eKartingNews.com http://ekartingnews.com The leading karting website in the world Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:04:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Paddock Insider: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – 2016 Grand Nationals http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/23/paddock-insider-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-2016-grand-nationals/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/23/paddock-insider-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-2016-grand-nationals/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:26:18 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=72010 WKA Manufacturers Cup logoEKN’s Paddock Insider is a new Trackside coverage addition, bringing you notes, updates and breaking news as it happens. The article will be a timeline of events as they happen during the 2016 Grand Nationals – presented by Top Kart USA – for the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana. The information will not be seen anywhere else, including interviews and photos. Please feel free to comment and discuss our coverage and today’s action in the EKN Global Members Discussion area below: For complete coverage head to the EKN Event Page.

Friday Final Practice

KSNA’s Jones Back Behind the Wheel

Eric Jones back behind the wheel again (Photo: EKN)

Eric Jones back behind the wheel again (Photo: EKN)

There are a number of talented drivers here at New Castle, both competing and along the fence line providing support for those in our sport today. Among them is KartSport North America’s Eric Jones, who has nearly won at every level and program across the country. It has been some time since we seen Jones behind the wheel at an event, as he is spending Friday aboard his own Praga machine that has been sitting in his showroom at the Mooresville, NC shop. After a few sessions on it, they are tuning it in along with the Comet Racing Engines X30 engine. It is still unsure if he is really going to race. The real question is, if he wins the overall weekend cash prize from IAME USA East, does he pay it to himself or hand it down to his KSNA mechanic Carlos.

RoboPong 200 Cancelled for 2016

Thursday, New Castle announced the cancelation of the RoboPong 200 events, scheduled for next weekend, making this the last major event at the facility on the year and the last major 2-cycle event along the east coast for 2016. A number of people are upset at the cancellation for the event who are here racing. It has been a busy summer of racing, with events nearly every weekend with SKUSA, WKA, USPKS, Rok Cup, Rotax – and not to mention all the regional and club racing going on. One thing is obvious, the 2017 event needs to begin promotion now, along with finding ways to get the professional drivers back involved if the Dan Wheldon Memorial is not happening again. And, a way to get club and regional racers involved. NCMP needs to work with surrounding clubs and series to avoid scheduling on top of the event to help make it one of the top-five events of the year like it has been for the past decade.

Holden to Merlin?

Zach Holden putting in some practice time for the sick Brandon Lemke (Photo: EKN)

Zach Holden putting in some practice time for the sick Brandon Lemke (Photo: EKN)

This weekend, two championships are on the line for Brandon Lemke – one in IAME and the other in Yamaha. The former Triple Crown winner came to New Castle, not feeling well, and has elected to sit out practice for the day. In his place is friend Zach Holden. Here to hang out on a Friday with his friends, Holden was asked to practice for Lemke during the practice sessions. Holden will work with Jason Birdsell and Bill Lemke to have Brandon’s Merlin machines ready to go for Saturday in hopes of his return to the seat should his illness go away overnight.

Grand National Eagles on the Line This Weekend

The 2016 WKA Manufacturers Cup Grand Nationals is being held this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The series finale is the fifth stop of the program, coming to New Castle, Indiana for the second time in 2016, utilizing the same track layout. There was some confusion as to why the same ‘National’ layout is being used, however, the numbers are above the Pittsburgh total thanks to a number of local drivers participating. Junior and Cadet divisions are among the higher entered divisions with the Senior at or around 10 for both IAME and Yamaha. The paddock does not look as filled as it has for previous events, however, the competition on track is sure to be exciting, as it always is at the Grand Nationals and the New Castle facility.

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Another Hot One for Los Angeles Karting Championship http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/another-hot-one-for-los-angeles-karting-championship/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/another-hot-one-for-los-angeles-karting-championship/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:29:21 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=72000 Los Angeles Karting Championship-LAKC-2016 logoThere has been no escaping the heat this summer in California and for the Los Angeles Karting Championship. The eight round of the 2016 season was contested on September 18 with temperatures reaching triple digits once again. The penultimate event in the championship chase – contested on the ‘Classico’ counterclockwise layout at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California – helped a number of drivers stand out with only one round left to decide this year’s title winners.

The temperature doesn’t seem to affect Carson Morgan as the Cadet driver doubled up in the win column for a second straight event. The largest class of the weekend was the P1 Engines Mini Swift division, featuring 23 of the next super stars in karting. Cole Keith Cotham set fast lap in qualifying, clearing Anthony Willis by one tenth of a second as Morgan clocked in the fifth best time. Cole Morgan, Cotham and Willis each took a turn at the lead until Carson Morgan worked his way into the top spot. Morgan scored the race win with championship leader Daniel Inzunza following him through for second. The duo were joined by Willis at the front, jostling for the lead lap after lap. Inzunza secured the top spot on lap 14, and led the final four laps to reach the checkered flag first. Inzunza was penalized two positions for an on-track infraction, thus handing the victory to Morgan. Cotham slipped in to finish second with Inzunza down to third. Willis ended up fourth ahead of Bryce Stevens. Morgan then went on to sweep the Fleming Racing Engines Junior 1 Comer category. After securing fast time in qualifying, Morgan led all 10 laps of the Prefinal before going on to lead 17 of the 18 laps in the main event en route to the victory. Cotham kept it close, leading the one lap Morgan did not, crossing the line just nine hundredths back of the victor. Aiden Dodge drove to third over Kasey Gillis and Chance Gibson.

Carson Morgan doubled up once again, winning in Junior 1 Comer and Mini Swifth (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Carson Morgan doubled up once again, winning in Junior 1 Comer and Mini Swifth (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Carlee Taylor was able to notch the first victory of the season in the 2 Wild Karting X30 Pro division. Jake Drew, making his second start of the year, came out as the driver to beat. Drew set fast time in qualifying (37.905) and beat Nicky Hays for the Prefinal win. After leading the opening lap, Drew was shuffled back and eventually out of the top-five later in the race. That opened the door for a charging Taylor and Andrick Zeen. On lap five, Zeen took over the top position and led for four laps until a broken throttle cable put him on the sideline. That gave the lead back to Taylor, as she was able to run away to the victory. Hays was shuffled back early and fought back to finish second, closing in late with the fast laps of the race. Worawong Komarakul drove to third in his first start of 2016, placing ahead of Cody Kelleher and Colby DuBato.

There were a total of five sweeps on the day, including a fourth victory on the year for John Crow, the Mike Manning Karting TaG Master point leader. Crow cleared the field in qualifying by four tenths of a second, before leading every lap of the Prefinal and Final for a perfect round. New Jersey driver Chris Giumarra made the trek cross-country, driving to the second position over Paul Bonilla who made his 2016 LAKC debut. Travis Irving ended up fourth with Gary Lennon in fifth. A fifth victory was garnered by Royal McKee in the Musgrave Racing Company S3 Novice Stock Moto division. McKee led the entire day, capping it off with a 1.5-second victory in the main event to extend his championship lead. Prescott Campbell ended up second with Garrett McKelvie edging out Adrian Yong and Anthony Fontana for third. A familiar driver dominated the Phil Giebler Racing Open 125 Shifter class on the day, making a return to the seat for the first time in 2016. Former SKUSA Pro Tour champion Alan Sciuto set the pace throughout the round, driving to a 18-second advantage in the main event. Point leader Slava Prikhodko ended up second ahead of Troy Butts.

Carlee Taylor took her first checkered flag of the season in the X30 Pro division (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Carlee Taylor took her first checkered flag of the season in the X30 Pro division (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

The Ryan Perry Motorsport X30 Junior race was a battle of two drivers – point leader Ryan Schartau and Trey Brown. The first battle went to Brown, edging Schartau by over a tenth of a second in qualifying. Brown held the advantage early on in the Prefinal, until Schartau made a late charge and reached the line first by 34 thousandths of a second. The two swapped the lead throughout the 18-lap main event, with Brown securing the lead as they took the white flag. Brown was able to establish a large enough gap to reach the checkered flag first for his third victory on the season. Schartau settled for second with Zoey Edenholm in third. Calder McWhinney and Joseph Daniele capped off the top-five.

