Event Preview: Sunshine State Karting Challenge – AMR Motorplex
The 3rd and 4th Rounds of the 2019 Sunshine State Karting Challenge take racers back to the venue that hosted the series’s inaugural event in late Spring of 2018. The AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex presented by MG Tires is an extremely physical circuit, clocking in at 7/10ths of a mile long with 12 corners.
The IAME Bambino class is split right down the middle in the championship chase, with Alessandro Truchot (BirelART / Pole Position) and Benja Fernandez (BirelART / VMotorsport) each taking a win on the opening weekend. Both drivers call AMR Motorplex home, so home track advantage will matter very little as they get set to duel once more.
|3||Maxwell||Macha||Praga||Fort Myers, FL||USA|
|17||Alessandro||Truchot||BirelART||Pole Position Motorsports||Miami, FL||FRA|
IAME Micro Swift
Two drivers in the IAME Micro Swift division stood out in Ocala: Oliver Wheldon (Kosmic / JC Karting) and Enzo Vidmontiene (Benik). They are both on the entry list for Homestead and will undoubtedly be bringing their A-game. Anastasia Markovic (TB Kart) and Kai Johnson (Energy / AKT) both showed promise in the opening rounds as well, and they very well could be in the hunt come Saturday.
|4||Oliver||Wheldon||Kosmic||JC Karting||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
|17||Kai||Johnson||Energy||AKT Racing Team||Gulfport, FL||USA|
|49||Asher||Ochstein||Benik||Team Benik||Miami, FL||USA|
|78||Anastasia||Markovic||TB Kart||Seminole, FL||USA|
|95||Enzo||Vidmontiene||Benik||America Parts Motorsports||Boca Raton, FL||BRA|
Although we’re missing a few drivers on the pre-entry list that should be in attendance, TB Kart USA team captain Farshad Bagheri (TB Kart) and Patrick Otto Madsen (Zanardi / ANSA) are both ready for action in the gearbox category.
|505||Farshad||Bagheri||TB Kart||TBKart USA||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
|699||Patrick||Madsen||Zanardi||ANSA Motorsports||Boca Raton, FL||HAI|
IAME KA100 Junior
Kyffin Simpson (Tony Kart / Speed Concepts Racing) was untouchable in the KA100 Junior class debut back in Ocala. However, he’s got a bigger and more experienced grid ready to do battle here in Homestead. Local drivers EJ Tamayo (Praga / DucTard) and Luke Welcome (Tony Kart) both have logged plenty of laps around the 7/10ths of a mile circuit, and they are primed for action this weekend.
|22||EJ||Tamayo||Praga||DucTard Racing / JP Star||Miami, FL||USA|
|848||Luke||Welcome||Tony Kart||VMotorsports||Cutler Bay, FL||USA|
|877||Kyffin||Simpson||Tony Kart||Speed Concepts Racing||Bridgetown||BAR|
While Colin Warren (VLR / TSRacing) did manage to stand on top of the box once again in Ocala, he far from dominated on the racetrack. Margay’s Hunter Fox (Margay) was able to match his pace in nearly every session, but some bad luck and other issues kept Fox from challenging for the win. When you add in local hotshoes Michel Garrido (Tony Kart) and Frankie Barroso (BirelART), the field gets even more interesting. It could very well be a large lead pack battling for the win by the time the main events are rolling for Round 3.
|3||Hunter||Fox||Margay||Fox Motorsportz||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
|6||Ruben||Caceres||Tony Kart||Port Orange, FL||USA|
|7||Elmer||Edmonson||MGM||MOE Racing||Lehigh Acres, FL||USA|
|15||Jed||Perkins||Margay||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
|29||Miguel||Ruiz||TB Kart||JaM Racing||Keystone Heights, FL||PUR|
|136||Dylan||Amundsen||MGM||DP Racing||Brooksville, Florida||USA|
|211||Colin||Warren||VLR||TS Racing / TB Kart USA||Naples, FL||USA|
|248||Frankie||Barroso||BirelART||RYSA||Miami Shores, FL||USA|
|601||Michel||Garrido||Tony Kart||Miami, FL||USA|
Almost all of the talent in the Briggs Heavy class from SSKC’s opening weekend have put their names back in the hat for weekend number two. Jorge Ruiz (TB Kart / JaM Racing) had a breakout weekend back in March, putting on his most dominating performance to date. The driver from Savannah, Georgia, is back this weekend in Miami.
He’s got a host of local talent stacked against him. Topping the list is a few drivers from the RYSA Racing camp, including the likes of Dan Breitenstein (BirelART / RYSA), Manny Sola (BirelART / RYSA), and Franco Cipullo (Praga / RYSA). With that said, there are still plenty of Central Florida drivers who could play spoiler with Neil Breitenbach (MGM), Gabe Kuret (Tony Kart), and more filling up the rest of the entry list.
