Busy week for Waterdown karter Tyler Brown fifth at Karting Nationals, then tests stock car Tyler Brown, a 12-year-old karter from Waterdown, Ontario took part in the Sunoco presents the GM Racing ASN Canada FIA National Karting Championships...
Busy week for Waterdown karter
Tyler Brown fifth at Karting Nationals, then tests stock car
Tyler Brown, a 12-year-old karter from Waterdown, Ontario took part in the Sunoco presents the GM Racing ASN Canada FIA National Karting Championships last weekend at Mosport International Raceway, and then spent Tuesday Aug 19 behind the wheel of a 140hp stock car at Flamboro Speedway.
"It has been a hectic few days for sure," the young driver said. "But the main thing is to focus on what you are doing at the time, and things will normally work out."
The week began at Mosport International Raceway with two days of open testing and Brown was happy with his 4B Racing /Assante MBA kart. "It went well, but I knew the best in the country would be here, so we had to be better than good to stand a shot at winning."
Brown qualified sixth for the prefinal, but he rocketed into the lead by the end of lap 1. By the end of the prefinal he had been demoted to second but he had a plan. "In this kind of racing the draft is critical, so I actually wanted to be second so I could draft by for the win on the straight." Brown's drafting move was thwarted and he made a last ditch effort to steal the win coming to the final turn. "I was too low and got on the dirty part of the track and nearly spun," Brown said. Brown wound up sixth.
In the final, Tyler immediately moved back up to fourth, and tried to take third but was forced onto the grass. That made him lose the lead draft of the top two karts, but his main problem were the two karts behind him. They were working together and eventually caught and passed him, demoting him to fifth in the final tally. "I'm happy with fifth," Brown said. "You need some friends to work with in the draft or else you have big problems. I was on my own, but still came home fifth, which I and my 4B team are really happy with."
After a hectic weekend of karting, Brown tested an Ontario Pro Challenge racer at Flamboro in a supervised test session. He is the youngest driver ever to drive one of the potent three quarter scale stock cars. "It was really fun. The cars are great, lots of power and drive really well. I could get into racing one of those." Brown did a session with an instructor sitting beside him in the two seat stock car, and then did a 10-lap session on his own. He was restricted to only using full throttle for half the straightaway, but he still managed a very respectable 19.60 second lap on his tenth and final lap.
Tyler Brown Fast Facts;
Tyler Brown is a 12-year-old racer from Waterdown, Ontario. He has been racing karts for five years. In 2002 he finished sixth in the OKRA (Ontario Kart Racing Association) regional series in Junior Light. In 2001, he was sixth at the Mosport Grand Prix, sixth at the OKRA GrandNationals - where he was the youngest driver in his class. In 2000 Brown was fifth in Junior Restricted at the Waterloo Regional Kart Club. Brown races for the 4B Racing Team www.4bracing.com, and he is supported by Assante, South Side Men's Shop of Hamilton (905-521-0466), Arnold Engines and 'Support Big Brothers, Big Sisters'