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  • #37201

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    The SKUSA track staff did a great job getting the initial barrier placement done early, which gave Tom Kutscher the chance to begin fine-tuning earlier than last year.  They’ve made a couple small changes to the track, much of it aimed at safety.  The run into the hairpin Turn 4 has been lengthened by about 15′, and the exit will have Scribner barriers in front of the water barriers to eliminate that contact area.  The lead onto the backstraight has been adjusted as well to limit exit speed.  Barriers have been added in front of the water barriers leading onto the backstraight as well, with a foot or two of ‘crush area’ to protect drivers who run wide and potential impact the wall.

    In addition, there are no water barriers on the inside of the tracks so the sight lines from the four grandstands will be better than ever.

    The track is looking really racy, which is awesome.

    #37104

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    I am surprised no one picked Enaam Ahmed in your top 5.

    To be honest, Kyle, I worked on my predictions based on the drivers I knew were coming for TaG Junior and Ahmed wasn’t on the list.  He’s coming, so you’ve definitely got to include him in the hunt.  It’s going to be a badass week, for sure.

    #35930

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Friday, October 24, 2014
    Finals

    Mini Rok – Bridgestone Final (B Main)
    2. Gianluca Petecof
    10. Dylan Tavella
    13. David Morales
    18. Colin Queen

    Mini Rok – Final
    10. Jagger Jones
    13. Antonio Serravalle
    16. Mathias Ramirez
    25. Lachlan Defrancesco

    Junior Rok – Final
    15. Ryan Norberg
    21. Luis Forteza III
    28. Jacabo Camacho

    Rok Shifter – Final
    17. Augie Lerch

    Super Rok:
    17. Remo Ruscitti

    #35929

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Friday, October 24, 2014
    Prefinal / Third Round Heats / Finals

    Super Rok – Prefinal A
    17. Remo Ruscitti (transfer to Final)
    18. Dustin Stross

    Super Rok – Prefinal B
    18. Jordan Redlin
    26. Don McGregor (E30)

    #35928

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Friday, October 24, 2014
    Prefinal / Third Round Heats / Finals

    Rok – Heat 3
    23. Ariel Castro (E30)

    Rok Shifter – Heat 3
    24. Gonzalo Aponte (E30)
    28. Augie Lerch
    29. AJ Myers

    #35927

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Friday, October 24, 2014
    Prefinal / Third Round Heats / Finals

    Mini Rok – Prefinal A
    11. Jagger Jones (transfer to Final)
    25. Dylan Tavella (transfer to Final)

    Mini Rok – Prefinal B
    11. Mathias Ramirez
    17. Gianluca Petecof (will run B Main – Bridgestone Final)
    29. Colin Queen (will run B Main – Bridgestone Final)
    30. David Morales (will run B Main – Bridgestone Final)

    Junior Rok – Prefinal A
    16. Jacobo Camacho (transfer to Final)

    Junior Rok – Prefinal A
    5. Ryan Norberg (transfer to Final)
    13. Luis Forteza III (transfer to Final)
    28. Olivier Bellanger (will run B Main – Bridgestone Final)

    #35867

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Heat Races – Round #2

    Rok:
    22. Ariel Castro (2nd in E30)

    Junior Rok:

    (A vs C)
    1. Ryan Norberg (HUGE WIN)
    32. Jacobo Comacho

    (C vs D)
    10. Luis Jose Forteza III
    16. Olivier Bellanger

    Super Rok:

    (A vs C)
    23. Dustin Stross
    28. Jordan Redlin
    30. Don McGregor
    32. Chris Eagles

    (B vs D)
    22. Christian Potolicchio
    35. Remo Ruscitti

    Mini Rok:

    (A vs C)
    18. Ricardo Villasmill

    (E vs G)
    9. Antonio Serravalle
    14. Mathias Ramirez
    24. Gianluca Petecof – DNF

