Paddock Insider: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIX presented by Evinco – Wednesday
19th annual event held for the first time at Las Vegas Convention Center gets underway
EKN’s Paddock Insider is a new Trackside coverage addition, bringing you notes, updates and breaking news as it happens. The article will be a timeline of events as they happen during the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIX at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Resort & Casino. The information will not be seen anywhere else, including interviews and photos. Get all the coverage through the EKN Event Page. Please feel free to comment and discuss our coverage and today’s action in the EKN Global Members Discussion area below:
Quick Drivers of Afternoon Group Decided Under the Lights
The final session of Wednesday took place under the lights, as the sun was completely below the horizon, and the bright lights of Las Vegas shined around the Las Vegas Convention Center. American Gary Carlton was among the top KZ2 drivers all day, and finished the last session on top as the only driver below the 50-second mark despite battling jet lag and a cold. A 49.970 gave the former SuperNationals winner the top position, with Czech driver Patrik Hajek making it a 1-2 for Formula K to end the day. Multi-time Aussie champion David Sera set the quickest lap in the 88-driver TaG Senior field. The KartSport North America / Deadly Kart pilot was in the second group, posting a 51.910-second lap to secure the fast time for the final session. Nash Motorsportz / Tony Kart driver Brenden Baker was a close second, as the only two drivers below the 52-second mark. Championship contender and three-time SuperNats winner Darren Elliott (CRG) was top dog in the S4 Master Stock Moto category. Each group was pretty even, with seven drivers under 52 seconds in both rounds. As he showed at the SummerNationals, British driver Jonny Edgar (Benik) set mark in TaG Cadet.
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Morning Group Leaders After Day 1
The first round of SuperNationals XIX practice sessions went into the books for five categories.S1 was led by the blistering fast Jarred Campbell as the S1 rookie posted a 50.643-second lap aboard his Praga machine. Oregon driver Marco Eakins had a victory taken away from him at the SpringNationals, and that same speed has returned at the SuperNats. The Formula K driver just nipped the rest of the field with a time of 51.562 ahead of championship contender Miguel Lopez (GP), who led the opening group of the S2 field. Title rivals Nick Tucker (Tony Kart) and Chris Giumarra (PCR) were 1-2 in TaG Masters final session, as the championship leaders are making sure no one gets between them in their title fight. SummerNationals TaG Junior winner Zach Holden (Koene USA / Tony Kart) was quickest of the two groups in their final run by nearly two tenths. Leading Edge Motorsports’ driver Hunter Kelly continues to develop as a young shifterkart pilot, leading the final session for the S5 Junior group. It was a 53.407-second lap that put the Praga driver on top of the time sheet. Phil Giebler Racing Makes Debut with Ricciardo Kart
Phil Giebler is among the most decorated karters in North America, dating back to the 1990s. The 2007 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year driver has moved from his focus from the driver’s seat to #BuildingChampions. His Phil Giebler Racing operation formed, utilizing the OTK models up until recently, when they signed on as the West Coast distributor of the Ricciardo Kart. The brand manufactured by the growing BirelART Group is working directly with Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo. The race team is growing, adding big talent to an already stacked team with former SuperNationals winner Joey Wimsett and Jacob Neal. Carter Williams is set to challenge for the S2 title here this weekend, and defending Fikse Wheels Pro Tour TaG Master champ is back to claim his first SuperNationals victory. PGR is still servicing their OTK clients and will continue to do so in the future, however, the focus is on expanding the new Ricciardo Kart. Bumpy Lot v2.0 After the first run of the morning classes went through their first session, the general consensious was the track is not optimal. Last night, racers were praising how the layout looked during their track walk. A few issues of concern were run-off room at the final hairpin corner and the first turn hairpin. The other was the placement of a very large curb through the esses section (turn 3-4-5) near pit in. This morning, the talk by some top-level drivers were how bumpy the entire track is. Turn one under braking has a number of bumps, making it for a tricky slow down section. As the day goes on, we will learn more about the track and if any changes are made to the course. Here is on-board with Phil Giebler Racing’s Joey Wimsett during the second S1 practice session for the morning group.
— Dalton Sargeant (@DaltonSargeant) November 18, 2015
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