eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2012 Final Standings – Mini Max

Ramirez scores top spot over competitive field

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The 2012 season signaled a partnership between MAXSpeed and eKartingNews.com, bringing about new article series focused on the promotion of the United States Rotax Max Challenge program. Among that was the addition of the eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings. Taking over the USRMC National Point Standings, EKN combined that system with its own ‘Driver Rankings’ formula to create a new program for the 2012 season.

The EKN United States Rotax Driver Rankings tabulates the best six results for each USRMC driver in each of the six Rotax categories, using a weighted point system that increases based on event participation. Now that the season is completed, EKN is happy to highlight the top-10 drivers in each category, while also recognizing the #1 driver in each class heading into the 2013 season.

Mini Max
The second class for the EKN US Rotax Driver Rankings is the Mini Max division. A total of 88 drivers recorded results in 2012 for the class reserved for drivers 9-12 years old. Just 81 points separate the top-10, making it the second-closest standings of the six USRMC groups. Six different USRMC programs are represented in the top-10, with MRP at Palm Beach promoting three drivers while MRP at Palm Beach and Powerade Carolina each have two. The only driver to return to the top-10 from the 2011 season is Idaho driver Sting Ray Robb.


1. Mathias Ramirez

Mathias Ramirez

Mathias Ramirez

Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5576

Born: 3/10/2002
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors: Ocala Gran Prix
Years Karting: 7
Favorite Track: Miller Motor Sports
2012 Accomplishments: 1st – Florida Karting Championship Series Mini Max, 1st – North Florida Rotax Max Challenge, 2nd – US Rotax Grand Nationals
2013 Goals: Florida Winter Tour champion, US Rotax Grand Nationals champion, Compete at Rotax Grand Finals in New Orleans, and a bright future in Junior Max

 
USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (3/4) 1 925
North Florida (4/14) 2 941
North Florida (5/12) 2 924
North Florida (9/22) 1 928
North Florida (10/6) 1 931
North Florida (10/27 1 928

2. Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Hometown: North Miami, FL
USRMC Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5561

Age: 12
Chassis: AM Engines
Engine Service Center: AM Engines
Sponsors: AM Engines, TNT Racing
Years Karting: 5 years
Favorite Track: Homestead
2012 Accomplishments: Moved into Juniors; 5th place – Homestead Karting
2013 Goals: Get to the front of the pack in Junior Max and put Ariel Castro’s AM Engines Chassis/Engine Package on podium, and continue to run my Legends car with Steven Ross Motorsports

 
USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Southeast Karting Challenge (4/14) 2 921
South Florida (5/19) 1 928
South Florida (5/20) 1 925
South Florida (6/9) 2 930
MRP (Summer Shootout) 2 927
South Florida (9/29) 2 930

3. Javier Gonzalez

Javier Gonzalez

Javier Gonzalez

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
USRMC Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5560

Born: December 14, 2000
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Advanced Karting
Sponsors: PPT
Years Karting: 6
Favorite Track: Homestead Karting
2012 Accomplishments: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge Fall Champion (4 wins and 2 second places out of 6 races).
2013 Goals: Finish the Florida Winter Tour with wins and podiums in the Mini Max category, and get a good start in the Junior Max after the FWT.

 
USRMC (Date) Finish Points
South Florida (9/29) 1 939
South Florida (9/30) 2 924
South Florida (10/27) 1 925
South Florida (10/28) 2 916
South Florida (12/1) 1 928
South Florida (12/2) 1 928

4. Michael Benyahia

Michael Benyahia

Michael Benyahia

Hometown: Miami, Florida
USRMC Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5549

Born: 7/21/2000
Chassis: Tecno
Engine Service Center: AM Engines
Sponsors: CCM Mobile & Digitunes
Years Karting: 4
Favorite Track: Homestead Karting, Genk (Belgium)
2012 Accomplishments: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge Fall 2012 Vice Champion, South East Karting Challenge – Dallas -1st place, Pan American Challenge at Centennial Colorado – 3rd place
2013 Goals: Podium at Rotax Grand Nationals
Comments: I want to thank God, my dad, my mom, my brother and all my family and friends who have supported me in karting. I also want to thank Jesus Rios and Ariel Castro (AM Engines) for keeping my engine and chassis running so well. Special thanks to Toshiy from Tecno Kart Racing Team, Christian Boudon for all the racing knowledge and Dade Christian School for all their support.

