Series News: Red Line Oil Karting Championship – Round 9 Report
Tazio Ottis Takes GoPro Feature Class at Red Line Series
Tazio Ottis was in the right place late in the TaG feature race to take advantage of the miscues of the two karts ahead of him to win the IAME TaG class and with it the GoPro Hero3 Camera. This was one of several good races that were part of Race #9 of the Red Line Oil Karting Championship series race on October 13. The tight Reverse Sprint configuration made for some exciting racing, especially in the Junior Rotax, Micro Max and Pro Stock Honda classes.
GoPro Feature: IAME TaG and Junior TaG
The IAME TaG class was the GoPro feature class for this race. In Qualifying, the Junior TaG kart of Phillippe Denes took the pole ahead of the IAME TaG class karts with Tazio Ottis 2nd followed by Maxx Marian. In the first Pre-Main, Marian took the initial lead with Denes getting by early on. Denes, Marian and Ottis ran nose to tail for the entire eight laps and finished with less than a second separating them. In the second heat, Denes lead Marian early on with Tazio, Bryson Guzman and Stephan Gaudreau battling for the third spot. In the end, it was Denes, Marian, Guzman, Gaudreau and Ottis. In the Main, Denes again took the early lead and pulled away to a four second win, but the battle for the GoPro was just behind him. Marian and Guzman battled with Guzman taking the lead in the class. Maxx then made a pass in the top turn but he and Guzman drove it so deep into the next turn, they both spun and Tazio who was now part of this battle was able to squeeze through the turn on the inside line. That was all Tazio needed to pull away and secure the class win for the GoPro. Guzman recovered and took 2nd in class followed by Gaudreau and Marian.
Matteo Sandoval took the pole ahead of Colin Mullan and Dakota White. In the first heat, Matteo took the lead out of turn one followed closely by Mullan with Nick Persing in 3rd. Mullan stayed close the entire eight laps but settled for a solid second, Matteo with the win followed by Mullan and Persing. The second heat was a repeat of the first one with Matteo taking the win followed closely by Mullan with Persing four seconds back. In the Main, Matteo again took the lead going out of turn one followed by Mullan with Bryson Lew slipping into third ahead of Nick. Nick tried to pass Bryson later on the first lap but a lot of contact left Bryson broken on the side of the road and Nick black flagged for the contact. Matteo went on to take the win, Mullan 2nd and Valdemar Eriksen coming home 3rd.
Stock Honda Masters
A strong field of nine karts took to the track with Jim Inglebright taking the pole ahead of David Arnstein and Chris Francis. In the first heat, Inglebright went off track early on and got back to speed but several positions down. Arnstein and Francis battled it out up front with Arnstein taking the win, Francis 2nd and Nick Major 3rd. In the second heat, Inglebright took the early lead was never challenged after that. Francis got the better of Arnstein in this race and took 2nd, Arnstein 3rd and Alex Keith 4th. In the Main, Arnstein took the early lead at the drop of the green but Inglebright got by within a couple laps and drove on to the win. Arnstein and Keith then battled it out with Keith coming home in 2nd, Arnstein 3rd and Francis taking his best ever finish in 4th.
EVO Electric Karts
The electric kart class ran on the Saturday program. Marcos Ramirez took yet another pole followed by Zac Rubensen and Richard Hilleman. In the first heat race, Marcos took the lead at the start and lead “wire to wire” followed by Rubensen and Hilleman. In the second heat race, Marcos took the early lead but had some intermittent electric issues which slowed his pace. Hilleman and Rubensen were able to get by to finish 1-2 with Marcos 3rd and Jon Horsley 4th. Marcos took the lead at the drop of the green in the Main and was looking like he would control the race, but his batteries were running hot. Marcos’ electronics kicked in and started cutting his power so the batteries would cool down. Hilleman on the other hand was driving a smoother race and by mid race started catching Marcos. In the end, Hilleman got by the pole setter and went on for the win, Marcos 2nd, Rubensen 3rd and first time driver Micah Bayless 4th.
JMJ Motorsports Junior Rotax
Ten Juniors took to the track with Phillippe Denes taking the pole ahead of Michael Michoff and Enzo Prevost. In the first heat, the drivers pretty much stayed near their starting positions during the race with Denes taking the win, Prevost getting by Michoff to take 2nd, Michoff 3rd and Toni Breidinger 4th. In the second heat, Denes again controlled the field and went on to his second heat win with Michoff coming home 2nd, Michael Avansino working up to 3rd and Toni in 4th. The Main turned into a series of great drives only to end in heartache. Denes lead the field out of turn one and again controlled the pace, but all the action was behind the sensational driver from Monterey. Another young star, Avansino, was working his way up to the front only to have a mechanical problem stop his race on lap nine. Prevost had worked his way up to second but spun off with some help from Michoff. Toni and Carter Herrara now followed Michoff in 3rd and 4th until Carters chain came off. In the end, Denes came home with the clean sweep for the day, six seconds in front of the field. Michoff came home 2nd but was placed behind Prevost in the finishing order for his assist on Prevost’s spin. Toni Breidinger then moved into 2nd, Arman Nikfar 3rd after starting 9th, Jaden Conwright 4th and Mason Cowen a well-deserved 5th after starting from the 10th spot on the grid.
