Team News: Team Vemme/Extreme Karting ProKart Challenge California Opener Report
Doug Sorensen/Extreme Karting with his team trailer along with Vince & Lorenzo Mandarino and the Vemme factory truck made the trek not only to Buttonwillow, but will also be attending all of the ProKart Challenge California and Pro Tour races to provide factory trackside service and support.
Team Vemme/Extreme Karting is very proud to announce a team of eight diverse drivers who will be competing in the S1, S2, S3, S4, TaG J & TaG M classes.
Long time Extreme Karting SoCal team driver Peter Abba was joined by S1 newcomer Cam Egger. Cam, who moved up to S1 from S2 this year, hails from Canby, OR where his father Chris runs the Pat’s Acres karting track.
Qualifying saw Cam & Peter only 1 tenth apart solidly in 5th & 6th respectively in the tight field. H1 found both Cam & Peter finishing in the same positions as they qualified while finding additional pace in both of their chassis with Vince & Lorenzo’s tuning help. At the start of H2 Peter was shuffled back to 13th overall but made a nice comeback throughout the heat. Cam was a victim of avoidable contact and finished H2 in 7th. In the main Peter finished where he started the day in 6th and unfortunately Cam was out of the race on the 2nd lap unable to show his speed.
Joining us from Golden, CO is Christian Schureman. Christian won one of the two Pro Tour SummerNats races last year in Utah and finished extremely well in 9th place at the SuperNats.
Chris struggled in qualifying trying to find clear track space with almost 30 drivers on track posting a time for 15th out of the stacked 19 kart field but he would make a huge comeback throughout the day. In H1 Chris would slice through the field and finish 6th. Chris would continue to move forward and finish 4th in H2. In the main Chris marched forward until lap 7 when he caught the 3rd place driver. In a hard fought battle through the remainder of the main, Chris came up only .05 sec shy of 3rd place!!!
After missing the first couple of races of the season due to scheduling conflicts, making the trek from Calgary, AB, Canada is Kyoichi Tsui who will be making his debut in the novice Spec Honda class.
Another long time Extreme Karting SoCal team driver Ken Schilling will be joined by Chris Perrault who hails from Campbell River, BC, Canada. Chris joined us last year at the Lancaster Grand Prix and both Ken & Chris both qualified for the SuperNats main event on Super Sunday out of an extremely competitive and deep 68 driver field. S4 has continually been one of the largest and deepest classes in ProKart Challenge.
Over the winter Ken worked on his “relationship” with his new Vemme, which he had for only one week before the SuperNats, and qualified 3rd less than 1-1/2 tenths off pole. Chris, who struggled a bit coming to terms with the “home track advantage” nature of the track put himself in 10th out of the deep 17 kart field. In H1 Ken moved up one spot and finished 2nd being one of only two drivers posting times in the 48 sec bracket. Chris was stuck in a heated battle in H1 until being freight trained losing 2 spots on the last lap. H2 found Ken starting on the outside of the front row who tucked in behind the leader at the start. On lap 3, Ken was right behind the leader and was showing excellent speed. Coming into the infield 180 deg RH hairpin there was slight contact sending both Ken & the leader off track. Ken stated, “I definitely had the pace to fight for the lead but I didn’t react quick enough to the leader as he braked a little bit sooner than I expected, my fault.” This would put the top three in qualifying at the back for the start of the main. Chris found some extra speed between heats and made up spots to finish H2 in 8th and posted his fastest lap of the day. Ken was hoping to make up as many spots as possible in the main while starting dead last. He immediately gained a few positions at the start but unfortunately got caught behind a handful of karts which took over ½ the race to get around and by that time the lead pack had checked out leaving Ken to finish 10th but again posted lap times just off the leaders. Chris had a really rough start putting him far down the order but rebounded to finish 12th.
TaG J & TaG M
Also from Canada (Surrey, BC) is the father/son duo of Dave & Kale Kunicki. Kale will be competing in the TaG J field and Dave will be contesting TaG M. Both TaG J & TaG M are large and fiercely fought classes.
Kale, while still recovering from a bad wreck at last year’s ProKart Challenge Lancaster race, qualified 16th out of the really deep 22 kart field. In H1 Kale found almost ½ sec of pace and kept his 16th spot. In H2 Kale again found additional speed gaining two spots to finish 14th. Kale commented, “Yeah, my big crash at the really fast Lancaster race is still rattling around in my head but I’m doing my best to put it behind me and we’ll see what the main holds!”. In the main Kale continued to improve, posting his fastest lap of the day but unfortunately fell out of the main on lap 13. Kale continues to improve and really impressed the team today by shaking off the effects of the Lancaster race and continually getting faster throughout the day, even on used tires.
Dave, Kales father, was racing in his first ever kart race! He continued to get faster over the course of the weekend but was caught out in qualifying being just underweight. Starting H1 at the back of the 17 kart field Dave did very well gaining 4 spots to finish 13th. In H2 Dave made some excellent moves and made his way all the way to 8th on the 2nd lap!!! As we all know, TaG M is one of the most hotly contested classes and Dave was victim to very aggressive driving and finished 14th while posting his fastest lap of the day by almost ½ sec. Undaunted, Dave put his head down in the main and charged forward to finish in a very respectable 8th in his first race. Great job Dave!!!
“2013 Vemme Road to the Rio”
Vemme Kart and Extreme Karting (Vemme U.S. importer) are pleased to announce the “2013 Vemme Road to the Rio” plan.
For any driver winning a race series championship in the United States in 2013 using a Vemme chassis exclusively, Vemme Kart and Extreme Karting will pay for that driver’s entry, race tires and tent space in the Vemme tent alongside the factory drivers and tuners for the 2013 SuperNats at the Rio in Las Vegas (November 20-24, 2013).
“We are pleased to be able to make this offer to our customers and hope to see even more racing with us throughout 2013 and especially in Las Vegas. We are confident that competing on a Vemme chassis will help all of our loyal existing and new customers alike to improve their program” says Doug Sorensen, Extreme Karting principle.
Vemme owner Vince Mandarino and son Lorenzo have many years of racing both in North America and Europe. Vince has designed these chassis for the North American market to suit the tracks and tires commonly run. Christian Schureman’s victory in S2 at the SKUSA Summer Nationals in Utah last year is evidence of the Vemme capabilities.
Vemme has both a 30/32 chassis and a 30mm chassis available. The Omega 30/32 comes in both shifter configuration and TAG/100cc. Either version is available with steel or ceramic brakes. The Omega 30mm chassis has proven successful in TAG and 100cc.
For more information concerning this offer and/or joining the team, please contact Extreme Karting. See below for contact info.
Extreme Karting, Inc.
1177 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806