As the summer begins to draw to a close, the TVKC Autumn Cup kicks off with the first of four rounds taking place at PFI last weekend. After a few weeks out of the seat to focus towards next season, Macie was back for redemption having gone through a tough weekend at Kartmasters in her last race weekend.
She would have the added help this time of F3 driver and former British Karting champion, Oliver Clarke, who would be doing driver coaching and data with Macie over the weekend.
The Autumn Cup brought with it a clean slate after Kartmasters and also a big grid of 38 Junior X30 drivers. It put a lot of pressure on Macie in qualifying, but she delivered putting herself 21st overall and given her lack of experience that was a good result to get the weekend underway.
Now the job would be to convert that into good results in the heats. It was clear Macie had the pace as she matched the race leader for lap times in the first heat to put herself in a group of 14 drivers fighting over the lead with a gap of just over three seconds between them all! Although she would come home a solid 14th sadly a front fairing penalty would drop her back a position, but to be in the lead fight was a sign of great progress.
Heat two would see Macie fall casualty to the incidents on the opening lap of the race. After getting caught up, Macie would fall all the way to the back of the field and was some four seconds behind the next driver on the road when they crossed the line to complete lap one.
That incident put Macie down in 25th for the final, but given she had matched the leaders for pace there was certainly a chance of big progress. However, due to an engine starter issue sadly it would be a short run race for Macie who unfortunately would be forced to retire on the opening lap of the race after losing all power. It was a real shame given the pace Macie had shown in the first heat, but that first heat is something she can take as a huge positive from the weekend moving forward throughout the rest of the season. Macie comes back fighting in Autumn Cup