Sanzaru Games Race #5 Featured Hot Weather and Hot Racing
Legaspi takes GoPro Micro feature
The Sanzaru Games Karting Championships usually has mild weather being next to the San Francisco Bay, but the heat greeted the 82 racers that came to Simraceway. The weather was not the only thing that was hot, the competition was also hot for Race #5. Christian Legaspi made a great last lap pass to take the GoPro Feature Micro Max class with Stock Honda Masters putting on one of the best battles of the year. Rotax Masters and Junior Rotax also had race long battles that ended in close finishes.
GoPro Feature – Molecule Micro Max
Ten karts showed up to race with Christian Legaspi taking the pole ahead of Sebastiaan Mulder and Adam Freire. In the first Pre-Main, Christian and Sebastiaan quickly pulled away for the rest of the field and thus began a great 2 kart battle that lasted the entire race day. Within a couple of laps, Sebastiaan made a pass for the lead and made no mistakes to drive home the winner, Christian only 2 tenths of a second back, Adam 3rd and Skylar Geczi 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Christian and Sebastiaan again pulled away from the rest of the field and were nose to tail the entire way. Christian held off Sebastiaan to take the win, Sebastiaan 2nd, Adam again 3rd with Ryan Persing 4th. In the Main, Christian again took the lead ahead of Sebastiaan with Adam, Ryan and Skylar in a 3 kart battle that lasted the entire race. Sebastiaan made a pass to take over the lead and it appeared the Christian did not have the extra it would take to make a repass. On the last lap, Christian got a good run coming out of the bottom turn and as the two entered tic-tac-toe for the last time, Christian went up the inside line, got side by side with Sebastiaan to take control of the corner and make the pass. Christian held on to the lead to come home the winner with Sebastiaan 2nd. The three kart battle for 3rd had Adam leading most of the race, but near the end Ryan made pass to take over 3rd. Going into tic-tac-toe for the last time, Adam went to the inside to make a pass, then there was contact with Ryan and Adam came out of the turn in 3rd, Skylar slipping by to take over 4th and Ryan falling back to 5th. The Race Steward made a call on the contact between Adam and Ryan and placed Adam behind Ryan in the final order. Thus Christian took the win and the GoPro Hero camera, Sebastiaan 2nd, Skylar 3rd, Ryan 4th and Adam 5th. Sanzaru Bucks of $75/$50/$30 were awarded to the top three drivers.
Six young racers showed up on Saturday to run the Kid Kart program. This was the largest turn out of the year with two new drivers joining in on the fun. In Qualifying, Christian Cameron (Honda) was fastest followed by Andrew Freire (Comer) and Nigel Wildt (Comer). In the Pre Main, Christian and Andrew pulled away from the rest of the field, Nigel broke on lap five and Sasha Ryabov (Honda) came home in 3rd. In the Main, Christian took the lead coming out of turn one but spun in tic-tac-toe and had to rejoin the race in last place. Andrew Freire took over the lead and opened up a small lead on Sasha. Nigel again broke on lap two and had to sit out the remainder of the race on the tire barriers. Christian was now on the move passing getting up to 3rd, then he spun again. Christian again launched a comeback and worked his way back into 3rd. On the last lap he caught Sasha but did not have enough time to set up a safe pass. Thus, Andrew came home the overall winner and also won the Comer class. Sasha took 2nd overall and won the Honda class, Christian was 3rd, just one tenth of a second behind Sasha, Gianmarco Rafacz (Honda) was 4th, Michael Segundo (Honda) was 5th and Nigel 6th.
Molecule Rotax Masters
Rotax Masters was the largest class of the day with twelve karts. Roman Alekseenkov took the pole ahead of Kelly Heil and John Breidinger. In the first Pre-Main, the top 3 qualifiers opened up a gap with the rest on the field and had their own little battle with Aaron Farris and Bob Olson having their another battle behind. In the end, Roman make no mistakes and came home the winner, Kelly 2nd, John 3rd, Aaron 4th and Bob 5th. In the second Pre-Main, Roman and Kelly lead the field early, but Bob worked his way up to challenge Kelly and eventually got by Kelly with a four kart battle some three seconds back. In the end, Roman took the win, Bob 2nd, Kelly 3rd, Aaron 4th and Stephen Gaudreau 5th. In the Main, Roman and Kelly made up the front row and were 1-2 going out of turn one. These two would battle the entire race with Kelly right on Roman’s bumper but did not have the extra it would take to make the pass. Behind these two, Aaron, Bob and John had a battle going for 3rd place. In the end, Roman again drove a mistake free race and came home the winner, Kelly 2nd, Aaron 3rd, John 4th with David Palic in 5th when Bob fell back a few position near the end of the race. Sanzaru Bucks of $75/$50/$30 were awarded to the top three drivers.
