Sanzaru Games Round Three – Debut of TaG class in the Series
Adam Freire takes Micro Max Feature race with exciting finish
A beautiful warm weekend greeted the drivers who entered Sanzaru Games Race #3. This race would be the first for two things: 1) the introduction of combined engine TaG classes, and 2) the first time Kid Karts were run on the Sunday Race Day program. The combined engine Tag classes also allowed the introduction of the ROK engine to the series and to Northern California. The Sprint track configuration challenged the drivers to twist-and-turns of the tight track configuration which emphasizes driver skill and chassis tuning. Three drivers also walked away with some additional prizes at the end of the day, Rotax drivers Gia Lintz (won a set of Mojo tires) and Dante Barrionuevo (won a free entry into a future race) took home prizes that were contributed by Rotax International. Tag driver William Ferguson won a set of Bridgestone tires that were contributed by Cameron Karting.
Featured Class – Molecule Micro Max
Ayrton Tyler took the pole ahead of Adam Freire and Ryan Persing. In heat 1 Ayrton took the lead out of turn one with Adam right behind. These two opened up a small lead with Tyson Quach joining in the battle. Tyson would work his way to the lead and went on to the win but did not make it out of post race tech. Thus Ayrton took the win, Adam 2nd and Ryan 3rd. In the second heat, it was Ayrton having to battle again with Tyson and Adam the entire 8 laps but he came out in front again, Tyson 2nd, Adam 3rd and Ryan 4th. In the Main, the top three drivers from the Pre-Mains opened up a gap on the rest of the field and battled the entire 15 laps of the race. Ayrton and Tyson would exchange the top position with Adam right behind in wait. Gia Lintz got by Ryan to take over 4th but Ryan made a pass midrace to retake 4th. With three turns left on the white flag lap, Tyson put pressure on Ayrton coming out of the 180 degree turn and the two touched slightly as they raced to the next turn. This slight touch slowed the two leaders slightly and that was all that Adam needed to drive down the inside of the short straight and beat the two battling leaders to the next turn. Adam would slide through and beat Ayrton to the last turn and take his first Main win in Micro Max. Ayrton held on for 2nd, Tyson 3rd, Ryan 4th and Gia 5th. Unfortunately Tyson did not make it out of tech again and was DQ’d, thus Ryan moved up to 3rd, Gia to 4th and Harrison Marsh 5th. For the win, Adam will get a Free race entry package for a future race. This package will cover race entry, Saturday Practice and transponder rental if needed.
Honda/HPD Kid Karts
Nine Kid Karts entered this first time on Sunday Kid Kart appearance. In Qualifying, Jack Illife took the pole ahead of Christian Cameron and Casey Moyer. In the first Pre-Main, Jack and Christian pulled away from the rest of the field and drove on to a 1-2 finish with Casey 3rd and Andrew Freire 4th. The second Pre-Main was similar to the PM #1 with Jack and Christian again pulling away from the rest of the field, Casey held 3rd with Mason Garwood challenging at the end but had to settle for 4th. In the Main, Jack lead the field out of turn one and was never challenged. Christian spun and had to work his way back during the 10 lap race. Andrew Freire held a strong 2nd during the race and finished in that position, Gage Brockway worked his way up 3rd by the end of the race, Casey 4th and Christian 5th. Unfortunately, Gage’s kart did not make it through post race tech and was DQ’d. Thus, Casey moved up to 3rd, Christian 4th and Ryder Franco 5th. In a very good sportsmanship gesture, Casey gave his 3rd place trophy to Mason Garwood whom he had contact with early on in the race that resulted in Mason not finishing the race. The top 3 drivers earned Honda Bucks of $30/$20/$10.
