Series News: Red Line Oil Series Opens Up the Summer Season
The fast “Reverse National” configuration opened the beginning of summer season with some very tough racing at Northern California’s Simraceway kart track. With 106 racers participating over the weekend, the RLOKC and Simraceway Arrive and Drive programs continue to attract strong turnouts. Five drivers pulled off the hat trick by taking Pole, winning both heats and taking home the win in the Main.
GoPro Feature race – 80 Honda Masters
The 80 Masters class was a battle of three veterans at the front of the field. In Qualifying, Tom Nelson took pole just ahead of Roger Cornwall with Geoff Provo third. In the first heat, Nelson took the early lead with Cornwall close behind. Nelson spun at the hairpin with some help from Roger who went on to take the win but was placed behind Nelson in the final standings. This gave Provo the win, Wayne Bundy 2nd and Rob Mullaney 3rd. In the second heat, Nelson pulled out a small lead and drove on to win with Roger 2nd just ahead of Provo. In the Main, Provo started on the pole but had problems, falling back to finish in 6th. Nelson drove on to take the win, nine seconds in front of Cornwall with Bundy 3rd. Nelson took home the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera for the win.
A strong field of seven drivers took the track but Jarrett Lile continued his dominance of the class by taking the pole ahead of first year sensation Daniel de la Calle and 2010 RLOKC Champion Carlos Calderon. In the first heat, Lile took the early lead and was never challenged with Calderon coming home 2nd ahead of Daniel. In the second heat, Lile again took the win, but Daniel put more pressure on in this heat to take 2nd ahead of Calderon. In the Main, Lile took the early lead with some bumping going on right behind. Carlos moved into 2nd with Alex Kwan challenging Daniel for 3rd. Daniel’s rear bumper came loose on lap five and he had to be given a mechanical black flag. In the end, Lile took the hat trick with a two second victory over Calderon with Kwan 3rd just ahead of Josh Feiber.
JMJ Junior Rotax
There was another large turnout for the JMJ Junior Rotax class with twelve drivers. Michael Avansino took the pole ahead of new comer Phillippe Denes and Annie Breidinger while the winner of the last two races, Enzo Prevost, qualified in 6th. The top three drivers pulled away from the rest of the field and battled the entire 8 laps of Heat 1, but in the end, Avansino took the win from Denes and Annie. Jaden Conwright led a group of three more karts to take 4th. In the second heat, Avansino controlled the front of the field for most of the race with Denes making a pass attempt late in the race. The failed pass attempt left the door open for Annie to take over 2nd and she held it to the end, Denes 3rd and Prevost working his way up to 4th. In the Main, it was Avansino and Denes dueling up front with Denes taking over the lead once with Avansino taking back the lead the very next lap. Denes stayed right on Michael’s bumper the rest of the way, but just could not see a way by and wisely settled for a well-deserved second. Annie held 3rd most of the race, but succumbed to late race pressure from Enzo, who first got by Michael Michoff, and then slid through to take 4th while Annie cameb home 5th. This was Avansino’s second win of the year and the second hat trick of the day.
With a good turnout, the Mini Max class competition is starting to tighten up. Horatio Fitz-Simon took the pole ahead of Tomas Mejia and Matteo Sandoval. In the first heat, Horatio took the lead at the start with Matteo following him through turn one and challenging for the entire 8 laps. In the end it was Horatio taking the win, Matteo a half second back and Mejia 3rd. In the second heat, Horatio and Matteo came together in turn one at the start with Horatio spinning and Matteo going into the lead. Mejia chased Matteo the entire way but settled for the 2nd place finish less than a half second back with Horatio recovering to take 3rd. In the Main, Matteo was on pole with Horatio next to him. Matteo brought the field down to the green at a slow pace but when the green waved, the entire field accelerated but Matteo’s kart did not. As the field exited turn one, Horatio was in the lead, Tomas Mejia second with Matteo trailing the field. Horatio controlled the race and went on to a five second victory, Mejia a strong 2nd and Bryson Lew 3rd and Colin Mullen 4th.
RGE EVO Electric
Saturday featured the RGE EVO kart race with 5 drivers in these amazing new Electric powered karts. Marcos Ramirez took his third straight pole followed by Zac Rubenson and Jon Horsley. In the first heat, Marcos controlled the race to take the win ahead of Rubenson and Horsley. In the second heat, Marcos again controlled the heat followed by Rubenson with Richard Hilleman 3rd. In the Main, Marcos ran into problems about four laps into the race turning over the lead over to Zac who went onto his first win of the year followed by Hilleman and Horsley.
