Grabko Grand Prix were out for the second test of the new season on Wednesday, after a positive return to action the week before.
Week two was planned to be a qualifying simulation run through, so the order of the day was to get down to quick times as early in the session as possible, within 6 or 7 laps. That was the order Dan was given, and his focus was impeccable.
The team was assigned kart 12 for the first run. Another known solid machine, although not really a team favorite, it is a stable and predictable platform, so a good basis for testing and getting good data.
The team was back in Sweden and the excellent Gokartcentralen for the first official testing session of the 2016/17 season. Upon arrival a pre-session meeting with track officials updated the team on developments over the summer. There had been a delay at the manufacturer with the new improved gear boxes and electric motors of the new racing karts, so the delivery had been delayed by 4 weeks. The new date has now been preliminarily set at for the middle of September. In addition to this, the first round of the championship was now in danger of being cancelled if the new machines were not received in time. Series Directors promised to keep all the teams updated on the constantly developing situation.
The Team's preseason program continued this weekend with a guest entry in round 7 of the K1 Speed Circuit's San Diego Challenge GP.
Not really knowing what to expect from this series, the team was pleasantly surprised upon arriving to the circuit to find that the atmosphere was very friendly and informal. After checking in with the track officials, the race stewarts informed them that due to this being a summer round, not many entries were expected, and they were welcome to having inexperienced drivers take part to round out the field. After double checking the sporting regs for the series and conferring with the team, it was decided to register a second entry representing the admin staff as a thank you for all their hard work.
Thus joining Dan in the hot seat for this race was Grabko Grand Prix's own Sara Grabko, PR Chief and wife of the driver and team principal. Needless to say, she was excited about the prospect of taking part, "I'm super nervous! My main goal is not to embarrass myself, and if possible do something positive for the team testing program. Most of all though, I just want to take the opportunity to go out there and have fun!"
After the excitement and drama of the conclusion to the Championship, the team immediately began planning for the next. In addition to guest entries in the Gothenburg Summer Cup, the preparations for the 2016/17 season have included training camp and testing sessions in San Diego, California.
The move to get so far away from team headquarters wasn't so strange, though, as it is the home of team Driver Dan Grabko, who took the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in between the rigorous off season program.
K1 Speed Circuit, San Diego was the site of the team's first of its limited on track testing, and all were eager to take full advantage of the opportunity. Grabko Grand Prix went into the session alongside Cobborama Karting, a local outfit the team has an established longstanding partnership with. The two team drivers are also friends privately so it was a jovial atmosphere as the team's prepped for their first of 4 runs.
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