 
USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Southeast Karting Challenge (6/16) 1 928
Southeast Karting Challenge (6/17) 1 922
South Florida (7/8) 2 921
South Florida (9/29) 3 920
South Florida (9/30) 1 933
South Florida (10/27) 1 925

5. Sting Ray Robb

Sting Ray Robb

Sting Ray Robb

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5532

Age: 11
Chassis: Tony Kart and Kosmic
Engine Service Center: Black Racing Engines (BBR and Red Apple Racing)
Sponsors: Red Apple Marketplace
Years Karting: 5
Favorite Track: Pat’s Acres Racing Complex
2012 Accomplishments: Straight A’s in 4th grade and so far in 5th grade, 2012 Gatorz Challenge of the Americas win (Phoenix), 2nd – 2012 Gatorz Championship Series, 1st – Western Canadian Championship (Chilliwack, B.C.), 3 ##10#635#IKF## Grand Nationals titles (4 cycle), 5 ##10#635#IKF## Screaming Eagle awards, 3 Northwest Gold Cup championships, started off-pole at Rotax Grand Nationals
2013 Goals: To win a national championship series in 2-Cycle/Rotax category
Comment: He loves the number 316 as in John 3:16, his favorite Bible verse.

 
USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (4/28) 1 922
Northwest Gold Cup (4/29) 1 922
Northwest Gold Cup (5/27) 1 922
Northwest Gold Cup (5/28) 1 922
Northwest Gold Cup (6/16) 1 922
Northwest Gold Cup (7/1) 1 922

6. Mitch Goldfarb

Mitch Goldfarb

Mitch Goldfarb

Hometown: Weddington, North Carolina
USRMC: Powerade Karting Championship (Carolina)
Points: 5530

Age: 13
Chassis: Birel
Engine Service Center: Carolina Motorsports Park
Sponsors: Law Offices of William K Goldfarb, Dick Barbour Racing, Medical Specialties Inc.
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: Carolina Motorsports Park / New Castle Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: 1st – Powerade Karting Championship (Mini Max), 8th – Rotax Grand Nationals (Mini Max), GoRotax.com Driver of the Month (May)
2013 Goals: Settle in on the Junior ##10#547#chassis##, win the Rotax Max Powerade Championship and finish top five at Rotax Grand Nationals

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Powerade (2/26) 1 919
Powerade (3/11) 1 917
Powerade (4/21) 1 917
Powerade (6/16) 1 914
North Florida (7/7) 1 944
Powerade (8/25) 1 919

7. Christian Cole

Christian Cole

Christian Cole

Hometown: Palmetto, Florida
USRMC Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5518

Born: 10/20/1999
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Supertune & AM Engines
Sponsors: Lindsay Rolfe & TCB Products
Years Karting: 4
Favorite Track: Homestead Karting, Miller Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: Won 6 races and had 12 podiums, Won 2 of the 6 Florida Winter Tour Races, Won the South Florida Rotax Championship with 2 wins and 6 podiums out of 8 races, Finished 9th at the Rotax Grand Nationals, Moved up to Rotax Junior for the Homestead Fall Championship Series and won 1 out of the 6 races and added another podium. Finished 2nd in the overall points standings despite being one of the youngest competitors in the Championship.
2013 Goals: Having just moved up to Rotax Junior my goal is to win races and qualify for the Rotax Grand Nationals in North Carolina and hopefully qualify for the Rotax Grand Finals.
Misc/Comments: I would like to thank everyone that helped me during the year and in years past as well. My sponsors Lindsay Rolfe and TCB Products have been a big help in getting me this far and racing just wouldn’t have been possible without them. I would especially like to thank Kevin Perry who has been my driver coach and mechanic for most of the last 2 years. When I started working with Kevin I started winning races consistently. Even if we don’t win we are always competitive and in the fight for a podium. He is the best tuner out there, period… I would also like to thank Jake Mottaz and the rest of the guys at Andersen Racing for working with me in the months leading up to the Rotax Nationals. They did a great job of working with me on specific areas where I needed to improve and I learned allot during my time with them. I would also like to thank Tony and Ben from Supertune and Ariel from AM Engines. Our engines ran great all year and these guys do a great job. I hope I never have to use anyone else’s engines. Finally I would like to thank my mom and dad for supporting me during the year. I know karting is an expensive sport and it’s been difficult for my parents to allow me to continue racing. I hope I can continue to do well and perhaps get additional sponsorship that will take a bit of the pressure off and allow us to push forward.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
South Florida (4/14) 3 907
South Florida (4/15) 1 922
South Florida (5/19) 2 919
South Florida (5/20) 2 916
South Florida (7/7) 2 924
South Florida (7/8) 1 931