    (B vs D)
    3. Jagger Jones
    13. Dylan Tavella
    23. Jace Jones

    (F vs H)
    4. Lachan DeFrancesco
    13. Colin Queen
    21. David Morales

    Rok Shifter

    16. AJ Myers
    21. Augie Lerch
    25. Gonzalo Aponte (E30)
    27. Tom Hankinson (E30)
    29. Daniel Miglorancia (E30)
    32. Valdir Belizario (E30) – DNF

    The Rok Shifter category started the second heat based on the results of the first heat race. Aponte and Miglorancia started inside the top-20, but fell down the order. Myers, who did not complete a lap in ‘Manche 1’, advanced 10 spots on the opening circuit to be 20th. He ended up gaining four more spots in the remaining nine circuits to set up a run toward the front in Heat #3 Saturday. Lerch gained five spots to finish just outside the top-20.

    #35866

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Heat Races – Round #1

    Rok:
    27. Ariel Castro (4th overall in E30)

    Junior Rok:

    (A vs B)
    6. Ryan Norberg (3.144 seconds)
    32. Jacobo Comacho

    (C vs D)
    8. Olivier Bellanger
    13. Luis Jose Forteza III

    Super Rok:

    (A vs B)
    26. Don McGregor
    28. Jordan Redlin
    29. Christian Potolicchio

    (C vs D)
    7. Remo Ruscitti
    20. Dustin Stross
    30. Chris Eagles

    Mini Rok:

    (A vs B)
    7. Dylan Tavella
    15. Ricardo Villasmill
    23. Jace Jones

    (E vs F)
    1. Antonio Serravalle
    10. Mathias Ramirez
    15. Colin Queen

    (C vs D):
    10. Jagger Jones

    (G vs H)
    6. Lachlan DeFrancesco
    8. Gianluca Petecof
    11. David Morales

    Rok Shifter:
    15. Gonzalo Aponte
    19. Daniel Miglorrancia
    26. Augie Lerch
    27. Thomas Hankinson
    29. Valdir Belanzario – DNF
    30. AJ Myers – DNF

    #35803

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    THURSDAY – OCTOBER 23 – NON-QUALIFYING PRACTICE

    Official free practice was run this morning at South Garda Karting, and the drivers are now into the afternoon sessions, which is classified at Non-Qualifying Practice. Qualifying for tomorrow’s heat races will cap today’s on-track action.  The class order is Rok, Junior Rok, Super Rok, Mini Rok, Rok Shifter.  The midday temps are in the high 60s and the track is enjoying sunshine.

    In the Junior Rok class, Olivier Bellanger and Ryan Norberg were both in the front half of their session, Bellanger in 12th and Norberg in 14th, less than a half-second off the lead pace.

    The North American contingent struggled in Super Rok. Remo Ruscitti led the way, sitting 24th in the first afternoon session, right around 0.8 seconds off the lead pace in Group 1. Don McGregor is running in the E30 class (over 30 years of age) and was 27th, while Joran Redlin ran just two laps before being collected by a driver who went off track, then shot back into the racing line, hitting Redlin in the right rear and bending his axle. In the second group, Chris Eagles is also running in the E30 class and is 2.9 seconds back in 34th, and has work to do to find speed. Rok Cup USA champ Dustin Stross was in the pits early, having turning just three laps.

    In the first group of Mini Rok, Ricardo Villasmil was 23rd, back by just over a second. Canadian Antonio Serravalle looks good in Group 2, sitting 11th, less than three tenths off, while Mathias Rameriz was 21st. Lachan DeFrancenso led the North American contingent in Group 3, finishing up fifth, 0.373 off the fast time in the group, while David Morales was 25th. In the final group, Jagger Jones looks to be in the hunt, sitting fifth, just 0.195 back. Dylan Tavela was seventh (+0.309) while Jace Jones was 17th (+0.657).

