October-2015 - Miserable luck at X30 World Championships (Le Mans)
First some positives: Ries loves the track, flowing and high speed (top speed 129kph/80mph). The team was in good spirits too, and team “mom” Cathy had traveled to Le Mans to cook and take care of us all. Ries was very fast, constantly marking top 5 times during training, and posting 1st and 3rd times in both days’ morning warm-ups. But it all went wrong in qualifying, with a presumed bad set of tires putting Ries way back in the field. Added to this was a complete chaos during the race starts, with Ries’ kart taking some real damage in several heats (including not getting past the first corner in two of the heats). Cherry on the cake was the penalty Ries occurred because a pilot in front missed his braking point. The French top official that we dealt with was not particularly friendly, but even less empathic and could not control his ego getting in the way of correct/professional behaviour. This, along with the poor results lead to us finally giving up and going home before the finals. Too bad, this event has all the potential to be great, but still has some kinks to work out. The international press concurred.