then they will come down and be more consistent.

    Just need to hope he is good enough to keep enjoying it and get to play up near the front, but not too good the bank of dad cops a flogging.

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    Iíve been really amazed with his consistency. In the first race he did all 8 laps with .8 and all were in the 54s

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