Caleb Gafrarar Earns First WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Victory
Rising Kid Kart driver comes from tail of field to earn first national triumph
‘Caleb G’ taking his first victory at the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series (Photo: Double Vision Photography)
The first victory for a racer is always a memorable moment. For rising Kid Kart driver Caleb Gafrarar, his first national win is a true story of grit and determination. The 6-year-old driver from Concord, North Carolina piloted his Russell Karting Specialties Parolin chassis to victory in the Kid Kart division. The World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series made its second stop of the 2015 season at the pristine GoPro Motorplex on April 17-19 in Mooresville, North Carolina, welcoming great racing weather for the first two days of competition until rain showers moved in on the final round of competition. ‘Caleb G’ overcame issues during qualifying to come from the tail of the field to stand on top of the podium following the main event.
Competing at his home track, Gafrarar was looking forward to competing for his first WKA national victory. Engine issues however struck Caleb in the qualifying session, putting him last in the 16-kart field. The first heat race saw Gafrarar drive his way up to the fifth position in just nine laps. Much of the positions gained were in the first few laps, while Caleb posted the fourth quickest lap of the race. Starting last once again in Heat #2, Gafrarar was determined to drive forward once again. Contact however hampered his pace, but he was able to continue on and ended up 12th.
The results from the two races placed him seventh on the grid for the Prefinal, which was moved to Saturday afternoon to avoid the wet weather conditions forecasted for Sunday. By lap three of the eight-lap event, Gafrarar was into the second position where he stood until the checkered flag, posting the fast lap of the race by over a half-second.
Wet weather came on Sunday, and the 12-lap Kid Kart Final was contested in rainy conditions. Gafrarar was slotted on the outside of row one, and held the position through a challenging opening circuit. Sticking on the bumper of the race leader, Caleb held back waiting for the opportune moment to strike. Like a veteran racer, he took advantage of lap traffic to sneak around to take the lead on lap seven. From there, Gafrarar ran consistent laps and avoided any issues with lap traffic to take the checkered flag first.
Caleb would like to thank the following companies for their support toward his racing program; Parolin Racing, Russell Karting Specialties, One Racegear, Verde Speed Resources, Chuck G Fabrication, Grease Monkey Wipes, and WD-40 Specialist. The next WKA Manufacturers Cup Series is scheduled for May 29-31 at the Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park in Dousman, Wisconsin.