Race Report: Red Line Oil Karting Championship – Race Seven
Gino Sandoval takes Micro Max GoPro feature race, banquet date announced
With Race #7, the Red Line Oil Karting Championship started the fall portion of the 2014 racing season. Most of the junior drivers are back in school and in recognition of this, RLOKC gave each Junior driver a twenty five dollar discount on their Saturday practice fee. The Reverse National configuration with it long “downhill” straight made for some great drafting in the GoPro featured race with three Micro drivers exchanging the lead almost every lap. The 2014 RLOKC awards dinner will be held on November 15th. Details with location and awards to be announced shortly.
GoPro featured Class: Micro Max
A strong group took to the track for their turn at being the GoPro featured class. The last five races have produced a tight battle between three drivers, Garrette Randoulph Jr with three wins, Grant Langon with two wins, and Gino Sandoval who is winless so far this season but always in the mix. In Qualifying, Grant took the pole followed by Garrette and Ethan Tavares. In the first heat, Grant opened up an early lead and took a three second win ahead of Garrette with Gino Sandoval in 3rd. In the second heat, the three top finishers from the first heat battled the entire race with just tenths of a second separating them. Going into the last turn, Garrette was leading Grant when Grant tried a last turn pass. Grant got into the side of Garrette and they both got slowed up, allowing Gino to take the win. Grant was 2nd, Ethan 3rd and Garrette 4th. An official ruling moved Grant back to 4th for the contact with Garrette, this moved Ethan to 2nd and Garrette to 3rd. The Main turned into a fifteen lap dice of pass and repass as Grant, Garrette and Gino ran nose to tail the entire way. Going into the last lap, Gino took the lead at the end of the straightaway and was able to hold off any repass attempts in the infield. Gino took the win followed by Garrette, Grant less than a quarter of second back. Ethan came home 4th with Owen McAllister 5th. For his win, Gino took home the GoPro Hero3 camera. In the points chase, Garrette has the lead with Grant 20 points back and Gino 45 points back.
Charles Hastings won the pole ahead of Kevin Woods and Roger Cornwall. In the first heat, Hastings lead the field into turn one with Woods getting a poor start and falling to 4th. Hastings held the lead to the end but Woods first passed Dave Holstein then Cornwall to recover and finish one second back, Cornwall 3rd and Holstein 4th. The second heat finished similar to the first heat with Hastings taking the win, Woods 2nd and Cornwall 3rd. In the Main, Hastings took the lead at the drop of the green with Woods stalling his kart and getting away very late. Hastings held the lead the entire way with Cornwall coming home 2nd, Holstein 3rd, Woods 4th and Vince Giovacchini 5th. In the points chase, Hastings holds a comfortable lead over Cornwall.
A large field of karts took to the track with Enzo Prevost taking pole ahead of Mason Cohen, Jason Petit and Michael Michoff. In the first heat, Prevost took the early lead with Michoff making some moves to get into 2nd. Michoff was able to make the pass for the lead near the end of the heat and held off Prevost for a 4 one hundredths of a second win, Prevost 2nd, Cohen 3rd and Petit 4th. The second heat started out similar to the first heat with Prevost taking the early lead. Michoff was not able to make his charge through the field and had to settle for 5th. In the end, Prevost took the win with Cohen less than a second back to take 2nd, Petit 3rd and Carter Herrera 4th. The Main started out similar to the first heat with Prevost taking the early lead and Michoff passing for the lead early on in the fifteen lap race. But Michoff ran into problems on lap ten when his radiator came loose and he was issued a mechanical black flag. Prevost took over the lead and went on to a two second win with Cohen taking 2nd, Herrera 3rd, Petit 4th and Toni Breidinger 5th. It was the best finishes of the year for Cohen, Herrera and Petit. For his win, Prevost took home $150 worth of Sanzaru Bucks which can be used as credits for future Race entries or Saturday practice fees. In the point’s race, Michoff holds a 55 point lead over Prevost for the class championship.
