FIRSTKART.COM'S CHRIS LARSON CLAIMS WKA TITLE Larson garners enough points in strong runs at New Castle Brownsburg, Indiana -- August 21,, 2008 -- FirstKart.com race team members Chris Larson, Paul Montopoli and Kevin Monteith had...
FIRSTKART.COM'S CHRIS LARSON CLAIMS WKA TITLE
Larson garners enough points in strong runs at New Castle
Brownsburg, Indiana -- August 21,, 2008 -- FirstKart.com race team members Chris Larson, Paul Montopoli and Kevin Monteith had a successful event this past weekend at the fifth and final round of the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup held at New Castle Motorsports Park, in New Castle, Indiana. Floridian Chris Larson was named TaG Champion at the end of the event weekend as he won the title by the slimmest of margins.
After turning some quick times during Friday's test sessions, Larson managed to qualify his Yellow Fin powered First Kart in the seventh position for Saturday's race. Advancing forward in the prefinal, Larson claimed the fourth position and second row starting spot for the final. At the drop of the green flag, the eventual champion played it conservatively knowing that a top five finish would all but secure the title as he circuited the facility in the top five. On the final two circuits, Larson avoided trouble and moved forward to claim the third step on the podium.
Sunday would be a much less conservative race for the talented Larson as it appeared the Florida pilot had claimed enough points to garner the championship. Sunday's qualifying would be a good sign of things to come as the FirstKart.com driver claimed the pole position.
Falling back slightly in the prefinal, Larson started the main event in the fifth position and would quickly move forward. Battling with the lead quartet, Larson made a bold move around the leaders after the two had made contact. A tough inside pass attempt was made on him in the next corner and three of the top four drivers were collected in the incident with Larson sustaining a leg injury in the process. What looked to be a solid podium finish and possibly a win turned into a disappointing 29th place result.
"This is the championship we were gunning for," stated FirstKart.com's team Principal Tony Ventresca. "We achieved all of our goals in this very important class. There are some of the best drivers and teams North America has to offer in the WKA program and we are glad to be part of it. We will be back next year looking to defend our title."
American Paul Montopoli was also entered in the TaG class and steadily improved throughout the race weekend. Working with First Kart USA's Ben Cruttenden, Montopoli finished inside the top 30 in Saturday's final after being collected in a first corner incident. Montopoli and Cruttenden will be back together again in a few weeks time as the duo looks to fight for victory at the US Rotax Grand Nationals in Shawano, Wisconsin.
Canadian pilot Kevin Monteith continued to run hard in his first season of WKA action as the multi-time Canadian champion had some very strong runs. In Saturday's action, Monteith claimed an eighth place result in HPV Junior Lite and a 12th place finish in Yamaha Junior Super Can Heavy. Sunday saw the talented pilot finish tenth in HPV Junior Heavy and a solid 12th in Yamaha Junior Super Can Lite. Monteith will now travel back to Canada and look to wrap up championships in both the Ontario Regional Karting Championship and the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship.