Series News: Mother’s Day Weekend at the Red Oil Karting Championships
A first for the Red line Oil Karting Championship, a Saturday race day, giving all the racers Sunday off to celebrate Mothers day. Added to the normal RLOKC race day were the new EVO electric class and two Simraceway Performance Karting Center Arrive and Drive classes making for a very full day of race classes. Introduced at this event was the use of a new track configuration, the fast but short Daytona configuration. With lap times 20 seconds shorter than the other configurations, more laps were added to the Pre-Main and Mains, twelve and twenty two respectively. The configuration is fun to drive and made for some great racing and we might see it again in 2014, but Race Director Ric Shaw says “there will be one major change for next year, blue flags will be used in place of the exit flag, I learned a good lessen with this race. We had anticipated passing lapped karts being very tough but the RLOKC racers proved us wrong”
GoPro Feature Race: EVO electric karts:
The new electric kart class was highlighted at this event and the result was a good outing for these new karts and they showed what they could do. Lap times which are comparable to Rotax senior karts were not recorded since the electrical energy of the karts disrupt the transponders. The line up for the Pre-Main was therefore based on what the competitors thought their relative positions should be. In the Pre-Main, 5 karts took the green with Marcos Ramirez silently taking the win ahead of Zac Rubenson. In the Main, again Ramirez took the early lead and was never challenged. Zac spun and had to come from behind. In the end Jon Horsley took the 2nd spot with Zac recovering to 3rd. The EVO class gave away some roses to Moms during the award ceremony and Marcos took home the GoPro Hero 3 camera for the win.
Masters Stock Honda 125 & Junior Stock Honda 125:
With nine Masters and one Junior shifter it was going to be a tough race. Jim Inglebright took the pole ahead of Patrick O’Neill and David Arnstein. In the Pre-Main, Inglebright took the early lead but got tagged by O’Neill going into the hairpin and spun around, Inglebright recovered only to force O’Neill off the track on lap two. The actions of the two drivers brought out a DQ for the heat to O’Neill and a DQ for the day to Inglebright. During all this the race was still going on, Josh Buttafoco took over the lead and drove home to his first ever Masters Stock Honda win with Jim Kidd 2nd and Travis Bowles 3rd. In the Main, Josh was on pole with Jim Kidd sharing the front row, O’Neill starting 5th. At the green, Josh took the lead ahead of Kidd with O’Neill getting up to 3rd . David Arnstein then took over the 3rd spot with Justin Bennett also getting by O’Neill to take over 4th. By mid race Kidd made a strong pass right after the bus stop chicane to take the lead for good with Josh coming home 2nd, Arnstein 3rd and Bennett 4th. Gino Giglotti came home in 8th overall and took the Junior Stock Honda win. Kidd also took home the Molecule $100 for his win.
A strong turn out of ten karts took to the track. Jeff Smith took the pole ahead of Michael Ostrowski and Scott Ripslinger. In the Pre-Main, Smith was being challenged early by Ostrowski, but then pulled away to a two second win while Ostrowski was being challenged by Ripslinger. In the end, Scott passed Michael to take 2nd, Michael 3rd. In the Main, Jeff exited turn one in the lead with Ostrowski right behind, Ripslinger 3rd. Smith and Ostrowski battled the entire 22 laps with Ripslinger and Geoff Wise were in their own battle for 3rd. Even though this was a track that was hard to make passes, Ostrowski and Wise were able to make good passes near the end of the race. Ostrowski received the Sanzaru $100 for coming home the winner, Smith 2nd, Wise 3rd and Ripslinger 4th.
A surprisingly light but competitive field for this weekend with five karts. Jarrett Lile took the pole ahead of newcomer Daniel de la Calle and Jesse Gwin. In the Pre-Main, those three drivers came home in the same order, Lile, de la Calle and Gwin. In the Main, Lile and Daniel lead the way at the drop of the green with Tazio Ottis first challenging then getting by Gwin for 3rd. In the end Lile took is second win in a row, de la Calle his second runner up spot in a row with Ottis 3rd and Gwin 4th.
The Micro Max class had its largest turn out ever in the RLOKC. Aiden O’Neill took the pole ahead of Dustin Salaverria and Gino Sandoval. In the Pre-Main, Aiden and Dustin had the track dialed in and drove away from the field. In the end Aiden took the win, Dustin 2nd and Gino holding off Ethan Tavares for 3rd. In the main, a repeat performance with Aiden dominating the race, Dustin not too far behind. Gino had problems after mid-race and had to pull off. In the end, Aiden took the win and the Sanzaru $50, giving him three in a row to start off the season. Dustin took 2nd, Ethan 3rd and Max Ellgen classified 4th.
