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October 23, 2014 at 3:30 am #35803
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:August 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm #32301
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.July 22, 2014 at 5:49 am #30701
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.July 6, 2014 at 6:20 am #29837
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?
Editor-in-Chief / Publisher
eKartingNews.comApril 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm #26350
Thanks guys, we’ll look at it.April 5, 2014 at 10:47 am #25087
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 WallaceApril 5, 2014 at 10:45 am #25086
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-SimonMarch 19, 2014 at 11:37 am #24109
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!March 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm #24056
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.February 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm #22453
Junior Max – Final Practice
1.Christian Brooks (46.876)
5.Sting Ray Robb
10.Jeff FulhamFebruary 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm #22452
Rotax Masters – Final Practice
1.Ken Maxfield (47.916)
3.Donald Durbin Jr.
10.Richard HensleyFebruary 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm #22448
MicroMax – Final Practice
1.Diego LaRoque (0.062)
10.Cole Keith CothamFebruary 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm #22447
Senior Max – Final Practice
1.Louie Pagano (45.714)
10.Andrew WienerFebruary 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm #22446
2.Jacob Blue Hudson
10.Trey BrownFebruary 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm #22445
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 UrbanFebruary 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm #22444
We are on-track with the Friday afternoon Pre-Qualifying Timed Practice sessions. The order is:
We’re working on some equipment upgrades for the live broadcasts and will likely be doing our usual tea, streaming for the laster sessions.February 15, 2014 at 8:53 am #22059
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. LOLFebruary 10, 2014 at 9:31 am #21506
Just our luck. David was off today on a family getaway and I’m on the West Coast, so I’m three hours behind on firing up the laptop. It’s a conspiracy for sure!!!
We’ll address it for the future, that’s for sure.February 7, 2014 at 9:13 am #21132
The Maranello karts continue to be run with great success in Canada, as the foundation for Trevor Wickens’ Prime Kartsport team. He’s focused on running a small squad, but they do extremely well with the Maranello, including back-to-back Canadian National Championships in DD2 Masters with Stuart Clark.
Clark also won the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) on his Maranello in DD2 Masters, and Brendon Bain and Fred Woodley were second and third in the ECKC behind Ben Cooper.
Results point to it being a strong chassis, and in talking to the Prime guys, they love it.January 31, 2014 at 10:52 am #20747
Our advertising program is not designed around the ‘pay per click’ approach. We use a monthly fee for our program. I have worked aggressively in recent years to develop a wider spectrum of benefits for our advertising partners, and the marketing packages they purchase include many different deliverables to fully leverage what we can offer.
EKN is fortunate to have a list of great marketing partners who have worked with us for countless years. It’s all about value, in my opinion. If we help them be successful, then we’re success in return.January 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm #19098
Thanks to everyone who is supporting Wesley on the fundraiser site. It’s incredible to see. I’m sure than Sandra will give us a new update soon.January 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm #18921
hope everything goes well.
I went to school with a person named Wesley Boswell. He was from Illinois at the time. Would there be any coincidence that this person also have been from Illinois in his youth?
I don’t think so, Kurt. Wesley’s a NorCal native, I think.January 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm #18910
I just got off the phone with Sandra Booher, who is with Wesley along with her son Austin Elliott and Wesley’s family. She’s going to get signed up to the forum so she can post updates, but in the meantime, she contacted us directly.
She let me know that Wesley was involved in an car accident late last night in California, having went off the road, eventually hitting a tree. He has broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. There is some concern regarding internal bleeding, but the doctors are running tests and monitoring him closely.
Sandra told me that Wesley is stable and doing better. He is conscious and coherent, and is speaking with everyone, but he’s a little foggy due to the meds and doesn’t remember much about last night. It is expected that he will be in the hospital for a couple of days. We’ll get additional updates as they become available.
Wesley will be on the sidelines on the mend for some time, so we are now in the process of putting together a fundraising effort to help support his loss of income. We’ll get this information out once it’s finalized.
Sandra also wanted everyone to know that the family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes. Keep them coming, folks, so Wesley know that we’re by his side through this!December 8, 2013 at 11:02 am #17416
Taylor, send us press release on this event and we’ll get it posted up on the site! Looks like it would be a blast!December 6, 2013 at 9:38 am #17298
Just to add in a little commentary, here is what I believe you can expect for the 2014 SuperNationals:
1. Live Video – EKN will be producing a live streaming video broadcast in cooperation with SKUSA – my goal is to then use that footage to put together a show for one of the cable channels like MAVTV
2. The class numbers will shrink to shorten the days – I highly doubt any classes will be added at this time
3. KZ will return to the line-up thanks to strong domestic participation this year in the absence of some of the factory efforts
4. A increased focus will be put on improving the quality of the racing
5. There will be an expansion in purse money and prizes
It’s all about small improvements each year to make sure the race gets better and better.
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