2014 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – Final Standings
Lennox-Lamb uses perfect Pro Tour record to land on top, besting USA’s Neri and Leesmann
UK driver Jordon Lennox-Lamb finishes the 2014 season on top of the EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
The Stock Moto division continues its growth throughout North America, reaching Canada and Mexico with multiple regional programs throughout the continent. The expansion shows in the numbers, with a 10% increase in the number of drivers scoring points in the 2014 eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings. Over 200 different pilots competed in the just over 100 main events on the year that counted toward this year’s rankings program. The crowning event of the season was the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVIII in Las Vegas this November, where UK pilot Jordon Lennox-Lamb recorded his first event win, wrapping up a five-race sweep of the SKUSA Pro Tour, jumping up to the top of the EKN Driver Rankings to end 2014 as the true #1.
Lennox (PSL Karting / CRG) traveled from the CRG factory in Italy to the United States at least three times on the year to compete in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division against the best America had to offer. A warm-up event during the Texas ProKart Challenge opener helped to give the UK driver a sixth race on the season, followed up by the five feature races that made up the Pro Tour schedule. It would have been six straight wins for Lennox, however, a penalty for contact during the Texas PKC event dropped him down to seventh. He came back the next weekend, fighting over starting issues to be the quickest driver on the track both days, and earned the first two victories of 2014. He followed that up once again by clawing his way forward through the streets of Modesto for the SummerNationals, leaving the northern California city with wins three and four on the year. Lennox kept the gambler’s face on in Vegas until SuperSunday, not showing his cards until he needed to. From P4 on the grid, Lennox shot to the lead and secured the title with his fifth straight victory, earning $16,000 in cash and prizes in the process.
Ocala Gran Prix / Tony Kart driver Nick Neri stood on top of the standings after the SummerNationals, earning his third and fourth straight podium finish on the Pro Tour in 2014. Without a victory, there was no chance to match the score set by Lennox following the SuperNationals triumph. The Florida driver fought back from troubles in the heat races to climb his way onto the podium for a fifth time, the only one to match Lennox in that category.
Former two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Fritz Leesmann was up and down in 2014. Starting the year returning to Aluminos, he was on the edge of the top-five throughout the SpringNationals. The temp circuit of Modesto was the down swing on the season, missing out on the top-10 in both main events. He returned with PSL Karting / Diede Racing for the SuperNationals, and put in a hard training program leading into the Vegas event. The NorCal driver piloted his CRG to fifth, including a heat race win, a much better outing compared to 2013, finishing the year third in the EKN Driver Rankings.
Dutchman Milan Dontje is the second international driver inside the top-five of the EKN Driver Rankings, following the success of his PSL Karting / CRG teammate. A longtime SuperNationals competitor, Dontje also made his SKUSA Pro Tour debut in 2014. His best finish on the year came at the SummerNationals, coming just one spot short of the podium in the Sunday feature. A ninth-place performance in Las Vegas capped off the season, advancing him up to fourth in the EKN standings. Falling two spots to fifth is veteran Ron White. 2014 was a return to the national scene as a driver for the NorCal native and former SuperNationals winner. A podium result at the 2013 SuperNationals sparked his 2014 year, which featured two wins at the California ProKart Challenge, along with a best sixth-place result on the Pro Tour. Eighth at this year’s SuperNats was not enough to keep him inside the top-three. The top S1 Pro rookie of 2014 is undoubtedly Oliver Askew. Making his Stock Moto debut in S2 at last year’s SuperNationals, it was a surprise to see him battling for the wins at the SpringNationals in May, earning a podium in his first S1 main event. Ending the 2013 season in the top spot for the EKN TaG Driver Rankings, the talent of the soon-to-be 18-year-old shined aboard a Tony Kart Stock Moto package from Ocala Gran Prix. The podium in Dallas was his best result of the Pro Tour, finishing one spot short in late Saturday in Modesto and wrecking while fighting for the lead the following night.
Finishing the year in seventh is 2013 top driver Billy Musgrave. The SoCal driver from MRC once again shined at the regional level, earning a second-straight California ProKart Challenge title thanks to three wins in six races. The Pro Tour was a best finish of seventh, ending up in the top-10 for the final point standings but no where near the chase for the championship. The Tony Kart driver, finishing just his second season in S1 in a very young karting career is still learning, and will be one to watch in 2015. Cody Hodgson gives NorCal another driver inside the top-10 for 2014. The privateer Tony Kart driver made a return to the national karting scene, producing some solid results after being out of the seat for some time. Four top-10 finishes, including 10th at the SuperNationals, helped him to remain eighth in the EKN Driver Rankings.
