Team Benik Picks Up Multiple Race Wins and Podiums in Indiana
Florida based squad has successful trip to the Midwest in SKUSA and USPKS competition
Lachlan DeFrancesco celebrates his victory at the New Castle Motorsports Park (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Completing another set of races in the busy month of August, Team BENIK would travel north to the Hoosier State for a pair of high profile karting events. First taking on the stiff competition of the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) Fikse Wheels Pro Tour at New Castle Motorsports Park, the squad would travel further north to the MRP of South Bend facility in North Liberty, Indiana for the third event weekend of the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS).
“We are continuing to build our team, product and 2015 resume,” explained Nick Mitchell, Co-Owner of BENIK Kart. “Adding wins and podiums every weekend is a goal of ours and I am happy with the progress. Chassis and parts sales are going very well and it is evident with the amount of BENIK drivers you see across the country.”
In SKUSA competition, Team BENIK would show speed and run at the front of the field in the IAME Mini Swift class. On Saturday, Johnny Edgar would finish second as six of the top-nine drivers would be aboard a BENIK chassis. Edgar would lead every lap but the final, but still managed to put his BENIK chassis on the podium. Reece Gold and Lachlan DeFrancesco would cross the line fourth and fifth while Anthony Willis and Diego LaRoque would come home sixth and seventh. Tyler Maxson would be the sixth BENIK in the top-ten taking the checkers in ninth.
On Sunday, Gold would score the pole position while Jonny Edgar would win both of his heat races before coming home second in the main event. DeFrancesco would take the checkers and overall series point lead heading to the SKUSA SuperNationals. Gold would end the day in fourth with Maxson sixth and LaRoque in ninth. On the conclusion of the event weekend, Edgar would claim the overall weekend points total and prize money to go with it.
Moving further north, Team BENIK would take on South Bend and the USPKS program with several drivers in both the Vortex Mini ROK and Yamaha Cadet divisions. Tyler Maxson would have a breakthrough weekend in the Mini ROK class as he secured the pole position for Saturday’s wheel-to-wheel action. Progressing through the heat races nicely, Maxson would stand atop the podium in the day’s main event, taking his first career USPKS victory. Lachlan DeFrancesco would show speed throughout the weekend with the ROK powerplant and continue his consistency with a second place effort on Sunday.
Both drivers would also see action in the Yamaha Cadet class, as the duo would run in the top-five throughout the event. When all was said and done and the final checkered flag had flown, DeFrancesco would end up with a pair of podium results finishing second and third on the two event days while Maxson would add a fourth place result.
The young James Egozi would also see action in the Mini ROK division and keeps improving with each and every outing. The young phenom will be a threat for future race wins and podiums with Team BENIK.
For more information on BENIK Kart, please contact Nick Mitchell or Ben Cruttenden via e-mail to Info@Benik-Kart.com or by phone at 754.206.4870. For all West Coast Sales, please contact Nash Motorsportz at 951.233.3431 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through their Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Nash-Motorsportz/302987366497945. Kartworkz is also an authorized BENIK Kart dealer and will be servicing the Northeast region of the country. Please visit them online at www.Kartworkz.com or contact Jerry White at 570.237.1095.