|Karting and Thanksgiving
||[Monday 24th November 2014 at 10:55 pm]
All the other drivers were unusually well-behaved on the evening commute (apart from one person who couldn't decide whether or not to overtake me at a set of lights), so no driving rants today.
Anyway, Saturday as I mentioned was full of karting and Thanksgiving. The karting was up at the Crawley TeamSport track - this is an old favourite, as it's nice and local and a lot more comfortable to drive than the Brighton track (which always leaves me waiting for the world to stop vibrating after getting out of the kart). They've got two tracks over three floors, and this time we went on the Grand Prix track. It's a fast track that lets you carry a lot of speed round the pit straight, though with plenty of opportunities for taking a corner too fast and spinning out. For added fun they'd been having problems with condensation on the track all day making it rather slippery.
I've only got times from the first of two sessions we did, wherein I managed a reasonable 27.046 best time. I think I improved by over a second in the later session, though I also had the dubious honour of being responsible for a red flag after planting the kart in the tyre wall at the top of the ramp. I tried to go round the outside of Jonners up the ramp, carried far too much speed to make the chicane at the top, and so punted the tyre wall head-on. Then Jonners ended up ramming me, pushing the kart underneath the tyres. It took three marshals to get it out! Once they'd spotted it, that is - the marshals on the downstairs track can't actually see the top of the bridge.
After karting, it was off to Beth and Jonners' for a Thanksgiving party, wherein many friends old and new gathered in search of turkey and partridge-in-a-pear-tree-pie. No games this year, just several hours spent happily catching up with everyone and enjoying good food.