Brendon Cramer came away with his second victory in the Mack Motorsports PRD Junior 2 class on the year. It was a close affair throughout the day, including qualifying when Cramer edged out Round Two winner Mia Butts by 89 thousandths for fast time. Cramer led the first eight laps of the Prefinal until Brenden DeLorto took over, scoring the win. DeLorto led the first 17 laps of the main event as Cramer sat, waiting for the right opportunity. A final lap maneuver secured the lead and the victory for Cramer. DeLorto missed the checkered flag first by 65 thousandths of a second. Zachary Abollahi was third with Pierce Sullivan fourth and Ricco Shlamoun in fifth.

Aidan Yoder notched his second straight in the 2Wild Karting X30 Intermediate category. Yoder set the pace in qualifying and led the first seven laps of the Prefinal until a mechanical issue put him on the sidelines. That allowed Gino Alfonso-Macauley to score the race win. Yoder started just outside the top-10, and knifed his way quickly through the field. In just two laps, Yoder was into the second position, needing just three more circuits to take back the lead. Yoder drove away to a six-second advantage for the victory. Gino drove to second with Michel Manning joining them on the podium. Alyssa Yauney and point leader Joey Paonessa completed the top-five.

X30 Junior saw another great battle, this time with Trey Brown on the winning end (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

X30 Junior saw another great battle, this time with Trey Brown on the winning end (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Two drivers continue to show the way in the Empire Karts Micro Swift division. Cooper Hicks had five victories heading into the weekend with Frankie Mossman holding two. Hicks held the advantage on the day, leading in qualifying and drove the win in the Prefinal. Mossman turned up the heat, leading the majority of the race. The two exchanged the top position for three laps toward the end until Mossman locked up the position. At the line, Mossman scored his third victory over Hicks. Jesus Vasquez Jr. was a close third, with AJ Matheson fourth and Mathias Coito in fifth.

The day looked to belong to Logan Chambers in the freem Honda Kid Kart category, looking for his third victory of the season. Chambers led the way in qualifying and all eight laps in the Prefinal. Championship leader Logan Ainsworth was right there, and put on the pressure in the main event. The two swapped the lead nearly every circuit until Ainsworth secured the top position late. At the checkered, it was Ainsworth with his fourth victory of the season. Chambers settled for second with Brodey Vicars in third. Drake Cardey and John Antonino completed the top-five.

Other winners on the day include:

Alan Sciuto is back behind the wheel of a kart, driving to a sweep in the Open Shifter category (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Alan Sciuto is back behind the wheel of a kart, driving to a sweep in the Open Shifter category (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Billy Musgrave – Baldozier Racing S1 Pro Stock Moto
Vivek Tandon – CRG SoCal S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto
Rob Logan – Nash Motorsportz S4 Master Stock Moto
Chris Curtis – Professional Kart Support S4 Super Master Stock Moto
Ricco Shlaimoun – RLV USA S5 Junior Stock Moto
Ian Bland – iKart West PRD Senior Pilot
Blake Nash – Sanner Racing Junior 1 Comer Pilot

The ninth and final event of the 2016 Los Angeles Karting Championship season is scheduled for October 16 at the CalSpeed facility. For more about the 2016 Los Angeles Karting Championship program, please visit LAKC.org and ‘Like’ them on Facebook and follow on Instagram.

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New Castle Motorsports Park Cancels RoboPong 200 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/new-castle-motorsports-park-cancels-robopong-200/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/new-castle-motorsports-park-cancels-robopong-200/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:03:37 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71974 The following is a statement from the facility regarding the cancellation of the RoboPong 200 for 2016

With great disappointment, New Castle Motorsports Park must announce the cancellation of the 2016 RoboPong 200. Despite a large social media campaign to help secure enough entries to put on a successful event the amount of entries received over the last couple weeks was unfortunately not enough. NCMP has every intention of bringing the Robopong 200 and support races back, bigger and better, in 2017.

Just a few seasons ago the RoboPong 200 easily fit on most karters calenders with no races within 2-3 weeks of the race. It was a great way to end the season for many racers with a fun, unique, stand-alone event. With the current increase in regional and national series, the RoboPong 200 is now surrounded by numerous karting events. With a summer full of races, many back to back to back, we have seen a dramatic dropoff in entries as the season has gone on in most series and unfortunately the economics of this situation has also affected the RoboPong 200.

With all this in mind we will be carefully scheduling the RoboPong 200 in 2017 to mitigate this new reality in karting as much as possible. We are also looking for cost reduction measures for the event as well. Our hope is to increase the fun factor and decrease the cost. The RoboPong 200 is possibly the most unique event in US Karting with karting’s top drivers competing alongside some of motorsports biggest stars! We want this tradition to continue but only if we can give the race the true attention and support it deserves.

Thank you to everyone who has entered the race for 2016 and thank you to everyone who tried to help us secure enough entries to hold this year’s race. The karting landscape has changed and the RoboPong 200 has to adapt to these changes. We know the RoboPong 200 can stand on its own in the future and we will do everything we can to put on the best Robopong 200 yet in 2017.

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Big Fields for Superkart Title Meeting in New Zealand http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/big-fields-for-superkart-title-meeting-in-new-zealand/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/big-fields-for-superkart-title-meeting-in-new-zealand/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:08:11 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71968 One of the biggest fields of SuperKarts assembled in New Zealand in recent years is set to impress at the 2016 KartSport New Zealand National SuperKart Championships and Grand Prix meeting at Hampton Downs this weekend.

The blue riband International class has attracted 10 entries – including those of former NZ title holders Paul Dunlop and Wayne Sproston – while the National class has attracted seventeen, including former class champions Chris Simmonds and Steve Wilton.

Also back in a SuperKart for the meeting is multi-time New Zealand Sprint class champion Ryan Urban and fellow former NZ Sprint class champion Alex Geary, both in International class karts.

Though better known for his achievements on the country’s purpose-built kart tracks,  Urban, from Auckland, is also an accomplished SuperKart driver, having won the big Superstars of SuperKarts race at Laguna Seca in the United States in 2006 against a field of top US drivers.

Traditionally the annual KartSport New Zealand SuperKart Championships and Grand Prix have been a standalone kart one but, following the success of last year’s event format at Taupo, this weekend the various class titles will be contested at a new Waikato Challenge car/SuperKart meeting in conjunction with the HRC.

As well as races for the purpose-built, ‘lay-down,’ SuperKarts there will also be races – and titles up for grabs – for converted ‘sit-up’ Sprint class karts.

These have also attracted strong fields with eight each in 125cc Rotax Max Light and Heavy.

Sunday is the big day for the SuperKarts with tuning runs, qualifying and the first heats (of 4) in the morning and remaining class heat races then standalone 11 lap International/National and Rotax Light & Heavy Grand Prix races in the afternoon.

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Successful Series Finale for Rolison Performance Group http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/successful-series-finale-for-rolison-performance-group/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/successful-series-finale-for-rolison-performance-group/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:55:20 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71966 The final round of the Can-Am Karting Challenge in Canby, Oregon brought success for Rolison Performance Group (RPG). The Oregon based team secured 10 podium finishes, three championships, and two grand finals tickets over the weekend, adding to their already stout resume.

RPG drivers set the pace for the weekend in the Masters Max category. Drivers Billy Cleavelin and Mike Groff dominated the field. Cleavelin took the pole in qualifying with Groff following in a close second. Cleavelin continued to dominate the field throughout the weekend, taking home the win in the final. Groff remained a consistent second place finisher all weekend and joined Cleavelin on the podium with a second place finish.

In Mini Max, driver Josh Pierson battled ups and downs all weekend, but fought back in the final and redeemed himself with a podium finish. Teammate Jonathon Portz suffered a similar fate, battling through in true RPG fashion, only to see his hopes of a win sidelined when he was unable to finish in the final.