|5||James||Perkins||Margay||Perkins||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
|10||John||Morris||Comet Eagle||Slo-Mo Racing||St. Augustine, FL||USA|
|12||Gabe||Kuret||Tony Kart||JaM Racing||Orlando, FL||USA|
|14||Roy||Avery||TB Kart||HRA Motorsports||Tarpon Springs, FL||USA|
|21||Manny||Sola||BirelART||RYSA Racing||Miami, FL||USA|
|46||Franco||Cipullo||Praga||RYSA Racing||Miami, FL||USA|
|52||Heath||Baker||Comet Eagle||Yulee, FL||USA|
|92||Jorge||Ruiz||TB Kart||JaM Racing||Savannah, GA||USA|
|606||Dan||Breitenstein||BirelART||RYSA RACING||Miami Beach, FL||USA|
IAME Mini Swift
With two frontrunners from the opening weekend absent from the pre-entry grid, Miguel Costa (Parolin / MC Racing), Jorge Ortiz (Tony Kart / SuperTune USA), and Max Garcia (Kart Republic / KartSport) now find themselves on the top of the championship standings. However, that doesn’t mean the series’s stop in Homestead will see just the three of them up front. Jakub Kolar (Formula K / DucTard Racing) is always stellar when it comes to defending his home turf, and JC Karting’s Sebastian Wheldon (Kosmic / JC Karting) has been picking up steam lately as well.
|12||Beckham||Jacir||Kosmic||JC Karting||Miami, FL||USA|
|88||Salim||Hanna||Tony Kart||Team Montoya||Barranquilla||COL|
|101||Beckham||Toupikov||Energy||AKT Racing Team||Kingston||JAM|
|105||Miguel||Costa||Parolin||MC Racing||Miami, FL||USA|
|110||Jorge||Ortiz||Tony Kart||SuperTune USA||Orlando, FL||USA|
|111||Scarlett||Toupikov||Energy||AKT Racing Team||Kingston||JAM|
|129||Tom||Shoecraft||Energy||AKT Racing Team||Port Charlotte, FL||USA|
|140||Max||Garcia||Kart Republic||KartSport NA||Coconut Grove, FL||USA|
|196||Jakub||Kolar||Formula K||DucTard Racing / JP Star||Key West, FL||USA|
|198||Sebastian||Wheldon||Kosmic||JC Karting||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
TaG Senior / TaG Master
Colin Warren (TB Kart) and Brandon Simeone (Kart Republic) each came away from Ocala with a main event win under their belt. They should come in as the early favorites in the TaG Senior division, but Miami drivers Jack Copeland (BirelART / RYSA) and Joshua Wright (BirelART / RYSA) have both been quite fast as of late. There should still be a few additions to the grid before racing gets underway on Saturday, as the TaG Senior division in Florida continues its rebirth.
|3||Jack||Copeland||BirelART||RYSA Racing||Miami Beach, FL||USA|
|10||Joshua||Wright||BirelART||RYSA Racing||Coral Springs, FL||USA|
|34||Brandon||Simeone||Tony Kart||Jupiter, FL||USA|
|311||Colin||Warren||TB Kart||TB Kart USA||Naples, FL||USA|
|333||Kai||Palomino||BirelART||Andersen Racing Team||Miami, FL||USA|
|391||Glauber||Granero||Tony Kart||VMotorsport||Miami, FL||BRA|
|604||Adam||Wright||BirelART||PRD||West Palm Beach, FL||USA|
IAME X30 Junior
Once again, the highest entry total comes in the IAME X30 Junior division. Zanella Racing’s Jeremy Fletcher (Tony Kart / Zanella Racing) put on one heck of a showing in Ocala. However, as the series heads south, so does Fletcher’s hometrack advantage. Now, home territory falls in favor of the likes of Lucas Rodriguez (Kart Republic / KartSport), Leonardo Hassan (Tony Kart / MedStep), and 2018 TaG Junior Champion Alessandro de Tullio (Exprit / AM). The stacked field of 15+ drivers is no joke, and guessing a winner will be far from easy.
|7||Emerson||Fittipaldi||Exprit||Fittipaldi Racing||Sao Paulo||BRA|
|207||Nikita||Johnson||FA Kart||AKT Racing||Gulfport, FL||USA|
|216||Alessandro||De tullio||Exprit||AM Racing Team||Doral, FL||USA|
|225||Aaron||Benoit||Comp Kart||URace||Jupiter, FL||USA|
|229||Kekai||Hauanio||Tony Kart||Newt Racing||Riverview, FL||USA|
|233||Artie||Flores||Exprit||Fittipaldi Racing||Mexico City||MEX|
|243||Joey||Atanasio||Tony Kart||D-Max motorsports||Windermere, Fl||USA|
|701||Jack||Jeffers||Tony Kart||Orsolon Racing||San Antonio, TX||USA|
|722||Jeremy||Fletcher||Tony Kart||Zanella Racing||St. Cloud, FL||USA|
|727||Hayden||Bradley||BirelART||Andersen Racing Team||Seminole, FL||USA|
|728||Michael||Mallardi||BirelART||Andersen Racing Team||St. Petersburg, FL||USA|
|738||Tyler||McIntyre||BirelART||Andersen Racing Team||Palmetto, FL||USA|
|777||Kyffin||Simpson||Tony Kart||Speed Concepts Racing||Bridgetown||BAR|
|778||Ashton||Chilton||TB Kart||TB Kart USA||Key Largo, FL||USA|
|786||Leonardo||Hassan||Tony Kart||MedStep Racing||Miami, FL||USA|
|795||Lucas||Rodriguez||Kart Republic||KartSport NA||Miami, FL||USA|
|204||Bobby||Bears||Tony Kart||Oldsmar, FL||USA|