As previously reported, the team took part as a guest entry in the 2nd round of the Gothenburg Gokart Center Summer Cup. While meant purely as a training exercise, it gave the fledgling team it's first competitive taste of outdoor fossil fuel karting. The 1.01 km, 11 turn circuit combines an extremely long front straight with a fast mid-sector and a tight technical final section of track, allowing for several good overtaking spots and a choice of a few different racing lines through the flowing middle section of the track.
With several familiar faces present from Grabko Grand Prix's main focus, The Gokartcentralen Open GP Electric Karting Championship, also competing in the series, such as Adde Motorsport, EB Karting, Lilleman Racing, Modin Motorsport, and Haraldsson GP just to name a few, the team at least felt a familiarity in the pit lane in the build up to the first qualifying session.
Due to tight support race scheduling before this round of the championship, there were no free practice sessions prior to qualifying, so for Dan, it was straight into the deep end, with his first outing on this circuit in three years also being his first competitive drive on it as well!
The team continued its preparations for the final round of the Gokartcentralen Open GP Championship this week with its last in-season testing session of the Championship. An open and virgin circuit awaited Grabko Grand Prix as they arrived in the paddock, and the pre-session briefing was simple this time around - drive as fast as you can!
Kart 18 was assigned for both the reconnaissance and simulation runs by track officials, at the teams request, as they had an eye on gathering data on the effects on the racing line grip between the first session to the second.
AFTERGLOW - JOB IS NOT DONE YET
In the afterglow of round 9 of the Championship, Grabko Grand Prix came into this week's test on a high. Driver and team were justifiably proud that all the hard work and preparation they put in, as well as the learning and driving technics they experimented with, had paid off with a high quality performance, personal best lap times, and a best ever race result.
Everyone in the team was well aware, however, that their work was not done. They had fought hard to get into the position they were in, but even after everything they accomplished, were 1 point worse off in there chase for 5th overall in the Championship. The team needed to do everything they could to see it through to the end.
It was another drama filled and exciting round of the Open GP Championship at Gokartcentralen. The penultimate race of the season had everything a racing fan could ever want - controversial restarts, devastating retirements, and dramatic overtakes in the final laps.
Going into the day there were several key battles for final Championship positions. Adde Motorsports was leading Scuderia Jacobi for the final top 3 spot with only 3 points going into the race. Likewise our own Grabko Grand Prix driver, Dan Grabko, was in a 3 way fight for 5th position, hungry to close the 2 point gap up to Hesus Autoport's Jonas Svanberg, with the extremely fast Jörgen Haraldsson of Haraldsson GP equal on points with Dan at 308.
The other treat of the day was the return of last year's champion, Alonso Motors, back as a guest entry for this round. A welcome addition to entry list.