Molecule Junior Rotax
The largest class of the day was again Junior Rotax, with thirteen drivers. Aiden O’Neill took the pole ahead of Nick Persing and Eric Moore. In the first Pre-Main, Aiden and Nick pulled away from the rest of the field and had their own private battle. Behind them there was an 8 kart battle with veteran Clayton Williams working his way clear to hold down 3rd. In the end, it was Aiden for the win, Nick 2nd, Clayton 3rd and Eric 4th. The second Pre-Main was similar up front for the race with Aiden taking a 2 second win over Nick, Clayton holding down a solid 3rd. But again, six karts behind Clayton battled with Bryson Lew coming out on top to take 4th. In the Main, Aiden lead the field out of turn one and was never really challenged. Aiden would drive on to take the win 4 seconds clear of 2nd. Nick was now in a battle for 2nd with Clayton and Bryson right behind. These three battled hard all the way to end of the Main but the result was the same as PM #2 with Nick taking 2nd, Clayton 3rd, Bryson 4th with Eric Moore getting a well- deserved 5th place finish.
Honda/HPD Pro Stock Honda, Honda/HPD Stock Honda Masters
Senior ROK Shifter and Masters ROK Shifter
This was the debut of the ROK shifters to the Sanzaru Games Series. In Qualifying, Harrison Mills in the Senior ROK was the fastest, Honda Masters Kevin Woods 2nd overall, Pro Stock Kyle Loh 3rd overall and Jeff Smith in the Master ROK 7th overall. In the first PreMain, Mills line up 4th overall and drove through the Pro Stock drivers to take 1st overall followed home less than a second behind was Pro Stock Zach Pettinicchi. Kevin Woods took the win in Honda Masters ahead of teammate Patrick O’Neill with Nick Major 3rd. In Pre-Main #2, Mills started from the pole and was in the lead when confusion over the white flag occurred with Pettinicchi taking the win, Loh 2nd, Richard Stock 3rd in Pro Stock. Woods took the win in Stock Masters followed by Major and Steve Piggott. In the Main, Mills took the early lead and went on to a 5 second win followed by Pettinicchi 2nd overall and the Pro Stock class win with Stock and Loh dropping out before the finish of the race. In the Masters classes, Woods controlled the race from the drop of the flag and went on to the class win, O’Neill 2nd, Major 3rd and ROK Masters Jeff Smith 4th. Honda Bucks were awarded to the top 3 in both the Pro Stock and Stock Masters in the amounts of $60 for 1st, $40 for 2nd and $20 for 3rd.
Molecule Senior Rotax and Molecule Rotax Masters
These two classes were combined in the Pre-Main with double green flag starts but were split in the Mains into separate races. In Senior Rotax, Dominic Giansiracusa took the pole ahead of Alejandro Marquez and Zia Harvey. In the first Pre-Main, Giansiracusa took the early lead with Marquez hot on his heels and Harvey not far behind and this is how the race finished. The second Pre-Main was a repeat of the first one with Giansiracusa taking the win, but just barely over Marquez with Harvey again 3rd. In the Main, Marquez was able to get into the lead early in the race and was able to open up a 2 second lead at the end of the 15 lap race. Giansiracusa came home 3rd, Harvey 3rd and Eric Huang 4th.
A strong field of Masters divers took to the track with Ron Jenkins taking pole followed by Billy Cleavelin and Aaron Farris. In the first Pre-Main, Jenkins and Cleavelin pulled away from the rest of the field to have their own battle. Right behind, Josh Buttafoco, John Breidinger and Farris battled for the 3rd spot. In the end, Jenkins took the win over veteran Cleavelin, Buttafoco 3rd, Breidinger 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Jenkins and Cleavelin battled again for the top spot with Farris and Buttafoco battling for 3rd. In the end, Cleavelin got by Jenkins and took the win, Jenkins 2nd, Farris 3rd and Buttafoco 4th. In the Main, Buttafoco got out of the pre-grid area late and had to retire prior to the green flag. Cleavelin and Jenkins battled again the entire race with the experience of Cleavelin getting the better of Jenkins, who had fast lap in all three of the races. Breidinger and Farris battled for the 3rd spot with Kevin Moore and David Palic battling for the 5th spot. In the end, Cleavelin held on for the win, Jenkins taking his best finish of the year in 2nd, Breidinger 3rd, Farris 4th, Moore 5th and Palic 6th.
