Kayla Graham Racing Suffers Disappointment in Qualifying at SuperNationals
Ready to fight back this weekend...
20 November, 2010--With two rounds of qualifying to sort the order for the massive 80-kart field of racers in the TaG Senior class at the 14th edition of SKUSA's SuperNationals, it was Fast Friday for Kayla Graham Racing's Ozz Negri.The SuperNationals, which this year features nearly 500 karts entered, serves as a de facto world championship event, with the best and the brightest from not only across the globe from the karting ranks, but also bringing some big names from top-level motorsports to the five-day event.
Driving a JCKarting.com-prepared Kart Mini in his first-ever SuperNationals entry, Negri was quickly up to speed in the event's opening days of practice despite jumping head-first into one the the most competitive classes in the event.
Working with JCKarting.com to optimize the kart to get the most speed possible out of the ever-changing track conditions, Negri and his Kayla Graham Racing team continued to make adjustments to every aspect of the kart imaginable, from seat rigidity to utilizing different materials for the hubs to tweaking with air pressures and ballast placement. Those adjustments were moving the team in the right direction ahead of the vital qualifying session.
Unfortunately, the session didn't play out as hoped as an ignition issue saw Negri not able to get in as many laps as the rest of the field during the lightning-quick seven minute session. The result, 32nd out of 80, was a blow to the effort as the team will now have to fight forward through three heat races and work to gain points in each of them to score a grid position in Sunday's Superfinal, the biggest heat of them all.
"It's disappointing of course, but you know that's racing and these things can happen," said Negri. "The competition here, it's beautiful. To have ten karts all within one tenth, I can't imagine anything more competitive. I'm loving it as a driver. But it hurts of course when we have a problem like we did today. It will really make it hard from here. But we know we have a lot of racing ahead of us and we just have to fight for the best we can get."
Negri did just that in Friday's first heat race, deftly avoiding a pair of multi-kart incidents at the start to move from 18th on the grid to 12th at the finish.
"You can't pay any attention to the craziness (at the start)," smiled Negri. "You just have to focus on where you are going and stick to that. We didn't move up as much as I was hoping we would, but it was good to get that race experience under my belt and learn more about how the track changes even during one of these fast races. Hopefully we can build on that tomorrow. And...it might rain!"
Saturday will see more action as Kayla Graham Racing looks to move up as much as possible ahead of Sunday's SuperFinal race.
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