    Of the six Rok Cup USA drivers is Rok Shifter, AJ Myers has the best pace, running sixth in the session, off by just over a tenth. Augie Lerch was 22nd, over seven tenths back. Four of the drivers are in the E30 class (Masters) and it was Brazil’s Valdir Belizario who was quickest, coming in 24th overall and third of the eight E30 drivers. Rok USA champ Gonzalo Aponte was 28th, while Tom Hankinson and Daniel Miglorancia were 32nd and 34th, respectively.

    Live timing can be accessed via the following link:

    http://www.apex-timing.com/live-timing/southgardakarting/index.html

    #32301

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Glenn,

    I am quite certain that if Briggs Racing found out that a dealer was trying to sell you a $2700 ‘National-level’ LO206, they’d lose their dealership. We’re talking about an engine that is ridiculously well-built and dyno’d to be within the strictest of HP tolerances. That said, in this category, the motor plays almost NO role in performance. It’s all about the driver and the chassis set-up. The guys who run upfront and there because they’re the best drivers with the best set-up…plain and simple.

    Last year, I pulled two engines out of their boxes and bolted them on. I finished fifth in Masters at the Canadian Nationals at Goodwood and I finished eighth at the Rock Island Grand Prix in LO206 Senior. And I’m an out-of-shape 45-year-old who races 4-6 times a year. No special engines, no hand-picked parts. I was pleased with my performances and I only failed to perform better because of my driving and my chassis set-up. That is the bottom line.

    I also race a Honda at the WRKC and I think I’ve got good engines. But I also think that the Briggs LO206 is a better program.

    Don’t be fooled by the ‘national level’ engine scam. Buy an LO206, bolt it on, and focus on driver development and chassis set-up.

    #30701

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the input, guys! I appreciate you taking the time to post and I can tell you that much of what you’re discussing is coming down the pipe. The launch and fine-tuning of the new EKN site was the first project, and the second assignment is to turn things up a few notches in terms of original editorial and new components for the site. We have a few new components that we’re waiting for only the necessary time to put into place, and we have lots of ideas on the editorial worksheet. We’re really excited about our plans to ‘drop the hammer’ in 2015.

    Its funny because I was just chatting with David Cole this morning about all the stuff we’ll put into motion for later in the year and into 2015. and he quickly fired me over the link to this thread. I’m glad that you enjoy my ‘Morning Coffee’ columns, and there will be much more of them.

    Any input is appreciated. We want to provide our readership with the editorial they want to read, so by letting us know, it helps the decision making over here.

    And in regards to a magazine, I am planning to bring back ‘Super Kart Illustrated’ next year in a limited run. I think it will be pretty badass.

    #29837

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Hi William,

    Asking a question in the forums, on a race weekend, a holiday weekend at that, will often guarantee that you’ll have to wait a little bit to get an answer. In the meantime, welcome to eKartingNews.com and welcome to the sport of karting. You won’t find a better sport in which to connect with your son and teach him so many life lessons.

    One of the first things any of our forum members will want to know if order to help you is your location. By filling us in on where you live, we can better assess the options that you may have in terms of tracks, available classes and race shops in the area. You want to find a club to check out, and we always recommend just heading out and watching a club race first hand. It will also be important to find a good kart shop to work with, as you can certainly buy a used package from the EKN forums or a local racer, but your kart shop owner will likely be your go-to guy for assistance and any parts you might need.

    It’s funny that you’ve posted this question, as we’re very close to rolling out the first installment of our ‘Karting 101′ series of articles, which will be designed to help educate people new to the sport and those looking to getting into it.

    So, let us know, where do you live and what club is that closet to your home?

    Respectfully,

    Rob Howden
    Editor-in-Chief / Publisher
    eKartingNews.com

    #26350

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Thanks guys, we’ll look at it.

