James and Aiva Anagnostiadis made the trip across the world to compete in one of the biggest go kart meetings in the world, the Las Vegas Supernats!
James was competing in 48 driver field of X30 Junior, while Aiva was taking on a monster 79 driver field in the KA3 Senior ranks. Both drivers were ready to put their best foot forward and take on some of the country’s best!
James hit the track for qualifying and was aiming high against some of the worlds best. Anagnostiadis was able to put in a positive start to his weekend qualifying inside the top half of the field and inside the top 20 in position 19 overall.
James had an action-packed start to his racing being involved in an opening lap incident in heat 1, which dislodged him from the kart! Anagnostiadis was able to finish heat 2 but was down in position 29 overall, with engine issues and on track contact hurting his finish spot. James’ tough weekend in the states continued in heat 3 when he was put to the rear of the field. Anagnostiadis was able to make his way back up to position 39 overall but was going into the final looking to make up positions. James was able to put in his best performance of the weekend in the final making up a remarkable 23 positions to come home inside the top 25 overall!
Aiva hit the track in the near 80 driver field but also had a tough start to her weekend with engine issues plaguing her qualifying. Anagnostiadis put herself in position 65 overall and was looking to the heats to move forward. Aiva was able to make up 3 spots in her opening heat which put her inside the top 30 for the split heat.
Anagnostiadis was involved in an accident in the 1st few laps of heat 2, which resulted in a DNF and had her on the back foot. Aiva made up 4 positions in her final heat which had her out of position 35 overall in the last chance qualifier. Anagnostiadis stormed up 13 positions across her final race to come home in position 22. This however wasn’t enough for her to make the championship final after a fighting final drive.
James and Aiva’s parents spoke post weekend on the tough weekend. “The Las Vegas Supernats were tough for both Aiva and James. Although we had an awesome team and Chassis, engine problems would plague us all week. Both Aiva and James never gave up and kept pushing all the way. Lots of lessons learnt”!
James and Aiva will finish off their season at the Shamick Racing 4.5 hour enduro next weekend at the Go Kart Club of Victoria.