JMJ Motorsports Junior Rotax:
With thireteen karts, the Junior Rotax class again put on a great show of speed and skill. Enzo Prevost took his second pole in a row ahead of Annie Breidinger and Mason Cohen. In the Pre-Main Enzo, Annie, Mason and Jaden Conwright all battled at the top of the field with Enzo taking the win, Annie 2nd, Jaden getting by Mason for 3rd , Mason 4th. In the Main, Enzo, Annie and Jaden battled at the front with Mason in a battle with Michael Michoff. Jaden then got by Annie and the top three again were leading the way. Enzo pulled out a small lead with Mason making up ground and putting pressure on Annie. On the white flag last lap things got even more tense. At the hairpin turn, Mason made a last effort to move up a spot and dove inside Annie to attempt a pass but the two came together, Mason went into 3rd, Annie slowed and lost 2 more positions. In the end, Enzo Prevost took his second win in a row plus the Sanzaru $100, Conwright 2nd, Cohen 3rd, Michoff 4th, Toni Breidinger 5th and Annie 6th. Chief Stewart Don Malony made a call on the Cohen pass and dropped him 3 positions, thus Michoff, Toni and Annie all moved up a spot.
Masters Honda 80 and DD2 Masters:
Eight Masters took to the track along with the lone DD2 Masters of Jeff Smith. Charles Hastings took the pole ahead of Tom Nelson and Roger Cornwall. In the Pre-Main, Hasting pulled away and took a comfortable four second win. Nelson spun and had to work his way back up the field. Rob Mullaney took 2nd, Nelson 3rd. In the Main, disaster struck early with Hastings pulling off on the warm up lap. Thus Nelson was all alone on the front row and took the lead into the first turn followed by Mullaney and Cornwall. By midway through the Main, Wayne Bundy got by Cornwall to hold down 3rd. Nelson drove on for the win and the Molecule $100, Mullaney a well deserved 2nd, a strong performance for Bundy in coming home 3rd, Cornwall 4th and the DD2 Masters of Jeff Smith in 5th.
Seven Parilla TaG karts took the track with Tazio Ottis taking the pole ahead of Bryson Guzman and Maxx Marian. In the Pre-Main, Bryson and Maxx battled for the lead with Tazio falling back. Nick Bagley came home 3rd, Tazio 4th. In the Main, Tazio got his form back and worked his way up to 2nd on lap 5. Tazio then put pressure on Bryson for the next 10 laps and made the pass for the lead on lap 15. Tazio held the lead to the checkered, Guzman 2nd, Marian 3rd and Stephan Gaudreau 4th.
Nine drivers took the track with Horatio Fitz-Simon taking the pole ahead Matteo Sandoval and Tomas Mejia. The Pre-Main, Horatio took the early lead and drove on to a three second win ahead of Matteo with Mejia 3rd. Mejia did not pass tech thus Colin Mullan moved up to 3rd. In the Main, Horatio again took the early lead and drove away from the field with Mejia coming through the field to get back into 3rd. On lap fourteen, Nick Persing spun coming out of the last corner with Heather Hadley right behind. Heather had no place to go but run into Nick and this popped her front end into the air and then her kart turned over. The race was red flag and called complete as of 13 laps complete. Thus Fitz-Simon takes the win and the Sanzaru $50, Sandoval 2nd, Mejia 3rd and Colin Mullan 4th. Heather had a wrist injury but will make a full recovery and we hope to see her back soon.
Pro Stock Honda 125:
Pro Stock equaled the Junior Rotax for the largest class of the event. In Qualifying, Nic LeDuc took the pole ahead of Daniel Langon, Cody Diede and Troy Diede. Fritz Leesmann had trouble in the session and would line up 10th for the Pre-Main. LeDuc and Langon lead the field for the Pre-Main while lots of action was going on behind them. Lessmann worked his way up to 3rd with Hunter Pickett 4th and Cody Diede 5th. In the Main LeDuc took the early lead and pulled out to a small lead. The big battles were again right behind with Leesmann back in 5th and again having to work his way though the field on a tight track. Fritz got by the Diede brothers who were in a battle for 4th . Fritz then got by Jason Toft then Langon and set his eyes on LeDuc who was driving a very fast pace. With only a lap left, Fritz dove hard under LeDuc going into turn 1 and took the lead for the first time all day. Nic stayed hard on Leesmann’s tail but there just was not enough time to find a way by and settled for a well driven 2nd. Thus Leesmann came home the winner and with it the $150 first place award. LeDuc 2nd place, Langon 3rd, Jason Toft 4th and TroyDiede 5th.
The next race in the RLOKC series will be June 9 at the Simraceway Performance Karting Track where the track configuration will be the Reverse National. For more information about the Red Line Oil Karting Championships, go to http://www.redlineoilkarting.com