In Junior Max, Hannah Greenemeier brought RPG to the front of the field by securing the pole in qualifying on Saturday. She remained at the front of the field for the rest of the weekend, ending with a strong fourth place finish. Teammate Edward Portz improved throughout the weekend and earned a podium appearance with a second place finish in the final. Matthew Taskinen started Saturday strong with a heat race win. On Sunday, Taskinen joined his teammate on the podium with a third place finish. Driver Jacob Gulick drove consistently all weekend, finishing off Sunday with a fifth place finish in the final. Teammates Alexis Apodaca and Townes Allen showed consistent top-10 results all weekend, but were both unable to finish the final on Sunday.

In Micro Max, RPG driver Graham Trammell showed consistent success, finishing in the top-three all weekend. He finished third in the final on Sunday.

RPG Senior Max drivers posted strong results all weekend. Coltin McCaughan posted top-three results throughout the event, scoring a third place finish in Sunday’s final. Teammate Parker McKean showed similar success, joining his teammate on the podium with a second place finish. Drivers Walker Hess and Kellen Ritter scored fifth and sixth place finishes in the final, respectively.

In the LO206 Senior class, drivers Jacob Gulick and Josh Sarchet scored consistent top-10 finishes on Saturday in the 26-kart field. Both managed to score top-20 finishes in Sunday’s final

In the LO206 Junior category, Josh Pierson secured the pole in Saturday’s qualifying. Following this, Pierson scored two wins in the heats and finished the weekend by scoring second place in the final. Teammate Hannah Greenemeier ran in the top-five all weekend, taking home a third place finish after a competitive battle in the final.

Wins and podiums were not the only thing the RPG team took home over the weekend. Three championships were secured in the series finale. Mike Groff won the championship in Masters Max, along with a free entry to the US Open in November. Teammate Billy Cleavelin finished second in the championship for Masters Max. Coltin McCaughan won the championship in Senior Max, and Matthew Taskinen was crowned champion as well in Junior Max. Both McCaughan and Taskinen won Rotax Grand Finals tickets in their respective classes, a huge accomplishment for both drivers. They will be representing Team Canada in Italy this November.

“I am thrilled with the success the RPG team has had this weekend at the series finale of the Can-Am Karting Challenge” said team owner Mike Rolison. “Earning multiple podiums and securing three championships is a great addition to our resume. I am excited that two of my drivers get the opportunity to race at Grand Finals in Italy. They have worked hard all year and deserve this chance. Thank you to all of the drivers and families for their hard work this season.”

The next stop for RPG is the US Open in Las Vegas, followed by the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas in November. If you are interested in joining the team for these events, contact Mike Rolison at 503-260-4514. Spaces are filling up fast, reserve yours today!

Rolison Performance Group (RPG) is national level karting team based out of Wilsonville, Oregon. RPG competes nationally at the Rotax US Open, Florida Winter Tour, Challenge of the Americas, and SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) programs, as well as at a regional level at the Can-Am Karting Challenge and SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge events. For more information about driver programs, visit www.rolisonperformancegroup.com or contact Mike Rolison at 503-260-4514.

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WKA Tech Manual Advertising Available http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/wka-tech-manual-advertising-available/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/wka-tech-manual-advertising-available/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:58 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71964 With the 2016 racing season in the final stretch, work has begun on the 2017 version of the World Karting Association Tech Manual, as members of the respective Competition and Tech Committees, as well as Board of Trustees and Office Staff, finalize information on class structure and rules for all national series for the upcoming season.

In addition to being a well coveted book by competitors, it is also a perfect place for companies to promote their business and products for an entire year.

At present, WKA is accepting ads from sponsors and companies. There are a variety of ad sizes available, from business card size to full page ads.

If you would like to advertise in the 2017 edition of the WKA Technical Manual, contact Marie Borsuk at (704) 455-1606, ext 111, or marie@worldkarting.com.  Or you can fax to (704) 455-1609.

Deadline for submitting information will be Friday September 30. 

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14 Year Old Peschang Wins 2 National Road Racing Titles http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/14-year-old-peschang-wins-2-national-road-racing-titles/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/14-year-old-peschang-wins-2-national-road-racing-titles/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:51:11 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71961 14 year old Cole Peschang from South Beloit accomplished something not many do at 14 years old. He Won 2 National Titles while Road Racing across the United States in the World Karting Association  Road Racing Series . Cole drove his go- kart to Wins at Daytona International Speedway during Kart Week in the Junior Animal Lite and Junior Animal Heavy Classes. He followed up by winning in Georgia in March at Roebling Road Raceway and then again in June at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. And he finished up the season Winning the Grand Nationals Race in Dawsonville, Georgia.

It wasn’t all fun and games though. Cole states they had some engine issues on and off during the year. “We had pretty much wrapped up the Championships and were testing after our win at Summit Point in June.  WKA is changing the engines rules in 2017 from running Methanol Alcohol to a 110 Octane Racing Gas in a few of the Series’ we run in. The class is Pro Gas. So what better time to try and get ahead of the rest by testing now.  So we went to Mid-Ohio Sports car Course for an AKRA/Dart Kart Club road race in mid- June. Saturday we won our class  with a 30 second advantage over 2nd place but I could feel the engine wasn’t right. But had no idea what it was. So we reset the valves, reworked our clutch and went out Sunday and got 2nd place but the new engine was weak to say the least. Got home and sent the engine back to the builder. Guess it was an intake valve issue.”

2016 was a weird season for our Team says Cole’s dad Jeff.  We had highs and lows all year long. Win here , lose there, engine woes, new karts and engines, new racing series, etc. Earlier in the year a fellow racer’s family offered Cole a chance of his lifetime so far. They had numerous 2 cycle karts and offered a ride in one of them to Cole. It is something he wanted to do but we really couldn’t afford at the time. We were focused on Road Racing in 2016. But seems the road races are only 1 time a month we had time to do other racing. We took their 2015  DR kart to 3 events. Winning 1 of them. The Bromerek’s who offered us their kart also offered their tuner with it. Todd Morse has won numerous National races with his daughter as his driver so we knew he could give us a hand figuring out these Euro 2 stroke chassis and Yamaha engines. Todd was great by making us write down all of his tuning notes so we could learn how to do it ourselves. After a race in the highly competitive RT66 racing Series we returned the Brombereks DR kart and bought a slightly used chassis of our own.  We drove to Michigan a few weeks after New Castle RT66 races and picked up a Top Kart Twister chassis and a lot of spare parts. We had nothing at the time for these 2 strokes so we started from zero to where we are today with spares of almost everything for it. We took it out just to get seat time at a race at Sugar River Raceway and almost reset the track record . I knew it’d be a good kart for Cole then.”

We also did some other Sprint Road Racing in the Championship Enduro Series. Winning at Gateway, and Mid-Ohio.

Another low to the season was a few track glitches. WKA was supposed to race in mid -June at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) but the track closed for the month to repave the facility instead. So the race was moved to a brand new facility Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, VA. 2 weeks prior to the event the track was not completely finished and the race had to be cancelled . Leaving the Road Racing Series with only 4 races on their schedule instead of the usual 5. The WKA Grand Nationals  are the last races of the season. This year it was held at another brand new facility. The Atlanta Motorsports Park just outside Dawsonville, GA. It is a 2.0 mile road course with up to 100 feet of elevation changes.

Also going on during the WKA Grand Nationals was a “ Live Event weekend” for Cole. One of his 2016 sponsors is Champion Spark Plugs. Part of his sponsorship is media exposure through their numerous media platforms. Cole gave a few short video clips of his racing weekend  along with lots of photos and descriptions of what is required for his racing weekend. Giving them his times, where to watch the races live on the internet and a good view of what goes on behind the scenes at a National Go Karting event. And then Champion posted them LIVE on their Social media pages for Millions to see.

The season ending races at Atlanta Motorsports Park were positive for the most part.  Sunny for Fri practice and Saturday’s races. Sunday was a washout with heavy downpours of rain. Making the track unsafe for racing at 80-120 mph in most classes. Cole was having some issues with the kart pushing in the corners . We tried different tires pressures and even new tires. Sunday in the first practice we figured it out. We put shims in and moved the front tires out for more grip. It worked. We were ready for our race and the rain started and never let up.

