Aaron Jeansonne: Take Two

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Published on May 09, 2019 with No Comments

This shifter kart is a great way to keep in shape!

Little Budworth, England – Hi everyone. For those of you who don’t know, we had a very tough weekend at Snetterton last month for the first rounds of the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship season. We had felt confident after a couple good tests but unfortunately we battled with mechanical issues for the majority of the weekend and a bit of bad luck in the third race when some debris punctured the radiator. Through the struggle we’ve kept our heads down and are still charging forward. It was very pleasing that, after going through a disaster of a weekend, we all still got along and had a good time. We all want things to go better and will do everything necessary, but I enjoy being in a positive environment.

Louisiana’s finest!

The past couple weeks have been quiet back home in Louisiana. I’ve just been working as much as I can, keeping a good exercise/jogging routine, and trying to keep a healthy diet, however I did have a good meal of boiled crawfish! I also traded my old dirt oval go kart for a six-speed shifter kart with a Kawasaki dirt-bike engine. Last weekend I brought it to the kart track at NOLA Motorsports Park and was amazed by how quick it was. I was tossing it around and carrying tons of speed and it wanted to spin the rear tires every time I gave it throttle!

The Oldfield Motorsport team in England has been busy preparing our Formula Ford cars and we are confident that we will be much more solid this race weekend at Oulton Park. As a driver, I’m feeling quite good as well. It was very helpful to have a test day on the track during my last trip here, and it was even more helpful that it was in mixed weather conditions. I may still have some work to do but I gained a day of valuable track time to put me a step ahead of where I would be without it.

I’ll have a new race number this weekend but I’m excited to get back behind the wheel (photo by courtesy of Trevor Dry)

I’ve arrived back in the UK this morning and immediately helped the team load up everything for the event. This weekend is only a double header, unlike the rest of the weekends which are triple headers. We will test Friday, and have qualifying and two races Saturday. It looks like there will be plenty of rain. To be successful at this track in the wet, I will need courage and bravery and desire. I want to give this team the performances they deserve! At the same time, I know this is a big learning experience. I’m excited and determined to perform at the best of my ability this weekend. I also have a new number that we are placing on the car with a meaningful back story. It’s the number 24, which was driven by the driver I looked up to growing up, Jeff Gordon. I’ve never used this number for myself in anything until now, but it’s something very special to me and will be in the future years of my life as well. I’m sure all of you that have known me personally will be as excited as I am to see this!

Here is link to the schedule for this weekend: https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=timetables/2019/191930.pdf. Also, you can following my progress on the live timing and scoring link: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/191930.

As always, to those of you that are supporting our season financially, we couldn’t do it without you. For everyone else following and supporting, thanks from the bottom of my heart. I’ll keep you all updated.

Cheers!
Aaron

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