Race Report: KPX Karting Championship – Round Four
The KPX Karting Championship powered by Briggs & Stratton Round 4 was once again a jammed packed event. Round 4 was hosted by Bluemax Kart Club in Davis, CA. 114 entries came to Davis to test their skills against some of the best 4-stroke drivers around. Although it was hot, this didn’t stop the racers from coming out and putting on a show. 114 karts is KPX second biggest showing this year only five karts behind their race at Prairie City. KPX is averaging 113 entries per race after four races.
Kid Kart had a total of nine karts enter the race. The Honda class has been averaging six karts per race and stayed on track with six entries in Davis. Mason Garwood started out the day with a bang taking the pole position. Garwood got into a racing incident on lap three that dropped him to the back of the field allowing Tarron Graves to take the victory. Graves held the lead the entire main event to take the win. Jack Schrady fought his way up from fourth to finish second. Jesse Pulido finished third. In the Comer class Alex Rantala took the pole away from Brendan Choi by only two tenths. Choi found some speed in the heat race to take the win. Rantala wasn’t satisfied with second place when he made a pass on Choi on lap two and continued on to win. Holden Lyons finished in the third position.
Due to the high demand to separate the Junior 1 206 class, KPX incorporated a novice class. In the Jr. 1 206 Novice class Trevor Brewer took the top spot in qualifying. Oscar Iliffe came up from the third position to take the win in the heat race. After qualifying on top Brewer dropped to the third position in the Main event. Katie Baker made her stamp on the second position. Iliffe held on to lead all 18 laps and take the win. Junior 1 206 had Kai Sorensen continuing his domination qualifying on pole. Sorensen held on to the lead in the heat race. In the main event the top three decided they were going to put on a show with only three tenths separating them at the checkered flag. Eli Mays finished third after putting on a passing clinic with Ethan Nascimento. Nascimento finished second. Sorensen held onto the lead even under pressure.
Junior 2 206 has been one of the highlights of the KPX all year long. Another large field of 26 karts arrived to race in Davis. Oliver Calvo got the pole by only a tenth. Aiden Kempf fought by Calvo in the heat race to take the win. Kempf held a tight second the entire main event until late in the race he dropped back to finish fourth. Tomas Mejia worked his tail off from sixth to finish in third. Garrette Randolph Jr. started in fourth and drove up to finish in second. Calvo had a little late race competition but overcame his competition to take the win.
Senior 206 came to Davis in style with 35 karts and an unimaginable competition level with so many drivers that could win. Kenny Manchester took the top spot in qualifying. As expected the action was packed in the heat race, the top three put on a show and there was a long train of kart there on back. Jess Peterson showed why he is leading the points and took the heat race win. In the main event the a large crowed invoked some tight racing allowing Manchester to slowly take advantage of a three second final lead and in turn winning the main event. Zac Rivera worked all day coming away with a second place finish. Tyler Agan came from a long ways back to finish in third.
The Masters 206 class was full of surprises and great racing. 16 racers arrived on race day. Clint Motta came away with the first position in qualifying. Brian Rivera got out in front of Jeremy Abshire and took home the win in the heat race. Rivera took an early lead in the main event but wasn’t without challenge. The second through fourth place karts gained momentum and put a challenge up that was only conquered by Rivera after a racing incident. Rivera took home the win. Brian Baker finished in second with Abshire in third after Brian Gallagher was penalized two positions and finished in fourth.
World Formula had six entries. Nick Grossi ran in the medium class and didn’t have any challengers. This didn’t stop him and a couple of heavy drivers from putting on a show. Steven Taylor took the pole position. Taylor took the win in the heat race even challenging off Grossi. Barrett Barnwell wasn’t going to allow Taylor to just take the win and challenged him almost until the end of the main event when he spun. Barnwell still finished in second. Taylor took the win. Grossi, Taylor, and Barnwell put on a tight knit show for the fans.
KPX continued to give back to the racers with five free sets of tires given away in five classes. They also gave away ten free entries to the Junior drivers and $500 to five lucky Senior drivers thanks to Briggs & Stratton. They continued working to have great starts once again incorporating the radar gun where the racers must keep their speed under 25 MPH until they get into the coned starting zone where the green flag drops. They also brought in an assistant race director to get another set of eyes on the track which seemed to pay off in the end with more enforcement.
KPX will have their fifth round of competition on September 10 in Sonoma, CA. Keep an eye out for more information regarding their next race. Contact Simraceway to set up practice time for the upcoming race.