8. Kaitlyn Melton

Hometown: N/A
USRMC Series:Powerade Karting Championship (Carolina)
Points: 5515

Born/Age: N/A
Chassis: N/A
Engine Service Center: N/A
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: N/A
Favorite Track: N/A
2012 Accomplishments: N/A
2013 Goals: N/A

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (4/14) 4 922
North Florida (7/7) 2 935
Powerade (10/20) 1 911
North Florida (10/27) 3 909
North Florida (11/11) 1 928
Powerade (11/17) 2 910

9. Joshua Sirgany

Joshua Sirgany

Joshua Sirgany

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
USRMC Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5513

Born: September 5, 2000
Chassis: Tony Kart / CRG
Engine Service Center: A-M Engines
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: 4
Favorite Track: Ocala Grand Prix
2012 Accomplishments: Florida Winter Tour 4th place finisher, Rotax Mini Max Champion – Overall Karting Champion of Jamaica (all ##10#550#classes##), FIA of the Americas Karting award
2013 Goals: Hope to have an even better year than the last and have a strong year to finish out Mini Max career

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Jamaica (2/25) 1 911
Jamaica (3/31) 1 914
South Florida (4/14) 1 925
South Florida (4/15) 2 913
Jamaica (4/29) 1 911
South Florida (6/9) 1 939

10. Nicholas Bruckner

Nicholas Bruckner

Nicholas Bruckner

Hometown: Houston, Texas
USRMC Series: MRP at Palm Beach
Points: 5495

Age: 11
Chassis: Birel C28R
Engine Service Center: CMW Engines
Sponsors: Enterprise Products Company
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: Michiana Raceway Park
2012 Accomplishments: 2012 United States Rotax Micro Max Champion
2013 Goals: Florida Winter Tour Mini Max Champion; US Rotax Mini Max Champion

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (9/1) 2 908
South Florida (9/29) 4 911
South Florida (9/30) 3 915
North Florida (10/7) 2 921
MRP at Palm Beach (10/14) 1 922
North Florida (10/27) 2 919

