Sanzaru Games Round Four Featured a Rotax Grand Nationals Preview
Enzo Prevost wins the EVO Electrics GoPro feature
Round #4 of the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships was run on the track configuration that the Rotax Grands will be run, this attracted 13 out of region drivers. The drivers got in two or three days of practice and racing on the track that will help them prepare for the Grands in August. These additional drivers along with the already strong fields in the Sanzaru Games series made for some great racing throughout the race day. Enzo Prevost took the GoPro feature race, EVO Electrics, his second Evo race win in a row.
GoPro Feature – Zero Motorsports EVO Electrics
A full field of EVO’s took to the track with Enzo Prevost taking the pole ahead of Matt Cresci and Jimmy Casey. In the first heat, Cresci went to the front early and drove on to a 6 second win followed by Casey and Prevost. In the second heat, the top three drivers were much closer together throughout the race with Casey taking the win less than a second in front of Prevost and Cresci. In the Main, the order was Cresci, Casey and Prevost early on in the race, but Cresci’s kart had problems and he had to retire on lap ten. Prevost took over the lead then pulled away from Casey and came home the winner, taking home the GoPro Hero camera. Casey finished 2nd, Richard Hilleman 3rd and Charles Stimmler 4th.
Five young racers showed up on Saturday for the Kid Kart race which was run on a North reverse direction layout for this event. In Qualifying, Nigel Wildt (Comer) took the pole ahead of Christian Cameron (Honda) and Gage Brockway (Honda). In the 8 lap Pre-Main, Nigel and Andrew Freire (Comer) got the jump on the rest of the field and lead everyone out of turn 1, but they tangled entering turn 2 and both spun allowing Christian to go by into the lead. Nigel and Andrew both recovered, but now had to chase down the rest of the field. In the end, Andrew made his way to the front and just edged out Christian to take the win, Christian 2nd and Nigel 3rd. In the Main, Andrew and Nigel went into the lead at the drop of the green flag and pulled away from the 3 Honda engine karts. Andrew drove a very steady race and came home the winner of the twelve lap race, Nigel 2nd, with Aleksander Ryabov (Honda) leading the Honda karts in 3rd.
A solid field of drivers showed up, Charles Hastings taking the pole ahead of Allen Miller and John Collins. In the first Pre-Main, Hastings and Miller pulled away from the rest of the field and drove on to take 1st and 2nd, with Geoff Provo working his way up to 3rd and Dave Holstein 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Hastings again took the early lead but the field was much tighter this race and the top 6 drivers finished within just four seconds of each other. In the end, Hastings took the win, Tom Nelson 2nd, Provo 3rd and Miller 4th. In the Main, Hastings and Miller were the early strong drivers, but mechanical problems struck Hastings for the third race in a row and he retired on lap nine. Miller went into the lead and looked to be on his way to a win when first Provo then Holstein got by. Holstein then drove past Provo and went on to a two second win, Provo 2nd, Miller 3rd and Roger Cornwall 4th.
Molecule Mini- Max
With fourteen karts, Mini-Max shared the largest class honors with Molecule Junior Rotax. In Qualifying, Dustin Salaverria took the pole ahead of two out of region drivers, Arias Deukmedjian from Florida and Ashton Torgerson from Arizona. In the first Pre-Main, Dustin took the early lead and was pressed the entire eight laps by Arias. At the finish, Dustin held on for the win, Arias 2nd, Ashton 3rd, Owen McAllister 4th and Matteo Sandoval 5th. In the second Pre-Main, Dustin again took the early lead and in the end pulled out a two second win, Arias 2nd, Ashton 3rd, Owen 4th and Grant Langon 5th. In the Main, Dustin took the lead with Arias and Ashton close behind. Dustin made no mistakes and came home the winner, two seconds clear of Arias in 2nd, Ashton 3rd, Owen 4th and Matteo 5th. As was the case with all the out of region drivers, Arias and Ashton pushed through tech so as to not have an impact on the Sanzaru Series points, thus the Sanzaru Series results were Dustin the win, Owen 2nd, Matteo 3rd, Aiden O’Neill 4th and Gino Sandoval 5th. Dustin also was awarded $75 in Sanzaru Bucks, Owen $50 and Matteo $30. Sanzaru Bucks can be used as race or practice fee credits for future races.
