Florida Karting Championship Series – Race 1 Report
Our first race is in the books and it could not have gone any better. The weather cooperated on both days and we saw great racing the entire weekend. The Saturday cookout sponsored by TS Racing was a big hit. Both the food and the tag team kart race were outstanding. The race ended with the Hodges twins banging karts in the last turn coming to the checkered. There is no better competition than between brothers, and it showed.
The Kid Karts started the weekend off with Sebastian Weldon as top qualifier with a 53.446, followed by Karsyn Walter, Dean Dybdahl, and Tom Shoecraft lll. Sebastian went on to win both the pre final and final in convincing fashion to complete the Kid Kart Saturday sweep.
The Tag Juniors ran a very clean race with Michael Stevens leading the way, starting with qualifying all the way through to the win in the final by over 8 seconds. Matt Helland and Hunter Padilla rounded out the race.
The Brigg & Stratton LO206 junior class was without a doubt, the closest racing of the weekend. With Hunter Fox taking the poll by just .073 over Jimmy Jackson. After qualifying, we knew we were in for a good ole fashioned barn burner. In the Pre final you could throw a blanket over the field with Hunter Fox taking the pre final win, followed 3 tenths later by Jimmy Jackson, Nash Dunn, and “Rowdy” Mark Steube. The final would prove to be one of the closest races of the day, with Fox taking a commanding lead and creating separation from the rest of the field. With only a few laps to go in the 20 lap final, the pack was able to catch Fox, and the excitement never let up, with Jimmy Jackson taking the win by just .26, followed by Nash Dunn, Hunter Fox, and “Rowdy” Mark Steube.
The Tag Seniors were in rare form with some heavy hitters. Colin Warren was on pole for the start of the pre final where every kart in the class qualified inside of .826, setting up some great racing. Colin Warren won the pre final with 2nd and 3rd less than a half second behind. The final was a little spread out as Collin Warren raced to an 8 second win over, Kruin Hodges, Devin Bowerman, and Hunter Hodges.
The Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Class was another close race. While Nic Hill was top qualifier, the rest of the field was on his heels. The race turned out to be a two man contest with Nic Hill and Victor Peters bumper to bumper the entire pre final and final, with Nic Hill taking both wins in front Victor peters, followed by Michael Gransaull in third.
Once again the Tag Master class was the largest of the day and the nonstop action did not disappoint. Qualifying was led by Chad Dokken and the first 8 karts we within .598 of the leader. The pre final was a hotly contested battle, with Miguel Gransaull taking the win by over 1 second, followed by Jerry Siano, Kevin Coy, and David Evans. . A couple of on track incidents, one in which Mark Thomas had to go down the pit entrance to avoid going head on into the barriers, put some fast karts in the back for the start of the final. The final did not disappoint at all. The old guys were in rare form with Kevin Coy and Hector Rodriguez coming together in the early stages of the race which left them both with a lot of track to make up. The win went to Miguel Gransaull in his Rotax powered Praga Kart, by over 4 seconds. Jerry Siano finished second and Chad Dokken coming from the back to finish third.
The Cadet 1 race was a clean sweep, as Jeremy Fletcher topped the field and never looked back, winning both the pre final and final, followed by Andrew Neves, Alex Jacky, Rafael Gransaull, and Gabriel Ciolino.
C.J. Dickerson completed the Saturday sweep in the WKA Stock Honda Class by taking top qualifier, pre final, and final win, followed by Fashad Bagheri and Ryan Grieve.
Welcome back was the tone of the day as Mike Kirton returned to racing for the first time in over 3 years. After knocking the rust off of himself and his equipment Mike had a great time. Nice to see him and his wife at the races again.
Our second race on Sunday started with rain, but dried before the pre finals insuring another great day of racing. The feedback from both the racers and the sponsors was simply amazing. “Racing without Pressure” was how one father described the weekend. “The Most Fun We have ever Had Racing”. Family friendly fun, that’s what you get with the FKCS. The weekend awards were met with breathtaking enthusiasm as the kids lined up to receive their almost 4 foot trophies. Thank you to all the sponsors and racers that make our series possible.
Again the Kid Karts did not disappoint. On Sunday there was a new Kid Kart sheriff in town, and her name was Karsyn Walters. Karsyn’s consistency kept her at the front all day. Karsyn went on to win both the pre final and final, followed by Dan Dybdahl, Sebastian Weldon, and Tom Shoecraft III. Karsyn went on to run the fastest Kid Kart lap of the day, on her way to the Weekend Championship.
Sunday would turn out to be a little different than Saturday in the Cadet 1 class as Andrew Neves took the poll on a drying track. The pre final was a very close race, finishing with Andrew ahead of Jeremy by just .116 seconds, followed by Alex Jacky, Rafael Gransaull and Gabriel Ciolino. The final was a very close race again until early race contact sent Jeremy Fletcher spinning off the track. The Weekend Championship was won by Andrew Neves, with Jeremy Fletcher second, and Alex Jacky third.
Again, the close racing in the Brigg & Stratton LO206 junior class was outstanding. On Sunday Hunter Fox took the pole with Jimmy Jackson and Nash Duyn less than .3 back. The Pre final and final was anybody’s guess race. Jimmy Jackson took the pre final win with Nash and Hunter trailing. The final would prove to be just as exciting with Hunter Fox taking the win by .114 seconds. Nash Duyn was second and Jimmy Jackson third. Taking the Weekend Championship was Hunter Fox, with Jimmy Jackson and Nash Duyn rounding out the podium.
Tag Junior saw Michael Stevens make Sunday his own by sweeping both the pre final and final. Michael went on to win the Weekend Championship in convincing fashion, with Matt Helland and Hunter Padilla rounding out the weekend podium
Once again it was the Colin Warren show as the Tag Seniors took to the track. Colin Warren was on pole for the start of the pre final, and at the drop of the green flag he started his Houdini act, and disappeared. Colin went on to sweep the day and the Weekend Championship, with Hunter Hodges and Devin Bowerman rounding out the podium.
On Sunday the Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Class saw Victor Peters take the top qualifying spot. Victor peters and Nic Hill battled the entire pre final with Victor taking the win by just .133 seconds. The final saw a flip flop with Nic Hill taking the win followed by Victor Peters and Michael Gransaull. The big Weekend Champions were Nic Hill in first, Victor Peters second, and Rodrigo Gonzalez in third.
Sunday’s Tag Master started out with Jerry Siano taking the poll. The pre final was a hard fought battle between Chad Dokken and Miguel Gransaull with Chad taking the win by a mere .046 seconds. The final saw another close one as Miguel Gransaull took the win with Jerry Siano on his heels and Kevin Coy third. The Weekend Champion was Miguel Gransaull joined on the podium by Jerry Siano and Chad Dokken.
C.J. Dickerson never looked back, as he completed the weekend sweep in the WKA Stock Honda Class by again taking top qualifier, pre final, and final win on Sunday, to secure the Weekend Championship.