Team News: Checkered Motorsports – United States Pro Kart Series New Castle Report
Checkered Motorsports attended the second round of the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) event held at New Castle Motorsports Park(NCMP). The team gathered three poles, one podium, and obtained vital knowledge for the team’s next appearance.
In the Junior category, Nick Luedeke ran the PCR Super Strillo chassis. The 2013 chassis has yet to make its arrival into the U.S. market. Friday practice took no time for Luedeke to be comfortable in the chassis and posted quick times throughout the day with his Woltjer powered engine. Saturday the young pilot had a disappointing qualifying time suffering a 9th place starting position in the heat races. With the heat races becoming a hassle to move up due to incidents, Luedeke was able to accomplish an eighth place starting spot for the final. In the main event he held off for a solid seventh place finish. The young driver rebounded from Saturdays qualifying run and posted the quickest time with a 1:10.725 to earn the top spot. The heat races displayed great racing by Luedeke with a second and DNF. Unfortunately, in the final he got involved in a first corner incident with 4 other karts pushing him back to 15th. The 15 lap event allowed the Super Strillo chassis to shine, maneuvering his way through the field for a sixth place finish.
John Paul Southern Jr. was the dominate kart all weekend in the Yamaha Cadet class. In Saturday’s event, Southern Jr. snatched the pole position. The heat races were played out perfectly by the upcoming star where he led every lap but three. Although he led a total of 13 laps in the heats, he pulled out a pair of second place finishes. The 15 lap final saw Southern Jr. to start in the second starting spot. The opening laps of the main event saw the driver stay in a comfortable second place spot for the majority of the race. The last lap he made a phenomenal move for the win edging out Simon Sikes by four-thousandths of a second. Unfortunately, tech gave the win to Sikes after a carbon build up caused the engine to not pass. Southern Jr. did not let that affect him Sunday as he put the Woltjer powered PCR back on pole. The heat race finishes pushed the driver to settle with a 12th place starting spot for the main. Southern Jr. took no time to move forward and by the first two laps he was in sixth. The final result was a third place effort.
In Leopard Pro, Andrew Bujdoso ran against a stout 36 kart field. Engine issues on Saturdays race would give a disappointing finish for Bujdoso. An engine swap worked in Bujdoso’s favor Sunday. Starting 27th the rookie displayed great racing and finished 19th in the first heat and ran as high as 14th in the second, but had to settle with a 20th. Luck did not go his way as a first lap incident caused the driver to retire early for the 20 lap main.
Racing just Sunday was Mike Burton. Having no experience in the PCR chassis, the veteran got accustomed to the chassis in a matter of no time. Posting the fifth fastest time in qualifying, the driver had to forfeit his position due to being 3lbs underweight. The heat races Burton had a pair of seventh place finishes which gave him a seventh place starting spot. Burton showed consistency in the final and managed to pull off another seventh place finish.
“I could not have asked for a better weekend,” stated team owner Csaba Bujdoso. “The team displayed speed in all 3 classes that we entered. The testing and time put into our program is paying off. The PCR Super Strillo chassis was strong all weekend in Yamaha Junior as well as our Cadet Program. We could not have done it without Daniel Woltjer and all of the mechanics help.”
The team will be contesting in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, Great Lakes Sprint Series, USPKS Series, SKUSA Supernationals, and the Pitt Race Karting Series. Tech support, transportation, and arrive and drive opportunities are available.