Friday, March 31, 2006

2006 MSOKC Season Preview

Originally sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 3:43 PM

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Many changes are in store for Bruce Brothers Racing for the 2006 Mid State of Ohio Kart Club (MSOKC) season. Peter remains in the Rookie Box class, so he has the same engine but a new chassis and bodywork for this season (Henry’s old chassis). Because of their ages, Conor and Henry have both had to move up a class. Conor will compete in the Junior Unrestricted class (the class that Henry contested last year), so he has the same chassis but a new engine (Henry’s old engine). We struggled a bit during the off-season with which adult class would be best for Henry. This sorted itself out when, just before Christmas, we found an 80cc shifter kart in excellent condition. Henry had expressed interest in this class, as it is draws the most participants of any MSOKC class. This kart has a six-speed manual gearbox and a water-cooled two-cycle engine with about 30 horsepower. The first race of the season is quickly approaching (Sunday, April 9), but because of the weather and our Spring Break vacation, we have only been able to have one practice session so far. Peter adapted to his new chassis immediately, and Conor quickly came to terms with his new additional horsepower. The lack of practice time is affecting Henry the most, as he is still getting used to shifting gears and a significant horsepower increase. We hope to get out again this weekend - if the weather holds out.

The complete 2006 MSOKC season schedule is shown below. This season also marks the return of the Commercial Point Grand Prix, which will be August 5 and 6 - more on that later.


Race # 1 - April 9 - Sunday
Race # 2 - April 23 - Sunday
Race # 3 - May 6 - Saturday
Race # 4 - May 21 - Sunday
Race # 5 - June 10 - Saturday
Race # 6 - June 25 - Sunday
Race # 7 - July 15 - Saturday
Race # 8 - July 23 - Sunday
Race # 9 - August 19 - Saturday
Race # 10 - September 10 - Sunday
Race # 11 - September 24 - Sunday
Rain Date # 1 - October 1 - Sunday
Race # 12 - October 8 - Sunday
Rain Date # 2 - October 22 - Sunday

Saturday Schedule
Gates: 1:00 p.m.
Practice: 2:30 p.m.
Driver's Meeting: 4:30 p.m.
Green Flag: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Schedule
Gates: 8:00 a.m.
Practice: 9:30 a.m.
Driver's Meeting: 11:30 a.m.
Green Flag: Noon