On Wednesday the 23rd of November 2016, 15 DIT students went to compete in the SSI Karting Intervarsity Championship. Pallas Karting in Galway was the host to the second round of the 2016/2017 Championship.
The track conditions thankfully changed for the better after an icy start. Track conditions were extremely different compared to the last round in Whiteriver a few weeks previous. In the first heat DIT dominated the track with three first places out of the three from Eoghan Briody, Andrew Hemeryck and Dale Rothwell. Andrew Flynn, Ben Phelan and Eoin Morrison were all hot on their tails coming in second with Risteard Mulcahy close behind.
Scott Wallace was showing competitive pace by coming in fourth. DIT continued to show their competitive pace in heat two with Sam Callaghan and Jack Doyle Securing first place. Hemeryck and Wallace followed close behind earning second place. Phelan and Rothwell continued their competitive streak to finish in third making the possibility of a podium place even more achievable.
The third heat saw Hemeryck and Wallace achieve another first place of the day. Morrison also secured a first place with Phelan, Kristens Gailans following in second place. The DIT teams continued to show strong pace in heat four with Rothwell and Wallace securing first place. Andrew Flynn and Briody added to the points with two solid second places. Phelan made his way up the pack an astonishing four grid positions to earn third place with Mulchay and Ciaran Lanigan following close behind in fourth place.
After the heats the drivers with the most points from the different colleges were picked to enter the semi-final. Briody continued his competitive pace getting another second place to secure a place in the final. Flynn and Callaghan earned their places in the final with a third and fourth place respectively. With four DIT students in the final and fierce competition Flynn made up 4 places to finish in second place. Briody was close behind in third place. Callaghan added to DITs point with fourth place while Hemeryck finished in fifth putting more points on the board for DIT. As it stands DITs A team is currently in second place. The B team is in third with the C team in eight place. DIT are heading into round 3 high up in the Championship Standings. The third round will be on the 8th of February when the 15 DIT students will head up to Nutts Corner Circuit.