Record High Kart Count Highlights GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Round Two
A record high, 86 kart entries produced some excellent racing in Round Two of the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge this afternoon under sunny skies. Tyler Maxson, Nick Losito, Blake Hunt, Alex Verhagen, Dan Breuer, Blake Blickensderfer, Myles Rowe, Kris Bowen, Gresham Wagner, Will Anderson and Josh Wilson all scored final wins in Round Two.
Rotax Micro Max Division
It was a perfect day for Tyler Maxson in the Micro Max Division, taking the pole in qualifying and winning both the pre-final and final in a dominating fashion. In the 15-lap final, behind Maxson’s nearly 10-second lead was an intense, five-kart battle for second position. All five karts were nose-to-tail before contact in the bowl turn sent two karts spinning. This left Isabella Robusto, Bryson Ruff and Connor Zilisch battling for second position. When the checkered flag flew, it was Maxson, Robusto and Ruff as the top-three.
Rotax Senior Division
Another driver with a dominating performance was Nick Losito in the Rotax Senior division. Losito scored the pole in qualifying, backed up by a win in the pre-final and final. In the final, Losito took the win with a seven-second lead on the field. Justin Neu was making a charge to the front throughout the race, passing Connor Jevens and Varun Choksey, but was not able to track down Losito. Losito took the win, followed by Neu and Choksey.
Rotax Junior Division
Blake Hunt continued this dominating driver’s streak, securing the pole in Rotax Junior qualifying, winning the pre-final and final too. The final wasn’t completely smooth sailing for Hunt, with a dicey start to the race in Turn One, shuffling many of the top drivers back in the field. It wasn’t long before Hunt made his way back up through the field to take the lead on Lap Three at the start/finish line. Hunt continued to log clean laps, allowing him to pull away on the field. Bradley Zilisch finished in second, followed by Neil Verhagen in third.
Mini Max Division
In the Mini Max division, not one, but two drivers dominated the racing action throughout the day. Alex Verhagen set the pace early, scoring the pole in qualifying with a 53.437-second lap. However, the pre-final race between Verhagen and Enzo Fittipaldi was one of the best races of the day. Fittipaldi led the entire race, but with two laps to go Verhagen made his move to pass for the lead. The two drivers battled hard, swapping for the lead using cross over moves. They were side-by-side at the line; Fittipaldi scored the exciting win by just a mere .008-seconds over Verhagen.
In the final, Verhagen and Fittipaldi separated from the field creating a two-kart battle for the win again. However, the fight for third was intense as well. Dante Tekampe, Sam Louis Tisdale and Pauly Massimino all raced hard for the position. Verhagen was able to muscle out the win with a last-lap pass on Fittipaldi who finished in second, followed by Sam Louis Tisdale in third.
Yamaha Senior Division
In the Yamaha Senior division, Dan Breuer and Mike Griffith had a good battle going in the pre-final and final races. However, it was Breuer who was victorious when the checkered flag flew in the 15-lap final, followed by Christopher Hamilton and Ben Curtis.
Yamaha Junior Division
Ashlyn Breuer won the pole in Yamaha Junior qualifying with a 53.851-second lap and won the pre-final. However, bad luck plagued Breuer’s final race, allowing Blake Blickensderfer to take the win, followed by Charles Krett and Ethan Mitchell.
TaG Junior Division
Myles Rowe dominated the TaG Junior division, winning the pole in qualifying and continuing that streak throughout the pre-final and final. In the final, Rowe and Bradley Zilisch raced hard for the top spot before Rowe was able to make a lasting pass on Zilisch on the front stretch with 15 laps to go. By halfway, Rowe had checked out on the field, taking the win by four seconds over Zilisch in second and Kaitlyn Melton in third.
TaG Masters Division
In the TaG Masters division, Kris Bowen scored both the pre-final and final wins. Randy Sampson looked strong early on, winning the pole in qualifying and leading the pre-final until mechanical trouble cost him the win with two laps to go. In the final, Justin Halliday led the race early, until Bowen was able to execute a pass for the lead in Turn Three with nine laps to go. Bowen took the win, followed by Halliday and Kevin York.
TaG Senior Division
In the largest class of the day with 22 entries, Gresham Wagner scored the final win in TaG Senior. Nick Losito looked to be the driver to beat, winning the pole in qualifying and the pre-final. However, in the final it was a rocky start to the race for many drivers. Wagner led early before getting loose in the hairpin turn allowed Losito to slip by to take the top position on Lap Two. Wagner fell back to fourth, but fought back to second position with 15 laps to go. Wagner then began to track down Losito’s lead, passing Losito just before halfway. Losito didn’t give up easily, trailing closely behind Wagner, but just didn’t have enough to make the pass. Wagner held on to take the win, followed by Losito and Bjorn Bovim.
Will Anderson took the final win in the Briggs Cadet division. Josh Wilson scored the final win in the Briggs Senior Heavy division.
Round Two Results:
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UP NEXT: GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Round Three, May 11
The GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge will be back in action for Round Three on May 11. Each segment of the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge consists of two rounds of practice, qualifying, prefinal and final races for all classes. Round Three will honor all of our racing moms with a special Mother’s Day breakfast during registration and a Rental Kart Race just for moms during the lunch break!