SKUSA: Hawaii: Series opening race recap

Successful debut for SKUSA Hawaii Region Goldberg, England, Gumpfer and Reis take inaugural wins at Maui Kart Challenge KAHULUI, HAWAII (June 7, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Hawaii region hosted the inaugural event of the new Maui Kart...

Successful debut for SKUSA Hawaii Region
Goldberg, England, Gumpfer and Reis take inaugural wins at Maui Kart Challenge

KAHULUI, HAWAII (June 7, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Hawaii region hosted the inaugural event of the new Maui Kart Challenge this past weekend at the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart Track. The first SKUSA regional program to be run outside the continental United States had a smaller turnout than expected on June 7, but still saw some great racing, as the series ran under the lights. Numerous karts are still in the process of being put together and others remain in transit, meaning that a strong future is in store for the karting community on the Hawaiian Islands. The bottom line is that a new era of karting is here and the excitement has only just begun.

The TaG Senior class boasted 12 entries, and there are many karts still in the works. The category is setting up to become a full class as the year goes on. Troy Goldberg was the top qualifier at the series opener, posting a 36.849-second lap time that was followed by fellow CRG/Rotax driver Andres Frate. In the heat races, Frate took the checkered flag ahead Goldberg, but the main event was all Troy as he led wire-to-wire for the inaugural TaG Senior win. Third went to Jim Schubert while 'Ironman' Steve Eggers - who ran both S1 and TaG Senior -- took fourth. Dave Moran rounded out the top five.

In the S1 shifter class, Hugh England was the man to beat following the qualifying session. However, Doug Fitch was the top qualifier and was leading the opening heat race until mechanical failure on his Trackmagic took him out of contention. England stepped up and took both heat victories, but the main would not come as easy as he battled fellow CTS pilot Steve Eggers during the entire feature race. At the line, England took the win by just 0.1-seconds over Eggers. The fast lap, however, went to third place Denis Valente in his TM-powered Italkart.

The K1 class, SKUSA's 80cc shifter division, is alive and well in Hawaii and was controlled by Gordon Reis on his Biesse. Reis' fast lap of 38.420 gave him the pole position over Jessie Nielson (CRG), which led to Reis sweeping the racing action with two heat wins and the main event victory. Alec Gumpfer was the lone TaG Junior driver, but he made history in the opening event. Gumpfer set a new track record in the counter-clockwise direction with a 35.775-second lap time and gained experience running with the TaG Senior group all night. The young pilot will be the first driver to move into the new S5 Junior class in the upcoming events.

The event also marked the first time that the Maui organization used the AMB timing system, and the remainder of the events will be uploaded to the popular Mylaps.com site for all to view the full results of the program. A new website has been produced - www.mauikartingclub.com - and will be updated throughout the year with all the Maui Kart Challenge information. For more details regarding the Maui Kart Challenge, contact Art Gumpfer at 808-216-3514 or the karting office at 808-873-8363.

-credit: skusa

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