Round Six Contested for Los Angeles Karting Championship
Round Six Contested for Los Angeles Karting Championship
'Classico' layout provides another great day of racing at CalSpeed Karting Center
Pilot Senior point leader Connor Funk added his fourth triumph of the season (Photo: LAKC.org)
The Los Angeles Karting Championship program contested the sixth round of the 2015 season on August 16 at the CalSpeed Karting Center. The Fontana, California facility offered another exciting weekend for nearly 170 entries competing for big prizes and championship points as the season closes in on the finish line. During the raceday, a video production crew was onsite, filming footage for a new television show to air sometime this fall. The film crew got plenty of race footage as well as interviews with several LAKC members and Tim ‘Chappy’ Chapman. Racing took place on the ‘Classico’ layout, with a number of repeating winners and drivers earning a sweep in their respective category.
Two-time Adams Motorsports Park TaG Senior class winner Aaron Aguirre helped out his championship chase by adding a third victory on the season. Current point leader Carlee Taylor set the pace in qualifying, besting the 20-kart field with a 38.051-second lap. Round Five winner Andrick Zeen emerged as the winner in the Prefinal, pushing ahead of the field and bringing Matt Johnson with him. The two went back and forth for the lead during the first half of the Final until contact on lap 12 putting Zeen off with a mechanical and Johnson out of the lead group. That allowed Aguirre to assume the lead after waiting in the wings in the third spot the entire time. Aguirre drove to the victory with Shawn Cricca a close second. David Vasquez was third with Johnson recovering to fourth ahead of Henry Morse.
Aaron Aguiree earned his third victory on the year in TaG Senior (Photo: LAKC.org)
Hannah Grisham became the fifth different driver to win in the Mack Motorsports PRD 2 division this season, putting herself further up in the title chase. Nicky Hays made his class debut with a strong qualifying effort, landing the fast lap of 38.874 seconds to beat out Colby DuBato by 48 thousandths. Hays led all 10 laps of the Prefinal, pulling out to a two-second advantage while Grisham worked her way onto the front row of the main event grid. Round Five winner Dante Yu put himself in the mix for the win in the Final. Hays and Yu ran 1-2 when Yu retired on lap 14, and then Hays on lap 15. This gave Grisham the top spot and the victory. Jared Korth was back by nearly three seconds in the runner-up spot, ahead of Keawn Tandon, Jesse Gutierrez and Justin Hodge.
Tomas Meija ran second in his Fleming Racing Engines Jr. 1 Comer category debut last month, improving one position better with a sweep in Round Six. Meija qualified first with a 43.034-second lap to clear the 17-kart field by two tenths. He then went on to lead wire-to-wire in both the Prefinal and Final, winning his first feature by over five seconds. Round One winner Joseph Daniele won the fight for second over Round Five victor Dakota Tate and Aden Dodge with Brayden Perry earning fifth in his LAKC debut. Chance Gibson continued his win streak in the Empire Karts Jr. 1 Comer Pilot class, making it six for six on the year. Gibson was best in qualifying, but dropped out with three laps remaining in the Prefinal. He bounced back in the main event, grabbing the lead halfway through and pulling away to a nine-second advantage. Cole Morgan drove to second with Prefinal winner Cooper Hicks in third.
Hannah Grisham became a first-time winner in PRD Junior 2 (Photo: LAKC.org)
The MMK PRD Senior Pilot division added a second two-time winner on the 2015 LAKC season. Miles Calvin was the first after his win last month, and Drew Zeller became the second with his victory on Sunday. Round Two winner Alyssa Yauncy qualified first against the 13-driver field, edging out Round One victor Ivan Urueta and Zeller by less than eight hundredths of a second. Zeller climbed to the front by the end of the Prefinal for the win before leading all 18 laps in the main event. Urueta ran second, nearly four seconds behind, with Yauney third while Riley Dugan and Calvin completing the top-five.
Erik Jackson returned to his winning ways in the CRG of Southern California TaG Master category, sweeping the day against the 13-driver field. Jackson set the pace in qualifying, then led flag-to-flag in both the Prefinal and Final. Round Five winner Nick De Graaf kept it close until retiring on lap 11, giving the runner-up spot to Frederic Johais. Rounding out the top-five were Tom Ricketts, Roy Steele and David Perisset.
Ryan Schartau extended his point lead in the DR Kart TaG Cadet class with his fourth victory of the season. Schartau completed the sweep on the day, leading after the qualifying session and the seven lap Prefinal. Round Two victor Joseph Daniele challenged for the Final victory, pacing the field the majority of the race before Schartau took back the lead with two laps remaining. Schartau scored the victory over Daniele while Bryce Stevens won the battle for third over Daniel Inzunza and Shea Weston.
