Driver Journal Michael Gibbons - Senior Rotax 177 #44

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Driver Name
Michael Gibbons
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#44
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12 years go was the last time I sat in a Rotax as a junior.

Now 27 & alot larger than I was at 15 put me into the Senior Rotax 177. Usually coming in around the 183-185kg. Need to work some weight off for sure!

So I purchased a 2020 GMS complete chassis & engine from Dave at GMS. As it's not a very common kart I was quite concerned at 1st but definitely a nice chassis to drive & work with on the set ups.

I missed the 1st round of the BMKR, other than that I've done every round. So far scoring 91 points every round (rounds 2, 3 & 4). 2nd in all my heats & finials. On to round 5 next... 15/08/2021.

Just purchased a new engine & carb from Dan Holland Racing - Time Race Engines. Going into the 5th round of the championship I'm looking forward to seeing it perform.
 

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Gibby

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Bayford Meadows September meet round 6 of the championship.

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Qualifying - P3
Heat 1 - P3 đŸ”ŧ P2
Heat 2 - P2 ➡ī¸ P2
Final - P2 đŸ”Ŋ P5

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Dramatic final for me, managed to make my way back to P5 after dropping to last. Had unbelievable pace in the final deserved better, the lap times say it all. 3 rounds of some sort of back luck that hasn't gone my way. On to the next one 👍
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Good luck on your journey mate!

I made you a race day design poster, I hope you like it. I promote my motorsport graphic design services on the Forum, so if you need a graphic designer in your team or simply want a design let me know! I make all types of graphic contents as well as printed works like business cards and even sponsorship proposals!

Cheers :)

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Now that looks amazing @Tarik - You should get some more on the Trade Promotions too so people can see your work when checking through that section!
Now I'm not so in my feelings about the final, I'll do one this week 😂
:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: In your feelings ya know!

Blinding drive in the final mate, epic pace. Next few meetings should be entertaining I think. Least nobody broke a chain/sprocket/carrier this meeting :p

Paul always gets some great snaps :love:
 
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Now that looks amazing @Tarik - You should get some more on the Trade Promotions too so people can see your work when checking through that section!

:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: In your feelings ya know!

Blinding drive in the final mate, epic pace. Next few meetings should be entertaining I think. Least nobody broke a chain/sprocket/carrier this meeting :p

Paul always gets some great snaps :love:
Yeah should be good to see what this tony kart does 😎
 
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Yeah should be good to see what this tony kart does 😎
Gota get your arse in the seat and get testing :p

Reminds me, what size Tillett seat did you get in the end and what size P1 do you use?
 

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Bayford Meadows round 7

New chassis was in use for this round, the GMS chassis was subbed & on the bench, Tony kart was out. So due to lack of time their was no testing done on the chassis, which turned out to be a huge mistake from the start.
Before qualifying we went to check the weight to find out we was way over coming in at 189kg, seems that I put on a little weight & the tony kart if definitely heavier than the GMS! 🤭 whoops
2nd issue came as we was in qualifying, found that my seat was not in a position I could find myself comfortable but we qualified p3.
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Heat 1 - we started P3 đŸ”ŧ finished P2. Had a blinding start straight to p2, had a little look into p1 at the start but couldn't quite pull it off, later in the race we tried another move into p1 but was unable to make it stick.
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Heat 2 - Started P2 ➡ī¸ Finished P2. Was suffering with brake fade near the end of the heat which was concerning. After we found the brake fluid to be quite dark.

Final - Start P2 đŸ”Ŋ DNF - On the rolling up lap the spark plug oiled up, game over.
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Good drive always mate. And on a totally different chassis too! How far did you throw that spark plug? :unsure::confused: I checked mine when I got home, really oiled up and dirty. Gona make a habit of a new one each race day I reckon.

189kg?! You're catching me up weight wise now :LOL: New lightweight batteries can't come soon enough.
 

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Bayford Meadows round 8
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Qualified P2
Heat 1. P2 đŸ”ŧ P1
Heat 2. P1 ➡ī¸ P1
Final. P1 đŸ”Ŋ P2
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After a heated final & dropping to P4 managed to get back to P2.
Fastest lap time of the day in the 177's.
Scored very good championship points. We are going into the last round of the championship top, 5 point ahead.
The final round should be interesting.
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Good drive fella! Had some good battles with @Mike44Smart from what I have heard?

Onto the next meeting...few points in it for you lads at the top :eek:
 

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Good drive fella! Had some good battles with @Mike44Smart from what I have heard?

Onto the next meeting...few points in it for you lads at the top :eek:
Yeah was a great race day to be honest
 
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Yeah was a great race day to be honest
Good to hear mate 👌Next round can't come soon enough! Been an epic first season and good prep for a head start on next year.

Edit: forgot to mention mate, if you want to update your journals cover photo with a new pic then just add a new pic at the start of the first post in your journal.
 

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