2012 Micro Max Final Driver Rankings

Pos. Driver Races Score USRMC
1. Mathias Ramirez 10 5576 North Florida
2. Matt Thomas 9 5561 MRP at Palm Beach
3. Javier Gonzalez 12 5560 South Florida
4. Michael Benyahia 19 5549 MRP at Palm Beach
5. Sting Ray Robb 10 5532 Northwest Gold Cup
6. Mitch Goldfarb 11 5530 Powerade Carolina
7. Christian Cole 8 5518 South Florida
8. Kaitlyn Melton 15 5515 Powerade Carolina
9. Joshua Sirgany 6 5513 Jamaica
10. Nicholas Bruckner 6 5495 MRP at Palm Beach
11. Mathew Morgan 14 5492 Northwest Gold Cup
12. Augusto Soto-Schirripa 7 5491 South Florida
13. Kameron Chandler 10 5486 Powerade Carolina
14. Derek Scott Jr. 6 5474 Southeast Karting Challenge
15. Tyler Lindberg 15 5470 South Florida
16. Wyatt Schwab 14 5465 Northeast
17. William Wolfrom 7 5463 MRP
18. Nick Rosengrant 12 5462 Northeast
19. George Stojakovic 20 5454 Northeast
20. David Rafailov 6 5451 Racing the Rockies
21. Hunter Melahn 12 5448 Northwest Gold Cup
22. Spencer Brockman 11 5444 Northeast
23. Francesco Marsico 9 5439 MRP
24. Michael d’Orlando 6 5438 Northeast
25. David Ilavia 7 5437 Burger King TX
26. Blaine Spence 10 5431 Southeast Karting Challenge
27. Bradley Zilisch 8 5431 Powerade Carolina
28. Ruben Grillet 17 5431 South Florida
29. Vincenzo Sarracino 9 5428 South Florida
30. Mason Morgan 13 5415 Northwest Gold Cup
31. Max Hewitt 7 5414 Burger King TX
32. Edward Portz 10 5404 Northwest Karting Challenge
33. Ryan C. Lewis 6 5404 Burger King TX
34. Michael D’Herde 8 5395 Burger King TX
35. Lawson Nagel 9 5394 Dallas Karting Complex
36. Reilly Cann 8 5378 North Texas Karters
37. Nicky Badame 10 5372 F1 New Jersey
38. Miles Maki 9 5367 MRP
39. Seth Appel 12 5365 Northwest Gold Cup
40. Camp Clifford 9 5349 North Florida
41. Dhylan Skiba 8 5349 F1 New Jersey
42. Joseph Lambreth 9 5325 Powerade Carolina
43. Hunter Bogar 7 5270 Northeast
44. Blake Hunt 8 5266 Powerade Carolina
45. Lachlan DeFrancesco 6 5266 South Florida
46. Ethan Tyler 6 5265 MRP
47. Parker Chase 7 5263 North Texas Karters
48. Devin Bautot 6 5257 South Florida
49. Philip Varner 7 5247 South Florida
50. Reece Carman 11 5240 Northwest Gold Cup
51. Kollin Stuart 10 5152 South Florida
52. Neil Verhagen 5 4634 Northeast
53. Cody Dempster 5 4516 Racing the Rockies
54. Justin Sirgany 5 4503 Jamaica
55. Max Fedler 5 4482 Racing the Rockies
56. Aaron Bass 5 4472 North Florida
57. Fowler Keesling 5 4431 Racing the Rockies
58. Luis Jose Forteza III 5 4424 South Florida
59. Damian Fernandez 5 4262 MRP at Palm Beach
60. Olivier Bellanger 4 3633 North Florida
61. Matteo Sandoval 4 3615 Sanzaru NorCal
62. Sean Groenstein 4 3591 Utah
63. Riley Dickinson 4 3557 Burger King TX
64. Michael Mccarthy 4 3551 North Florida
65. Theo Chick 4 3547 Powerade Carolina
66. Matt Stretch 4 3522 Burger King TX
67. Alex Schoel 4 3520 Powerade Carolina
68. Sara Haase 4 3456 North Florida
69. Stirling Fairman 4 3441 South Florida
70. Michael Hornborg 4 3426 North Florida
71. Devlin DeFrancesco 3 2760 South Florida
72. Caleb Daniels 3 2703 Northwest Karting Challenge
73. Austin Ray Chalman 3 2676 Racing the Rockies
74. Saxon White 3 2673 Southeast Karting Challenge
75. Griffin Bjerke 3 2653 MRP
76. Justin Gordon 3 2633 South Florida
77. Anthony Gangi Jr. 2 1770 Northeast
78. Brandin Warwas 2 1756 Burger King TX
79. Jared Cordova 2 1754 Northeast
80. Joseph Terribile 2 1708 South Florida
81. Christian Sarneki 1 914 Racing the Rockies
82. Nicky Hays 1 903 Tri-C
83. Tristin MacLeod 1 899 Grand Junction
84. Hunter Brayton 1 898 MRP
85. Evan Bennett 1 893 Southeast Karting Challenge
86. Lance Fenderson 1 883 Northeast
87. Jack Manzari 1 880 Northeast
88. Alex Verhagen 1 879 Northeast

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