Billy Musgrave returned in Round Six as a double race winner, jumping back to the top of the podium in TM Racing Open Shifter division and adding a sixth straight uncontested victory in the 2Wild Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto class. Musgrave went wire-to-wire in the Open class, beating out Alan Michel and Kris Valdez. The Acceleration Kart Racing S4 Super Masters Stock Moto class welcomed its third different winner in the last three events. Sean Bond earned his first of the season, beating out four-time winner Kalvin Chen and top qualifier Ron Rossetti.
Tomas Meija scored victory in the Junior 1 Comer in only his second start this year (Photo: LAKC.org)
Alan Michel won his second of the season in the PKS S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division. Round Four winner swept the day, leading from qualifying to the final checkered flag over Round Five victor Vivek Tandon and Joshua Young. Willy Musgrave made it four straight in the MRC S4 Master Stock Moto class. After losing out on fast time in qualifying to Troy Butts, Musgrave won the Prefinal and Final. Kalvin Chen and Erik Jackson joined him on the podium.
Momentum continued for Aaron Schmitt in the Smokin Fast Racing S3 Novice Stock Moto class, earning his second straight feature victory. Point leader Royal McKee scored the fast time in qualifying, with the top-four posting times within 79 thousandths of a second. Schmitt qualified third, but won the three-driver fight for the Prefinal win. Schmitt escaped the 11-driver field in the Final, leading all 18 laps and pulling out to a seven-second advantage. KC Cook finished second as Josh Early drove to third. Cruz Fiore earned a third victory on the season in the Nash Motorsportz S5 Junior Stock Moto, beating out Prescott Campbell and Ricco Shlaimoun.
Sheldon Andrews returned to the top of the podium in HMS Honda Kid Kart class after missing out on last month’s round of racing. Jesus Vasquez Jr. began the day as the driver to beat, qualifying first and winning the Prefinal. Andrews was second in both on-track sessions. The two fought for the victory in the Final, with Vasquez crossing the line first. Officials however penalized the provisional winner one position, handing the win to Andrews. Dane Idelson was a close third.
Connor Funk and Bob Montgomery swept the iKart West Senior PRD and Phil Giebler Racing PRD Masters classes respectively. Funk earned his fourth on the season, beating Tim Meyers and Joey Paonessa. Montgomery added his third victory of the year, as Bryan Bender and point leader Scott Brown joined him on the podium.
The LAKC racing family will gather once again on September 20 for the penultimate round of the season at the CalSpeed facility. For more about the 2015 Los Angeles Karting Championship program, please visit LAKC.org and ‘Like’ them on Facebook.
Updated 03 Sep 2015 07:31
Los Angeles Karting Championship Battles Tough Competition and Wet Weather
Los Angeles Karting Championship Battles Tough Competition and Wet Weather
Round Five welcomes rain during the event as 11 drivers sweep their respective categories
Dante Yu earned his first victory in the PRD 2 category, sweeping the day (Photo: LAKC.org)
Another exciting event went into the books for the Los Angeles Karting Championship program, with the fifth round of the 2015 season completed at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California on July 19. Entries increased from the June event, with the weather changing things up as rain fell for some of the racing action on the schedule. On-track around the Sportivo layout, 11 drivers swept the day to earn victory, with a number of them recording their first triumph of the season
The Mack Motorsports PRD 2 division continued its growth on the season, reaching the 25 driver mark this weekend for its highest count on the year. Dante Yu swept the action on the day, earning his first victory of the season. Yu posted the fastest lap in qualifying with a 44.448-second lap time. Leading all seven laps of the Prefinal, Yu was challenged throughout the Final by two-time race winner Jake Drew. The two drivers went back and forth, as Yu secured the top spot and went on to reach the checkered flag by 1.6 seconds, becoming the third different winner on the season. Drew ended up runner-up with Anthony Sawyer winning the battle for third ahead of Hannah Grisham and Dick Yu.
Andrick Zeen made his 2015 debut in TaG Senior, scoring the (Photo: LAKC.org)
Twenty-two was the number of drivers in the competitive Adams Motorsports Park TaG Senior category with another strong field battling for the win. All of them chased one driver, Andrick Zeen, as he swept the day. Qualifying was a close battle for the fast time, with Zeen’s 43.415-second lap coming out on top, squeaking by Matt Johnson by only two thousandths of a second. Off by two more thousandths was Carlee Taylor, and another three drivers were within nine hundredths of Zeen’s time. Zeen held off Johnson for the win in the seven-lap Prefinal, and then led all 17 laps of the Final for his first victory of the season in his 2015 LAKC debut. Johnson was shuffled back at the start, leaving David Vasquez to earn second ahead of Taylor. Cody Kelleher drove to fourth with Johnson climbing back to fifth.
