Familiar Faces and First-Time Winners in GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Round Six
After an exciting month of U.S. Rotax MAX Challenge Nationals racing action, it was nice to welcome back the familiar faces of our GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge regulars and even some news faces for Round Six of the series. Dylan Tavella, Caleb Bacon, Neil Verhagen, Nick Losito, Jason Leslie, Mitch Goldfarb, Gresham Wagner, William Rivera, Dusty Davis and Justin Halliday all scored final wins in Round Six of the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge this afternoon.
Dylan Tavella came out on top of the Micro Max division final race. Tavella scored the pole position in qualifying, but Alex Verhagen made an exciting, last-lap, last-corner pass on Tavella to win the pre-final. However, Tavella hung on to the top position, following a bumper-to-bumper race with Verhagen for the entire 15-lap final. It came down to a hard race to the finish, but Verhagen just didn’t have enough to make the pass on Tavella. Tavella won by just .205 seconds over Verhagen and Jordan Heffner came home in third. Following Round Six, Hannah Greenemeier continues to lead the Micro Max division points championship by 100 points over Pauly Massimino.
Neil Verhagen dominated the Mini Max division, qualifying on the pole, winning the pre-final and 15-lap final. Verhagen moved out to a .676-second lead on the field by only lap three. Joseph Lamberth and Enzo Fittipaldi battled hard for the second spot for almost the whole race. Fittipaldi tried every possible way he could to make a pass on Lamberth, but eventually Fittipaldi spun exiting turn six. His spin allowed Blake Hunt to move into the third position. Fittipaldi eventually made it back around Hunt, however Fittipaldi was disqualified for not going to post-race tech inspection. Verhagen scored the win, followed by Lamberth and Hunt. Verhagen continues to lead the Mini Max division points championship by only 5 points over Lamberth.
Nick Losito also made it a perfect three in the Rotax Senior division. Losito qualified on the pole with a 48.891-second lap, won the pre-final and the 20-lap final by over nine seconds. Behind Losito, Brenden Johnson, Johnathan Melicia and Sam Watson made an exciting, three-way battle for second place. Losito took the checkered flag in first, followed by Johnson and Melicia. Losito also leads the Rotax Senior points championship by 190 points over Lee Selbach.
In the Rotax Junior division, it was Mitch Goldfarb who won the 20-lap final. Following a dicey entry into turn one on the start of the race and a spin in the hairpin turn that collected three karts, the race calmed down, allowing Goldfarb to check out to a 5-second lead on the field. Goldfarb crossed the line in first, followed by Bradley Zilisch and Joey Essma. Essma leads the Rotax Junior points championship by 70 points over Michael Bilyy.
Gresham Wagner qualified on the pole, won the pre-final and the 15-lap final in the Yamaha Junior division. Garrit Speiss and Abby Sinon finished in second and third, respectively. Speiss leads the points championship by 230 points over Sinon.
Dusty Davis dominated the TaG Senior division, qualifying on the pole and winning the pre-final and final division in his first time competing in a GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge series race. Ben Murphy and Eddie Gliss finished in second and third, respectively.
William Rivera won the Yamaha Senior division final. Caleb Bacon won the Yamaha Sportsman division final.
Jason Leslie won the Rotax Masters division final.
Justin Halliday won the TaG Masters division final.
For a complete list of final results and points standings from Round Six of the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge, CLICK HERE.
GoPro Motorplex is hosting a special six-race championship for Rotax Micro Max and Mini Max competitors that will send the Champion in each division to the Micro and Mini NOLA Invitational Rotax MAX Challenge that will run alongside of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals on November 13-16 at NolaMotorsportsPark. The Micro and Mini Max competitor with the most points after six races, including two race ‘drops,’ will be crowned the champion and given the NOLA Invitational Ticket. For more information on the championship: CLICK HERE. For the current Rotax Micro Max and Mini Max Points Standings for this additional Championship: CLICK HERE.
The GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge will be back in action for a doubleheader weekend, Sept. 21 and 22 for Round Seven and Eight. Each segment of the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge consists of two rounds of practice, qualifying, prefinal and final races for all 13 classes.