    #25087

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Masters Max Saturday Qualifying

    1. Donald Durbin Jr. – 55.113
    2. Andre Erickson
    3. Ken Maxfield
    4. Brian Phillipsen
    5. James Dix
    6. Justin Peck
    7. Scott Ripslinger
    8. Stephan Gaundreau
    9. John Breidinger
    10. Chad Wallace

    #25086

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Junior Max Saturday Qualifying

    1. Austin Versteeg – 53.967
    2. Kyle Wick
    3. Callum Smith
    4. Sting Ray Robb
    5. Chase Farley
    6. Enzo Prevost
    7. Christian Brooks
    8. Corrie Hiatt
    9. Phillippe Denes
    10. Horatio Fitz-Simon

    #24109

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    OK, I’m signing up…if only to bet against Michigan so I can piss off Cole. This did make it in, right, Cole? Please tell me they’re up against Appalachian State in the Round of 64!

    #24056

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Cole,

    I’ve had good success with the Hilliard Inferno (not sure if Blaze or Flame model) and the MaxTorque during my two outings in the LO206 class.

    #22453

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Junior Max – Final Practice

    1.Christian Brooks (46.876)
    2.Phillippe Denis
    3.Nick Brueckner
    4.Austin Versteeg
    5.Sting Ray Robb
    6.Jake Boyle
    7.Kyle Wick
    8.Max Fedler
    9.Walker Hess
    10.Jeff Fulham

    #22452

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Rotax Masters – Final Practice

    1.Ken Maxfield (47.916)
    2.Brian Phillipsen
    3.Donald Durbin Jr.
    4.Larry Hayashigawa
    5.Kurt Fisher
    6.Justin Peck
    7.Jacob Zamora
    8.Dave Kunicki
    9.James Dix
    10.Richard Hensley

    #22448

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    MicroMax – Final Practice

    1.Diego LaRoque (0.062)
    2.Jak Crawford
    3.Austin Torgerson
    4.Sebastian Davis
    5.Tyler Ruth
    6.Branyon Tiner
    7.AJ Hernandez
    8.Cooper Becklin
    9.Corbin Emery
    10.Cole Keith Cotham

    #22447

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    Senior Max – Final Practice

    1.Louie Pagano (45.714)
    2.Jake Craig
    3.Phillip Arscott
    4.Luke Selliken
    5.Carlee Taylor
    6.Mason Marotta
    7.Blaine Rocha
    8.Phil DeLaO
    9.Joey Wimsett
    10.Andrew Wiener

    #22446

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    MiniMax-Final Practice

    1.Payton Durrant-49.815
    2.Jacob Blue Hudson
    3.Filip Niemkiewicz
    4.Griffin Dowler
    5.Zoey Edenholm
    6.Colin Queen
    7.Conner Wick
    8.Hannah Greenemeier
    9.Everest Fedler
    10.Trey Brown

    #22445

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    DD2-Final Practice

    1. Bailey Murphy-45.292
    2. Sabre Cook
    3. Gavin Reichelt
    4. Christian Bird
    5. Andy Lee
    6. Bronson Eggert
    7. Matt England

    DD2 Masters-Final Practice

    1. Alan Rudolph (45.109)
    2. Ben Johnston
    3. Mike Urban

    #22444

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    We are on-track with the Friday afternoon Pre-Qualifying Timed Practice sessions. The order is:

    DD2/DD2 Masters
    MiniMax
    Senior Max
    MicroMax
    Rotax Masters
    Junior Max

    We’re working on some equipment upgrades for the live broadcasts and will likely be doing our usual tea, streaming for the laster sessions.

    #22059

    Rob Howden
    Keymaster

    You know, Justin, it just seems like the FIA keeps adjusting the specs and the designers keep manipulating them to the best of their abilities. The simple fact is that the resultant lines are just flat-out ugly. It doesn’t matter what changes the FIA makes, maximizing aero is the goal, not matter what the form.

    And I agree…the new F1 cars really brutal…almost embarrassing. LOL

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