|eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings - October 12
| David Jurca ends his run with Tony Kart USA as begins his second stint with Italian Motors as the EKN number 1 ICC driver|
(Photo: Super Kart Illustrated)
As the new issue of Super Kart Illustrated hits everyone’s mailboxes over the next week, readers will see the SKI Driver Rankings are updated up to the running of the Rock Island Grand Prix. With the ability to update weekly, the SKI program has moved to the internet, now known as the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings.
After the Stars of Karting divisional schedules wrapped up at Infineon in August, David Jurca emerged as the new #1 ICC pilot in North America, according to the EKN rankings. Dating back a full 12 months, Jurca has a victory at the 2005 Stars National Finals along with a consistent top five finishes in 2006 with Tony Kart USA. Sitting second in the standings is Jurca’s new teammate, Tad Funakoshi. The lead Italian Motors pilot for the 2006 season, like Jurca, has not scored a victory this year but has compiled strong top five finishes. As announced last week, the two will join forces in November as they both look for victory at the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Moving up to third with his big victory at last week’s Stars National Finals in Woodbine, Canadian Lorenzo Mandarino has two big victories to his score. Last year’s SuperNats winner with Genesis Racing, he moved to KLS Racing this off-season and has found success aboard the GP frame. He will be partnered with former SuperNats winner and four-time Star Mazda winner Ron White along with Fritz Leesmann.
| Joel Miller ends the 2006 season as the EKN number 1 ICA driver after clinching the Stars of Karting National Championship|
(Photo: Super Kart Illustrated)
Newly crowned Stars of Karting ICC National Champion PCH Motorsports’ Gary Carlton stays in fourth while Jordy Vorrath, a six-time winner in ’06 aboard his Leading Edge/Intrepid, holds on to fifth. Former top spot holder Wesley Boswell fell back to 12, with the top 12 separated by just 257 points. After his best run, he moved back into the top ten (eighth).
Drivers on the move include September issues’ driver Fidencio Guzman. The new FirstKart.com driver moved another 16 spots after a top five finish at the Rock Island Grand Prix. Other drivers moving up the ladder include PSL Karting’s Christopher Miller and Cameron Karting’s David Carmendy, who makes his first appearance in the Top 50.
The ICA debuts on EKN and ends the year with a new number driver, Tony Kart USA’s Joel Miller. The newly crowned Stars of Karting ICA National Champion took the big win in Woodbine to clinch the title, making it five on the year. Former number one driver, PSL Karting’s Jake Rosenzweig struggled at the end of ’06 and has dropped to second. Woodbine runner-up finisher Chris Larson moved up one spot to third on the rankings while Margay pilot moved up eight spots - with a Rock Island Grand Prix victory and a third in Woodbine - to get into the top five. Italian Motors’ driver Colby Jenn dropped two spots after missing both the Stars Infineon and National Finals events. The driver on the move this edition is SRA Karting’s Christophe Boisclair, breaking into the Top 25 for the first time in his rookie year.
With the ICA season done as far as the Driver Rankings is concerned, the order may shuffle around next edition as the Stars National Finals from 2005 will drop from the rankings totals. It may also move around the top five in ICC as they are separated by just over 140 points. The driver to end the 2006 season on top may come down to who actually wins the SuperNationals in November.
ICC - Driver Rankings as of October 12
ICA Rankings - as of October 12
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