FIRSTKART.COM ADDS FOUR MORE VICTORIES TO '05 RESUME Team also secures three series championships Guelph, ON. -- March 22, 2005 -- With sunny skies in Jacksonville, FL, the FirstKart.com race team secured four victories and nine podiums in...
FIRSTKART.COM ADDS FOUR MORE VICTORIES TO '05 RESUME
Team also secures three series championships
Guelph, ON. -- March 22, 2005 -- With sunny skies in Jacksonville, FL, the FirstKart.com race team secured four victories and nine podiums in the final stop of the '05 Florida Winter Tour. Taking the wins were Canadian Daniel Morad in Pro IC, Colombian Gustavo Yacaman in Rotax Junior, Australian Derek Cunningham in Rotax Senior Heavy and First Kart privateer pilot from Florida Mark Jensen in Rotax Senior.
Leading the FirstKart.com race team in the Pro IC category was Daniel Morad. The talented young Canadian had a perfect day on Saturday scoring the pole, pre-final and feature win on his way to claiming the series championship. With the title already secured, Morad and team used the second day of competition to test for the Stars of Karting event that will take place in Jacksonville in July. In the final, Morad would come home in the 4th position after starting from the tail of the field with a blown motor in the pre-final. FirstKart.com Pro IC teammate Jimmy Moriarty had his best run of his career running inside the top five on several occasion. The Texan scored a strong seventh place finish on Saturday and flat tire on Sunday put him out of contention for a top five finish.
Australian pilot Derek Cunningham had another outstanding weekend scoring both feature victories. A perfect weekend was in store for Cunningham, but a bobble in Sunday morning's qualifying would force Derek to start from the outside of row one. Cunningham secured five victories in six events in his North American karting debut and took home the Rotax Senior Heavy championship.
Rotax Senior proved to be the most challenging class of the series and First Kart pilots Marco Di Leo and Eric Gerrits were at the front. The duo ran strong all weekend long with the best results coming on Saturday where Di Leo secured the second place result while Gerrits came home in fourth. Sunday proved to be costly for the two Canadians as a carburetor problem put Gerrits out of competition early and Di Leo was involved in a last corner incident while running in the second position.
Young David Ostella along with long time tuner Mike Roth scored two third place results in the 80cc Junior category. Though Ostella did not compete at the first round in Homestead, the junior driver has had some strong results and finished in the top five in the series championship. With improvement made through the entire series, Ostella has proven that he will fight for several series championships throughout the year.
FirstKart.com entered two pilots in the Rotax Junior class as five-time Colombian national champion Gustavo Yacaman and Canadian Mike Vincec were ready for competition. Yacaman scored Saturday's victory while finishing 4th on Sunday. Those two results were enough for the First Kart North America squad to lock up their third series championship. Vincec had a tough weekend battling motor related problems throughout the event. A major crash in Saturday's final forced the team to bring out a spare chassis for Sunday's competition and Vincec was able to score a 12th place result. Look for Vincec to try and turn things around in the first round of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship.
First Kart privateer drivers Mark Jensen and Robert Francis had strong runs in Jacksonville as both scored two top five results. In the Rotax Senior class, Jensen was able to take Saturday's victory and on Sunday came home fourth. Francis was almost able to match Jensen's results but a second and fourth in the Expert Shifter division was a perfect end to the series.