Stars of Karting : Lacroix : tough weekend Road America, August 26. -- With another win in mind for Road America, Kevin Lacroix had a tough weekend during the last round of the American Stars of Karting Series at Road America in Wisconsin.
Stars of Karting : Lacroix : tough weekend
Road America, August 26. -- With another win in mind for Road America, Kevin Lacroix had a tough weekend during the last round of the American Stars of Karting Series at Road America in Wisconsin. Despite fast laps, Kevin Lacroix wasn't able to get the necessary points to win the championship he wanted so much. His kart broke down on Saturday, and a competitor damaged the kart on Sunday during the pre-final.
"It wasn't a great weekend, said Kevin on his way back from Wisconsin. On Saturday, I was certain to be in the top three, but the engine broke at the start of the finale. I was down, but not discouraged. On Sunday, a competitor hit me from behind during the pre-final and I had to start from the last position in the final. Even if I passed fifteen competitors and clocked the fastest lap, I'm still too far behind in the standings before the final round in Florida, in September."
Very regular at each of his practice runs on Friday, with times in the top three, Kevin was the fastest in practice on Saturday and qualified 4th, at 0.2 second from the pole. In the pre-final, he finished third, taking the fastest lap, a show of regularity. Unfortunately, during the final, his engine stopped in the second lap. A close inspection showed that a small piece of metal had entered the cylinder and quickly damaged the piston and caused the seizure.
On Sunday, Kevin was back on the track with a new engine and showed his determination by qualifying third at 0.3 second from the pole. In the pre-final, as he was fighting for a place on the podium, another competitor hit him from behind and broke the spark plug on his engine. Young Lacroix was then forced to start the final from the last position on the grid. Still, he climbed back from 35th to 20th position, despite some off-track stints. "I was so determined, remembers the young man. Some competitors were so slow that it was easier to pass them in the grass! The only good point of the weekend is that I clocked the fastest lap again!"
Mathematically, Kevin could finish second or third in the series, during the last race in September, but the North-American title is now out of reach. He and his team will decide in the coming days if he should participate in the Mont-Joli race, in the Quebec championship.