So close, Errol
Wednesday, 18th April, 2012
By Darrin Manuel
When it comes to go kart racing, Errol Hussein doesn’t like to settle for second place.
The committed racer has been pondering what could have been after he collected the runner up trophy at the recent Australasian Kart Titles in Mildura.
Hussein made a bright start to the event, finishing second overall in the over 40’s category after two qualifying sessions.
The fast times secured him second place on the starting grid for the heats, but a crash in a pre-final hurt his overall performance and pushed him back position five on the grid for the final.
“I had to work my way back through the pack again and finished second overall in the final,” he said.
“I suppose it isn’t too bad, but it’s not as good as first.
“It’s a bit of a case of would have, should have, could have - but such is life.”
A second place finish in a field of racers from all across Asutarlia is still commendable, and Hussein said his podium finish was made possible thanks to the efforts of his pit crew which consisted of his son Ethan and his grandson Kyle Chynoweth.
The duo ensured Hussein’s Yamaha 100cc kart - which can reach speeds of up to 140km/h - was primed for each race.
“They were a great help, if it wasn’t for them I’d have been stuffed, they did a lot of work mechanical wise.
“They did all the pit work, I didn’t have to touch the car all weekend.
“Overall it was a great weekend, me and the boys had a great time.”
Hussein also raced in the Club and Heavy categories, finishing fifth overall.
He has been racing karts for over 20 years and said he was still getting great enjoyment out of the sport.
“It’s still good fun, I love the competition, it’s co close and even.”