Cadet 9 racer Lucas Rickard took to the Eastern Lions Kart Club for the second time in two weekends. Rickard was taking place in the second round of the Victorian Metro Series and was looking to build on his top pace the weekend before at the Golden Power Series.
Lucas was up against some tough competition and looked to Sunday morning qualifying to get his weekend under way in strong fashion. Lucas had showed encouraging signs in Saturday practice and was confident hitting the track for qualifying. With low grip conditions the Anarchy Kartsport powered driver headed out for qualifying and was in the top ten and in the battle for pole position. Rickard unfortunately had quite abit of traffic and struggled to get a clear lap throughout the session making tough work for the young driver. The Suburban Flooring Co sponsored entry was only able to set the six fastest time and had work to do in the opening heat.
Heat one and the aim was to move forward and get a clean get away for the team. Lucas got a great start, jumping up three spots on the opening lap and straight into the top three. The Melbourne Kart Centre supported driver showed how much pace he had setting the fastest lap in the race and was right on the back of race leaders Cruz Kelly and Victorian Champion James Flynn. In a close finish the Rickard Motorsport driver came home in position three only four tenths of the race leader.
Heat two and with Lucas out of position number three and he was able to stay there in the early stages. The Anarchy Kartsport powered driver was again right on the back of race leaders Kelly and Flynn and was the fastest kart on circuit once again. Lucas was looking at avenues through on the front two but wasn’t able to get through. The Suburban Flooring Co sponsored entry once again came home in position three right behind the race leaders.
With strong pace the final was shaping up to be a cracking race. The final was another clean get away, slotting into position three chasing after the race leader. A set up change before the final, was hoping to be the key to Lucas’ weekend but it actually hurt his chances. The Tandersport mentored driver wasn’t able to fight for the race victory but was still right in the battle for the top five positions. The Melbourne Kart Centre supported driver came home in position five in the final in what was a great weekend for Lucas.
Lucas father David spoke post-race of the highs and lows of the weekend. “The final didn’t go our way, a gearing change before the final saw us unable to race and fight for position, leaving us vulnerable and ultimately finished the 12 laps in P5. We learnt a lot and proved that we are in contention to win races but not everything can go your way. Another big thanks to Rickard Motorsport, Suburban flooring co, Anarchy Kartsport for a bullet of an engine, Melbourne Kart Centre for all of their support, Joust Race wear for kitting us out in team gear and Garth and Leanne at Tandersport for their continued guidance and mentoring on and off the track”.
Lucas will next hit the track at his local club day before heading to the fourth round of the Golden Power Series at Bendigo.