Chudleigh was among a handful of Canadians at SuperNationals. Luke Chudleigh was competing in his first SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals recently and the Prime KartSport/CRG Junior driver had little problem summing up the experience. "The event...
Chudleigh was among a handful of Canadians at SuperNationals.
Luke Chudleigh was competing in his first SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals recently and the Prime KartSport/CRG Junior driver had little problem summing up the experience.
"The event put on by SKUSA was phenomenal," he said of his maiden trip to Las Vegas. "And anyone who attended would agree!" Definitely so, yet after a great start to the week where he timed P4 in TaG Junior practice, Chudleigh and his team didn't have quite the same regard for some fellow competitors when race action got underway.
"Qualifying was a bit of a scare," Chudleigh said looking back at his first action under fire. "During the out lap I was bumped by an overly aggressive driver, bending my brake pedal! I was unable to finish the qualifying session, and it was the worst part of the event as it sent me to the back spot of the grid in every single session."
Prime/CRG team principal Trevor Wickens was quick to agree, noting the contact on Friday morning put his driver behind the eight-ball going forward. "Luke had awesome pace all weekend but had terrible luck," he said upon his return to Canada. "After showing great pace in practice, he got driven over on the second timed lap of qualifying and then had to come from deep in the field through the heats. That's never easy to do, and especially not in Vegas."
Still, the young driver went out to make the most of the situation and things came good in Heat 1 when he charged fourteen spots forward. "You just never know what's going to happen during a race like SuperNats," Chudleigh said. "In the first corner I went from 23rd to the top ten! I made a couple more smooth passes and was able to finish the heat 9th."
Heat 2 then proved a disaster when the starter failed, and after charging forward once again early in Heat 3, Chudleigh was left with another DNF after contact. It all led to the Last Chance Qualifier where things got even worse, an occurrence thought impossible heading in. "Two guys scrubbing their tires spun right in front of me and I climbed over them and bent the axle," he said, still full of amazement, "on the warm-up lap!"
With hindsight, Chudleigh isn't letting the results dampen his view of the event, and is very much looking forward to taking the experience into the 2010 season ahead. "It's said that a professional is someone who's made all the mistakes before - so I guess I'm getting closer!" he said. "I'm learning, but times don't lie - we're competitive at this level among the toughest competition. It was an end to a season that felt more like a start, and the whole Prime/CRG team was awesome! I've got to thank all of them for being there. The experience of Trevor and Robbie at events like SuperNats is very much appreciated and my mechanic Brendan was unbelievable! I couldn't have done a thing without them."
Chudleigh and Prime Kartsport/CRG are now preparing for the 2010 Florida Winter Tour International Rotax Max Challenge that beings January 15 at Orlando Kart Center. An extensive line-up is being assembled, and testing is about to begin.