Honda/HPD CRF 250 and DD2
Points leader Richard Stock took the pole ahead of Jim Inglebright and Ori Della Penna. In the first heat, Stock took the early lead with Inglebright in close pursuit and working his way through the other 250 karts, Andrew Colombini in his Rotax DD2 kart came home 3rd. In the second heat, it was Stock and Inglebright again pulling away from the rest of the field. Inglebright got by Stock and pulled out a two second win, Stock 2nd and Richard Hilleman 3rd. In the Main, Mike Rolison jumped in the Cameron Karting shop 250 kart to have some fun. At the drop of the green, Stock took the early lead ahead of Inglebright with Rolison moving into 3rd early on in the race. Stock did not miss a beat and drove home to a five second win, Inglebright 2nd, Rolison 3rd and Hilleman 4th. Colombini in the DD2 had mechanical problems and pulled off on the lap twelve.
Molecule Senior Rotax
A strong field of thirteen karts took to the track with Michael Michoff taking the pole ahead of Zach Pettinicchi and Enzo Prevost. In the first Pre-Main, Michoff checked out early and all the great racing was behind him. Pettinicchi, Prevost and Nic LeDuc mixed it up for the entire race with LeDuc coming home in 2nd, Pettinicchi 3rd and Prevost 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Michoff again took the early lead and was not seriously challenged. Pettinicchi pulled away from the rest of the pack and settled into a comfortable 2nd with Prevost and Mason Cohen battling for 3rd. Michoff took the win, Pettinicchi 2nd, Prevost 3rd and Cohen 4th. The Main looked like it was going to be a great shootout for the first part of the first lap. But as the field exited the uphill tic-tac-toe section Pettinicchi threw a chain and Tom Dyer spun attempting to avoid Pettinicchi, then karts started spinning everywhere to avoid Dyer and Pettinicchi. When it was all over, Michoff and Prevost were clear of the mess since they were well ahead of the rest of the field. Pettinicchi and Kyle Loh were broken on the side of the track with LeDuc and Cohen heading to the pits. From lap two on, the order was Michoff pulling away from Prevost who also had a comfortable lead over Breanna Miscione, Zia Harvey and Brendan Fabular. The remaining thirteen laps of the race were relatively uneventful. Michoff took the overall win, Prevost 2nd, Miscione 3rd, Harvey 4th and Fabular 5th. In the Sanzaru Points, Prevost took the win, Harvey 2nd, Fabular 3rd, John Balen 4th and Michael Lin 5th with the top three slitting the $75/$50/$30 distribution of Sanzaru Bucks.
Stock Honda/HPD 125 Masters
The day started with veteran racer Patrick O’Neill taking the pole ahead of Kevin Woods and Nick Major. In the first Pre-Main, O’Neill took the lead from the start and drove on to a two second win over Woods with Justin Bennett getting by Major to take 3rd. In the second Pre-Main, it was again O’Neill taking the early lead and driving onto another two second win over Woods with Major coming home in 3rd. In the Main, it started out just like the Pre-Mains, O’Neill taking the early lead. But Woods had a different result in mind and pressed O’Neill and made a pass for the lead. O’Neill stayed close but was not able to find the opening to make a challenge for the lead. In the end, Woods drove on to his first Masters feature win, O’Neill 2nd less than a second back, Major 3rd, Bennett 4th and Michael Torrano 5th.
