I have been attending the Olympics of karting since 2006. My first time was competing in Portugal in Rotax Senior in some of the most intense rain conditions I have ever seen. From that moment on I was hooked. Since 2006 I have been back again as a driver in 2007 and then as a coach five more times. It is an amazing feeling to be at this race. Words cant describe it. I have had some great weekends and some really bad ones. The one thing I have learned, is to not walk in with expectations, but get to work and stay focused.
The best way to describe the competition is imagine their are 72 of you (drivers) all competing at once. Every component to achieve success has to be on point when the competition is so tight.
2016 was a year I will never forget. I had the opportunity to go with a young american Diego Laroque who I have coached since he was 7 or 8 years old. We spent the practice days testing engine setups. We would do 2-3 laps come into the hot pit and make adjustments. I needed to find the optimum settings for the engine having no knowledge of the fuel that is being supplied in Italy. In between sessions we would work on driving lines and techniques through video and data. For as much time he spent on track we would spend double the amount of time watching videos. As the event got closer to races we then focused less on engine and more on chassis.
We qualified 12 which was not the greatest but he did not get a draft lap like the other kids. I always do split times and we were at the top, so I knew we were okay. Diego did his thing and he made the right moves slowly moving up in the heats. For the prefinal he started 8th. In the prefinal he drove to 4th which was a great spot. In the final everything was spot on and in the last lap he made the right move for the win. I was shaking…..it was a dream. So many times I left the event knowing we could done more. But today was the day we did the job to perfection. It was one of the best feelings in the World. I don’t even know if Diego knows how big of a win this was. He was a star and it was a race I will cherish forever.
The best part of it was a feeling that I could finally let go. I always knew in my heart I was a good coach and really focused on helping drivers on technique and also mental strength and focus. But if one doesn’t achieve results how can you show success that the knowledge is correct. Deep down I knew I was doing a good job over the years, but I always wondered if maybe I was missing a component. In the end 2016 was the best year for me because I proved to myself that I could do this and that gut feeling I had that I knew my program worked was real. Being the 2016 Rotax Grand Finals is an amazing feeling but honestly it was a weight off my shoulders knowing I could do it, having always believed. I swear I was a inch taller that day. I think there are many individuals who work really hard in this sport and sometimes don’t get the recognition or results. I have had many weekends of great success and really poor results. But no matter what I was always 100%.
The moral of the story is to just keep believing you can achieve the goals you have in place. It might take what seems like forever but one day you will achieve what you set out to do or show yourself that you can do it and it is the best feeling in the World.
Since I started making Instructional Videos and helping hundreds of people around the World it was a great feeling. Its even a better feeling telling people that the techniques I use every single day and that are in the Science Of Driving and Winning Setup is the direct success of what we achieved last year in November.