The Comer divisions combined for 25 drivers on the day, with Dakota Tate winning Fleming Racing Engines Jr. 1 Comer category while Chance Gibson continued his feature streak in the Empire Karts Jr. 1 Comer Pilot class. Cole Keith Cotham began the day as the fast driver in qualifying, posting a lap three tenths clear of the field. Cotham led seven of the eight laps in the Prefinal for the win, with Tate putting up the fight. At the start of the Final, Cotham was shuffled back and out of contention. Tomas Meija took the lead on the opening circuit, leading the first seven laps until Tate took over the point. From there, Dakota pulled out to a nine-second advantage for his first victory of the season. Meija drove to second with Carson Morgan third. Carson Mallett and Aden Dodge completed the top-five. Gibson qualified first in the Pilot category, but suffered trouble in the Prefinal to allow Cooper Hicks to score the race win. Gibson fought back in the Final to earn his fifth victory of the season. Carson Kragh and Hicks made up the podium.
Ryan Schartau led the way throughout the day in the TaG Cadet division (Photo: LAKC.org)
Miles Calvin became the first double winner on the season in the MMK PRD Senior Pilot category, which saw 15 drivers take part. Calvin and others began the day chasing Alyssa Yauney, as the Round Two winner edged out Calvin for the fast time in qualifying. Yauney led the Prefinal wire-to-wire, earning the pole position for the main event. She would lead only the first circuit, dropping down the order and out of the lead pack with Calvin taking the top spot. He led the remaining nine circuits for win #2 on the year. Derek Esquibel drove to second while Riley Dugan finished third ahead of Kanji Takagi and Drew Zeller.
Ryan Schartau has two wins on the year in the DR Kart TaG Cadet class, opening up the season with a victory and scoring the triumph in Round Three. Schartau continued his odd round winning streak, sweeping the action in Round Five. Ryan clocked off the fast time in qualifying as the only driver under the 48-second lap. Schartau led all laps of the Prefinal, and the dominated the Final to a four-second advantage. Round Four winner Oliver Calvo was runner-up ahead of Colin Queen, Cole Keith Cotham and Round Two victor Joseph Daniele.
Smokin Fast Racing S3 Novice Stock Moto bolstered a record number of 14 drivers for Round Five, welcoming its fourth different winner of the season in Aaron Schmitt. By four tenths of a second, Schmitt landed the pole position in qualifying. He then went on to lead all eight laps of the Prefinal for a three-second advantage before leading the entire 19-lap Final by two seconds at the checkered flag. Round Two winner KC Cook landed second with two-time winner Royal McKee third. Round Three winner Dekota Fripp and Andrew Murowatz completed the top-five.
Nick De Graaf bagged his first victory in TaG Master under wet conditions (Photo: LAKC.org)
Two win streaks came to an end on the weekend in the TM Racing Open Shifter division and CRG of Southern California TaG Master category. Billy Musgrave entered the weekend with four straight main event wins. Musgrave led through qualifying and the Prefinal, beginning the Final as the leader. A mechanical issue struck and force Musgrave to retire, ending his win streak. That put Slava Prikhodko into the lead, going on to the victory. Kris Valdez and Alan Michel joined him on the podium. Nick De Graaf stopped the Erik Jackson train in TaG Master. De Graaf qualified first, edging out Tony Rossetti for the fast time by 27 thousandths, with Jackson placing third. Jackson shined in the Prefinal, winning by more than six seconds over Tom Ricketts. De Graaf bounced back in the Final, taking the top spot back early, and going on to his first victory of the season. Jackson finished second with Rossetti third.
Another streak was put to an end in Acceleration Kart Racing S4 Super Masters Stock Moto division, as John Crow triumphed in the Final. Four-time winner Kalvin Chen set the pace in qualifying and the Prefinal. Chen suffered a mechanical issue early in the main event, giving Crow a clear path to the win over Chris Curtis and Sean Bond.
Miles Calvin added another win in the PRD Senior Pilot class (Photo: LAKC.org)
Zachary Martinez became another first-time winner in 2015 as he swept the HMS Honda Kid Kart class. Martinez just beat out Logan Ainsworth by 79 thousandths in qualifying, then held off Dane Idelson by 95 thousandths in the Prefinal. Martinez put the foot down in the Final, breaking away to score the victory. Idelson ended up second with Gaven Perez in the third position. Bryan Bender added another victory to his credit in Phil Giebler Racing PRD Masters division, as did Connor Funk in the iKart West Senior PRD class, each sweeping the day. Bender outran Scott Brown and Bob Montgomery, while Funk outlasted Tim Meyer and Jacob Pope.
Four shifter categories were swept on the day, adding to the overall total for the event. Billy Musgrave was the lone competitor in the 2Wild Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto class. Vivek Tandon earned his first victory in the PKS S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division. Tandon beat out Round Four winner Alan Michel and three-time winner Chandler Campbell. The MRC S4 Master Stock Moto class saw Willy Musgrave earn his third straight victory, besting Erik Jackson and Kalvin Chen. Nicky Hays added his third main event victory of the season in Nash Motorsportz S5 Junior Stock Moto. Hays swept the day over Vincenzo Sarracino and two-time winner Cruz Fiore.
The LAKC racing family will gather once again on August 16 for the sixth race of the season at the CalSpeed facility. For more about the 2015 Los Angeles Karting Championship program, please visit LAKC.org and ‘Like’ them on Facebook.