PHIL DE LA O CLAIMS STARS OF KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP "Arizona pilot scores Western title" Phoenix, Arizona -- August 27, 2008 -- Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) standout Phil De La O, scored the Snap-on Stars of Karting Western division ...
PHIL DE LA O CLAIMS STARS OF KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP
"Arizona pilot scores Western title"
Phoenix, Arizona -- August 27, 2008 -- Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) standout Phil De La O, scored the Snap-on Stars of Karting Western division championship on a temporary circuit this past weekend in Seattle, Washington. De La O scored the title in fine form as he drove to victory in the first of two features to secure the championship.
"I'm really, really happy," explained De La O after learning he won the title after the first final was completed. "This win takes a lot of stress off heading to the second feature, and gives me the ability to take chances and try new things that I probably wouldn't have done before."
Phil De La O opened the Western divisional finale event with a good qualifying result. With the challenging three heat race format, De La O would need to move forward with consistent results to ensure a good starting position for both feature events. Looking to stay out of trouble, De La O garnered strong consistent finishes to claim the third place starting position for both main events.
As the green flag flew at the start of the first final, De La O quickly moved into the second position as the lead quartet of drivers pulled away from the field. Pacing with the leader nicely, De La O made his bid for the lead two laps from the finish as he made an inside move entering the first corner. With a tight combination of corners to follow, De La O was able to keep control of his ride and never looked back as he drove to victory. In the process, De La O scored the western division championship and will now look forward to the Stars of Karting finale on another temporary circuit in Las Vegas, Nevada in mid October.
Heading to the Snap-on Stars of Karting finale in Las Vegas later in the year, De La O has to be favored for the National Championship. The talented junior enters the finale with four first place results and a second from the Western division championship and will head to Las Vegas atop the national point standings.