Peltier shows no fear as he sets a new track record at New Hampshire International Speedway. Loudon NH-24 year old, CKT shifter kart pilot, Preston Peltier demonstrated his resilience this weekend as he set a new track record of 1:11.654 at New...
Peltier shows no fear as he sets a new track record at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Loudon NH-24 year old, CKT shifter kart pilot, Preston Peltier demonstrated his resilience this weekend as he set a new track record of 1:11.654 at New Hampshire International Speedway during Saturday's race.
Making his first trip to Loudon, it didn't take long for the sophomore driver to become acclimated to the track. Peltier spent the day Friday testing tires and engine combinations, while under the watchful eye of engine builder and crew chief Jim Perry. Perry was unsure that Peltier was ready to hit the track After being injured in a crash nearly two weeks ago at Road America. Buy Friday afternoon the CKT race team had laid to rest those uneasy feelings and felt confident that they would be in contention for the win.
With the green flag waving, the field got under way in the WKA sprint #1 with Jason Ellis leading the first lap with a huge lead. Peltier, starting from the fourth position worked his way through traffic to catch Ellis on the second lap. While battling for the lead, Peltier felt his kart slow considerably. "I thought that something happened to the rear caliper and it was bound up dragging on the rotor." Peltier stated. Perry reminded the young driver of their championship hopes Over the radio headsets that the team uses. Peltier then limped his ailing kart the rest of the race finishing a disappointing fifth. With the completion of race 1, the team went right to work on the kart to prepare for Sundays race, and discovered that they had a defective piston ring which caused the kart to slow during the race on Saturday.
Peltier was fired up for sprint # 2 and felt confident about the race. Again from the fourth position Peltier got a great start squeezing by Cory Clayton, and Stephan Mastine. Just as before he chased down Ellis and this time took the lead staying there for the next several laps. With 6.00 minutes remaining in the 30.00 minute race, the left front steering arm broke off the spindle sending Peltier skidding off the track through the bowl turn. Peltier was uninjured and did not hit any thing, unfortunately it left the points leader side lined for the remainder of the race. " We need to finish all the races if we want to be in contention for the championship." Peltier offered. " the good thing is that most of our dnf's. aren't something that we could control, I think that experience may play a small role in my performance as a driver." "I couldn't ask for a better motor package or crew chief". Fastest lap of the weekend was set by Peltier with 111.2 in Sundays race.
The CKT race team heads to Summit Point Raceway for round six of the World Karting Association Sprint 125 Shifter Kart Road Racing Series July 19-21. Peltier hopes to maintain his points lead and chase away the bad luck so that he may enjoy the fruits of his labor. Peltier is supported by Azzurro Wheels, Mg Tires, and CKT Racing Engines.