|Posted by Carl Vella on December 23, 2015 at 5:50 PM|
Well the karting season may have ended but my personal accolades have continued to come through.
Presentation night saw me given an award for my contriubution through the season to both the EKL and EPEC by the organisers who run Teesside Karting. To be honest i am the kinda person who just likes to know whats going on so being the guy in charge simply suits my ocd nature. I do put a lot of free time into emailing people and chasing payments but i do not have to do it very often, the vast majority of the team are exceptionally good at getting their payments completed or at least getting in touch if they have an issue.
The magazine nomination was humbling enough, this equally so. Recognition by your peers is a lovely thing when you sit back and think about it.
Earlier this month Kyles girlfriend organised a surprise karting event for Kyles friends and asked if the Hornets would like to come along. It speaks volumes that so many showed up including Stewart who once again threw in an enormous drive down from Scotland for a piddling event in rainy Red Lodge. It was equally kind of Lewis to throw away 3rd place and gift it to me after him and Kyle had left me thoroughly entertained in one of the best fights i have ever witnessed for lap after lap.
On Monday night we had a Hornets get together and social evening. I have no idea how many teams get together just for a bit of a social but we do. The conversation flowed, the beer flowed, Josh threw some rice on the floor and at the end of the night it transpired that the guys had had a whip round and gave me a very early xmas pressy in the form of a "single seater experience" as a thank you for my efforts this year.
I have ALWAYS wanted to do this but for years was too heavy and have never had the opportunity until now. It already promices to be a highlight of my racing life, lets hope i can keep the thing on the circuit and not fall out.
To be honest they are a great bunch of guys.
I'd never tell them but they are awesome, they all have the right attitude to their racing and that makes it so much more enjoyable. No-one is under the illusion they are going to get snapped up and offered a career as a professional driver, they all just race hard to enjoy themselves and take any little successes that come along. I watch so many other teams screaming at one another i wonder why they actually bother at times. Maybe they should do a round with us and they would enjoy their karting a little more as a result.
So onto 2016, potentially 3 x 24hr races and an EKL season that includes no lesser circuit than Red Lodge. The luxury of a huge lie in, a circuit i know literally better than anyone and potentially a huge Hornets turnout too. Plenty to look forward to there then.
2 days till christmas, happy holidays (assuming anyone actually read this waffle!!!)