Sebastian Boyd went into this past weekend’s 4th round of the WPMC Regional Karting Championship with ambitions to continue his progress to the top of what has to be one of the toughest regional Rotax DD2 karting grids in the country.
So far this season, Boyd’s driving has been fast, smooth and calculated. He has however struggled to match the frenetic pace upfront and found himself short of the three to four tenths he needs to take victory.
After Friday practice with some major changes to the setup, the Boyd Boss Racing camp would have slept well having found some much needed balance in the chassis, which resulted in some impressive lap times. It looked like Boyd may have closed the gap to the speedsters up front, but only Saturday would tell.
And tell it certainly did.
Saturday morning qualifying saw Seb as close as one tenth off pole position set by Dino Stermin. Boyd would start Race 1 from P3, demonstrating just how close the fight is at the front.
A tough start to race 1 meant Boyd couldn’t capitalise on his inside row start. He emerged from turn 1 in P3 and proceeded to stay hot on the heels of Stermin and Jason Coetzee. A dice between Coetzee and Boyd as the checkered flag loomed meant there would be no fighting Stermin for the win and Seb had to settle for P3.
Having set the second fastest time in race 1, which evidences the progress that Sebastian and the Boyd Boss Freight team are making, Seb started race 2 from the front row. Dropping back to P3 at the start, Boyd then mixed it with Coetzee and Stermin once again. The lap times are ridiculously close in this class where even half a tenth can be the difference between a win and a podium.
Boyd struggled for pace as the race entered its final stages and he had to hold off a tough challenge from Jonathan Thomas to the flag. A 5 second nose cone penalty for Coetzee meant Seb inherited P2.
In race 3, Boyd showed much better race pace as he managed to hold on to the front two while they chopped each other up, all while holding off Thomas who wasn’t letting him get away. The on-track action culminated in a situation where the top 4 exited the 2nd 180 in a bunch. Seb lost out as the track narrowed to emerge in P4 before fighting his way back with a pass on Thomas to cross the whitewash in P3.
It was enough to earn Seb P3 overall on the day, but more importantly the gap to the front has successfully been reduced. As Boyd and his team continue to improve, we anticipate a top step finish from them before the year is out.
“We still have a lot of improving to do but we are making progress,” commented the young Capetonian racer.