Rounding out this year’s top-10 are the two best S2 Semi-Pro drivers in 2014. Austin Garrison may have won the SKUSA Pro Tour title, but Jonathan Kotyk scored more points in the EKN Driver Rankings. Kotyk did not win a Pro Tour race in 2014, but finished three times on the podium. A stall on SuperSunday almost cost him a spot on the championship podium, but the Florida driver fought back to finish the main event in eighth. His Ocala Gran Prix / Tony Kart teammate Garrison secured the S2 Pro Tour title, just falling three points short of ending up as the top S2 driver in the rankings. Two victories at the SummerNationals along with a runner-up at the SpringNationals and SuperNationals helped him toward the championship. The DNF during the second race of the Dallas Karting Complex weekend in May cost him valuable points in the rankings, falling back on two regional results at the Florida Karting Championship Series.
Other notable drivers including ‘On the Move’ driver Jake French (Champion Racing / Intrepid), advancing to 11th by recording his sixth race of the season. The top driver with only five races on the year is Italian Davide Fore. The five-time world karting champion finished second in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings with CRG-USA. Last year’s champion Joey Wimsett (CRG-USA) ended the year in 57th with only the five Pro Tour races.
Stock Moto #1 – Jordon Lennox-Lamb
Bedford, United Kingdom
Twenty-two year old Jordon Lennox-Lamb became the second international driver in five years to claim the SKUSA Pro Tour S1 title. Kiwi Daniel Bray did so in 2011 after a hard-fought battle all season, while the CRG factory driver did so by becoming the first driver to sweep all five feature races in the season. A lot of hype is put into being fast in practice and of course qualifying, but if you can’t be fast when it counts, it really doesn’t matter. That is what separated Lennox from the rest of the S1 field, as the UK driver was quickest in four of the five Pro Tour main events while winning all five aboard the PSL Karting CRG. As he told EKN during the interview after the SuperNationals victory, there is no reason to show your cards early. Certainly, his chance to defend the crown and remain the atop the EKN Driver Rankings depends on his travel plans for 2015.
|Texas ProKart Challenge ’14 #1||8||7||918|
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1||9.5||1||1087|
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1||9.5||1||1083|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1||9.5||1||1105|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1||9.5||1||1084|
|SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1||10||1||1197|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.0
Average Points: 1079
Total Points: 6474
Stock Moto #2 – Nick Neri
The top American Stock Moto driver throughout the year was Florida’s Nick Neri. Even though a win eluded him, the Ocala Gran Prix / Tony Kart driver stood on the podium at all five SKUSA Pro Tour events in 2014, matching that of champion Lennox. Neri, a four-time Rotax national champion, is not stranger to the big stage and performing well. Over the past decade, he has been THE driver under the OGP stable, and now is set to venture over to the Andersen Racing operation near his home town, and become the first known American scheduled to pilot a BirelART chassis in 2015. His racing schedule is not yet confirmed, so the chance at racing for a SKUSA S1 title may not be in the future for Neri.
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1||9.5||2||1076|
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1||9.5||3||1062|
|Florida Karting Championship Series ’14 #3||8||2||858|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1||9.5||3||1083|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1||9.5||2||1073|
|SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1||10||4||1161|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.67
Average Points: 1052.2
Total Points: 6313
Stock Moto #3 – Fritz Leesmann
The past five years, Fritz Leesmann has been Stock Moto racing in the United States. The two-time Pro Tour champion came up just short last year, in what was possible his worst SuperNationals performance. Returning with Aluminos, Fritz looked to be back on his game at the SpringNationals, running just outside the top-five against three world championship drivers and the Tony Karts of Neri and Askew. The SummerNationals took the title chase out of hand, unable to run inside the top-10 in either feature race. The following months were filled with hours upon hours of training and laps in NorCal, working alongside longtime wrench Ricky Luther and returning under the PSL Karting / Diede Racing banner. The work paid off, earning a heat race win and placing fifth in the main event.
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1||9.5||5||1043|
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1||9.5||6||1029|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1||9.5||13||973|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1||9.5||11||976|
|Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix 2014||8.5||4||957|
|SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1||10||5||1149|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 7.33
Average Points: 1021.2
Total Points: 6127
EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in TaG and six in Stock Moto to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, the Lone Star Grand Prix and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.
Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2014, the SKUSA SuperNationals and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. The SKUSA Pro Tour series events draw a base ranking of nine (9), as does the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Rotax Challenge of the Americas, Rotax Pan American Challenge. Other regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.
The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.
Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race. Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races in TaG, six for Stock Moto, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.
Stock Moto Driver Rankings – 2014 Final Standings
|1.||45||44||Jordon Lennox Lamb||6||6474|
|27.||29||2||Matthew Di Leo||6||5536|
|39.||46||7||Daniel De La Calle||10||5266|
|43.||42||-1||Curtis Paul Jr.||6||5249|
|91.||76||-15||Joshua de Losier||4||3453|
|115.||145||30||Eric Van Der Steur||3||2378|
|130.||-||-||Derek Scott Jr.||2||1619|
|137.||100||-37||Ori Della Panna||2||1544|
|168.||-||-||Fauzi Dib Saad||1||874|
|180.||-||-||Lorenzo van Riet||1||827|
|206.||131||-75||Pete Yerkovich Jr.||1||762|
|218.||151||-67||Fernando Casillas Jr.||1||669|