Red Line Oil Karting Championship – Round Five Report
Elliott Takes Senior Rotax GoPro Feature Race
Even with the Rotax Nationals just around the corner, a strong group of drivers turned up at Race #5 of the Red Line Oil Karting Championships. The Pro Stock Honda class was the largest class of the event with 14 karts and they were able to stretch out their legs on the long straightaway National track configuration. Mini Max had another strong turnout with six drivers running in the lead pack throughout the day. One of the special highlights of the day was seeing a Honda CRF 250 4-cycle engine kart run the Main in the Pro Stock Honda class. Brett Buckwalter drove the kart and gave all a view of what a Honda 4-cyle shifter kart is capable of.
GoPro Feature Race: Senior Rotax
There was a tough field of drivers with at least five of them fast enough to challenge for the GoPro Hero3 camera. Zach Pettinicchi took the pole ahead Austin Elliott, winner of the past two races, with Jaden Conwright 3rd. In the first heat, Elliott took the early lead with Zach right on his heels. Carlos Calderon challenged early on, getting by Zach, but in the end Austin and Zach got some separation from the rest of the pack and had their own private duel. Austin came home the winner followed by Zach, Calderon and Pablo Carballedo. Austin took the early lead again in the second heat with Zach right on his bumper and this is how it ended, Austin 1st, Zach 2nd, Jaden 3rd and Pablo 4th. In the Main, Austin took the early lead again with Zach right behind. The two dueled the entire 15 lap race but Zach just could not muster the extra speed he needed to be able to make a pass attempt. In the end, Austin took the win, his third win in a row in the RLOKC, Zach a strong 2nd, Jaden 3rd, Carlos 4th and Pablo 5th. For the win, Austin took home the GoPro Hero3 camera.
EVO Electrics and DD2/DD2 Masters
In Qualifying, Andrew Colombini (DD2) took the top time followed by the EVO karts of Matt Cresci and Marcos Ramirez. In the first heat, Colombini dropped out on lap 2, thus leaving the electric karts to battle for the lead. Cresci took the win followed by Ramirez and Richard Hilleman. The second heat was a different story with Colombini taking the win, Cresci 2nd, Rameriz 3rd and the DD2 Masters of David Palic 4th. In the 12 lap Main, Colombini was able to pull away and Palic was able to work his way into the 2nd spot. But the EVO karts battled right up to the end with Matt Cresci taking the class win, Hilleman 2nd and Ramirez 3rd.
With tough field of karts on track, two time class champ Scott Ripslinger took the pole ahead of Geoff Wise and Rob Soares. In the first heat, Rob made his way to the front and drove off to the win flowed by Scott and Geoff. The second heat had a similar result with Rob, Scott and Geoff taking the top three spots. In the Main, Rob took the front at the drop of the green flag with Scott chasing. Geoff had his hands full with challenges from John Breidinger and Kelly Heil. After a spirited race, Geoff was able to ward off the challenge to take 3rd. In the end, Rob takes the win, Scott 3rd, and Geoff 3rd. With the win, Rob comes away with $50 of Sanzaru Bucks.
Pro Stock Honda
With 14 karts, the largest turnout for the class this year, the field was full of some very strong drivers. In Qualify, Daniel De La Calle took the pole ahead of Alex Keyes, Cody Diede and Cabot Bigham. In the first heat, the top three drivers got away with a good start, but there was some kart rubbing right behind with a couple of drivers falling back including Bigham. De La Calle and Keyes battled at the front with Cody running alone in 3rd then a small group of drivers battling for 4th led by Hunter Pickett. In the end, De La Calle took the win, Keyes 2nd, Cody 3rd and Pickett 4th. In the second heat, the front of the field all got away without incident and some great hard driving took front and center. Again De La Calle and Keyes pulled out a small lead on the rest of the pack and had their own private duel. Right behind, the field battled hard with Cody and Troy Diede and Cabot Bigham in the mix. In the end, De La Calle held off Keyes to take the win, Bigham came out in 3rd followed by Cody and then Troy Diede.
In the Main, Brett Buckwalter lined up on the back row with a new kart to demonstrate a new engine by Honda, a CRF 250cc 4 stroke motocross engine. At the drop of the green, the front row got away clean with Troy Diede making a great inside hole shot to come out of turn one in 3rd. About half way into lap one, three drivers get mixed up in one corner and all had to restart and were now in the back, Bigham was one of those drivers. The rest of the 15 lap race was filled with great racing throughout the field. Buckwalter moved the 4 stroke kart through the field, picking off one driver every lap. With all his skill, Keyes just could not get up alongside De La Calle for a pass attempt, and De La Calle would not make a mistake all race. In the end, De La Calle took the win, his third feature win of the year. Keyes came home a close 2nd, Buckwalter came home 3rd but was not part of the official results, thus Troy Diede came home the official 3rd place followed by Denver’s Austin Schimmel and Cody Diede. De La Calle took home $150 of Sanzaru Bucks.
Another large turnout in Mini Max. Taking the pole was Aiden O’Neill followed by Colin Mullan, Bryson Lew and Clayton Williams. In the first heat, the field got through turn one intact with a group of six drivers breaking away from the rest of the field. Aiden holds the lead but is getting challenges for the lead from Mullan, then Williams, then Dustin Salaverria and Matteo Sandoval. Near the end of the race, Dustin makes a strong move into third with Matteo following moving Clayton back to 5th. O’Neill takes the win, Colin 2nd, Dustin 3rd, Matteo 3rd and Clayton 5th. In the second heat, the top six drivers again broke away and diced back and forth the whole 8 laps. In the end, O’Neill takes his second win, Dustin 2nd, Colin 3rd, Matteo 4th and Clayton 5th. At the drop of the green flag in the Main, the field got through turn one OK, but things got jumbled up on the exit of turn 5 and Aiden and Colin had to take to the dirt. Both recovered, but lost positions. Now it was Dustin in the lead with Matteo, Clayton and Bryson chasing.
