DR Racing Kart Shows Speed Under DRT Racing Tent at SKUSA SuperNationals XVII
Growing team performs well in Las Vegas as Fisher stands on podium and earns vice-champion in S4
Brian Fisher drove his DR Racing Kart to a third place finish in the S4 class, ending the season second in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings (Photo: DRT Racing)
Hard work and preparation paid off for drivers competing under the DRT Racing operation this year at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVII. The brainchild of former world karting champion Danillo Rossi, DR Kart shined in both shifterkart and TaG categories in Las Vegas with support from the DRT program. The team showed well throughout the week outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on November 20-24. Multiple drivers had the speed to contend for victory and podium finishes in multiple classes, racing luck went the negative direction for the DRT Racing team during SuperSunday. The positive note ending the 2013 season was the performance put in by the entire team, along with the assistance put in by Mr. Rossi and his staff, and the end result for Brian Fisher in his vice-champion result.
S4 Master Stock Moto championship contender Fisher was near the top of the charts throughout the event and in contention for the victory. ‘Fish’ went to work in qualifying laying down the sixth quickest time of the day. The first heat race of the weekend held Friday evening saw Fish drive to a fourth place finish after being spun while leading early. Saturday was round’s two and three of heat races where Fisher came back with a seventh and 10th after contact pushed him down the order each time. The results put him seventh on the grid for the main event. As he did last year, Fisher was among the quickest drivers on the track as he advanced his way up to the third position. Closing in on the leaders, Fish ran out of time and settled for the third spot on the podium, his second straight trip at the SuperNationals and earned the SKUSA #2 plate for 2014.
Chris Jennings rode the momentum of a regional championship into Las Vegas for this year’s SuperNats. The Texan ran double duty, competing in the S2 Semi-Pro class in the morning, and the S4 Master division at night. In S2, still competing at the S4 weight, the DR Racing Kart driver qualified an astonishing fourth spot. Jennings would run into some trouble during the heat races to end up 15th on the main event grid. He ran as high as ninth, but ended up placing 15th. He translated the extra track time into strong results in the S4 category, earning the pole position. Some issues getting off the line would drop Jennings back at the start of the three heat races, posting a pair of third place finishes around a disappointing 33rd result after suffering some front end damage following contact with a barrier. Starting all the way back in 20th, Jennings picked competitors off one-by-one en route to a seventh place performance while running lap times comparable to the leaders.
DRT Racing was represented well in the S1 Pro Stock Moto class by veteran Josh Lane. Joining a record field of the best stock moto pilots in the world, Lane kept the DR Kart at the front all weekend. After laying down a flyer good for P3 in qualifying, Lane put on a show in the first heat race Friday evening. Fighting for position, he recovered from a spin on lap two, and finished with a fourth place run. Lane checked out on the field and won heat two in dominant fashion, ending the rain racing with a fifth place run to start the feature race on the inside of row two. Lane was in contention for a spot on the podium until two laps remaining when another driver drove overtop of his kart, disconnecting the exhaust from the engine and ending his race early.
It was an impressive debut for Daniel Formal making his debut aboard the DR Racing Kart. Test sessions just weeks prior to the week in Vegas helped bring Formal up to speed with the chassis. Caught off guard with the rain setup, he only mustered a 32nd overall in qualifying. The Florida driver showed his true talent, and that of the DR brand as he climbed forward in each heat race with a best finish of second place to end up fifth on the main event grid. Formal would never make it out of the opening corner, involved in a wreck that would put him on the sideline for the entire race, but not diminish the speed he and the DR Kart possessed throughout the week.
Skyler Finley drove to a top-20 finish in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto class. The Texan made his second appearance at the world’s largest karting race this November, and his first start in the ultra competitive S2 class. The dirt bike star turned kart racer entered the weekend with a goal of a top-20 finish on SuperSunday. Finley did not fall short on his goal once. Staying within the top-20 from qualifying through all three heat races, Finley left Vegas with an impressive 19th place finish. Lance Lane battled all week long, rebounding from 25th in qualifying to end up 13th on the main event grid. Looking for a run into the top-10, the j-arm on the shifter lever broke and ended his run. Bryon Rothenhoefer battled strong all week aboard his DR Kart and left his second SuperNationals with a 26th place finish in S4. After a tough but improving week in Las Vegas, SuperNationals rookie Stephen Flatt was unable to qualify for the main event, coming just two spots short in the LCQ event.
Frenchman Antoine Lepesqueux would wave the DR Racing Kart banner for the first time in SuperNats history in the Rotax DD2 category. Lepesqueux had shown good speed through practice and it showed in qualifying as he put his DR Kart on the eighth spot on the grid. After a few strong runs in the heat races, Lepesqueux would cap off his debut to the SuperNats with a 10th place finish. Remy Perrigault represented DRT Racing in the premiere KZ2 category, with DRT Racing owner Don Guilbeault contesting the TaG Masters field and Zach Dante in TaG Junior. Each made the main events for SuperSunday, but were involved in incidents that ended hopes of promising finishes for the three DR Racing Kart drivers.
DRT Racing is preparing another strong assault in 2014, armed with another strong driver roster set to compete in Superkarts! USA, US Pro Kart Series, and other major events. DRT Racing has two locations along the east coast, the original shop is located in Hudson, New Hampshire and the warehouse, engine development and race team is based out of Bluff City, Tennessee. For more information, or to be part of the growing DR Racing Kart chassis dealer network, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 423-538-3838 or find them on Facebook.