EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21 – Preview Series – X30 Master

Former winners square off with a younger crowd looking to steal the spotlight

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present the Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 21. Leading up to on-track action of the 21st edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 10 categories that will compete outside the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino from November 15-19.

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Renato David is looking to defend his victory in X30 Master (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Fifteen years ago, on the temporary track outside the Rio Hotel and Casino, the TaG Master category made its debut at the SuperNationals. The division has continued to grow year after year, battling with the difficulties of engine competition while welcoming top talent from around the world. Last year was the first time that the class was expanded to welcome more than the 44 drivers in a single race group, having been the first class to sell out year after year. A record 66 drivers are registered for this year’s X30 Master division, featuring several former winners and podium finishers, along with some new younger names that may spoil the fun for the older crowd. Over half entered were not in the field a year ago, and 16 of them are under the age of 35.

Brazilian Renato David became the ninth different winner of the category after a long debrief with officials following the checkered flag. Fellow countryman Eduardo Dieter crossed the line first, but was moved down the order for contact, which promoted David to the top of the podium to become the second Brazilian driver to win in the class. As for Dieter, you can believe he is returning with some unfinished business to take care of. Both will be on different chassis this time around, with David on the Birel ART as Dieter joins the CRG Nordam operation.

Two-time SKUSA champion Derek Wang is making only his second SuperNats start in X30 Master (Photo: EKN)

The ‘King’ of the Master class in Vegas, however, is Leonardo Nienkotter (J3 / CompKart). The three-time victor remains to be a threat year after year, and has five podium finishes in seven starts. Last year’s runner-up finish kept the Brazilian out of the record books in his attempt to tie for the most wins by a driver at four, a distinction held only by Connor DePhillippi. The now 40-year-old will attempt to make history once again. The ‘Thunder from Down Under’ Kip Foster has the opportunity to tie Nienkotter with three wins in the category. A winner in 2014 and 2015, the Aussie had two provisional victories taken away in 2010 and 2011 for technical fouls. Foster came from 14th to fourth on SuperSunday a year ago, and is ready to jump back on top of the podium once again with KartSport North America, aboard a Praga for the first time. Nienkotter and Foster are the only two drivers to start in seven of the last eight Master events at the SuperNationals.

All three of the SKUSA Pro Tour plate holders will be in attendance. Two-time champion Derek Wang made his first start in X30 Master after multiple runs in the S4 category. Wang (BBR / FA Kart) finished third last year, easily putting him among the contenders list. Laurentiu Mardan capped off the 2017 Pro Tour season with two victories at the SummerNationals, grabbing hold of the SKUSA #2 plate for 2018. Mardan (KC / Kosmic) has yet to finish a main event after two starts in Vegas, and will be hoping to move past them and contend this year. Travis Irving made a triumphant return to the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2017, finishing third on the year and runner-up in the California ProKart Challenge standings. Irving (FW / CompKart) went winless on the national scene this year, but is a former winner of the class some 12 years ago when he was just 20-years-old due to the weight provision.

Jess Peterson is the ‘New Kid in Town’, looking to steal the show in X30 Master (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

The driver beating Irving at the regional level, also having secured two wins at the SpringNationals, is Jess Peterson. The long-time national level driver made his debut in the Master division this year, winning two SKUSA Pro Tour races, along with the California ProKart Challenge championship on the strength of two wins and five total podium finishes. Peterson (PGR / Ricciardo) leads a solid list of drivers under the age of 35. Matt Johnson is a bit older than that, however, he is making his first Master start at the SuperNationals. Johnson (RPM / Tony Kart) is a former California PKC champion and front-runner on the SKUSA Pro Tour. Donald Durbin Jr. is another first-time participant at the SuperNationals. The two-time Challenge of the Americas champion is a sure podium contender aboard his Cambrian Go-Karts / Sodi Kart. International drivers to watch include Bruno Vermeeren (MMK), Aussie Michael Patrizi (PSL / Ricciardo) and the only Indy 500 starter at the SuperNationals – British driver Pippa Mann (Top Kart USA).