Masters Stock 125 Honda and Junior Stock 125 Honda
With the largest field of the day, fourteen drivers took to the track, including two Juniors 125 drivers. Jim Inglebright took the pole ahead of Southern Californian Fernando Diaz and David Arnstein. In the first heat, Inglebright took the lead out of turn one and was never headed after that. Arnstein was in second much of the 8 lap heat, but Diaz made the pass to take over the runner up spot late in the race, moving Arnstein to 3rd and Patrick O’Neill 4th. In the second heat, the finishing order of the top four was the same as Qualifying, Inglebright taking the win, Diaz 2nd, Arnstein 3rd and O’Neill 4th. In the Main, the front four drove away from the rest of field, but the best racing was the 5th to 7th place battles. Travis Bowles initially took the 5th spot, but Justin Bennett got by Andre Eriksen and then Bowles, who would finish 7th just ahead of Todd Wilson and Greg Hoff. In the end, Inglebright took the win and the third hat trick of the day, Diaz a solid 2nd, with O’Neill making a pass to take over 3rd late in the race with Arnstein finishing 4th. In the Junior 125 race, Gino Gigloti took the top spot in both heats, but he had to park his kart in the Main after only 2 laps handing the Main class win over to new comer Ray Fuller. This Junior 125 class is set to grow with a lot of new interest, especially those young drivers looking to make the move into race cars!
Rotax Masters continues to produce strong fields. Scott Ripslinger took the pole ahead of Jeff Smith and John Breidinger. In the first heat, Ripslinger controlled the race and took the win ahead of Smith with Michael Ostrowski moving into 3rd ahead of Breidinger. In the second heat, Scott took his second heat win followed by Smith with Geoff Wise working his way into 3rd, Ostrowski 4th. In the Main, Ripslinger took the initial lead with a three way battle for second. Going into turn 3, Smith, Wise and Ostrowski tried to go through the tight turn three wide. Smith and Wise spun and Ostrowski headed to the pits with damage from the incident. After the melee, James Dix went into 2nd followed by Breidinger with Smith and Wise working their way back through the field. In the end, Ripslinger took a strong win, the 4th driver to pull off the hat trick this race day. Dix drove his best rest ever to take a solid 2nd, Breidinger 3rd with Smith recovering to come home 4th.
IAME TaG and Junior TaG
IAME TaG and Junior TaG ran as a combined group, Maxx Marian took the pole ahead of Bryson Guzman and Jim Zootis with Junior driver Joe Morton in 4th. In the first heat, Marian took the win followed by Guzman, Morton and Zootis. In the second heat, Marian had some early problems and had to come from behind. Guzman took the win followed by Marian, Zootis and Stephen Gaudreau. In the Main, Bryson took the lead out of turn one with Marian right behind. The two dueled the entire race with Marian unable to see a clean way by. Guzman never made a mistake and took the win, Marian second and the fastest lap, Junior Joe Morton 3rd and Jim Zootis 4th.
Pro Stock 125 Honda
A strong and experienced field of Pro drivers this looked to be a great race. Daniel Langon took the pole ahead of Jason Toft and Michael Raimes. In the first heat, Langon took the lead and the win with Nic LeDuc working up from fourth to take 2nd in the race ahead of Raimes. Toft dropped out after only six laps. In the second heat, Toft got a strong start and led Langon out of turn one. Daniel stayed close but was not able to challenge for the lead. Raimes came home 3rd ahead of Hunter Pickett with LeDuc dropping out after the first lap. In the Main, Toft took the early lead with Langon right behind. LeDuc and Raimes battled hard with LeDuc winning the fight to take 3rd, Raimes 4th followed by Will Preston.
Nine Micro drivers took the green with Dustin Salaveria taking the pole ahead of Gino Sandoval and Garrette Randolph Jr. In the first heat, Dustin took a convincing four second win ahead of Sandoval, Randolph Jr and Race Godeloson 4th. In the second heat, Dustin took his second win, but Randolph Jr made it a great race by coming home less than one half second back, Sandoval 3rd and Sofie Eriksen 4th. In the Main, Dustin took the initial lead with Sandoval right on his rear bumper. The two top drivers ran nose to tail for the entire 15 laps but Gino could not see a way by and Dustin did not make any mistakes. In the end, Dustin took his first ever Micro Main win, and the fifth hat trick of the day. Gino came home a strong 2nd, Aiden O’Neill working his way up to 3rd after a long day of driving in the pack, Randolph Jr 4th and Sofie taking her best ever finish in 5th.
The next Red Line Oil Karting Championship event will be July 14 where the Reverse Sprint configuration will be used. For more information about the Red Line Oil Karting Championship, go to http://www.redlineoilkarting.com