THOMAS SCORES THREE TOP FIVE RESULTS AT WKA "Two months out of a kart and Thomas comes back in fine form" September 2, 2009 -- After scoring multiple podium results and several victories in his sprint car, Tyler Thomas was back in a kart ...
THOMAS SCORES THREE TOP FIVE RESULTS AT WKA
"Two months out of a kart and Thomas comes back in fine form"
September 2, 2009 -- After scoring multiple podium results and several victories in his sprint car, Tyler Thomas was back in a kart this past weekend at the fourth round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup. Competing in four different classes, Thomas finished every on track session in the top ten in results after not being in a kart for more than two months.
The sign of a good racer is to qualify well and then stay the same or improve on those results throughout the event day, and Thomas managed to do this in all four classes that he competed in.
Saturday would see the Oklahoma resident compete in the HPV Junior Heavy and Yamaha Junior Lite classes where he would score two fifth place results. First on the schedule for Thomas was the HPV class where the talented junior pilot qualified his Woltjer powered machine in the seventh position. A slight setback in the prefinal would see Thomas finish eighth, but he rebounded nicely in the final to score a solid fifth place result.
The Yamaha Junior Lite class would be Thomas' toughest class of the weekend as his qualifying time was only the ninth quickest. Looking to improve in the prefinal, Thomas moved forward two positions to finish seventh and then another two in the main event to finish fifth. Racing with drivers that compete in these classes almost every weekend, Thomas was happy with Saturday's results and would look to improve in Sunday's racing action.
"We struggled during Friday's practice sessions but continued to work hard," explained Thomas after Saturday's results. "Our straightaway speed was a lot slower than other drivers, so we worked a lot on carburetion and managed to find the time we were missing."
Changing classes on Sunday, Thomas would see action in the HPV Junior Lite and Yamaha Junior Heavy classes. With a fifth place result in the HPV class on Saturday, Thomas would qualify seventh in Sunday's class but would improve through the day. The prefinal would see a great drive from the Oklahoma driver as he claimed a third place result and an inside front row starting position for the main event. After a good start and some fierce racing action, Thomas would finish the final in fifth scoring his third fifth place result of the weekend.
The final class of the weekend was the Yamaha Junior Heavy class where Thomas showed his consistency. After qualifying in the sixth position and claiming a sixth place result in the prefinal, Thomas would finish sixth in the main event.