2016 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – October 21
DRT Racing’s Formal remains in top spot heading to Las Vegas to defend SuperNationals title
Five races remain before the end of the 2016 eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings program. Over 200 drivers have contested the events selected from across North America to rank the top six-speed pilots. For many, the season has led up to what is considered to be THE karting event in the entire world – the SKUSA SuperNationals. The 20th edition will be something to remember, and could be the deciding factor on who ends the 2016 with the #1 honor.
Heading into the event, that position resides with the defending S1 Pro race winner in Las Vegas last year Daniel Formal. The DRT Racing / DR Kart driver dominated the entire week, never putting a wheel wrong to claim his first ever SuperNats victory. Now, emerged in a SKUSA Pro Tour point battle as the championship leader, the pressure is three-fold, with thoughts of defending the win, earning the title, and finishing as the #1 driver in the EKN Driver Rankings.
No stranger to winning in Las Vegas, Billy Musgrave remains the top challenger in the Driver Rankings standings. Still with an outside chance to battle for the SKUSA Pro Tour championship, the MRC / Praga driver nabbed his third California ProKart Challenge title in four years in September. Just 41 points back of Formal, every position will count on SuperSunday for the #1 spot. Moving up to third is former #1 Joey Wimsett. The 2013 SKUSA Pro Tour and SuperNationals winner has never finished a season in the #1 spot for the EKN Driver Rankings. Musgrave beat him out for the position that year, and since, Wimsett has been lacking the minimum six events to be considered at the top. Now with six races under his belt in the last 12 months, the Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo Kart driver has moved up to third in the standings. He and Musgrave are among four America drivers in the top-six of the SKUSA Pro Tour title chase, looking to bring the title back to the USA since Wimsett’s triumph in 2013.
Among those in the championship chase in S1 is Jake French. The Texan has stood on the podium twice in 2016, his first in the S1 category, reaching third once at the SpringNationals and another time at the SummerNationals. He and father Mark French have found a home with DKC and Sodi Kart, and a podium at the SuperNationals is not out of the question. He and teammate Austin Wilkins round out the top-five. Wilkins is SKUSA Pro Tour S2 point leader, and the top S2 driver in the EKN Driver Rankings. At the SuperNationals last year, he performed extremely well in his S2 debut, placing runner-up. The momentum carried over to 2016 with a victory in the windy and rainy opener at the SpringNationals. The Oklahoma State University student put in a stellar performance at the Rock Island Grand Prix (no longer in the EKN Driver Rankings), posting the fastest lap EVER around the street circuit against KZ and mod moto engines.
Dropping out of the front half of the top-10 is Kolton Griffin. The Pure Karting / Tony Kart driver has been unable to claim a podium finish at the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2016 after placing vice-champion to French at the Challenge of the Americas. Holding onto seventh is Checkered Motorsports’ Robert Bujdoso. The PCR driver has been among the many taking part in the F-Series Gearup Challenge, helping to keep his point total up. Nick Neri has dropped two position to eight, with the Champion Racing / Intrepid driver looking to close out the US Open championship in two weeks.
Jacob Neal lost a few points since the last release of the EKN Driver Rankings, and with Wimsett moving up, has fallen to ninth. Neal (VRP / Tony Kart) 2015 California ProKart Challenge champion Jarred Campbell also drops a position, down to 10th. Campbell began the season with Praga, and moved over to Intrepid mid-way which sparked his only victory of the season. The 2014 S2 SuperNationals winner would like nothing more than to be back on the podium in 2016, this time in S1.
Stock Moto #1 – Daniel Formal
San Jose, Costa Rica
Three of the six previous SKUSA Pro Tour S1 champions have been from outside the United States. A Kiwi, a Brit, and a Belgian have invaded the Pro Tour and taken away the top shifterkart title back home with them. A fourth could take the crown to Costa Rica with him. Formal is certainly among the favorites heading into the SuperNationals. A dominating week in Las Vegas last year gave the former Florida resident his first SuperNats victory to an already stellar CV. Formal made the trip from home to New Jersey, joining his DRT Racing squad for a F-Series event, winning the Saturday round and keeping six races on his dossier for the EKN Driver Rankings. Can Formal repeat his SuperNationals crown? Find out on SuperSunday.