ZERO Motorsports EVO Electrics and DD2/DD2 Masters
Pro Stock Honda driver Alex Keyes tried his hand at running an EVO kart and it started out looking pretty good with him taking the pole ahead of the EVO karts of Richard Hilleman and Marcos Ramirez. The fastest DD2 kart was Bob Olson in 5th place. In the first heat, Alex took the initial lead but his electronic systems developed some problems and he retired on the 7th lap. Hilleman took over the lead and went on to the win followed by Ramirez and Matt Cresci and David Palic in the first of the DD2 karts. In the second heat, Keyes took the initial lead but was challenged by Hilleman who slipped past. Keyes started slowing at the end of the eight lap race which also allowed Ramirez and Cresci to get by. Andrew Colombini in his DD2 kart charged through the field and worked his way up to 2nd by the end of the race. At the finish it was Hilleman, Colombini (DD2) in 2nd, Ramirez 3rd, Cresci 4th and Keyes 5th. In the Main, the first half of the twelve lap race was led by the EVO karts with Keyes again taking the initial lead. Hilleman was chasing hard until he was issued a mechanical black flag on lap seven and had to retire. Ramirez then took the lead as Keyes’ had a battery come adrift and Keyes was issued a mechanical black flag for the loose battery on lap ten. In the second half of the race, the DD2 late race power gave the advantage to the gas power machines. First Colombini took the lead, then David Palic took over 2nd with Bob Olson passing into 3rd by the end of the race. At the end of the Main, Colombini ( DD2) took the win, Palic 2nd and the DD2 Masters class win, Olson (DD2) 3rd, Ramirez 4th (and the EVO class win), Cresci 5th and Chris Hilleman 6th overall and 3rd in the EVO class. For the EVO class win, Ramirez took away $100 of Sanzaru Bucks. In the chase for the class championship, Ramirez leads Cresci by 85 points and Richard Hilleman by 95 points.
Last year’s Champion Scott Ripslinger took the pole ahead of Billy Scott and Stephan Gaudreau. In the first heat, Ripslinger took the early lead but was pressured the entire race with Scott, Gaudreau and John Breidinger close behind. At the line, Ripslinger took the win followed by Scott, Gaudreau and Breidinger. Graudreau missed tech, thus was moved down to 7th. In the second head, Ripslinger again took the early lead with Gaudreau right on his heels. Gaudreau could not find a way by, thus Ripslinger took the win, Gaudreau 2nd, Scott 3rd and Kelly Heil 4th. In the Main, Ripslinger took the lead out of turn one and was never headed the entire fifteen laps. Breidinger and Heil battled for the runner up spot with Gaudreau charged his way through the field after falling back to 7th on lap one. Gaudreau then worked his way past Heil then Breidinger to take over 2nd, Breidinger holding off Heil to take 3rd, Heil 4th and Billy Scott 5th. For the win, Ripslinger took home $100 of Sanzaru Bucks. In the championship chase, Ripslinger holds a strong lead over Heil and Breidinger.
For the 4th race in a row, the Mini Max class was the largest class of the day! With six different winners in the first six races, Mini Max has also proven to be the most competitive class in the RLOKC series. Oliver Reed took the pole, his first of his career. Oliver was followed by Clayton Williams, Colin Mullan and Aiden O’Neill. In the first heat, Reed lead the field out of turn one and showed the rest of the field his pole was no fluke by staying fast and holding off the pressure from the rest of the field. In the end, Oliver took his first RLOKC win followed by a strong drive from Dustin Salaverria, O’Neill, Matteo Sandoval, and Mullan. In the second heat, Oliver again took the lead out of turn one. The field right behind were racing for position so hard, they all slowed down while they battled and this allowed Oliver to pull out a small lead. By the end of the eight lap heat, Oliver took a three second win over O’Neill, Sandoval, Mullan and Bryson Lew in 5th. The beginning of the Main was full of problems. First, as the field exited turn one, four karts got together. On lap two, O’Neill were battling hard but the two touched entering the “Memo esses” and this sent O’Neill into a barrier wall and brought a red flag due to O’Neill being in a dangerous position. It took several minutes to work out the restart lineup caused by the red flag and two incidents and of course not to all the competitors’ agreement. When the field was lined up it would be in single file to restart the race with one lap complete. Reed took the lead but was being challenged by Sandoval, Mullan, Lew and O’Neill. Near the end of the race, the race had become a three way battle with Reed and Sandoval exchanging the lead with Lew right behind waiting to take advantage of a mistake. As the top trio started the last lap, Reed had a slim lead with Sandoval and Lew battling for second. Sandoval used all his experience to get by Reed and at the checkered flag, Sandoval took the win, his second in a row, Lew came home in 2nd, and Reed a disappointed 3rd after such a strong showing. Following the others across the finish line was O’Neill 4th, Mullan 5th and point’s leader Clayton Williams in 6th. For his win, Sandoval took home $100 in Sanzaru Bucks. In the points chase, Clayton Williams holds a 40 point lead over Dustin Salaverria with Colin Mullan 75 points back and Matteo Sandoval 120 points back.
