SKUSA: PKC-N/S: G-Phactory West Coast Shootout summary

Smiles in the G-Phactory camp after busy weekend Smiles in the G-Phactory camp after busy weekend May 20, 2009 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- Kicking off their two event, two track weekend, G-Phactory rolled out Andrick Zeen's pair of ST-32...

Smiles in the G-Phactory camp after busy weekend

Smiles in the G-Phactory camp after busy weekend

May 20, 2009 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- Kicking off their two event, two track weekend, G-Phactory rolled out Andrick Zeen's pair of ST-32 karts for Saturday's ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Zeen would be wheeling the karts in what would be the two most hard-fought classes that day -- KF2 and TaG Senior.

Qualifying second in TaG Senior, Zeen had his hands full throughout the first heat as he fell to fourth early on but battled his way forward to finish second. By thetime the second heat came around, Zeen and his team had the Sodi Kart ST-32 with a D-Power Rok TT dialed in well enough to take the lead on the fifth lap and pull a gap over the rest of the field to win the heat. At the start of the final, Zeen was pushed back to fourth, but moved his way forward to take the lead of the race with five laps remaining. Zeen held on to take victory in the toughest TaG Senior race of the PKC season.

Zeen's raceday in KF2 would follow a similar trajectory, as he qualified fourth and improved his position one spot in the first heat. In the second heat, Zeen pushed his Sodi Kart into the lead and held off the field until the final lap, when he fell to third. He came out swinging again in the final, and it was a Sodi Kart that lead seven laps of the main However, in a near repeat of the second heat, Zeen would finish in third. The result, however, put a Sodi Kart on the KF2 podium for the first time this season.

Also competing was Craig Cutler, who drove to a sixth-place finish in the S1 main.

With the action in Buttonwillow over, the team packed up and headed south to California Speedway for the monthly Los Angeles Kart Club race, where four G-Phactory drivers were competing.

Adam Zeen and Shawn Cricca had things their own way as they wheeled their Sodi Karts to the front of the TaG Senior field all day, sweeping qualifying and the pre-final. In the final, however, Zeen was black-flagged out of the lead after his rear bumper was damaged as a result of contact, leaving Cricca with the victory.

The team was flat out robbed of a win in the competitive Rotax Senior class. Dylan Stalker, currently leading the points championship, took pole position and won the pre-final. In the latter stages of the final, Stalker came up on lapped traffic but the course workers did not wave blue flags, and Stalker was forced to make a pass at the inside of the final hairpin. When he did, he was hit from behind by a chasing competitor, spun, and was collected by the kart he was trying to lap. Despite the fact that his race was over on the spot, Stalker still leads the LAKC's Rotax Senior points championship.

Thankfully, Lloyd Mack provided another highlight for the team in the Spec PRD class. Mack dominated the class, taking pole position in qualifying, handily winning the pre-final, and then winning the final by over four seconds in preparation for racing in the class at the IKF Region 7 event on the same layout June 6-7.

-credit: g-p

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