His team would like to thank all the people and sponsors who helped him along the way. His parents, his Grandpa who is his mechanic ,  Champion Spark Plugs, Federal-Mogul, Lucas Oil, GoFast HP, El Diablo Clutches, GoPro Cameras, Joes Racing Products, LazyDog Pet Sitters, MAVTV, Olson Signs, R&L Auto Body, Competitive Edge Racing Software, and Kenny Venberg Chassis .

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LeCont Hits Hard at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Karting http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/lecont-hits-hard-at-the-24-hours-of-le-mans-karting/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/lecont-hits-hard-at-the-24-hours-of-le-mans-karting/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:34:55 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71958 The delivery of LeCont tyres at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans Karting contributed to the success of this 31th edition which was entered on the CIK-FIA calendar as the officially labelled Endurance Championship using the new OK engines. With both performance and endurance, the tyres provided by the Italian manufacturer enthused every participant.

Many controversies on the subject preceded the event. “We faced negativity on all sides and pressures before the start of the competition,” explained Paolo Bombara, the LeCont commercial director. “For various reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of our products, a hostile campaign was conducted against us. That does not matter, we are used to it. We were absolutely confident in the quality of our tyres and their ability to meet the challenge of endurance racing. The progress of the 24 hours of Le Mans Karting 2016 showed vividly that we were right!”

The preliminary concerns related primarily to the number of tyres. This year in fact, five sets of tyres for the race were allowed instead of the six previously. Added to this the emergence of the powerful OK engines, without front brakes, against the Rotax, Rok and X30 equipped with three brakes. From this difficult challenge, LeCont came out with its head high by winning general approval, including that of the sceptics.

The five sets of tyres proved largely sufficient to reach the end of the two clock towers at the classic Le Mans venue. Even without the shower in the early evening, the deal was fully completed by the LeCont LH03 EESs. Not only was there no concern about the safety of the event, but the consistency of the performance recorded until the end of the race allowed the teams to focus on the sporting and technical battle from the beginning to end of the event .

According to numerous testimonies collected during the race, the LeCont tyres fully completed their mission. Some sets reached and surpassed 5:30 hours running in GP1 without problems and experienced teams admitted that they could settle for four sets to reach the finish. A more convincing demonstration that the ability of LeCont to go the distance!

Moreover, the inevitable decline in performance due to wear of tyres was very low. According to the timesheets, confirmed on return to the paddock when hot tyres were collected, drivers lost less than a second a lap after four hours of driving with a set. The figures given by the bigger teams even reported a gap of only about 5/10 between new and used tyres. No doubt about it, this is exceptional.

Of course, there were no cases of tyres worn down to the canvas or any other particular incident. The interaction of the powerful GP1 and GP2 categories, despite their different weights and braking systems, caused no problem regarding the tyres.

After 24 hours, 1421 laps and 1966 km, LeCont won the esteem and gratitude of all for the quality of its tyres, both slick and wet, which were efficient, consistent and safe. This brilliant success caused a stir in the community and reinforces the seriousness of the reputation of  the brand from Rovereto.

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CRG Takes the Win at the ADAC Kart Masters of Wackersdorf http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/crg-takes-the-win-at-the-adac-kart-masters-of-wackersdorf/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/22/crg-takes-the-win-at-the-adac-kart-masters-of-wackersdorf/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:30:47 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71955 Luca Maish and Tim Tröger, both on CRG-Parilla run by CRG TB Racing Team, secured respectively the OK Junior and OK titles in the fifth and closing round of ADAC in Wackersdorf. The closing round of DKM to take place on Sunday September 25th in Kerpen with CRG on top of all categories.

CRG winning streak continued in Germany at the ADAC Kart Masters, the German Championship that reached its conclusion last weekend with the fifth round held at the circuit Prokart Raceland of Wackersdorf. The closing race of the championship awarded the national titles after the rounds of Hunsrückring/Hahn, Ampfing, Kerpen and Oschersleben.

MAISH (OKJ) AND TRÖGER (OK) THE NEW ADAC CHAMPIONS

The difficult weather conditions made the ADAC German Championship round of Wackersdorf even trickier, but the OK Junior and OK titles were eventually secured by two drivers of CRG TB Racing Team on CRG-Parilla. Luca Maish claimed in fact the OK Junior Championship with 217 points, leading team mate Hugo Sasse at 186 points, while OK title was won by Tim Tröger thanks to the double win scored in this round.

Hugo Sasse posted the quickest time in OK Junior’s qualifying, as Luca Maish was only 11th. Hugo Sasse ended heats in second place, but Luca Maish started his comeback climbing up to P4. In the first of the two Finals the victory went surprisingly Marius Zug’s ways on CRG-Tm run by team RL-Competition, who closed on top his dominant run started from P6, completing a stunning top three finish for CRG, as Sasse and Maish rounded off the podium in second and third. The victory of the second Final went to Hugo Sasse, but Luca Maish claimed the title thanks to the second place. Marius Zug was 13th in Final two instead. Niels Tröger (CRG-Tm) was also on track with CRG TB Racing Team, Luca Störmer (CRG-Tm) with SRP Racing Team, Linus Jansen (CRG-Tm) and Mathias Torreggiani (CRG-Tm) with CRG Holland.

Tim Tröger has been the quickest of OK since qualifying leading team mate Nermin Colakovic, who was at his first race in this championship. Tröger won the two heats and dominated both finals, while Colakovic secured two fourth places in the finals.

AWAIT MOUNTING FOR THE DKM CLOSER IN KERPEN

CRG is now preparing the main event of DKM in Kerpen, race that will close the Deutschen Kart Meisterschaft next 23-25 September. CRG drivers are currently leading all categories: the Dutch driver Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) of CRG Holland is leading KZ2, the Finn Paavo Tonteri secured the OK title on CRG-Parilla run by CRG TB Racing Team since the round of Oschersleben, the Norwegian Dennis Hauger, on CRG-Parilla run by CRG Holland, is leading OK Junior, while the young Dutch Max Tubben is leading KZ2 Cup on CRG Holland’s CRG-Tm.

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City of Lancaster to Announce 2017 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Scholarship Winner http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/city-of-lancaster-to-announce-2017-streets-of-lancaster-grand-prix-scholarship-winner/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/city-of-lancaster-to-announce-2017-streets-of-lancaster-grand-prix-scholarship-winner/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:13:42 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71940 solgp-2016-logoThe City of Lancaster will announce the 2017 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix (SOLGP) Scholarship winner at the event’s closing ceremonies Sunday, September 25.  Introduced in 2013, the “SOLGP Scholarship” is an initiative designed to help one young driver fund an entire year of kart racing. The selection process includes a thorough review of not only the individual’s driving skills, but also factors such as off-track conduct, personality, and attitude. The goal is to select a recipient who exemplifies all aspects of a true professional. Last year’s recipient, Trey Brown, was humble, had a good attitude, and showed respect, both on and off the track. He also enjoyed going to the track and helping kids improve their driving skills.

Brown, the third recipient of the SOLGP Scholarship has karting in his blood, as his grandfather, father, uncle, and cousin have all been a part of the kart racing world for years. Trey received his first cart on his fifth birthday and went on to win his first Championship in Kid Karts just a year later. Recognizing Trey’s bright future, the family gave up karting themselves to allow him to progress to higher levels. He continued forward and won the Cadet class Championships in 2011 and 2012 in JR1 at PAK. In 2013, he won the IKF Regional Championships in both JR1 and KPV1 and the Vice Champion in Minimax at the Challenge of the Americas. In 2014, Trey took the podium as the TaG Cadet Champion at SKUSA PKC and in 2015, Vice Champion TaG JR at SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge.

Over the course of the year since being awarded the SOLGP Scholarship, Trey has experienced some challenges with switching to a new chassis brand, however it provided him with an opportunity for character building and he has shown great growth through the whole experience.

Aside from racing, Trey is now a freshman in high school, taking AP classes and is a member of the cross country team. He loves everything on wheels and strives to do his best at anything he encounters.

For more information regarding the eighth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, visit www.streetsoflancaster.com

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WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – 2016 Grand Nationals http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/wka-manufacturers-cup-series-2016-grand-nationals/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/wka-manufacturers-cup-series-2016-grand-nationals/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:42:06 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71933 The 2016 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series is set to close out this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park. This is the second trip to the central Indiana facility, with the championships in the eight categories to be decided over the weekend.

