Lucas Rickard took to the third round of the Golden Power Series over the weekend at the Eastern Lions Kart Club. Rickard in the competitive Cadet 9 category was looking for a strong result after encouraging signs at testing the weekend prior.
In what was expected to be an exciting and close weekend of racing, young Lucas couldn’t wait to get stuck into Saturday qualifying. After encouraging pace in Saturday morning practice Rickard headed out on the circuit for qualifying. The Suburban Flooring Co backed entry was straight away in a fight for positions, with a number of drivers showing strong pace and being in the hunt for pole position. Lucas improved a massive six tenths from his practice time, setting the sixth fastest time, putting himself on the outside of the third row for the heat races. The Anarchy Kartsports powered entry was only a tenth of pole position showing just how competitive the Cadet 9 racing was going to be.
Rickard was excited for the opening heat and was looking to make up positions. Rickard achieved a clean get away, staying in position six for the opening three laps before the Suburban Flooring Co backed entry went to work. Lucas made up spots on both lap four and five making his way up to fourth spot. With improvement and strong pace, the Rickard Motorsport stable driver crossed the line in position four but due to a post-race penalty was raised to third position overall.
Heat two was in the wet conditions on Sunday morning with Rickard not getting the start he was after, being involved in an opening corner incident. Lucas down in position thirteen due to the incident put his head down and starting to make his way forward. In an excellent fightback Rickard made his way back inside the top ten taking the finishing flag in position eight overall.
Rickard was out of position five for the third heat but got a poor start, dropping back to position eleven at the end of the opening lap. The Anarchy Kartsports powered driver made his way back inside the top ten in the early stages before a long full course yellow halted his progress. In a one lap sprint to line the Suburban Flooring Co backed entry crossed the line in position eight but was raised to position five with post-race penalties applied.
Position six was the starting point for the final, with a lighting start putting Lucas in position three in the opening lap. The Rickard Motorsport stable driver went for a move in second spot but unfortunately both drivers ran wide losing track positions. Rickard was able to get back on track and came home with a strong position six in the final. The Suburban Flooring Co backed entry was the third fastest kart on track in the final showing fantastic pace.
Lucas’s father Dave noted his young son did a great job and was learning his race craft every meeting. “Lucas raced really well all weekend. In the final we just needed to slow things down and wait for opportunities and try not to rush. We had very good pace all weekend, thanks to Anarchy Kartsport engines and Melbourne Kart Centre. None of this would be possible without the continued support from our sponsor Suburban Flooring and Co”.
Rickard will next hit the track this weekend in the second round of the Victorian Metro Series backing up at the Eastern Lions Kart Club.