REM is coming off an odd weekend filled with positives and some negatives throughout the weekend. The team began testing early in the week of the race because threatening weather was predicted for the Thursday and Friday practice sessions. Of course, mother nature limited the amount of track time that any driver could see in dry conditions. Although the limited practice sessions, REM still found some of the teams drivers scattered throughout the top ten with some solid opportunities for improvement during the course of the weekend.
On Saturday, the weather was quite cold forcing our drivers to alter their setups to get the most out of their equipment. As qualifying came, REM was able to salvage a few great starting positions for the start of the prefinal. In briggs Masters Robert Jefferies secured a solid starting spot with a 9th place. In Rotax Senior Kieran Oxley would have to settle for a 17th place, Taylor Gates demonstrates a strong position in 8th and Kevin Monteith will roll off 4th. In Micro max, REM’s single competitor, Liam Rhodes qualified 6th.
In the prefinal, all attention would be turned to Taylor Gates as he gets involved in, arguably one of the scariest crashes seen by many. After a solid start, Monteith moved to second and Gates was up to 4th when the contact was made, sending Gates’ kart into the air while he tumbled down the track. The race was halted and Taylor was later taken to the hospital with a broken foot and a mild concussion. These injuries would remove him from the remainder of the weekend’s competition. At the end of the Senior prefinal Monteith would end fourth and Oxley DNF’d due to contact with another competitor. Robert Jefferies in the Briggs Masters class continues his success and comes home in 5th position. In the Micro Max category, Liam would have some issues spinning on the warm up laps on cold tires. After the spin, Liam was hit head on by another driver causing the chassis to be bent. After the contact Liam did not complete the prefinal.
As the finals began in Senior Rotax, Monteith was off to a solid start and would avoid contact to hold on to a fourth place finish, putting up a solid battle for third on the final lap. Kieran Oxley was able to regain a bunch of positions by passing half the field and coming home with a 15th place finish. In Briggs Senior, Robert Jefferies drove a fantastic race finishing up in the fourth position. REM was able to repair the bent chassis of Liam as he drove home in the fifth spot with a solid recovery from the prefinal mishap.