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Brown races to front! #Tyler Brown has long day at Goodwood
GOODWOOD, ONTARIO - Tyler Brown, a 12-year-old karter from Waterdown, Ontario had an eventful day in the Junior Lite class at the final round of the Ontario Kartsport Championship series held at Goodwood Kartways this past weekend.
Brown was 'fast out of the trailer' in his 4B racing MBA kart. "Because of the weather, we did very little practice. We knew it would be wet, and so we went with a good rain setup for qualifying and it paid off. This is a very competitive class, and qualifying third was a good start to the weekend," Brown said after qualifying.
Because the weather was getting worse - rapidly - series officials voted to run one round instead of two. "The weather was getting bad, but I am getting more confidence in the rain, so that, coupled with a good starting spot, looked like things could go our way," Brown added.
At the start, Brown settled into fourth and then proceeded to have a titanic battle with Scott Walker for third. "It was difficult, because I would pass him, then he'd pass me back. While we were fighting, the leaders were getting away," Brown said of the battle. Finally Brown made the decision to try to make one more pass for the position, but there was contact between the two energetic drivers and both exited the track.
"It was really a racing incident, but it cost both of us," Brown said. Brown got going again, but he was now in 12th. "I made my way forward by aggressive passing in turn 5 and using the draft down the front straight," Brown added.
With just a few laps to go, Brown hung a wheel off the track and had a lazy spin that sent him back down the order. "It was just a mistake, but I learned from it - and that is the important thing," a phlisophical Brown said. At the checkered, Brown came home 15th, but somewhat wiser. "These things happen in racing. It wasn't for a lack of trying - but the racing gods didn't send any lightning bolts in my direction today."
Brown's next action will be with the Toronto Kart Club back at Goodwood next weekend, where the Waterdown youngster currently sits fifth in Junior Lite points.
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 Mens Shop of Hamilton (905-521-0466), Arnold Engines and 'Support Big Brothers, Big Sisters'