A Muddy Pro Kart Opener
The 2015 SuperKarts! USA California Pro Kart Challenge series kicked off a couple weeks ago at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, Ca. A tight and technical track, Buttonwillow can be a tricky track to learn in dry conditions. For round 1, mother nature rolled the dice with rain falling on the track during qualifying changing every drivers outlook on the day.
Qualifying just before the rain began to fall, TaG Junior drivers made the best of their session. Nicky Hays, making his return to TaG competition, posted the fastest lap time securing the pole position. Ethan Barrett qualified 3rd. The wet conditions would play havoc to the young drivers with Hays placing 5th and Barrett a DNF in the final.
In TaG Senior competition Jake Craig controlled the wet qualifying session taking the pole position. Chris Eagles qualified 9th. Through two rounds of heat races many drivers experienced electrical gremlins removing them from competition, to start toward the rear of the finale. Craig would be one of those drivers taking his time to advance from 23rd to 5th in the shortened 10 lap feature. Matt Johnson advanced from his qualifying efforts to finish just ahead of Craig in 4th.
Another driver making their return to TaG competition from shifter karts was that of TaG Masters Vatche Tatikian. Tatikian showed tremendous pace securing the pole position and both heat race victories. In the main Tatikian lead the first half of the race before being overtaken by Tru Tech teammate Brian Phillipsen. Mistakes would play a role in the remainder of the final with Phillipsen falling 1 lap short of the finish, Tatikian crossed the line in 3rd to stand atop the final step of the podium.
Round 2 of California Pro Kart Challenge will be held at Willow Springs International Raceway the weekend of March 6-7, 2015.
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