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EKN Trackside: 2016 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Grand Nationals – Preview Part 2 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/ekn-trackside-2016-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-grand-nationals-preview-part-2/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/ekn-trackside-2016-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-grand-nationals-preview-part-2/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:04:26 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71925 WKA Manufacturers Cup logoThe WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is set to close out the season this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The fifth event of 2016 is reserved for the Grand Nationals event – presented by Top Kart USA. Returning to the 1-mile circuit in New Castle, Indiana for a second time this year, the WKA Eagle is up for grabs during Round Nine and Ten of the season.

The standard ‘National’ layout is the course all the competitors in the eight categories will tackle. The first of two events at the New Castle facility in July brought in 175 entries, held just before the SKUSA SummerNats. A busy summer season is winding down with entries not expected to be as high, however, the competition level is set to remain strong. Saturday and Sunday host a full round of racing, including five possible points with fast time in qualifying. Two heat races then determine the lineup for the Final, where racers looking to secure enough points toward the season-end championship.

eKartingNews.com is scheduled to be at the New Castle facility all weekend, providing the EKN Trackside Live broadcast. Family, friends and race fans can tune into ekartingnews.com/live all weekend to hear live audio from trackside, along with viewing live timing courtesy of Race-Monitor.com. Daily race reports will be published daily on the site’s home page, updates posted to the Official Discussion Thread, along with breaking news, photos and other links on the EKN Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

Braden Eves holds the advantage in both Yamaha and IAME Senior championships (Photo: EKN)

Braden Eves holds the advantage in both Yamaha and IAME Senior championships (Photo: EKN)

Five different drivers have earned the top step of the podium after eight races, with two of them among the contenders for the title heading into the series finale. Two rounds of a racing remain for drivers to make improvements on their best of seven score toward the championship. Braden Eves, the point leader in Yamaha Senior, holds the advantage in the IAME Senior division as well. The Kosmic pilot is out front by 35 points over Round Two winner Brandon Jarsocrak (Praga). Eves doubled up the last time in New Castle for his two victories on the year, and holds the tie-breaker advantage unless Jarsocrak can get back on top podium this weekend.

One driver who has yet to take the checkered flag first on the year is Brandon Lemke. The Merlin pilot has been runner-up three-times, not yet able to score his first IAME Senior victory. The rookie sits out of first by 61 points. Double Pittsburgh winner Jacob Donald (FA Kart) remains in the championship hunt thanks to his performance last month, along with last year’s champion Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart).

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

Pauly Massimino enters the finale leading the IAME Junior standings (Photo: EKN)

Pauly Massimino enters the finale leading the IAME Junior standings (Photo: EKN)

Things are up in the air for the IAME Junior title chase. Pauley Massimino holds the championship lead as the only title contender to compete in all eight rounds thus far on the season. The Top Kart driver has yet to earn a victory in the category, and enters with a 182 point advantage. The wildcards are what Lance Fenderson and Myles Rowe can produce on the weekend. Each have missed two rounds, giving them just six rounds counted toward their best of seven point total. Fenderson (Tony Kart) was the weekend winner in Pittsburgh after earning his third victory of the season, going 3 for 6 on the season after missing the first New Castle weekend. Rowe (Tony Kart) missed out on Daytona KartWeek in December, and has four top-five finishes as his best results in six races, including a victory at Pittsburgh.

Holding an outside chance to get into the top-three is Max Peichel (Top Kart) with four top-five results in his six races. A large group remain in a battle for the fifth position. Spike Kohlbecker (Margay), Connor Cass (Merlin), Tahlon Yockel (Tony Kart) and Gage Rodgers (PCR) are among those fighting for the spot.

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Double PIttsburgh winner Luca Mars holds the title lead in Swift Sportsman (Photo: EKN)

Double PIttsburgh winner Luca Mars holds the title lead in Swift Sportsman (Photo: EKN)

It is a three driver chase in the Swift Sportsman title chase. Just two points separate Luca Mars and Connor Ferris when taking the best seven races to this point in the championship. Mars (Benik) locked up his first two victories of the season in Pittsburgh to move into the championship lead. Points are very similar for Ferris (Top Kart), only earning one victory dating back to the opening round in Daytona KartWeek this past December. Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) sits third in the standings, looking to notch his first win in the category on the year, welcoming the competition to his home track.

Three drivers sit within 23 points for the fourth position with Caleb Bacon (Parolin) holding the position. Not competing in New Castle, it allows Zane Maloney (Formula K) and Rylee Engel (Tony Kart) the opportunity to improve to move up in the championship standings.

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Jeremy Fletcher has the best score in the best of seven format in Mini Swift (Photo: EKN)

Jeremy Fletcher has the best score in the best of seven format in Mini Swift (Photo: EKN)

Seven of the eight victories on the season in Mini Swift belong to the top three in the championship chase. Eli Trull (Fullerton) has amassed the most points over the eight races, but it is Jeremy Fletcher (Kosmic) holding the advantage when calculating the best seven results. Fletcher’s record only has six races on it, including five victories with Round Six the only main event he missed out on. That puts the pressure on Trull, as Fletcher’s points will increase with his best round on the weekend. Trull will need to add to his one victory on the year, as does Caleb Gafrarar. The Parolin driver is 202 points back of Fletcher, needing to land on top of the podium this weekend in an effort to challenge for the title. Danny Dyszelski (Vemme) leads the battle for the fourth spot with Benjamin Maier (Top Kart) and Sofia d’Arrigo (PCR) in position to challenge for the position.

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Davide Fore Returning to Defend Race of Stars Crown http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/davide-fore-returning-to-defend-race-of-stars-crown/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/davide-fore-returning-to-defend-race-of-stars-crown/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:43:47 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71922 Race of Stars-2016-logoThe World’s most successful kart racer of the modern era, Davide Forè, will return to the Gold Coast to contest the International Race of Stars powered by SuperFest on October 14-16.

Forè, a five-time World Champion, has been victorious in the previous two events at the Gold Coast Motorsport Training Centre. He’s now got his sights set on another surfboard trophy awarded to the Race of Stars victor.

“I really love Australia. The past two years I’ve had an amazing time there and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to come to the Gold Coast again,” said 42 year-old Forè.

After racing with the CRG Australia team on route to victory in 2014 and 2015, Forè will this year pair up with the locally-based Hashtag Racing outfit alongside Gold Coast teenager Tomas Gasperak.

The pair will compete aboard Italian-made Gold Karts for the Race of Stars and will see the sights of the Gold Coast aboard a Maserati with Forè supported by Brisbane Maserati during his 2016 campaign.

“I first met Tomas at the SuperNationals a couple of years ago.  We then met again when I was at the Race of Stars last year where I found out more about him and his racing. I’m really excited to be working with him for the Race of Stars,” said Forè.

“Over the past 12 months we’ve kept in touch, he has done some very good things in his racing. I’m very much looking forward to seeing his racing progress in the coming years.”

Likewise, Gasperak is excited about being mentored from the Italian.

“To be able to work with someone who has achieved what Davide has during his career is a dream come true,” said Gasperak.

“He is not only just a great driver but also a very genuine person. He has been a great inspiration for me over the past 12 months.”

During last year’s Race of Stars final, Forè was engaged in one of the greatest races of all-time with Sunshine Coast racer Kyle Ensbey. The pair raced wheel to wheel at close to 160 km/h as they challenged each other for the lead before Forè finished as the winner.

“Last year’s race was one of the toughest of my long career. It was amazingly intense and showed how much talent there is in Australia,” said Forè.

“Kyle and I raced each other very hard, but very fair, it was incredible.

“I can’t wait to get back to Australia and be with everyone down there again.”

Reigning World Champion Paolo De Conto along with more than 20 of Australia’s top drivers will join Forè on the grid in the elite KZ2 class at the event. In total there will be seven classes of competition with more than 200 competitors in action.

As a part of SuperFest surrounding the Castrol Gold Coast 600 Supercars event the Race of Stars will be held on October 14-16 at the Gold Coast Motorsport Training Centre, Pimpama.

