Perseverance, consistency and a healthy dose of talent. These are the ingredients for any young racing driver to succeed.
Capetonian teenager Sebastian Boyd exudes these qualities. He finally clinched his first win and overall victory in the opening round of the 2020 WPMC DD2 Championship.
Boyd has been biting at the heels of the top DD2 drivers for some time now, proving on several occasions that he has the pace to lead the pack in this exceptionally competitive karting discipline.
This breakthrough weekend didn’t get off to the easiest start. Boyd was a full 0.5s off the pace in Friday practice, which is a lifetime at the sharp end of DD2. After a significant amount of head scratching overnight, the team arrived on Saturday morning ready for action.
After a promising warm-up, Boyd secured a front row start after qualifying P2. With a huge DD2 and DD2 Masters field behind him trying to prove that 14 wide karts do go into Turn 1, he was relieved to be well clear of the skirmishes at the front of the Masters pack.
After dropping to P3 in the opening exchanges, Boyd set about chasing down Dino Stermin, executing a successful overtake at the midpoint of the race. With Jason Coetzee in his sights, Boyd threw down the gauntlet with 7 quicker laps in a row to close the gap to just 1.6s by the flag.
With a P2 finish in the bag and a P1 start for Race 2 secured thanks to a fastest lap of 40.664s, Boyd’s 2020 had gotten off to a cracking start.
He put in a magnificent performance in Race 2, leading from start to finish and posting the fastest times on track for 13 out of 15 laps. This rhythmic performance earned him his first DD2 win, a truly unforgettable feeling.
If Race 2 was smooth and consistent, Race 3 was a savage battle.
Boyd’s pole start was quickly erased with a drop to P4 after tough racing in the 180s. Boyd put his head down and fought back, regaining the lead by lap 5 and leading until the flag. In a bizarre post-race incident that caused Boyd a nose cone penalty through no fault of his own, he was demoted to P2. Luckily, Boyd had done enough to claim the overall win with 99 points.
It was a dream start to the year for the quietly confident young driver. Good things may come to those who wait, but great things come to those who grind away.