Leading the field in Qualifying was points leader Jarrett Lile followed by Zach Pettinicchi and Daniel de la Calle. In the heat races, Jarrett chose to start the races from the last row. In the first heat, Daniel leads the field out of turn one, followed by Zack with a strong challenge coming from Andrew Colombini. In the end, Daniel took the win only to be DQ’d for not going to tech, thus handing Andrew the win followed by Lile and Zack. In the second heat, Daniel took the early lead and was challenged by Colombini all the way. Daniel took the win, and went to tech, Andrew was 2nd followed by Lile. In the Main, Colombini was on pole with Lile alongside. Lile and Colombini challenged for the lead with Lile coming out ahead, next Daniel made the pass on Colombini who then challenged Daniel all the way to the checked flag. Finishing, Lile took the win, Daniel de la Calle 2nd, Colombini 3rd and Pettinicchi 4th.
80 Masters and DD2 Masters
The 80 shifters and DD2 took to the track for Qualifying with Charles Hasting taking the pole ahead of Tom Nelson and Geoff Provo. In the first heat, Nelson got out of turn one first with Hastings right on his back bumper the entire way and Rob Mullaney coming home 3rd. In the second heat, Hastings got the upper hand at the start and pulled away for a two second win over Nelson with Mullaney again coming home in 3rd. In the Main, Hastings took the lead at the drop of the green but his race ended on the second lap when he suddenly slowed and drove on to the pits. Nelson took over the lead and pulled away to an eight second win ahead of Rob Mullaney, Geoff Provo and the DD2 of David Palic coming home in 5th.
Point’s leader Scott Ripslinger took the pole over the field followed by Kevin Woods and James Dix. During the first heat, Ripslinger took the lead out of turn one while a number of karts behind him tangled and had to try to get back into the race. Scott was followed across the finish line by John Breidinger and Andre Eriksen. In the second heat, the whole field got through turn one and finished similar to Qualifying with Ripslinger the winner followed by Woods and Dix. In the Main, the start again was a bit messy behind Ripslinger as the field was all balled up on their way down to turn two. Dix ran off the road with a broken wheel, Billy Scott took up the 2nd spot and Kevin Woods was chasing John Breidinger. Woods got by Breidinger and caught Scott but he did not have enough time to set up a pass. At the flag it was Ripslinger who took the win and hat trick, followed by Scott, Woods and Breidinger.
Once again with a large turnout of 10 drivers, the Micro Max class again put on a great show. In Qualifying, Dustin Salaverria took the pole ahead of Aiden O’Neill and Gino Sandoval. In the first heat, O’Neill took the lead as the field came out of turn one. But on lap two, Saliverria made a pass into the lead and never gave it back going on to a four second win followed by O’Neill, Sandoval and Garrette Randolph,Jr. The second heat was almost a carbon copy of the first heat, right down to O’Neil taking the lead out of turn one and Dustin making a pass for the lead on lap two. But this time, O’Neill hung close to the leading kart finishing less than a second behind. Garrette also got by Gino to take 3rd, Gino in 4th. In the Main, O’Neill again took the lead out of turn one and again Dustin made the pass for the lead on lap two. Dustin pulled out a bit of a lead and went on to a three second win. Gino stayed right on O’Neill’s bumper and chased him to the checked flag but could not find the way by. Garrette came home in 4th ahead of Ethan Tavares. Unfortunately, O’Neill did not get through tech, making the final order as Dustin 1st, Gino 2nd, Garrette 3rd and Ethan 4th.
Pro Stock Honda
Ten drivers took to the track with Jason Toft taking the pole ahead of first year Pro Stock drivers Will Preston and Alex Keyes. In the first heat, Toft took the early lead with Brett Buckwalter moving up quickly to take over 2nd place. There was a bit more bumping and grinding in this heat than normal with a couple of drivers being black flagged. In the end, Toft took the win, Buckwalter 2nd, Cabot Bigham 3rd and Blake Murdock 4th. The second heat saw two top drivers, Buckwalter and Keck, having mechanical problems and dropping out. The second heat saw a wire to wire win by Toft and good racing right behind. Preston taking 2nd place and Keyes worked himself from 10th to 3rd. The Main had Toft and Cabot Bigham on the front row with Buckwalter and Preston on the second row. On the start, Preston stumbled and fell back. Keck had a rocket start from the back row and Buckwalter again pulled off with electrical problems. As Toft started to pull away from the field, Keck was passing eight karts to get into 2nd and set out after Toft. Right behind Keyes, Bigham, Pickett and Preston all were having a good go for 3rd place. These Pro Stock rookies were putting on a great show, unfortunately Preston spun off when he tried to pass Pickett. Towards the end, Toft took the win, Keck was 2nd after putting in the fastest lap of the race, Keyes 3rd, Bigham 4th and Pickett 5th.
The final race of the 2013 season will run on November 3 at Simraceway. The Track configuration will be the National Track and the GoPro feature class will be Rotax Masters. Due to the time change back to Standard time, the race day format will be as follows: 5 minute warm-up session, 5 lap group Qualify, one heat race of 12 laps and a 15 lap Main. The EVO electric karts will also run on the Sunday program.
The weekend will start with the Practice day on Saturday which will also feature two Simraceway Arrive and Drive classes. All other classes will be able to get in as many as 8 practice sessions during the day. Practice starts at 8:30 AM and runs to 5.00 PM. Registration will open at 7:30 AM. Practice is open to all drivers who have a kart that meets current karting safety specs and the drivers are up to normal racing speeds. Cost is $50.
The Sunday Raceday begins at 8:10 AM with a quick round of practice for the 10 race groups followed by a 5 lap group Qualify, one 12 lap heat race and a 15 lap Main. Registration will open at 6:45 AM. Race Entry is $100, $10 for transponder rental if needed; $10 for all crew and spectators, kids under 12 years old is $5. All sign-ins are at the administrators building on the right side as you enter Sonoma Raceway. Look for the Red Line Registration sign. You can get more info about the RLOKC as well as a weekend schedule by going to www.redlineoilkarting.com