GRANT QUINLAN VICTORIOUS IN WKA MAN CUP ACTION Young driver scores victory in National Championship and adds two more podium appearances throughout the weekend Millville, NJ - Grant Quinlan secured another victory this past weekend in the...
GRANT QUINLAN VICTORIOUS IN WKA MAN CUP ACTION
Young driver scores victory in National Championship and adds two more podium appearances throughout the weekend
Millville, NJ - Grant Quinlan secured another victory this past weekend in the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup race held at New Jersey Motorsports Park, located in Millville, New Jersey. Competing in a handful of classes, the young Quinlan powered to victory in the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class, and added two more podium appearances the Cadet Sportsman and Yamaha Sportsman Lite classes.
"I had a lot of fun in New Jersey," commented the young Quinlan following the event. "The racing was very close this weekend and to stand on the podium three times is awesome.
Competing all over the Eastern half of North America, Quinlan has been racking up victories all season long, all while aboard a Birel America prepared Birel chassis. Quinlan has worked closely with Birel America this season and his great results show the true potential of the race team.
First up on Saturday was the Cadet Jr. Sportsman class. Posting the fourth best time in Qualifying meant Quinlan would start on the outside row for the start of the pre-final. Unfortunately an opening lap incident would force Quinlan to lose his nosecone and pull off the track. Starting last in the 26-kart main event, Quinlan raced his way all the way to seventh, passing nineteen karts.
The second race for Quinlan on Saturday was the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy final. After qualifying in eighth, he stormed to the front in the pre-final eventually taking the win and pole-position for the final. Jockeying for the top spot in the final, he traded the lead many times around the tricky New Jersey track. Setting up a last lap pass for the lead, he drag-raced to the finish line side-by-side with his competitor. The result was so close, it wasn't until the official results were posted that Quinlan knew he won, by 0.038 of a second.
"It was a great race. Everyone up front raced clean, and the finish was wild. I didn't know I won right away, but I'm very happy I did," smiled Quinlan.
Returning on Sunday, he once again entered the Cadet Jr. Sportsman class along with Yamaha Jr. Sportsman Lite. In qualifying, Quinlan was able to muster up a lap time good enough for third place in Cadet. He then converted it into another pre-final victory, setting up another great battle in the final race. The lead group once again put on a great show for the spectators trackside. In another drag race to the finish, unfortunately Quinlan wouldn't be the benefactor and would cross a mere 0.076 seconds behind the winner and would be classified in second place.
Hoping to earn his second Yamaha victory of the weekend, Quinlan placed his Birel kart on the outside of row one in Qualifying, and added a third pre-final victory. Starting the final from the pole-position, Quinlan paced the early portion of the race. Trading positions throughout the top-three, Quinlan never lost sight of the leader and once again found himself in a drag race to the finish line. Unfortunately Sunday wasn't the young Quinlan's day as he was edged out for the win again, this time by 0.062 seconds. Proudly standing on the podium in second place, Quinlan knew he had a successful weekend.
"It's unfortunate to lose two races on the same day both by less than a tenth of a second, but at the same time the racing is so close it's just exciting to be a part of. I have to thank the guys at Birel America. Tim, Chris and Gary Lobough are great to work with," continued Quinlan.
Up next, Quinlan will travel to Point Pelee Karting for a couple club races before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada in November for the SKUSA SuperNationals.
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