Local go-kart driver competitive with best Maritime novice racers
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Kelsey Hann, 11, poses in her race suit next to the trophies she’s won this season in points series races at East Coast Karting in Dieppe, N.B. Hann is in her second season of competitive go-kart racing at the novice level and has one more season before she changes levels.
After her first season of competitive go-kart racing last year Kelsey Hann set out some realistic goals for this season – she’s achieving them.
Hann wanted to win a race and finish in the top two in the novice points series at East Coast Karting in Dieppe. So far this season she won two races and currently sits second in points with two series races remaining.
“Right now I have Isla Kants behind me in the standings and she’s pretty close,” said Hann. “I have to finish ahead of her the next two races to guarantee second. I think I can do that.”
Just 11-years-old, Hann has excelled at the sport with the help of her dad Graham and instruction by Canadian champion Gerald Caseley Jr. She said with their help she has become a lot more competitive this season.
“I feel a lot more comfortable in my go-kart this season,” she said. “The biggest difference is my passing is better this year and I’m more confident when I do it. Gerald taught me you always want to pass someone on the inside of a corner and I’ve gotten better at it. He always says you need speed and space.”
With one season remaining before she has to move out of the novice division (kids eight- to 12-years-old) she is looking to finish in the top two this year, but also prepare herself for a championship run in 2014.
“I’m thinking about finishing in the top two this year and the races I have left this season, but I’m kind of looking towards next year and trying to be the novice champion,” she said.
Although she’s in her first full season of competitive racing, she said it hasn’t taken the fun out of it. Hann said that all the other drivers are friends of hers off the track.
“When we’re at the track I’m usually playing with my friends, which also helps me relax for the race,” she said. “I’m still having fun even though I’m more competitive this year. We compete on the track, but are friends off of it. I knew I’d still have fun even before I got competitive.”
Playing with her friends may be one of her regular routine before a race, but a special high five with her dad is the last part of her routine.
“Just before we go on the track I have a special high five with dad when I’m in the kart ready to go,” said Hann. “It’s just something we do, which gets me focused and ready for the race.”
The series at East Coast Karting finishes in mid-September.
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