Race Report: IKF Region 7 Championship Series – Apex Karting Center
The Motul IKF Region 7 Championship Series was back in action for the second round of the 2013 season with races #3 and #4 held at the Apex Karting Center in Perris, Ca. The Pacific Association of Karters was the host club and they took full advantage of the perfect spring weather to to put on a great event. The “one set” tire rule, where drivers must race the same set of Bridgestone YLC tires for both days of racing has gone over well with the drivers as they compete for the custom IKF Regional Champion driving suit by K1 Racegear.
Early in the week leading up to this race, the IKF Region 7 scorer , Susan Lowe, lost her battle with cancer. At the Saturday morning drivers’ meeting, Susan was remembered for her determined spirit and contributions to the sport of karting. IKF’s proceeds from a Susan Lowe Memorial 50/50 raffle are being donated to the City of Hope in her name.
Thomas Mejia kicked off the festivities with the pole position in the PKS sponsored Rookie Comer class with a 46.767 around the Perris track. Trey Brown joined him on the front row and they led the field throughout the heat race. Mejia led the 20 lap final from flag to flag without much of a hassle, but Brown came under attack by Aden Dodge. Dodge’s race was cut short and Brown finished in 2nd place. Jacob Yesnick steadily gained positions and finished 13 seconds back of winner, Mejia for 3rd place.
In the combined KPV 4 Sr. PRD class Jeremy Specht and Neil Alberico made up the KPV class, while Jordan Roberson, Trevor Sumner, John Molinare and Colin Reese flew the flag for PRD. Alberico, taking time out of his domination in the formula car ranks scored the K & P sponsored KPV pole while Robertson did the same in the RLV sponsored PRD. Robertson scored an easy win in PRD while Specht claimed victory after Alberico departed the contest early in KPV.
KPV2 sponsored by Mike Manning Karting was one of the classes throughout the course of the weekend that pulled people from the pits to watch. Quick Nick Ramirez put his #83 on the pole with a time of 42.331. Less than a tenth back sat Joshua Early in P2 and Jake Drew in P3. Ramirez won the heat race over Royal McKee who picked up a few positions to finish in 2nd. Drew turned up the wick in the 20 lap final, taking the fight to Ramirez. By halfway Drew had made his move and was doing his best to shake Ramirez off his tail. As the white flag flew, Drew had gained only a little ground, but it was enough to secure the win over Ramirez. Colby Dubato finished solidly in 3rd place.
Mini ROK made its debut this weekend at IKF with three drivers. Tomas Mejia again bested the field for his second pole position of the day. Trey Brown and Jacob Yesnick were just a tick off Mejia’s pace for 2nd and 3rd. Mejia for the second time in as many races was unbeatable in the final. With only a small cushion between himself and the tight race for 2nd he scored his 2nd win on the day. Yesnick got a great start and was able to grab second place away from Brown. Brown tried to counter, but had to settle for 3rd.
Apex always has a good showing of Kid Karters thanks to the fun atmosphere of the Pacific Association of Karters club. Rylee Martinez set the pace in qualifying with a pole time of 55.753. Martinez stayed up front in the prefinal with Dominic Gorden gaining a few positions to start the final from 2nd. Aden Dodge was not the first to cross the line but picked up the Henderson Karting Experience sponsored Kid Kart win over Gorden and AJ Matheson.
Tomas Mejia went three for three in qualifying. He picked up yet another pole over Trey Brown, this time in the Fleming Racing Engines KPV1 class. Brown this time got the last word by winning the prefinal and hammering home an impressive win in the final. Brown got the holeshot to begin the 20 lap contest and Julian Busick slotted in behind him. Mejia dropped to 3rd and never got any higher than that. Brown scored a decisive 7 second victory over Busick, the only two drivers to go the distance.
PRD 2 sponsored by RLV was the last race on the docket for round #3 on Saturday and Noah Garza earned the pole with his time of 40.727. Garza led Zachary Arthur and Royal McKee to the finish in the prefinal and thus setting the stage for an exciting final. Garza, McKee, Arthur and Nathan Seegrist all put on a driving clinic at the front of the PRD2 field. The lead traded multiple times over the course of the 20 lap final. Arthur controlled the pace from the front of the pack for most of the race, but it was Seegrist who ultimately got to the checkered flag first. Garza finished right on the bumper of Seegrist with McKee bringing it home for 3rd place.
