Ready for Round 3 – F-Series at NJMP

Round 3 of the F-Series Kart Series will happen this weekend at NJMP.  After a completely wet and rainy round 2 a couple of weeks ago at NJMP the weather looks to be the same for round 3.  “I can’t say I love driving in the rain but I certainly don’t mind is either. I use it as a learning experience. After all, being able to drive 9/10’s in the rain only makes for a better driver in the dry” Astrid said.

The IAME powered Prage is ready and so is her crew. “We are hoping for dry track this weekend but if not Astrid knows what she needs to do. We give her the best kart we can regardless of what the conditions might bring. This Praga has a whole new learning curve for the whole team. We will figure it out and Astrid has the ability to deliver good results. once on track its all up to her” Scott said.

Looking forward to being back on track!

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2017 Off to a Great Start!!

(NJMP) April 10, 2017, The 2017 season begins! Astrid Lynn along with her new IAME powered Praga kart took to the track this past weekend in an effort to test, tune and compete in the two-day F-Series Racing event at NJMP.

Arriving at the track late Friday night with a new IAME X30, a new Praga kart and a new run group, TaG Junior, there were a lot of unknowns that needed to be figured out.  Saturday morning greeted us with a cold, 30 degree morning with winds blowing 15 knots all day with a high temperature forecasted in the low 50’s range. Track temps and tires temps where going to be a challenge as we had many more to look forward to on this day.

The first practice run session was going to be merely a test. To figure out the setup and begin the learning curve. Eric Jones from Kartsport North America in North Carolina did a fantastic job building the kart to our specific specifications and now it was time to fine tune and personalize the new ride.

“I am really looking forward to finally getting back on track after the winter break and sorting out the new kart. We are competing in a whole new class with a completely different kart from last year.” Astrid said as she suited up and eagerly took to the track.

The initial session was tricky as the tires would simply not heat up. “Cold slicks, cold pavement, It’s like being on ice skates which can be good. It allows me to get a feel of the kart at reduced speeds and slowly dial in the kart” Astrid said.

Early afternoon finally brought slightly warmer weather allowing more input that could be applied and real workable date could be obtained. Equipped with the latest AIM data acquisition dash, Astrid and team Engineer Michele where eager to analysis the data information obtained.

Lap times began to come down as working with the gearing, tires, fine tuning and confidence in the kart being to increase.

“It is a whole new and different experience. More power, heavier-larger kart, different brakes and more adjustments. We have to work with so many different items in order to bring this kart up to speed. Something as simple as the right seat position makes such a difference. This is why we test and tune. We set realistic goals and so far we have met ever one. Constantly working and reviewing data, working on the setup and speeding my mind up as well… There is no down time of which I love” Astrid said.

After all-day of practice and testing on Saturday, Astrid was read to see where we stood in a field of experienced drivers on Sunday.

Qualifying sixth was very respectable considering everything was so new. The IAME motor was performing perfectly. The Praga chassis was performing perfectly and the weather was also perfect.

After several more gear changes and slight tweaks here and there, the kart and Astrid where ready for the race.

The Pre-Final race was very exciting as Astrid quickly took the P5 position and battled with Dante Quarato No. 73 for the entire race and never giving up the position. Finishing P5 was better than expected for the first running.

The Final Race was just as exciting as once again Astrid and Dante battled bumper to bumper the entire race and certainly put on a great show for those watching. Finishing P5 was an excellent display of driving, race craft and an excellent way to begin the new season.

Next round will bring back to NJMP for the Gear-Up Race in two weeks. Stay tuned!

2017 Brings New Kart, New Motor, New Class, New Challenges

 

Astrid Lynn is ready for the 2017 season! This season, which gets underway in less than a month, brings a whole new set of challenges for this 13 year old driver. This past December Astrid tested and took delivery of her new Praga, IAME X30 TaG Junior kart in Mooresville, NC at KartSport.

Temperatures where cold outside, in the 30’s, but the heat was turned up inside as Astrid and Eric Jones readied her what was to be her new Praga kart for the 2017 season. Proper fitting was essential! A few hours of tweaks and adjustments is all it took as Astrid took to the GoPro Motorplex track for testing.

