Team News: Checkered Motorsports – RoboPong 200 Report
Checkered Motorsports and the Adrenaline Fix Karting crew has once again showed its dominance in the Robopong 200. The team was 10 laps shy from victory until a spindle failure occurred, but the second Checkered Motorsports entry secured a third place finish.
With two karts set for the Robopong 200, Andrew Bujdoso and Ryan Norberg would qualify in 10th and 11th respectively. Robert Bujdoso and Ryan Norberg took the green flag. R. Bujdoso advanced his way to fifth while Norberg was not far behind in seventh. Norberg came in the pits to hand off the kart to Sasha Brun-Wibaux for her stint while R. Bujdoso came in two laps later. The Adrenaline Fix Karting pit crew put a stellar performance in the pits advancing Andrew Bujdoso in second and Sasha Brun-Wibaux in sixth. Soon enough A. Bujdoso took the first spot. Clicking off fast laps throughout his stint, he stretched roughly a 20 second lead. Brun-Wibaux impressed the team with her consistency while advancing the PCR kart into fifth. Brun-Wibaux pitted first handing it off to Norberg while leader A. Bujdoso came in a lap later. Once again the Adrenaline Fix karting crew performed a flawless pit stop putting the Bujdoso brothers back up front and Norberg into fifth. The combination of the PCR kart and the BBS engine power plant moved Norberg into fourth while setting second fastest lap of the race. On the other hand veteran R. Bujdoso maintained the teams lead. Brun-Wibaux and A. Bujdoso were set to for the final stint of the race. A. Bujdoso had a lap lead on the entire field until disaster struck. The right front spindle snapped with 10 laps to go, ultimately ending the Bujdoso brothers chance for the win. Rookie Sasha Brun-Wibaux hustled the kart to a phenomenal third place finish.
In Yamaha Junior Can John Paul Southern Jr. aboard his PCR Super Strillo kart qualified in fourth just .128 tenths of the pole position. Unfortunately, the pre-final did not go Southern Jr.’s way where contact in the opening laps sent the young driver to 23rd. The 12 year old diced his way back through the field passing 14 karts to secure a ninth place starting spot for the final. Southern Jr. took no time in the 30 lap main event to place his PCR kart in contention for a win. Southern Jr. along with leader, Braden Eves, broke away from the field with six laps to go. On the final lap Southern Jr. tried to make the outside line stick in the final corner, but came home short from victory securing a solid second place finish.
Ian Hornish and teammate John Paul Southern Jr. displayed great racecraft throughout the weekend. Southern Jr. suffered carburation problems during qualifying where the young star qualified in 33rd. The Ohio native drove through the field finishing in 12th. Hornish made his way to the top 20 until contact in the final laps of the pre-final sent the driver to 40th. In the main event Southern Jr. worked his way to the lead. After multiple lead changes lap traffic played an important factor. Southern Jr. hit lap traffic costing him to lose the lead draft and securing a fourth spot finish. Hornish put on a stellar performance advancing 22 positions while posting a personal best lap of the weekend to finish 18th.
“This weekend was a phenomenal weekend for the PCR brand,” explained team owner Csaba Bujdoso. “This was a collective effort with huge thanks to Adrenaline Fix Karting crew in coordinating the pit stops and BBS Engines for a fast reliable engine package. We look forward for next year’s Robopong 200.”
Checkered Motorsports, the official importer of PCR karts, will be contesting in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, GearUp F-Series, United States Pro Kart Series, Allegheny Karting Series, and the SKUSA Supernationals. Tech support, transportation, and arrive and drive opportunities are available.
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