ECKC Finale - Le Monaco
The last race I did was the Le Monaco in Trois-Rivières, QC. It was a great experience because this would be the first time that I have ever raced on a street course, especially one with very unforgiving barriers/concrete walls. The practice day went well, and at the end of the day I had gone from being three seconds off to just under a half-second shy of the leaders. I was satisfied with that, but knew I would keep getting better on the race days with more practice. The next day, the feature was a Coupe de Quebec race, instead of ECKC. It didn’t count, but I wanted to do well. Unfortunately, I didn’t do great in qualifying, starting 21st. The field was also really close in timing, and just two tenths would’ve put me all the way up in 11th. That also meant that I had to be consistently fast, because otherwise people would be all over me in the pre-final. Sadly, the pre-final didn’t go so well either. I survived lap one (sort of) and gained lots of positions, but other people weren’t as fortunate, bringing out a red flag just past the mid-point of the race. After the restart, my luck did not hold out and I didn’t make it past the first chicane before hitting the barriers and bending parts – steering column, axle etc. For the final, this meant my starting position was less than stellar, going back down to 24th. But in a race, anything can happen, and this time it did. I was quick on track, and gained 9 positions during the course of the race. I was hoping to have better luck the next day in ECKC – and I guess I did, somewhat. Even though I didn’t qualify well, 21st again, I had another great start for the pre-final and got up to 13th! I was hoping I could have another great start in the final that would earn me another great result, but that didn’t happen. In the end, I crossed the finish line in 14th place. Not terrible, but I definitely wanted better for the season finale. I also finished the overall series in 14th, so a top 15 out of 41 total drivers wasn’t so bad for my rookie season. Next year I will be looking for a stronger result, especially on the road course, since I really enjoyed that whole experience.