“For me it was like taking delivery of a new racecar from your teams shop when they just finished it. It was very exciting to be able to be involved in the whole process from months before having picked out the kart to finally being able to see the finished product and now be able to actually drive it.  It was very exciting as you could imagine!” Astrid said.

Because temperatures where so cold it took blankets and time to get the motor up to proper operating temp. Once at temp, Astrid took to the track as thought she had driven this kart many times before.

After a few laps, a few tweaks and completely frozen fingers, even with gloves on, Astrid pitted to warm up. 

When asked how the kart is, Astrid replied… “Its Awesome! I can’t remember driving anything this fast or smooth!  I only wish there was a little bit of heat in the tires and on track.”

After a brief warm up back out she went with slightly more heat in the tires, Astrid was able to bring the Praga kart up to speed.

“It even better than I had thought it would be. Smooth, precise, powerful and handles great! As for the speed difference, I Love It! I found the extra horsepower I was missing in the TaG Cadet class.”

Astrid will be racing in the Gear-UP  F-Series Karting Organization in the 2017 season. Racing from North Carolina to Boston to Pittsburgh.

Season starts March 18 and 19 at Englishtown for open practice and March 25 and 26 for the first official race of the 2017 season in North Carolina.

 


 

 

 

 

 



2016 IAME Champion and Rookie of the Year

Astrid Lynn achieved great goals in her first season racing in the LIKA Series. She placed First in points for the IAME Contingency Championship which paid out a generous $900! She placed Second in the overall points Championship for the TaG Cadet class. Astrid’s proudest award is bring selected and being named “Rookie of the Year – 2016”.

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Astrid’s First Podium at E-Town Nov. 5

DSC_0023On Saturday, November 5th, 2016 the F-series State Championship/Long Island Karting Association held their final event at Old Bridge Township Raceway (Aka Englishtown). It was a beautiful sunny fall day as Astrid and her team began to setup and work on her 60cc IAME Mini Swift Top Kart. Two morning practice sessions provided Astrid and her team with valuable information and data to adjust the kart for qualifying.

Astrid qualified 8th out of 12. Not as great as she and her team were hoping. However, after reviewing the data once again and considering warming afternoon temperatures, the team made the appropriate adjustments and hoped for a better Pre Final race result.

During the Pre Final race, Astrid quickly moved up to 4th place. She held onto 4th and was happy with the kart setup. After a few minor kart adjustments in the pits, it was now up to Astrid to perform in the Final race.

The Final race kicked off with an exciting double file start. Astrid made a quick move to the inside of turn 7 moving up to 3rd overall from a 4th place start. Astrid held onto 3rd for a majority of the race. Ryan E. in kart #4 in 4th place remained patient and made his move on lap 13. Astrid lost 3rd to Ryan (#4) in turn 7 where he was able to shake Astrid a little lose and disrupt her momentum to gain the position in turn 3.

Astrid stayed glued to Ryan (#4) until lap 15, the final lap. Astrid was able to make a run on Ryan in turn 7 and was able to complete a pass in turn 8 for 3rd place overall. She quickly pulled away from Ryan and officially took 3rd overall, 2nd TaG Cadet securing her first podium finish at the last race of the season.DSC_0048 (2)

The mood for Astrid and her team was ecstatic. This being Astrid’s first season karting outdoors, a podium was unexpected as the focus was to transition into this new style and format of racing this season. However, with her team working hard to learn the ins and outs of the IAME Mini Swift and Top Kart chassis and Astrid building her race craft this season, it all seemed to come together for the final race.

Although this was not an overall 1st place victory, this podium finish meant so much to Astrid and her team. This podium proved that focus, perseverance and teamwork does payoff in the end.

Englishtown Park – August 6 -7

IMG_20160709_191807570_HDRThe past few weeks have been busy as we competed in the LIKA / F-Series race at Oakland Valley   (night race), July 9, followed by a weekend trip to the IMSA WeatherTech Race at Lime Rock on Saturday and the SCCA National race at NJMP on Sunday.  We even managed to get a practice section in over the weekend. WOW!  Busy! But that good!   Now I am ready to get behind the wheel once again August 6 and 7 at Englishtown.   Englishtown is one of my favorite track so far. I like the technical feel of the track. I am looking forward to getting back out and finding those ever so hidden tenths of seconds on each lap.  My TopKart will be ready and so will I.

 

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