Molecule Micro Max
There were nine karts in this class with points leader Sebastiaan Mulder taking the pole ahead of Christian Legaspi and Ryan Persing. In the first Pre-Main, Sebastiaan took the early lead with Christian getting by Ryan with Adam Friere putting pressure on Ryan. In the end it was Sebastiaan for the win, Christian 2nd, Ryan 3rd and Ayrton Tyler edging out Skyler Geczi for 4th. In the second heat, Sebastiaan dominated the race and drove on to an 8 second win. Adam recovered from his poor first heat result to come home a strong 2nd followed by Christian, Skler and Gia Lintz. In the Main, Sebastiaan again took the early lead and drove on to a 6 second win. Christian and Ryan battled each other with Ryan getting by and taking the 2nd place spot, Christian 3rd. Adam worked his way up from his 6th place start to take a well-earned 4th just edging out Skyler who finished 5th. Sebastiaan earned $75 in Sanzaru bucks, $50 going to Ryan and $30 to Christian.
Molecule Rotax Masters
A strong field of thirteen karts were on hand with five of them being out of region drivers. In Qualifying, Mike Rolison took the pole ahead of Billy Cleavelin and Paul Bonilla. The top five drivers were all the out of region drivers with Roman Alekseenkov the highest placed Sanzaru Series driver in 6th. In the first Pre-Main, Cleavelin took the early lead over Rolison and the two of them pulled away from the rest of the field, Alekseenkov worked his way from 6th to come home 3rd closely followed by Aaron Farris and David Perande. In the second Pre-Main, Cleavelin again took the early lead and was closely chased by Rolison, Paul Bonilla coming home 3rd, Pergande 4th and Alekseenkov 5th. In the Main , Cleavelin and Rolison repeated their 1-2 drive and came home some four seconds in front of Bonilla, Alekseenkov 4th and Pergande 5th. For the Sanzaru Series points, Alekseenkov took the win, Kelly Heil 2nd, Farris 3rd, John Breidinger 4th and Stephan Gaudreau 5th.
Molecule Junior Rotax
With fourteen karts, Junior Rotax tied for the largest class of the day. Four top Natioanl drivers joined the Sanzaru Series drivers and this made for some very exciting racing. Colorado’s Hannah Greenmeier took the pole ahead of Arizona’s Austin Torgerson with Sanzaru regular Bryson Lew in 3rd. In the first Pre-Main, Hannah took the early lead but had lots of pressure from several other drivers. In the end, Hannah took the win with Nick Breuchner in 2nd less than a half second back, Bryson 3rd, Riley Dickinson 4th. In the second Pre-Main Hannah took the early lead and drove on to a four second win. The best racing was right behind where seven drivers battled hard and finished within one second of each other. Riley came home in 2nd, Colin Mullan in 3rd and Bryson in 4th. For the Main, the front row was Riley on pole, Bryson off pole with Hannah having to start in 14th. At the drop of the green, Riley took a commanding lead with Bryson getting shuffled back several positions. Right behind the flying Riley, Nick and Colin battled, with Hannah working her way to the front and Bryson also working his way back into the battle at the front. Lots of position shuffling went on with Nick holding off Hannah, Bryson and Colin late in the race for the runner up spot. On lap thirteen, Bryson and Colin touched in the high speed turn two and Bryson flew off into the tire barrier, Colin also slowed and dropped several positions. It was now Riley, Hannah, Ryan Tate and Nick leading the field. In the end, Hannah could not pull in the flying Riley and had to settle for the 2nd spot. Riley took a well-deserved win, Hannah 2nd, Ryan 3rd, Nick 4th and Austin Torgerson 5th. For the Sanzaru Series results, Ryan Tate took the win, Brennan Stammer 2nd, Clayton Williams 3rd, Dakota White 4th and Pandora Garcia 5th. Sanzaru Bucks of $75/$50/$30 went to Ryan, Brennan and Clayton respectfully.
The next race will be July 24 where the track configuration will be the Reverse Sprint Track and the GoPro Feature class will be Micro Max.
All results and points can be seen on the series website at www.sanzarukarting.com.