Molecule Junior Rotax
Colin Mullan took the pole ahead of Bryson Lew, Nick Persing and the other junior racers. In the first Pre-Main, it was Colin and Bryson leading the field out of turn one with Nick having problems and falling to the back of the pack. Ryan Tate joined up with Colin and Bryson and the three of them opened up a small lead over the rest of the field. In the end, Colin took the win, Ryan getting by Bryson to take 2nd, Bryson 3rd and Brennen Stammer 4th. The second Pre-Main was a near copy of the first one with Colin staying in front for the 8 lap race, Bryson held back Ryan to take 2nd, Ryan 3rd and Brennan 4th. In the Main, Colin and Bryson lead the field out of turn one with Ryan right behind. As the 15 lap wore on, Ryan fell back a bit thus it became a two kart race for the lead. Behind the leading trio, Nick Persing was making a charge through the field from his 10th starting position. Nick picked off one competitor at a time and moved into 4th and set the fastest lap of the race. In the end, Colin drove a mistake free race and held on to take the win, Bryson 2nd, Ryan 3rd, Nick 4th and Brennan 5th. Sanzaru Bucks of $75/$50/$30 were awarded to the top three drivers.
Matt Cresci took the pole ahead of Jimmy Casey and Mason Cohen. Mason was subbing for series regular Enzo Prevost who had hurt his knee in a trampoline accident a couple of days before. In the first Pre-Main, Matt took the initial lead but Jimmy made a pass for the lead and drove on to the win, Matt 2nd and Mason 3rd. In the second Pre-Main, Matt again took the early lead but this time he held off Jimmy to take the win with Richard Hilleman coming in 3rd. In the 12 lap Main, Matt took the early lead again with Jimmy and Mason right on his rear bumper. Near the end, Mason fell back a bit with Jimmy looking for a way by Matt. In the end, Matt did not give Jimmy any opening for a safe pass and thus came home the winner, Jimmy 2nd, Mason 3rd and Richard 4th.
Stock Honda Masters
A tough field turned out for this race. Previous series Champion Rene Martinelli took the pole ahead of Justin Bennett and Kevin Woods. In the first Pre-Main, Rene took the early lead but there was lots of battling right behind. In the end the top three finishing order was the same as in Qualifying, Rene taking the win, Justin 2nd, Kevin 2nd and Patrick O’Neill 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Rene again took the early lead and the battling right behind him was fierce but the top three were again the same with Rene taking the win, Justin 2nd, Kevin 3rd and Eric Molinatti 4th. The Main turned into one of the most hard fought races ever seen in this class. Rene took the early lead again and with lots of hard battling right behind him. At one time, Patrick held 2nd, then it was Justin in 2nd, then Kevin was in 2nd. At the end of the 15 lap Main, less than 2 seconds separated the top 4 drivers with Rene taking the win, Kevin 2nd, Eric 3rd, Justin 4th and Patrick 5th. Honda Bucks of $70/$40/$20 were awarded to the top three drivers.
Molecule Mini Max
With a field of ten strong racers, Aidan O’Neill took the pole ahead of Dustin Salaverria, Matteo Sandoval and Gino Sandoval. In the first Pre-Main, Dustin took the early lead with Aiden dropping out on lap one and Gino’s race ending on lap two. Dustin opened up a large lead and went on to take the win, Matteo 2nd, Garrette Randolph moving from 9th to 3rd and Nolan Siegel 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Dustin got into the early lead again followed by Aidan, Matteo and Gino. Aidan fell back and finally finished 4th, Matteo threw a chain right in front of his brother Gino who crashed into Matteo but was able to return to the track to finally finish 6th. In the end, Dustin took the win, Nolan 2nd, William Ferguson 3rd and Aidan 4th. For the Main, it was Dustin and Nolan on the front row. Dustin took the lead out of turn one with Nolan dropping back to 4th. Matteo was running up front when one of his wheels came off on lap 4. Aidan was able to work his way into 2nd but by the time he did, Dustin was too far ahead. Garrette, Nolan and William made up the group that would then battle for 3rd. In the end, Dustin came home to winner, his third win of the year, Aiden 2nd, Garrette 3rd, Nolan 4th and William 5th. Sanzaru Bucks of $75/$50/$30 were awarded to the top three drivers.