SuperFest – an initiative of the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and Supercars Australia – is a community events program that provides support to organisations and groups wishing to host events and projects that contribute to the festival surrounding the Castrol Gold Coast 600.

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Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program Winners Revealed http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/mazda-road-to-indy-driver-advancement-program-winners-revealed/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/mazda-road-to-indy-driver-advancement-program-winners-revealed/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:38:51 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71920 Aiming to promote a true ladder program that begins with the grassroots of motorsports, Andersen Promotions and the MAXSpeed Group are pleased to announce today the two winners named to their 2016 Driver Advancement Program. The drivers will each be awarded a Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda two-day test.

The two winners chosen are Dev Gore, 19, of Atlanta, Georgia and Ryan Norberg, 17, of Orlando, Florida. Kellen Ritter, 15, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, was selected as an alternate should any scheduling conflicts arise with the two winners.

Through a selection process that narrowed qualified applicants down to 12 finalists, the candidates then participated in videoconference interviews with an elite panel of judges including Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and Mazda Road to Indy graduates Charlie Kimball and Spencer Pigot.

“We are excited to give Dev and Ryan their first look at the next step on the ladder,” said Michelle Kish, COO of Andersen Promotions. “The Driver Advancement Program really highlights the incredible talent at the karting level and, as usual, it is always a difficult decision to narrow the selection down to two. I want to thank Charlie and Spencer for their time and contributions in the selection process.”

Gore and Norberg will complete a two-day test in a Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda machine during the Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test, which features all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The test will take place on the road course of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 8-9, 2016.

“I am proud that through our continued partnership with Andersen Promotions, we are able to help MAXSpeed Entertainment drivers pursue their dreams,” explains MAXSpeed Group President Richard Boisclair. “Dev and Ryan are both talented, confident young men, and they will represent MAXSpeed well as they make their first step up in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder program through the USF2000 test. Congratulations to them and to everyone who submitted an application for this year’s Driver Advancement Program.”

The partnership between the Mazda Road to Indy and MAXSpeed Group was announced in June 2014 to foster the next wave of up-and-coming drivers.

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WKA Manufacturers Cup Titles to be Decided this Weekend at New Castle http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/wka-manufacturers-cup-titles-to-be-decided-this-weekend-at-new-castle/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/wka-manufacturers-cup-titles-to-be-decided-this-weekend-at-new-castle/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:36:16 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71918 The second trip of 2016 for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series to New Castle Motorsports Park will be for all the marbles, as this weekend’s Top Kart USA Grand Nationals will determine the National Champions.

8 classes will be running for the famed Grand National Eagles this weekend, with awards to the weekends overall winners as well, sponsored by Checkered Motorsports.

Starting with the Water for a Cause Kid Kart Class, Indy Ragan looks to wrap up the title, sporting a 130-point edge over Austin Olds, with Karsyn Walters, Aubrey Adams, and Tristan Young making up the current top 5, followed by Preveil Perkins, Dusty Larson, Christopher Bowman, Ayrton Grim, and Ava Dutton.

Madison Campeau comes into the weekend with a healthy 199-point advantage over Kaden Wharff in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman ranks, with Caleb Bacon, Robert Noaker III, and Lucas Smalec the current top 5. The balance of the top 10 this year include Garrett Adams, Logan Adams, Thomas Schrage, Annie Rhule, and Connor Ferris.

One of the tighter battles is in the Kartsport North America Pro IAME Senior class, where Braden Eves has a 65-point edge over Brandon Jarsocrak. Not far behind are Brandon Lemke, Alexander Kardashian, and Jacob Donald, with Nick Landi, Jonathan Kotyk, Elliott Finlayson, Abbey McLaughlin, and Robby Seward completing the top 10. This will also be the final chance this season for drivers to vye for the $1,000 payday as the weekends overall top performer, with $500 going to second, and a set of Bridgestone Tires going to the third place overall finisher.

The Franklinkart.com Yamaha Junior class also has a similar gap in their standings, with 66 points separating points leader Pauly Massimino from Tyler Ferris. JP Southern sits third in the standings, with Spike Kohlbecker and Marina Walters rounding out the top 5. The balance of the top 10 include Colin Neal, Arie Venberg, Sam Paley, Alex Bertagnoli, and Emory Lyda.

The best battle of the weekend to watch will be in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class, as Luca Mars has a mere 5-point edge over Connor Ferris, with Kaden Wharff, Caleb Bacon, and Zane Maloney the top 5. The remainder of the top 10 include Rylee Engel, Annie Rhule, Isabella Robusto, Madison Campeau, and Tyler Maxson. These drivers will also battle for a $500 to win payday for the weekends overall winner, with $250 going to second, and a set of Bridgestone tires to third.

The CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class has a 71-point gap between points leader Eli Trull and runner-up Jeremy Fletcher, with Caleb Gafrarar, Benjamin Maier, and Danny Dyszelski making up the top 5, while Sofia D’Arrigo, Elliot Cox, Christian Rutty, Miles Murray, and Nick Terlecki complete the top 10.

Pauly Massimino is one of two drivers coming into the weekend, leading points in 2 classes, including the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, a 300-point gap over Lance Fenderson, with Myles Rowe, Max Peichel, and Spike Kohlbecker making up the current top 5. The balance of the top 10 include Connor Cass, Alex Bertagnoli, Tahlon Yockel, Gage Rodgers, and Ty Gibbs. Competitors in this class will run for a $500 payday, going to the weekends top overall performer, with $250 going to second, and third receiving a set of Bridgestone Tires.

The other driver in search of two titles will have to clearly be up on the wheel, as Braden Eves sports a slim 10-point edge over Brandon Lemke in the Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior class. Former champion Dakota Pesek currently sits third, with Nick Landi and Alexander Kardashian making up the top 5. The remaining balance of the top 10 are Derek Hughes, Jake Venberg, Brad Brittin, Killian Keaveny, and Patrick Healey.

Activities for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals get underway Thursday afternoon with parking, as well as a WKA Membership Meeting later in the day, on track property.

Friday will serve as an all-day practice day from 8:30am-5pm, with 2 full days of action starting both days at 7:30am, featuring 1 round of practice, qualifying, 2 heats, and a final each day.

Special thanks to Comet Kart Sales as the Official Fast Time Sponsor, and to Tillotson, who will again be giving away a generator to one lucky driver.

To view the weekend activities for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals, click here.

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Good Victory for Francesco Alaimo in Triscina at the Italian Prodriver Under Championship http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/good-victory-for-francesco-alaimo-in-triscina-at-the-italian-prodriver-under-championship/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/21/good-victory-for-francesco-alaimo-in-triscina-at-the-italian-prodriver-under-championship/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:33:54 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71915 Francesco Alaimo closed the final round of the Italian Prodriver Championship with a good victory. Palmeri di Villalba also on the podium of Prodriver Over. Marco Pastacaldi run a strong debut race with Maranello Kart in KZ2.

Maranello Kart has been protagonist of several good performances in Triscina’s round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship, especially with Francesco Alaimo who has won one final of Prodriver Under on Maranello-Tm.

The Sicilian driver, who already secured the Regional Championship one race early, turned out to be one of the quickest in the round of the Italian Championship that took place at the International Circuit of Triscina (Trapani). He won in fact the second final of the weekend after fighting for the victory in the first race too.

Alaimo was handed a 10s time penalty due to jumping the start in Race-1 and was eventually pushed down from P2 to P5. He managed to celebrate on the podium of Race-2 though, at the end of a good comeback race that saw him crossing the line with an unquestionable win and the fastest lap of the race. Alaimo ended the Championship in fourth position.

Alaimo has been celebrated on the podium in front of his home crowd and called himself satisfied by the victory in Triscina: “I am very happy on winning this race of the Italian Championship on my home circuit, especially as – being a mechanical engineer – I prepare the kart myself. I am disappointed for the penalty I got in final one, otherwise I would have closed the championship in an even better position.”

Stefano Palmeri Di Villalba has also competed in Prodriver Under on Maranello and closed his campaign with the seventh place in Race-1 and the tenth in Race-2. Maranello Kart claimed a podium in Prodriver Over with Sebastiano De Matteo who ended the first Final in third place and Race-2 in P9.