Provisional X30 Master Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis State Country
469a Felipe Baptiste Team Montoya Birel ART COL
115a Bruno Bezerra NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
22c Jared Booher Terra Firma Motorsports Parolin CA USA
57a Jorge Borelli Tony Kart BRA
111m Salvador Bortoni Bortoni Motors MEX
37k Kurtis Breeding VemmeKart Vemme CA USA
101y Carlos Calderon Aluminos Aluminos CA USA
649a Diego Camodeca AM Racing Team Parolin ARG
90a Weldes Campos Kosmic BRA
09a Antonio Canedo NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
5n Kim Carapellatti Carapellatti Racing PCR NY USA
43n Scot Carapellatti Carapellatti Racing FK Kart NY USA
250a Renato David Birel ART FL BRA
110a Eduardo Dieter CRG Nordam CRG BRA
45a Ariel Dominguez CRG ARG
79y Donald Durbin Jr. Cambrian Go Karts Sodi Kart CA USA
000a Guido Elustondo VemmeKart Vemme ARG
20a Kip Foster KartSport North America Praga AUS
772a Magno Gaia Orsolon Racing Tony Kart BRA
046a Miguel Gaston Perez CRG ARG
079a Leonardo Giraldez AM Racing Team Parolin ARG
088m Diego Gonzalez Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA Sodi Kart MEX
51s Guy Hepner KartSport North America Praga SC USA
131y Paul Hohlbein TB Kart USA TB Kart CA USA
52c Travis Irving Formula Works Compkart CA USA
86c Erik Jackson MMK CA USA
04a Fernando Janson CRG Nordam CRG ARG
17x Matt Johnson Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart CA USA
08a Mikko Laine Kart Republic Kart Republic FIN
32y Gary Lennon Kyle Kuntze Motorsports Tony Kart NV ZAF
918a Paulo Lopes Kosmic BRA
58a Pippa Mann Top Kart USA Top Kart IN GBR
N2 Laurentiu Mardan KartCraft / Pole Position Inc Kosmic IL ROU
221a Francisco Marques Orsolon Racing Tony Kart BRA
34a Carlos Martich CRG ARG
47a Bruno Martins NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
069a Gilberto Martins NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
444m Gerardo Isaac Maya Wolf Birel ART MEX
497j Paul Meise Trinity Karting Group Tony Kart OH USA
0x Tim Meyer Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CA USA
004a Gustavo Michelsen BBR Karting Tony Kart PER
377t Miguel Mier Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA Sodi Kart TX MEX
623c John Nielsen CA USA
021a Leonardo Nienkotter J3 Competition CompKart BRA
93j Roman Padans Franklin Motorsports Merlin WI LVA
029a Michael Patrizi PSL Karting Ricciardo AUS
255y Jess Peterson Phil Giebler Racing Birel ART NV USA
18a Danillo Ramalho Kosmic BRA
127a Marcos Regadas NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
613g John Robicheaux Rolison Performance Group Kosmic MS USA
15t Jesus Robles-Torrado Orsolon Racing Tony Kart TX USA
099n Frank Runco Tony Kart NY USA
87a Sandrei Silva NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
55k Jonathan Silva Formula Works CompKart CA USA
44x Robert Switzler FA Kart CA USA
77x Vatche Tatikian Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo CA USA
218z Luke Vasquez Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart OR USA
104a Bruno Vermeeren Mike Manning Karting MMK BEL
576y Jason Vince TJV Racing Sera Kart NV AUS
14a Ignacio Vivian CRG ARG
68a Kris Walton J3 Competition CompKart AUS
N1 Derek Wang BBR Karting FA Kart WA USA
707a Armando Watson Team Koene USA Tony Kart PER
087t Adam White Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA Sodi Kart TX GBR
54c Steve Wiener Intrepid CA USA
005a Alessandro Xavier NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA

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