Nine Victories for OTK Products at SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals
Half the victories on the weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus earned by OTK drivers and teams
Canadian Jensen Burnett highlighted his Ryan Perry Motorsport debut with a victory in X30 Junior (Photo: eKartingNews.com)
The halfway point of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour was reached this past weekend with the 12th running of the SKUSA SpringNationals at the Utah Motorsports Campus. Several drivers, teams and dealers for OTK USA products were on hand at the Erda, Utah facility, competing in Rounds Three and Four of the national championship program. Battling tough weather conditions and solid fields, OTK drivers were able to capitalize with nine victories, including 22 podium results and 40 top-five finishes in eight categories.
OTK drivers were able to sweep the wins in four of the classes on the weekend, including the headline X30 Senior division. Four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was able to double up over the two days of competition to help his ‘Driver for Five’. Norberg was challenged on Saturday but went wire-to-wire on Sunday to earn his second and third victories on the season. Paul Bocuse (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was the top qualifier on Saturday, ending up fourth in the main event and improved to the podium on Sunday with a third-place result. Jeremy Fletcher (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) put in his best performances of the season with two fifth-place finishes. Fellow Senior rookie Frankie Mossman (Team Benik / Tony Kart) also had his best finish of the year, placing fourth in the Sunday Final.
It was a winning sweep for Jeremy Fletcher (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) in the KA100 Senior category. Fletcher was able to outrun the field both days, including a massive margin of victory in Sunday’s Final to claim his third victory on the season. Last year’s SpringNationals winner Caleb Shrader (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) stood on the podium in third on Saturday with championship leader Alex Stanfield (GWR / Tony Kart) fourth and local driver Ethan Raap (MSquared Racing / LN Racing Kart). Sunday was an all OTK podium with Fletcher joined by Stanfield and Canadian Adam Ali (Racing Edge Motorsports / Kosmic) on the steps.
The KA100 Junior class saw a sweep of the victories by Nash Motorsportz and the EOS chassis. Charlie Smith was able to secure his first career SKUSA Pro Tour victory on Saturday while Jesus Vasquez Jr. scored his second victory of the season. Smith beat out Cooper Shipman (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) and Vasquez with Steven Miller (CDR / Kosmic) and Caleb Gafrarar (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) filling out an all OTK top-five. Sunday, Vasquez was able to hold back Smith for the win with Miller improving to third for an OTK sweep of the podium.
Mario Barrios (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was able to sweep the weekend in the X30 Master class, earning maximum points over the two rounds. Mike Rolison – owner of Rolison Performance Group – finished second on Saturday before sitting out the action on Sunday.
Another driver to earn his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory on OTK product was Jensen Burnett. In his first weekend with Ryan Perry Motorsport aboard a Tony Kart, Burnett drove away to the win in the Saturday main event. Max Taylor (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) and Caleb Gafrarar (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) joined Burnett on the podium with Cameron Brinkman (Mike Doty Racing / LN Racing Kart) placing fifth. Jesus Vasquez Jr. (Nash Motorsportz / EOS) was the top finishing OTK driver on Sunday, finishing second with Taylor on the podium for a second time on the weekend. Gafrarar was one spot short in fourth with Ernesto Rivera (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) completing the top-five.
The 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour X30 Senior champion Hannah Greenemeier (Rolison Performance Group / LN Racing Kart) made her debut in the Pro Shifter division on the weekend. Greenemeier was able to become a contender right away, placing fifth in both main events for a solid debut. Asher Ochstein (Supertune USA / Tony Kart) carried the OTK colors in the Mini Swift division. Ochstein placed fourth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday. Two drivers recorded top-five results in the Micro Swift class. Jackson Gibson (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) recorded the best finish for OTK with a fourth-place result on Saturday. On Sunday, it was Nicolas Orbezo (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) that placed fifth to lead OTK drivers.
The final event of the 2022 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour will take place on July 29-31as the 12th edition of the SKUSA SummerNationals will be held at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana. Drivers looking to compete with the most popular kart brand in the world or purchase OTK karts and components can contact their local OTK USA dealer. Head to www.otkusa.com for a complete list of dealers and details on the entire brand roster.