It was another weekend of preparation as Macie Hitter continued her Ginetta Junior testing programme. However , this weekend would see the #YRDArmy member back in her kart and heading to PF International to take on the PF Challenge Cup.
The weekend was a one off event and a great opportunity to get some track time and build confidence and skill as the season progresses. The weekend got off to a reasonable start with pace looking solid ahead of qualifying. This, however, did not go exactly as planned with a difficult session resulting in qualifying out of position towards the back of the field.
The heat races however saw a much better performance. With Macie starting down the pack, this provided the perfect opportunity to work on her race craft and build on the slow start to the weekend. Heat one would see Macie get straight down to business as she started from 23rd it wasn’t long until she was firmly inside the top 20 hunting down the top 15. This is exactly what she did and came to the finish she was in 14th and secured a great start to her weekend.
Heat 2 was another great opportunity for a comeback and after closing the lap time gap to the leaders by 75% in heat 1 Macie was looking to do much of the same in this race. Once again it was an intense race with Macie pushing hard from the outset, closing her opponents down one by one and fighting into the top 20 once again. The flag would fall and Macie would claim 16th at the flag. A rise of 6 places and a fantastic result securing 24th on the grid for the final. Over 10 places higher than her original qualifying position.
The final brought some incredibly challenging conditions and those which often throw a fantastic race. From the offset Macie was no slouch, taking every opportunity to climb as high up the top 15 as possible while others were falling foul to the conditions. However, on lap 6 disaster struck and Macie was forced into an early retirement.
Certainly not the desired result for Macie, but with full focus on Ginetta testing it won’t be long till we are seeing her on our TV screens.