On lap 5 Bryson spun exiting turn one and was now in the center of the track. The next two karts missed him, but Oliver Reed could not and the contact put Oliver into a hard spin which forced him to retire. Up front, Dustin was in the lead with Matteo, Clayton and Colin right behind. In the end, Dustin held onto the lead and took a strong win, his first Mini Max feature win. This was the fifth different winner in Mini Max this year, clearly making it the most competitive class in the series. Matteo came home 2nd but had a tech issue that caused a DQ. Thus 2nd place went to Clayton, his 5th podium this year, Colin 3rd, Brennan Stammer 4th and Aiden recovered to take 5th. For his win, Dustin was awarded $150 of Sanzaru Bucks.
A good field took the track with Michael Michoff taking the pole ahead of Mason Cohen, Blake Milton and Enzo Prevost. Michoff took the lead off the green closely followed by Cohen and Milton who exchanged the 2nd place position a couple of different times. On the last lap, Milton was leading Cohen coming out of Tic-Tac-Toe when the two came together, Milton spins and Cohen drives home in 2nd but was moved back to 6th due to the contact. Thus, Michoff takes the win, Prevost 2nd, Callum Smith 3rd , Toni Breidinger 4th and Milton 5th. In the second heat, Michoff took the lead again at the drop of the green flag. Prevost worked his way up to 2nd place with Milton running 3rd. In the end, Michoff takes his second heat win, Prevost 2nd, Milton 3rd, Cohen 4th and Annie Breidinger 5th. Michoff takes control of the Main right from the drop of the green flag with Prevost and Milton right behind. Cohen had to pull off on lap 9. At the checked flag, Michoff took the win, his second in a row. He was followed across the line by Prevost in 2nd, Milton in 3rd (his first podium in the RLOKC), Smith 4th , and Carter Herrera in 5th. For the win, Michoff is awarded $100 of Sanzaru bucks.
Stock Honda Masters
Patrick O’Neill took the pole in this tough field. He was followed by David Arnstein and Nick Major. In the first heat, O’Neill had a bad start and went from first to last. Arnstein took the lead and held it to the end with Jim Kidd 2nd and Jim Inglebright 3rd. In the second heat, O’Neill had a poor start again and Arnstein went into the lead. Rene Martinelli worked his way up to 2nd with Jim Kidd 3rd. Near the end of the heat, O’Neill made contact with Inglebright, both drivers spinning off. For the Main, O’Neill did not take the green flag. Arnstein and Kidd were on the front row. But at the drop of the green, Rene Martinelli drove up the inside to turn one and was side by side with Arnstein. Now it was three wide going into turn one. Rene took the lead down the inside exiting turn one, Inglebright squeezed through into 2nd, Arnstein 3rd. Kidd pulled off as he got to turn two. Inglebright put pressure on Martinelli the entire way but could not make a pass. In the end, Martinelli took the win, his second win in a row, Inglebright 2nd and Arnstein 3rd.
Garrett Randolph Jr took the pole ahead of Grant Langon and Gino Sandoval. These three would run nose to tail all day long. In the first heat, the top three qualifiers swapped spots several times but in the end Grant took the win, Garrett 2nd and Gino 3rd. In the second heat, the three top qualifiers again swapped the top three positions. Gino then dropped off the pace. In the end Garrett took the win, Grant 2nd only to run into tech problems after the race. Thus, Gino was awarded 2nd and Alex Acevedo 3rd. In the Main, Garrett, Gino and Grant again teamed up to run nose to tail the entire 15 laps of the race. By mid race, Garrett was in the lead and Grant stayed right on his tail with Gino close. With two laps to go, Grant pulled out of line a couple of times to try a pass but was not able to see the opening. But on the last lap, Grant made his move braking into the last corner before the long drive up the straight away. Grant made the pass and also made it stick to lead Garrett to the finish line. Garrett was 2nd, Gino 3r , Alex 4th and Owen McCallister 5th. For his win, Grant was awarded $50 of Sanzaru Bucks.
A good turnout of experienced drivers were at this race. Charles Hastings took the pole ahead of Tom Nelson and Geoff Provo. In the first heat, Hastings took the early lead and drove on to strong win, Nelson 2nd and Provo 3rd. In the second heat, Hastings again took the early lead and came home in first with Nelson in 2nd and Rob Mullaney 3rd. In the Main, Nelson got the hole shot and went into the lead out of turn one. Hastings chased down Nelson but the two leading karts touched and both spun with Provo also spinning to avoid contact. All three drivers were able to get their karts started again, but now were in the back of the pack. Rob Mullaney now was in the lead and pulling away from Dave Holstein. Holstein then was having some weak brakes and had to give up 2nd to Tim Booth. Hastings was now carving his way through the field and worked his way past Holstein into 3rd but ran out of time to make up more positions. In the end, Mullaney takes a solid win, Booth 2nd, Hasting 3rd and Holstein 4th.
The results can be seen at www.mylaps.com and the points can be seen at www.redlineoilkarting.com in the Results section. Results and points are now also available at www.CameronKarting.com on the Racing page.
The next Red Line Oil Karting Championship event will be August 10 where the track configuration will be the Sprint track. The GoPro featured class will be the Zero Motorsports EVO electric karts. For more information about the Red Line Oil Karting Championships, go to www.redlineoilkarting.com .All photos courtesy of DromoPhotos.com – Thanks Tony!