Sanzaru Games Round Six – EVO Electrics going for the GoPro
Race #6 of the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships will mark the end of the summer portion of the 2015 racing season. The tight Sprint track configuration will test all the drivers. The EVO electrics will be the featured GoPro class.
2015 is the third full season of racing for the new EVO electric class. The class uses a spec set of components that are on the cutting edge of electric kart technology. The Sanzaru Games Karting Championships was the first series to run a fast and fully competitive electric kart. Now even Formula 1 has an electric car support class. The first year there were 4 karts, then 5 karts in 2014 and this year there are up to 6 karts running in the class. Given that most of the drivers in the class has come from outside the traditional karting ranks, the EVO class has brought new drivers to the karting sport. Spearheading the advancement of the EVO class has been Richard Hilleman and without his clear direction this class would have fallen apart long ago. To make the EVO effort work and look better this year, Richard hired Memo Gidley to organize the whole EVO pit and take charge of the kart prep and tuning. 2015 has also seen some karting young guns getting an opportunity to run the EVO karts when a seat is available. Gino Ghilotti has taken two second place Main finishes and two Pre-Main wins and Enzo Prevost won the Main last month.
The top drivers in this class has been Marcos Ramirez, Richard Hilleman and Matt Cresci. Marcos won the class championship in 2013. Richard won the class last year using good race strategy to take the top honors. This year Matt Cresci has been the driver to beat. Expect to see a tight and competitive race this coming weekend.
The race weekend will start with a Practice day on Saturday, which will also feature two Simraceway Arrive and Drive classes. All Sanzaru Games Series classes will be able to get in as many as eight practice sessions during the day. Practice starts at 8:30 AM and runs to 6:00 PM. Registration will open at 7:30 AM. Practice is open to all drivers who are up to normal racing speeds with a kart that meets current karting safety specifications. Cost is $50.
Sunday’s race day begins at 8:10 AM with a quick round of practice for the nine race groups followed by a five lap group Qualifying session, two eight lap Pre-Mains and a 15 lap Main. Registration will open at 6:45 AM. Race Entry is $100, $15 for transponder rental if needed, $10 for all crew and spectators, and kids under 12 years old are $5. Registration is at the administration building on the right side as you enter Sonoma Raceway, look for the Sanzaru Games Registration sign. You can get more information about the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships as well as the weekend schedule by going to www.sanzarukarting.com.