Tri-C Karters Kick-Off 2016 Season
Under beautiful blue skies, albeit windy, Tri-C Karters kicked off their 2016 race season. With thirteen classes to choose from Tri-C Karters is really a melting pot of novice drivers new to the sport, a stepping stone for those ready to compete at the National level and a great place for any driver who just wants to come out to the track for a great day of racing.
As such, the Tri-C Kart club is a great place to bring your kart regardless of motor package; homage to the days of “run what you brung”. Also growing in popularity; the LO206 class has been added — this is a competitive class that is great for the karter on a budget or maybe new to the sport — the LO206 package is race ready and easy on the wallet!
The morning started with the drivers’ meeting outlining the day’s schedule and updates from Race Director, Bob English and Technical Director Mike Graves. With 5 sessions, not only do drivers get a great value for their registration, they have ample track time to shake-down their kart and make any necessary adjustments before racing begins.
The TaG Micro/Mini category saw great racing and battles for position all day. The #10 TaG Mini driver of Ayden Aquino got the victory in Heat 1 while it was the #168c of Ethan Ho for the win in Heat 2 and the Main event and #17 of Patrick Molnar in TaG Micro. In the TDC Components Jr 1 Comer class the #7 of Chance Gibson and #79 Bentley Adams swapped wins in the Heat races but it was Chance who took the win in the main. These kids are the future of the sport, they are fun to watch and bring a lot of excitement on and off the track.
The Team T Racing World Formula and LO206 class saw the top three drivers swap positions more than once. The #28j of Jensen Talmo took the win in World Formula while the #83 of Justin Schuoler won in LO206 and spectators got to see a 4-wide finish for 4th thru 7th place.
In the 100cc categories #8 Joe Grable took the win in 100cc Senior and in 100cc Masters, #69 Dan Gefis took home his first career win. As racers weaved thru lapped traffic, spectators were on the edge of their seat watching as the top 5 had numerous position changes.
The 2Wild Karting TaG Senior class was dominated by the #44c of Robby Stanovich, while the 113c of Jared Patterson played double-duty competing in both the TaG Senior and 100cc Senior classes. Running with TaG Senior was the CRG Socal TaG Jr. and PRD Jr. 2 classes — the #218 kart of Kent Hatada took the checkered flag in both heats and the main in TaG Jr and Lauran Adams had the victory in PRD Jr 2.
It is always fun to watch the standing starts of the Rebel Mutt Racing Formula 125 Shifter class. But it was the #25c kart of Ricco Shlaimoin in Shifter Jr. who checked out with an early lead and maintained a substantial gap on the rest of the field the entire race. Brian Gehrke in the #92 kart took home 2nd, with #218 Kent Hatada in 3rd and #81 Savannah Ertl in 4th.
Despite motor issues earlier in the day, the #2 of Paul Bonilla took the win in the main event with the #73 of Ty Matta and Tony Rosetti in the #102c rounding out the top three in the Full Throttle Karting TaG Masters class. This class, with its large field, provides for great racing action, lots of passing and jockeying for position. This is always the race to watch.
Coming up next on the racing calendar is Round #2 on Saturday, May 21st. Be sure to take advantage of discounted registration by pre-registering at www.tri-ckarters.org Registration for the California State Championship Race June 17-19 is now open, get your spot reserved today. Registration also includes a designated pit spot, free camping Friday and Saturday and lunch from In and Out on Friday.
Also to note, due to a recent schedule change of a Musical Festival at the Auto Club Speedway, Round 3 will be scheduled for Sunday, July 10th. Mark these important dates on your calendar and we will see you at the track!