PHIL DE LA O SHOWS SPEED IN NEW CASTLE WITH TWO POLE POSITIONS "Arizona pilot races with North America's best in KF2" Phoenix, Arizona -- April 14, 2010 -- De La O Motorsports pilot and Team Top Kart USA driver Phil De La O showed the speed...
PHIL DE LA O SHOWS SPEED IN NEW CASTLE WITH TWO POLE POSITIONS
"Arizona pilot races with North America's best in KF2"
Phoenix, Arizona -- April 14, 2010 -- De La O Motorsports pilot and Team Top Kart USA driver Phil De La O showed the speed it takes to run upfront at this past weekend's opening round of the WSK North American Series presented by CKI. Racing in the KF2 class against multi-time race winners and national champions, De La O ran at the front of the field throughout the weekend but would have bad racing luck in both main events.
After Friday's official practice day where teams and drivers had six test sessions to get up to speed, De La O would show his speed around the ultra challenging New Castle Motorsports Park facility. The over a minute long track provides drivers with high speed straights and technical corners that brings out the best in drivers and chassis tuners alike and De La O proved that he is one of the best.
After preparing his Top Kart ride for Saturday's morning qualifying session, De La O was back on track and claimed the fastest lap of the session and the pole position for the pre final. Looking to carry his momentum through out the day, De La O made quick work of the pre final as a solid start and great speed carried the Arizona pilot to the victory and a front row starting spot for the main event.
As the green flag flew for the final time on Saturday, De La O was a little slow on the gas and would exit the first corner in the second spot. Running with the lead drivers, De La O began to slow as a carburetor issue began to come apparent.
"The screw that locks the throttle cable in place started to come loose," explained a disappointed De La O after the race was complete. "At points, the throttle would be stuck wide open and I would do my best to keep the kart on the track. Eventually the screw either fell out or broke leaving me with no throttle and forcing me to retire from what I feel would have been a podium result."
With one of the quickest karts on the track on Saturday, De La O and his tuner Ariel Castro, would make little changes for Sunday. Fine tuning an already fast race machine, De La O again garnered the pole position as he did on Saturday. The pre final is where De La O would show his speed and even thought he crossed the stripe in the second position, the young talent turned the quickest lap of the on track session and would score another front row starting spot for the final.
At the start of the main event, the senior rookie would give up the lead early as he fell to third at the closing of the first lap. With a never say die mentality, the multi-time race winner would battle hard and move passed one of his closest rivals for the second position. Chasing down last year's national champion, De La O put on an impressive array of laps to close on the pace setter and make a bid for the lead before the halfway mark. Taking over the top spot, De La O looked like he was on his way to victory when disaster would strike again.
"If I didn't have bad luck, I would have no luck at all," stated De La O. "Yesterday we had a carburetor failure and today both pipe springs broke causing me to lose a lot of power. Rather then risk blowing up the motor, I was forced to retire from the event. Results wise it has been a horrible weekend for the De La O Motorsports team but we showed that we have the speed to run at the front of the pack."