Sunday brought with it another great day for racing as round #4 of the Motul IKF Region 7 Championship Series got under way with the Grand Products Rookie Comer class. The top five qualifiers were all within a second of each other as the nine kart field finished their session. Trey Brown topped the charts with a solid time of 46.961. Brown was able to back up that speed in the prefinal besting his Saturday rival Tomas Mejia. Brown and Mejia battled hard in the final with Aden Dodge and Marcus Rodriguez lurking a few tenths back. Brown was able to get the better of the field this time and scored the win. Mejia crossed the line in second, but post race Dodge was awarded the position. Marcus Rodriguez had a great run, finishing right with the leaders in 3rd.
Jordan Robertson and Neil Alberico were once again the pole sitters in the the combined RLV PRD Sr. and Hyper Racing Engines KPV4 class. Both Trevor Sumner and John Molinare were within a half second of the pole time in PRD with Jeremy Specht a bit more off the pace in KPV than Alberico. The main event saw the standings do a flip flop with Robertson not taking the green flag. Molinare led PRD for most of the race before Sumner got by on the final lap. Post race proceedings moved Sumner to the back and Molinare back into the winners position. Alberico had no problem controlling the KPV race and easily scored the win.
On Sunday the Mini ROKKERS and Empire Karts KPV 2 race groups were combined. Trey Brown earned his second pole position of the day, besting Tomas Mejia and Jacob Yesnick by just a blink of an eye. Quick Nick Ramirez topped the time charts in KPV2 stopping the clock with a 42.059. The battle for the lead in both classes was exciting as Jake Drew and Ramirez traded positions early in the contest. Ramirez gained a slight advantage on the start, but Drew was quick to close the gap and make a successful bid for the lead. Ramirez drove his #83 back to the front a few laps later and was able to hold Drew at bay for the rest of the 20 lap final. Joshua Early grabbed 3rd place at the drop of the green and was able to keep it the entire race for a solid podium finish. Brown and Mejia had been a little better than Yesnick all weekend in the various classes they were all competing in, but Sunday saw that change. Brown got a good start to begin the Mini ROK final, but by lap four Yesnick was around him at the end of the straightaway and charging to the finish. Brown and Mejia gave chase, never losing much ground, but the duo of race winners were not able to do anything with Yesnick. Yesnick scored his first win of the weekend with Brown slotting in for 2nd and Mejia in 3rd.
Sunday’s Courtney Concepts Kid Kart pole went to Dominic Gorden with a time of 56.160, but Cole Keith topped the charts after the prefinal. Keith was out early in the final as Aden Dodge jumped up to challenge Gorden for 1st place. Rylee Martinez sat in 3rd for most of the contest and was awarded the race win. AJ Matheson led a group of three home for 2nd place with Chance Gibson in 3rd and Cameron Easton in 4th.
Trey Brown was on fire this weekend, earning another pole position. His time in P1 Engines KPV1 of 45.053 was good enough to top the charts over Jullian Busick and Tomas Mejia. Brown won the prefinal with only Jacob Yesnick able to keep pace. The 20 lap final was the Brown and Busick show as the leading duo gapped the field by six seconds. Brown led every lap in route to his 3rd win on the weekend. Busick stayed glued to his rear bumper and finished in 2nd place. Yesnick headed up the charge behind, leading Mejia to the finish for 3rd and 4th place.
RLV PRD2 closed out the weekend’s festivities with Nathan Seegrist snagging the pole from Noah Garza and Timmy Fritch with a time of 41.005. Garza worked his way around Seegrist in the prefinal and began the 20 lap final from the pole position. Garza and Seegrist were the class of the field in the final, easily distancing themselves from the chase group. Garza eventually was able to drive Seegrist off his wheel and score the win with 2 seconds to spare. Seegrist finished in 2nd place and well ahead of the 3rd place finisher. Fritch. Fritch had a sub-par prefinal, but got it together in the final to work his way back up and finish a respectable 3rd.
The next round of the Motul IKF Region 7 Championship Series will be May 24-26 at Grangé Race Track in Apple Valley, Ca. For everything Region 7 please check outhttp://www.ikfkarting-r7.com