Hays, Wilson, Denes, Liberante Take Wins in Inaugural Major League Karting Event at Willow Springs

Nicky Hays of Huntington Beach, Calif., Ethan Wilson of Campbell, Calif., Phillippe Denes of Novato, Calif., and Race Liberante of Quartz Hill, Calif., were the class winners in the inaugural Major League Karting event at the Willow Springs Kart Track in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 4.

The 15-year-old Hays drove to victory in TaG Junior and was overall winner in the feature that was run with TaG Master. Wilson was the TaG Master winner and finished third overall. Trey Brown was second overall and in TaG Junior.

Denes triumphed in the DVS by Vortex class and Liberante Jr. won in LO206.

Denes earned the first spot for the 2016 ROK Cup International final. Hays, Wilson, Liberante and LO206 runner-up Nigel Fuentes earned sponsorships for three events next season. The sponsorship includes entry fees, mechanic wristbands, race tires, race fuel and oil.

The first Major League Karting event featured the debut of Direct Drive class by Vortex.

“We saw how this category is really going to set drivers apart by exposing who really has what it takes to be a driver,” MLK founder Neftali Patino said. “It is very physical compared to the TaG engines currently available and the driving style is much different. The national level drivers were a couple of tenths (of a second per lap) apart from each other in contrast with the regional level drivers that were over a second behind the leader Phillippe Denes.

“We are very proud to be the very first organization utilizing this new engine package in North America and probably the world. We are also very satisfied with the performance of the tires and the feedback from the drivers. We’ll add a couple of shifter classes for next season, opening the doors for more drivers to enjoy our series. We want to give special thanks to all the people who genuinely supported us and we look forward to bringing something positive to the sport with this effort. Our exciting 2016 schedule is coming soon.”

The LeCont LP11 CIK Prime Tire made its North American debut with Major League Karting, based in Santa Ana, Calif., at Willow Springs.

“The LeCont LP11 Tire showed little tire degradation,” Patino said. “Ethan Wilson qualified on pole with a 45.919-second lap and his fastest in the main was 46.055. After approximately 50 laps (including practice, heats, qualifying and the 18-lap feature), Wilson still managed to achieve a fast lap only .136-second off his fastest in qualifying. Nicky Hays saw a similar performance by having his fast lap in the main off only by .193-second from his fastest qualifying lap.”

Feature results for inaugural Major League Karting event at Willow Springs, Oct. 4, 2015:

TaG Junior/TaG Master: Overall–1. Nicky Hays (TaG Junior winner), 2. Trey Brown, 3. Ethan Wilson (TaG Master winner).

DVS by Vortex: 1. Phillippe Denes, 2. Aaron Aguirre, 3. Chance Skautel.

LO206: 1. Race Liberante, 2. Nigel Fuentes, 3. Corey Mack.

For further information on Major League Karting, go to www.majorleaguekarting.us.

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