The regular contenders of 80 Masters took to the track with Charles Hastings taking pole ahead of John Collins and Tom Nelson. In the first Pre-Main, Hastings lead the field out of turn one at the start followed by Collins and Nelson. There was little drama in this race and Hastings came home the winner, Collins 2nd, Nelson 3rd and Allen Miller 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Hastings had problems right from the start with a front brake caliper coming loose. Thus the lead was fought for by Collins, Nelson and Roger Cornwall. In the end, Nelson got by Collins to take the win, Collins 2nd, Cornwall 3rd, Miller 4th with Hastings in 6th. The Main turned into a race of DNF’s and spins. Nelson and Hastings battled early, Miller dropped out on lap 3 followed by Nelson dropping out on lap four. Collins spun and had to restart his kart, Dave Holstein went off track and lost time. In the end Hastings drove onto an easy win, Cornwall 2nd, James Kim 3rd, Geoff Provo 4th and Holstein 5th.
Molecule Senior Rotax
Michael Avansino was the fast qualifier ahead of Zach Pettinicchi and Kyle Loh. In the first Pre-Main, Michael took the early lead and was never headed in the race. Zach stayed close but never got close enough to attempt a pass. In the end, Michael took the win, Zach 2nd, Kyle 3rd and Dominic Giansiracusa working his way up to 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Zach got the jump on the start and lead the field out of turn one with Michael on his bumper. Michael put all the pressure on Zach he could, but Zach did not make a mistake and Michael settled for the runner up spot. Right behind the front runners Brendan Fabular, Alejandro Marquez and Kyle Loh battled for 3rd. In the end, Zach took the win, Michael 2nd, Brendan 3rd, Alejandro 4th and Kyle 5th. In the Main, Michael lead ¬¬¬the field out of turn one and started to pull away from the field. Zach settled into 2nd, Kyle got back on pace and held a strong 3rd place with Alejandro, Brendan and Dominic battling for 4th. In the end, Michael took the win, Zach 2nd, Kyle 3rd, Dominic worked his way through to come home 4th with Brendan 5th. Sanzaru Bucks of $75/$50/$30 were awarded to the top three drivers.
Honda HPD CRF 250 and Molecule DD2
Alex Keyes jumped in the Cameron Karting shop kart and Brett Buckwalter jumped in Jim Inglebright’s kart so this was looking to be a good shootout between two top drivers. In Qualifying, Alex took the pole ahead of Brett and Richard Stock. At the drop of the green flag in the first Pre-Main, Alex won the drag race into the first corner with Brett right behind. These two pulled away from the rest of the field right away but a great battle for 3rd was going on between Stock and Ori Della Penna, the two top points leaders in the championship. Alex did not make any mistakes and Brett just could not find a way by, thus Alex took the win with Brett just 7 hundredths of a second back, Richard Stock won the battle for 3rd, Ori 4th and Richard Hilleman 5th. In the second Pre-Main, the results were similar, Alex taking the win 1 second in front of Brett, Stock edging out Ori for 3rd, Ori 4th, Hilleman 5th and the DD2 of Colombini 6th. In the Main, Alex again took the early lead but this time he pulled away from Brett and went on to win 5 seconds in front of Brett, Stock and Ori battled hard, but Ori pulled off at the end thus Stock taking 3rd, Hilleman 4th, Colombini 5th in the DD2 and Ori 6th. Honda Bucks of $70/$40/$20 were awarded to the top three drivers.
Starting Race (#6), the Pro and Masters 125 will use the Hoosier R60A compound replacing the R60B. Competitors can still use the R60B for the August race only to burn up old inventory. All other Hoosier classes will still run on the R60B. In an effort to accommodate many requests from drivers and teams, the Series will allow Pro 125 and Masters 125 to run on the Evinco tire, but only competitors that run on Hoosiers will be eligible for Championship points.
The next race will be August 21 where the track configuration will be the Sprint Track and the GoPro Feature class will be Honda CRF 250.
All results and points can be seen on the series website at www.sanzarukarting.com.
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