Mini and Micro TaG
The Mini ROK drivers and Micro Tag took to the track. Even with the modest group the potential for this class looks strong. Oregon driver Ashton Torgerson lead Ayrton Tyler all day long and took the win in the Main. Oscar Illife was making his Micro Tag debut in this race.
EVO Electrics and Honda/HPD CRF 250
In the 250 class, Austin Elliott made his shifter kart debut by taking the pole ahead of Richard Stock and Richard Hilleman. In the EVO class, Mason Cohen took the pole ahead of Jimmy Casey and Enzo Prevost. In the first Pre-Main, Elliott pulled away from the standing start and lead the other two 250 karts out of the first turn. He would go on to a 10 second win, Stock 2nd and Hilleman 3rd. In the EVO class, Prevost worked his way past Casey and Cohen to take the win, Cohen 2nd and Casey 3rd. In the second Pre-Main, Elliott drove on to a second convincing win with Stock 2nd and Hilleman 3rd. In the EVO class, both Cohen and Prevost had problems thus allowing Casey to take the win. In the Main, Elliott again took the early lead in the 250 class and drove onto the win, Stock 2nd and Hilleman 3rd. In the EVO class, the three karts ran very close the entire way with Prevost edging out Cohen with Casey less than a half second back. Honda Bucks of $100/$70/$40 went to the three 250 class drivers.
Honda/HPD 80 Masters
The usual gang showed up to play with Charles Hastings taking the pole ahead of John Collins and Allen Miller. In the first Pre-Main, Hastings got away first with Miller right behind and then Collins. Miller stayed right on Hastings rear bumper but could not find a safe way by and settled for the runner up spot. Hastings took the win, Miller 2nd, Collins 3rd and Stephan Gaudreau 4th. In the second Pre-Main, Miller got around Hastings at the drop of the green and went into the lead with Collins, Hastings and Dave Holstein behind. Miller pulled out a bit of a lead and came home the winner, Collins 2nd, Hastings 3rd and Holstein 4th. In the Main, Miller took the early lead with Hastings close behind with Collins, Gaudreau and Holstein chasing. Collins dropped out on lap 14 but not after posting the races fastest lap. Miller did not miss a beat and came home 2 seconds clear of Hastings to take his first Main win, Hastings 2nd, Gaudreau 3rd, Holstein 4th and Geoff Provo 5th. The top three were awarded $60/$40/$20 of Honda Bucks.
Junior, Senior and Masters TaG
This was the first combined mixed engine TaG race in the Series this year with Enzo Prevost (Sr) taking the pole ahead of Alejandro Marquez (Sr), Maxx Marian (Sr), Aaron Farris (Masters), William Ferguson (Jr) and Christopher Martin (Jr). In the first Pre-Main, Prevost and Marquez battled for the lead with Marian and Farris having a go of it for 3rd. In the end, Prevost took the win, Marquez 2nd, Marian 3rd, Farris 4th with Ferguson edging out Martin for 5th. In the second Pre-Main, Prevost again took the early lead with Marquez right behind, the two finishing the 8 lap race 1-2 separated by 3 tenths of a second. Marian came home 3rd, Ferguson 4th Farris 5th and Martin 6th. In the Main, Marquez again was right on Prevost’s rear bumper but could not find a way by, thus Prevost took the win, Marquez 2nd, Ferguson 3rd, Farris 4th and Martin 5th.
The next race will be June 11 where the track configuration will be the National Track and the Feature class will be the Rotax Masters. Kid Karts will not be running at Race #4.
All results and points can be seen on the series website at www.sanzarukarting.com.