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,1,1176
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,10,992
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1079
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
F-Series Gearup Challenge 2016 #7,8,1,892
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.0
Average Points: 1047.5
Total Points: 6285
Stock Moto #2 – Billy Musgrave
For the third time in the last four years, Billy Musgrave has finished as the champion at the California ProKart Challenge. It is an impressive record for someone who broke onto the karting scene with a S2 SuperNationals victory in 2012. Pro Tour success eluded Billy until last year, scoring victory at the SummerNationals. 2016 began with a roll of the dice switch to dry tires at the opener, holding off former Pro Tour champion Joey Wimsett for the victory. It has been the lone podium trip at the national level, with hopes of returning to the steps at the SuperNationals.
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,4,1141
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #1 – S1, 8.5,1,950
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1090
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1057
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,8,1008
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,9,998
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.5
Average Points: 1040.7
Total Points: 6244
Stock Moto #3 – Joey Wimsett
November 2013 was a breakout month for Joey Wimsett, placing runner-up at the Rotax Grand Finals in New Orleans. And then a week later, putting in an amazing performance to win the SuperNationals and secure his first ever Pro Tour championship. 2014 was a podium-less season, and Wimsett sat out the Pro Tour in 2015, connecting with Phil Giebler Racing prior to the SuperNationals. Now with time to mesh, the Ricciardo chassis under Wimsett has been performing well, including three top-five finishes in four Pro Tour races. The 12-month run could very well end with a podium finish in Las Vegas.
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,8,1094
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1079
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,7,1025
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,5,1041
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,5,1041
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #6 – S1, 8.5,6,881
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.50
Average Points: 1026.8
Total Points: 6161
Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #21
Stock Moto has seen a number of international drivers take part since it became the focal point of shifterkart racing in Superkarts! USA back in 2010. Three of the six S1 champions are from outside the United States, while the S2 category has yet to see an international driver succeed in the championship chase. Collin Daley is looking to change that, teaming up with DRT Racing aboard a DR Kart. It has been an up and down 2016, with the ups brining in two top-five finishes at the SKUSA Pro Tour, including a podium at the SpringNationals. Daley, who just started competing in a shifterkart, has continued to improve with performances at the F-Series on the east coast, and is set to make his SuperNationals debut in the S2 division.
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S2,9,3,1008
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S2,9,5,1017
F-Series Gearup Challenge 2016 #4,8,2,852
F-Series Gearup Challenge 2016 #5,8,3,853
F-Series Gearup Challenge 2016 #6,8,4,865
F-Series Gearup Challenge 2016 #7,8,2,870
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.17
Average Points: 910.8
Total Points: 5465
EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in TaG and six in Stock Moto to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.
Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2016, the SKUSA Pro Tour and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. A base ranking of nine (9) goes to the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Challenge of the Americas, Rock Island Grand Prix and California ProKart Challenge. Other national and regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.
The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.
Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race. Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races in TaG, six for Stock Moto, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.
EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings – as of October 20, 2016
20.,21,1,Rory van der Steur,14,5522
38.,38,NC,Robert Heck Jr.,10,5135
79.,71,-8,Arturo Hernandez Jr.,4,3591
87.,84,-3,Joe di Vito,4,3226
88.,107,19,Eric Van Der Steur,4,3203
95.,92,-3,Salvador de Alba,3,2820
102.,-,-,Pablo Daniel Cortez,3,2483
121.,120,-1,Sting Ray Robb,2,1783
124.,128,4,Joshua de Losier,2,1715
127.,-,-,Julian Van der Steur,2,1699
140.,152,12,Ryan P. Lewis,2,1536
156.,165,9,Max Di Bella,1,995
178.,183,5,Manuel Vazquez Camarasa,1,848
182.,187,5,Fernando Casillas Jr.,1,837
189.,195,6,Daniel De La Calle,1,820
196.,208,12,Austin Ray Chalman,1,799