Marco Pastacaldi – at the debut with Maranello – also run a very good race in KZ2. He secured a great fourth place in the second final at the end of a comeback started from the back of the grid due to an incident in the first final. Pastacaldi’s performance has been remarkable, as he managed to put in a series of very quick laps in the closing stages posting the second fastest time in 47.540s.

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Wheatley, Garland, and Fulks Families Make WKA Atlanta Motorsports Park Grand National History http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/wheatley-garland-and-fulks-families-make-wka-atlanta-motorsports-park-grand-national-history/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/wheatley-garland-and-fulks-families-make-wka-atlanta-motorsports-park-grand-national-history/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:03:29 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71899 wka-road-race-logoThe inaugural appearance of World Karting Association at the ultra-modern Atlanta Motorsports Park for the series Grand National event found some monumental results in the season finale for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting.

Nestled in the small southern town of Dawsonville, Georgia, home to legendary Nascar Sprint Cup star Bill Elliott, as well as son Chase, who is running for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors, the element of family was extended through the karting ranks, as competitors absolutely fell in love with the 2-mile course, which offers some of the most demanding hill climbs, with elevation changes of 86 feet within the 2-mile distance.

At the end of Day 1, winners of Grand National Eagles included the Father/Daughter duo of Stephen and Madison Wheatley, as well as a Father/Son combination of Robert and Rob Garland, not to mention a brother tandem of Randy and Rick Fulks. Not to be forgotten was Ryan Hatcher, the ONLY driver to secure 2 wins on Saturday.

The stories of some of these families was so wonderfully intertwined, with Randy Fulks taking the hotly contested 100cc Controlled win over bother Rick, with Joe Scavusso, Johnny Scavusso, and Lance Yunck completing the top 5. Well known for scores of wins and titles, not to mention a great personality, the Illinois Hall of Famer honored Cadet winner Madison Wheatley by giving her his race winning eagle, as Wheatley, a Local Option top dog in the Cadet Class, received a plaque for her winning efforts, thus sending the momentum of the weekend through the roof.

Robert Garland (Photo: WKA - Jennifer Henry)

Robert Garland (Photo: WKA – Jennifer Henry)

Fulks brother Rick, not to be denied the top shelf of the podium, took top honors in the KALL Racing Formula 100 class, topping Lance Yunck, Joe Scavusso, John Ellsworth, and Sean O’Shea.

For Stephen Wheatley, the weekend was complete with not only enjoying the success of his daughter Madison, but also securing the Animal Medium top honors on Saturday as well.

The final family duo found Robert Garland taking the Clone LO206 Heavy class, edging Wesley Thomason, Steve Johnson, and James Cartledge, while Rob Jr was the big winner in the Animal Heavy ranks, topping Steve Johnson.

As mentioned earlier, Ryan Hatcher was the only repeat winner of the day, first taking the CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium class, besting Matt Michel, Tim Linthicum, Amanda Holewski, and David Lee.. Hatcher’s second win came later in the day in the Foster 4J Ranch Yamaha Medium Class, as he topped Lamar Hilliard and John Brown.

Michel’s second place run in the Yamaha Sportsman Medium class was as close as anyone else would get to 2 wins, as Michel took the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy Class over David Lee.

In other action, Blake Beattie topped Rob Hindery, Ben Thomason, and Stephen Wheatley in the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, while Robert Wimmer took down the field in the WT Racing Leopard Sprint class, topping John Brown.

Stephen Wheatley (Photo: WKA - Jennifer Henry)

Stephen Wheatley (Photo: WKA – Jennifer Henry)

Brian Fisher was the big winner in the Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda class, besting Stephen Flatt, Ben Everhart, David Harding, and Aamir Hyder, while Jamey Brown was the top dog in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy class, topping Jean Brown, Emmitt Rodriguez, and Gary Sircy.  John Brown took the Matthai Material Handling 100cc Piston Port Class.

Day 2 activities were drowned out by Mother Nature. And while WKA changed their policy where competitors can run in the rain in Road Race, ultimately the call is at the discretion of the Race Director. Heavy rain left considerable ponding in critical areas of the track, forcing the decision to scrub the Day 2 activities.

Here’s a look at some of the other weekend winners:

Cadet Local Option: Madison Wheatley
Clone LO206 Lite: James Cartledge
Vintage Limited Local Option: Robby Harper
WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera
Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dan Febboriello
Junior Enduro: Taylor Collins
Junior Animal Lite: Cole Peschang
Yamaha Sprint: Anthony Stiffler
B Stock: Allen Cox
Formula 125: Brian Wilhelm
Animal Limited Modified Local Option: Charles Wilbur

Ryan Hatcher (Photo: WKA - Jennifer Henry)

Ryan Hatcher (Photo: WKA – Jennifer Henry)

The final weekend of racing also secured yet another Manufacturers Championship Trophy for John and Wendy Klutz and the entire CKI staff, with an unofficial total of 41 victories this year in the 4 race program for Competition Karting Incorporated.

The next event for the Road Race program will be the annual return to Daytona International Speedway December 27-30 for Daytona KartWeek, with the Year End Awards Presentation slated for March, the same weekend as the Roebling Road National. That date, as well as the balance of the 2017 National Road Race Schedule is in the process of being finalized, and should be out shortly.

The 2017 Class Structure will be announced shortly as well.

Anyone wishing to reserve a garage for Daytona may contact Buddy Long at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or buddy@worldkarting.com.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to all the competitors, sponsors, tracks, officials, families, and so many others for helping to put a great exclamation point on the 2016 season. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you at Daytona in December!

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EKN TV: WKA National Road Racing Series – Atlanta Motorsports Park http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/ekn-tv-wka-national-road-racing-series-atlanta-motorsports-park/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/ekn-tv-wka-national-road-racing-series-atlanta-motorsports-park/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:46:36 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71889 wka-road-race-logoThe 2016 World Karting Association National Road Racing Series wrapped up the season at the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. It was the first time in series history visiting the new facility, hosting the 2016 Grand Nationals and handing out the WKA Eagle trophies to all the event winners. The 2-mile road course is among the most technical with changing elevation and very fast main straightaway that allows the shifterkarts to reach well over 100mph.

Ride with Stock Honda winner Brian Fisher for the first 10 minutes of the 30-minute race. And below, some highlights and lows in the video with Aamir Hyder. Race report from the event to be published later this week.

Enjoy!

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EKN Trackside: 2016 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Grand Nationals – Preview Part 1 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/ekn-trackside-2016-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-grand-nationals-preview-part-1/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/ekn-trackside-2016-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-grand-nationals-preview-part-1/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:03:53 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71870 WKA Manufacturers Cup logoThe WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is set to close out the season this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The fifth event of 2016 is reserved for the Grand Nationals event – presented by Top Kart USA. Returning to the 1-mile circuit in New Castle, Indiana for a second time this year, the WKA Eagle is up for grabs during Round Nine and Ten of the season.

The standard ‘National’ layout is the course all the competitors in the eight categories will tackle. The first of two events at the New Castle facility in July brought in 175 entries, held just before the SKUSA SummerNats. A busy summer season is winding down with entries not expected to be as high, however, the competition level is set to remain strong. Saturday and Sunday host a full round of racing, including five possible points with fast time in qualifying. Two heat races then determine the lineup for the Final, where racers looking to secure enough points toward the season-end championship.

eKartingNews.com is scheduled to be at the New Castle facility all weekend, providing the EKN Trackside Live broadcast. Family, friends and race fans can tune into ekartingnews.com/live all weekend to hear live audio from trackside, along with viewing live timing courtesy of Race-Monitor.com. Daily race reports will be published daily on the site’s home page, updates posted to the Official Discussion Thread, along with breaking news, photos and other links on the EKN Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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Braden Eves leads the Yamaha Senior championship (Photo: EKN)

Braden Eves leads the Yamaha Senior championship (Photo: EKN)

Three drivers remain in the hunt for the Yamaha Senior title. Braden Eves has run Yamaha at just the WKA events in 2016, winning three races and placing runner-up in two other features to enter the finale weekend as the point leader. Eves (FA Kart) holds a 79-point advantage when factoring in the best seven rounds thus far. Former WKA Triple Crown champion Brandon Lemke (Merlin) is second in the standings, touting just one victory in the eight rounds. Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) just wrapped up the USPKS championships, and holds the third spot in the standings with two victories in 2016. Pesek needs some help and score perfect in New Castle, trailing by 109 points. Nick Landi (FA Kart) sits fourth as Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) has a solid hold of fifth.

