Series News: Sanzaru Games NorCal Rotax Max Challenge Set for Round 1 at Dixon

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The Sanzaru Games Northern California Rotax Challenge will kick off 2013 with a first time season opener at the Dixon kart track this coming March 24th when it joins the Kinsmen Kart Club for their club race. This will be the first year Northern California’s sole Rotax Challenge series will start the season at the historic Dixon track. In years past, the Dixon Rotax race has been mainly run in the second half of the racing season. The challenge for the Rotax racers will be that they have been preparing for the upcoming season by mostly testing at the series home track at Sonoma Raceway. Thus, both veteran and new racers will be challenged to not only have their 2013 equipment up to racing speed, but also have to learn the unique challenges of driving the short, fast and tricky Dixon track.

The 2013 Rotax Challenge season is shaping up to be the largest turnout of Rotax karts in the history of Northern California karting. With few drivers graduating out of the Junior Rotax class after last season, Junior Rotax will again be a large class with lots of seasoned drivers. The highest finishing driver from 2012, Annie Breidinger, will be back this season but she is expecting lots of challenge’s for the top spot from 2012 Rising Star winner Enzo Prevost, Jaden Conwright, Toni Breidinger Michael Avansino, Justin Yanez, and Corrie Hiatt. With new drivers coming into the series, the Micro Max and Mini Max fields should both be running this year with a half dozen drivers in them early in the season.

The two largest Senior classes to run at this first race will be Senior Rotax and Rotax Masters. The Senior Rotax class will have a couple of new young lions moving up from Junior Rotax, Champion Alex Keyes and 2012 class runner up Will Preston. These two new drivers will pressure the veterans of Sean McDonald, Jarrett Lile, Carlos Calderon, Tazio Otis and Andrew Colombini. Giving the others a break Keyes will not make the Dixon race as he will be running his first car race at Thunderhill in the Pacific F1600 series. In the Rotax Masters class, expect to see Bob Hurst to be a top driver in this first race, for Dixon is Bob’s home track and he has more laps on this track than the rest of the Masters field combined. But I am sure 2012 Masters Champ Scott Ripslinger will work hard all weekend to not let Bob get the upper hand.

This unique stop on the NorCal Rotax Challenge schedule will come with a special price compared to the Sonoma Raceway races. Friday and Saturday practice will be $30 to all Rotax drivers, free if a Rotax driver is also a member of the Kinsmen Kart Club. The Sunday entry fee for the race will be $85 for all Rotax racers, no discount for Kinsmen club members. Friday Practice starts at 12.00 and will end at 6:00, Saturday starts at 9.00 and ends at 5.00. The Sunday program will be one practice session, qualify, 2 heat races and a Main.

The Sanzaru Games Northern California Rotax Challenge Series is a 10 race series with the best 8 races counting toward the year end championship. The Series Promoter is Steve Cameron, Race Director is Ric Shaw and Tech Director is Jeff Mangus. The series is an official US Rotax Challenge series with drivers earning credits which allow them to enter the US Rotax Grand Nationals that are held in August. US Rotax membership is required for the series, but is not required until the second race of the year.

For more information go to the RLOKC web-site at http://www.redlineoilkarting.com/

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