Pro Stock Honda and Stock Honda Masters
The two 125 shifter classes were combined into one race group at this event. In Qualifying, the first four positions were all Pro Stock Honda drivers with Alex Keyes taking the pole ahead of Cabot Bigham and Daniel De La Calle. In Stock Honda Masters, David Arnstein took the pole ahead of Rene Martinelli and Nick Major. In the first heat, Keyes took the win ahead of De La Calle and Bigham. In the Masters class, Martinelli took the win ahead of Arnstein and Major. In the second heat, Cabot Bigham got in front of Keyes early on and drove on to the win, Keyes 2nd, De La Calle 3rd. In the Masters class, Arnstein drove onto an easy win with Martinelli unable to take the green. Nick Major came home 2nd, Nick George 3rd. In the Main, De La Calle, Bigham and Keyes were all going into turn two together when Bigham and Keyes had contact and Bigham spun and was not able to restart. De La Calle pulled out a small lead with Keyes trying hard to reel him in until a mechanical problem sidelined Keyes on lap eleven. In the end, De La Calle again came home the winner with a four second gap to Hunter Pickett in 2nd. In the Masters class, Arnstein and Martinelli would battle the entire race with Arnstein taking the lead out of turn one. Arnstein pulled out to controllable lead but faded in the last few laps to allow Martinelli to get within 15/100ths of a second at the end. Major was 3rd, George 4th. In the points chase, De La Calle holds a 70 point lead over Bigham in Pro Stock with Martinelli holding a very slim 10 lead over Arnstein.
After a slow start to the year Senior Rotax has had amazing growth, now the class has a strong field that is stacked with winning talent. Jaden Conwright won the pole ahead of Zach Pettinicchi, Carlos Calderon and Pablo Carballedo. In the first heat, the top four drivers from qualifying battled all the way to the checked flag. Zack got by Jaden and was able to pull out to a slim lead. Pablo then got by Jaden with Carlos just ahead of Leonard Chau. In the end, Zach took the win, Pablo 2nd, Jaden 3rd, Carlos 4th and Leonard 5th. In the second heat, a crash sidelined Chau and Jared Higham, it also put Pablo way back from the leaders. Carlos took the race lead and opened up a small lead but had to keep up the tough pace and stay mistake free. In the end, Carlos took a two second win followed by four drivers all within one second with Jaden 2nd, Zach 3rd, Davin Foster 4th and Alex Kwan 5th. In the Main, Zach took the initial lead with Carlos, Jaded and Pablo right behind. Pablo then moved up and took over the 2nd spot with Carlos and Jaden right behind. On lap four, Pablo dropped a wheel in one of the infield turns but recovered to hold his position. Carlos and Jaden were so close behind Pablo that Carlos ran into Pablo and lost his nose, Jaden ran over the nose and tangled with Carlos. After all the dust had settled, Zach had a good lead over Pablo, with Alex Kwan and Jared Higham taking over 3rd and 4th .Carlos and Jaden retired to pits after the accident, so what looked to be a very tight race was over as two of the main contenders out. Zach continued on to take a three second win, Pablo 2nd, Alex 3rd, Jared 4th and Davin Foster 5th. For his win, Zach put $100 of Sanzaru Bucks into the bank. In the point’s race, Zach now has a 95 point lead over Pablo with just two races left in the season.
The next Red Line Oil Karting Championship event will be October 5 where the track configuration will be the Reverse Sprint. The GoPro featured class will be Rotax Masters. For more information about the Red Line Oil Karting Championships, go to www.redlineoilkarting.com