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Counting the best 7 races, Tyler Ferris holds the advantage in Yamaha Junior (Photo: EKN)

Counting the best 7 races, Tyler Ferris holds the advantage in Yamaha Junior (Photo: EKN)

There is a lot left on the table in the Yamaha Junior championship race. Pauly Massimino has led the standings for much of the season, and remains the driver with the most accumulated points. The championship counts the best seven races on the year, and entering the finale weekend, that belongs to Tyler Ferris. Massimino leads by 66 overall, but when you calculate the best seven, his Top Kart teammate leads by 17 points. Each have room to improve their total, with each earning one feature victory on the year. Ferris has two runner-up finishes to Massiminio’s one – which could come into play during a tie-breaker scenario. The wildcard

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Madison Campeau is the driver to beat in the Yamaha Sportsman title chase (Photo: EKN)

Madison Campeau is the driver to beat in the Yamaha Sportsman title chase (Photo: EKN)

A series first victory has boosted Madison Campeau in her efforts toward the Yamaha Sportsman championship. Her win at the Pittsburgh round was a first at WKA competition, pushing the Top Kart driver to the top of the standings. Kaden Wharff has two victories of his own in 2016, and trails Campeau by 108 points when counting the best seven races. Wharff has been among the best all season in the Yamaha division, including at his home track of New Castle. Caleb Bacon (Parolin) is too far out in the third position to challenge for the top spot, and will not be in New Castle so Robert Noaker III (Merlin) Lucas Smalec (Merlin) and Adams brother Garrett (FA Kart) and Logan (FA Kart) have a chance to better their scores to jump over Bacon’s seven-race score.

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Indy Ragan is on the verge of the Kid Kart championship (Photo: EKN)

Indy Ragan is on the verge of the Kid Kart championship (Photo: EKN)

Indy Ragan has a solid lead heading into the finale weekend for the Kid Kart championship. Ragan has finished in the top-two positions six times this year, including two victories. The advantage is 133 points when counting the best seven races, leading Austin Olds. Karsyn Walters enters the weekend third in the standings with Aubrey Adams, Tristan Young and Preveil Perkins fighting for the fourth position.

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Americans Win the Battle; Canadians Take the War at CAN-AM Karting Challenge Finale in Portland http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/americans-win-the-battle-canadians-take-the-war-at-can-am-karting-challenge-finale-in-portland/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/09/20/americans-win-the-battle-canadians-take-the-war-at-can-am-karting-challenge-finale-in-portland/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:53:18 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=71865 For the second year in a row the CAN-AM Karting Challenge took to the tight confines of the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon to close out their championship season. The tricky track configuration is among the favorite for many drivers competing in the Pacific Northwest, as drivers tackle a roller coaster of a lap around trees, hills and even a river. Utilizing the championship format, all of the focus came down to Sunday’s final races to determine the 2016 CAN-AM Karting Challenge class champions.

“2016 was the best season ever of Can-Am,” tells series promoter Mike Rolison. “The teams, families, racers and sponsors all upped their game this year and it showed. I want to thank them all personally, without their support and efforts the series wouldn’t happen. I look forward to growing the program together in 2017.”

When the races were complete, the dust settled and the points were tallied, it was two Canadian drivers who earned the biggest prizes up for grabs as Coltin McCaughan scored the championship in Rotax Senior and will represent the series at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Italy while Matthew Taskinen took home the top honors in Rotax Junior and he too will compete in Italy.

While McCaughan took home the title in Can-Am Rotax Senior, it was Kyle Dupell who excelled throughout the weekend, driving a near perfect event, topping Qualifying, all three heat races, the PreFinal and Final, doing everything he could to muscle into McCaughan’s championship lead. However entering the weekend with a large margin courtesy of four race victories, McCaughan played it smart and maintained his position inside the top-three all weekend to erupt as champion. Making his return to the sport after a hiatus, Parker McKean delivered a second place performance behind Dupell.

It was a similar story in Can-Am Rotax Junior as championship hopeful Mason Buck did nearly everything he could to cut into the lead that Matthew Taskinen had built throughout the first two rounds. After qualifying it was a pair of ladies on the front row for the heats as Hannah Greenemeier and Ellie Musgrave led the way early in the weekend. However after the heats, Taskinen was in control while Buck was further down the order after finding trouble in heat two.

On Sunday it was a different story altogether as Buck drove through the crowd to win the Prefinal and then left his mark on the category in the Final, delivering a large victory ahead of Edward Portz with Taskinen third. But it wasn’t enough to overtake Taskinen for the championship, who entered the weekend with three victories to his credit and left with his first ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals.

For their efforts as vice-champion in their categories, both Dupell and Buck earned free entry to the US Open of Las Vegas.

Austin Elliott winning Briggs 206 Senior

Austin Elliott winning Briggs 206 Senior

It was another strong showing in Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior as drivers from up and down the west coast entered the event. Local hero Joey Wimsett led the way throughout Saturday, taking the pole-position and cruising to three easy victories in the heat races. But that all changed on Sunday when he was shuffled out in the PreFinal and had to start the final from fifth on the grid as Cameron Egger took the reigns. In a final that drew everyone in attendance to the fences, Austin Elliot took home the victory followed by Harrison Mills and Kyle Wick while Wimsett crossed the line in fifth after contact on the final lap saw him create a dust storm on his exit of corner two. Brady Egger finished the race in sixth and took home the championship honors.

Running as separate class for the weekend, Briggs & Stratton LO206 Junior saw Austin Torgerson hold off Josh Pierson for the win as the elder Torgerson opted to only race the Briggs and rest his ailing ribs. Making her first start in the category, Hannah Greenemeier finished third. With four of a possible five wins, Torgerson was crowned the champion. Bryan Green led the way in Briggs & Stratton LO206 Masters to defend his crown as class champion.

In Go Kart Hero Rotax Micro-Max it was all Ashton Torgerson all weekend long. The Oregon native dominated the category and came home with the victory and the championship over Shawn Kozma and Graham Trammell. The three would finish in the same order for the championship.

The competition in MonsterX Rotax Mini-Max was tight all weekend long, but each time the checkered flag flew it was a familiar face getting to it first. Canadian Ryan Dezall topped every session except the third heat race to take home his first CAN-AM victory of the season in fine fashion. Ashton Torgerson gave him a good run for his money, but came up short at the finish to take second with Josh Pierson making a late race run to take third away from Jason Leung, who was fresh off his crowning as Canadian Mini-Max champion. Even with the dominating weekend for Dezall, Torgerson was able to barely hang on for the title, winning by only 13 points with Leung completing the championship podium.

Billy Cleavelin started only three of the five Rolison Performance Group Rotax Masters Max races at the CAN-AM Karting Challenge in 2016 and he took home the victory in all three. However it wasn’t quite enough to overtake Michael Groff for the overall championship as Groff followed Cleavelin across the finish line all weekend to secure his title and earn an invitation to compete at the US Open of Las Vegas.

In the Wocked Fabrication shifter category, Kyle Wick took home the race honors and the championship in S2 Semi-Pro over Cole Franchini. Andrew Wilson did the same in the 125cc Open and SMAK Plastics TaG Senior classes and while Amanda Smalley was on top in the SMAK Plastics TaG Junior class.

In addition to the race awards, the CAN-AM Karting Challenge awarded the second annual Sam Fries Spirit Award to the Kozma Family. Sam was a beloved member of the CAN-AM Karting community, showing dedication, determination, fair spirit and a positive attitude every race he attended.

For more information about the CAN-AM Karting Challenge and to see the full championship standings for each category, visit http://canamkartingchallenge.com.

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