Magik Kart Looking to Maintain Winning Momentum Heading into Second SKUSA Weekend at New Castle
The SKUSA Pro Tour Summer Festival kicked off this past weekend at New Castle Motorsports Park with a uniquely formatted event weekend. After a nearly five month sideline due to the COVID-19 pandemic – which forced the shut down during the WinterNationals earlier this year – the Magik Kart team returned for a strong redemption for the back-to-back event weekends.
Making its debut during the 2019 SKUSA SuperNationals, Magik Kart is owned and operated by Andrew Bujdoso and Rory van der Steur and utilizes Checkered Motorsports for trackside support. Magik Kart headed to New Castle with a stout stable of drivers. Contesting in the Pro 1 category is Bujdoso, van der Steur and 2018 champion AJ Myers. Annie Rhule competed in the Pro 2 category while Amr Sinada drove in G1.
The first three rounds of SKUSA action last weekend saw the team claim two pole positions, three race victories and five podium finishes. Race One came down to a last lap fight to the finish in Pro 1 with the leading two contenders going off course and Bujdoso taking home the first victory of the race weekend for Magik Kart. Myers was on the fast track to the front but suffered a broken chain which forced him to settle with a DNF.
Sinada rounded out the G1 podium in third while Pro 2 Magik Kart driver, Rhule unfortunately retired after Lap 6.
Round Two saw van der Steur make a clean sweep in the Pro 1 category after scoring the pole position and pre-final race win on the way to his first ever SKUSA victory on Saturday. To top off his flawless finish, he also posted the fastest lap of the race.
The standout results weren’t over for Magik Kart on Saturday with Bujdoso coming home second and giving Magik Kart a 1-2 finish. Myers was once again on the fast track to a podium result but contact on Lap 12 moved him out of podium contention as he finished sixth.
Rhule made a drive to seventh in Pro 2 while Sinada was just shy of another podium finish in fourth for G1.
The final round of racing action on Sunday once again saw Magik Kart claim a third weekend victory in the Pro 1 category, but this time at the hands of Myers. Topping the qualifying sheets, leading all 10 laps of the pre-final and bringing home the final race victory, Myers closed out the weekend on a high note for he and his Magik Kart teammates. Saturday’s race winner, van der Steur finished close behind Myers in second while also posting the fastest lap of the race. Bujdoso unfortunately suffered a broken shift lever but managed to wheel it home to finish 10th.
Rhule had her best finish of the weekend rounding out the top ten while Sinada had a DNF.
“Our accomplishments have been driven by pure teamwork,” said Bujdoso. “The work that our drivers are putting in continues to motivate everyone to do better. Magik Kart is focused on the success and development of future drivers. We look forward to the rest of the 2020 season but none of it would be possible without our partners. Checkered Motorsports for the trackside support, George Tavares keeping the shifter engines running top notch, AF Radiators keeping our engines cool, and Greyhound Racing Seats for the right fit.”
The second weekend of SKUSA action continues this Friday with the first round of Qualifying, Pre-Final and Final format. The following two days will continue with Round Two and Three, making it six races in two back-to-back event weekends.