AUSTIN ELLIOTT SHOWS SPEED AND PROGRESS AT SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS
"Talented junior gains experience for 2011 racing season"
December 2, 2010 -- Californian Austin Elliott made the long trek to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 14th annual Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals. With the event taking place at the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Elliott proved to have the speed to run at the front of the fifty-seven kart TaG Junior field but ran into some tough racing luck when the wheel-to-wheel action took place.
Competing against some of the world's best junior competitors, Elliott showed his speed right out of the box during Wednesday's official practice sessions. Utilizing P1 Engines power and a Wesley Boswell-tuned Top Kart, Elliott circulated the temporary facility running times inside the top ten. With drivers from around the world entered in the stout field, Elliott would look to turn his practice times into SuperNationals glory come Super Sunday.
After a strong qualifying effort that saw the junior driver classified thirteenth overall, it was on to the heat races to try and improve his starting spot for the main event. With the heat race flight format, consistency would be the goal as three strong finishes would ensure a top ten starting position for the green flag on Sunday.
Heat one did not start as planned for the Top Kart driver as a first corner incident saw him relegated down the running order. After hopping out of his ride and fixing it the best he could, Elliott did not give up and drove to a twentieth place result. Knowing that every position counted, the Californian pushed it to the very last corner on the last lap to try and gain as many positions as possible.
Heat two would start out better than the first heat as Elliott quickly moved into the third position. Battling hard with the best and most talented juniors at the front of the pack, the P1 Engines powered driver would fall back to sixth before the checkered flag flew. Elliott came into his own in this heat race as he showed that he has the skills and drive to compete with the upper echelon of karting competitors.
Looking to keep the momentum going into the third and final heat, Elliott managed a good start and was running in the top ten for the majority of the race. Late race contact would see the 15-year-old spin sideways in the middle of the track but regain control only losing a few positions. When the dust had settled, it was another solid top fifteen result.
With the points calculated from the heat races, Elliott would line up on the inside of the twelfth row in the 23rd starting spot. Running inside the top ten all weekend, the young man was confident of moving forward and challenging for a podium result. Disaster would strike on the opening lap as Elliott was caught up in a first corner incident that took several drivers out of competition.
"I tried to avoid a driver who spun in front of me in the middle of turn 1, but my back wheel clipped his kart resulting in a bent axle for me," explained Elliott. "With 40 karts all going in to turn 1, it was impossible to avoid this and unfortunately I was forced to watch the rest of the main event from the sidelines."
Elliott continued, "I learned a lot this year and even more at this event. My tuner Wesley Boswell has been a huge help to my racing success. I think my overall experiences will make me a better driver next season. I look forward to continuing on."
-source: austin elliott PR