MEMO GIDLEY MAKES HISTORY IN MEXICO February 19, 2006 (Monterey, Mexico) He came, he saw, and he conquered. This is the way you would describe the masterly behavior of international driver Memo Gidley, the first champion of the new category of...
MEMO GIDLEY MAKES HISTORY IN MEXICO
February 19, 2006 (Monterey, Mexico) He came, he saw, and he conquered. This is the way you would describe the masterly behavior of international driver Memo Gidley, the first champion of the new category of Mexican karting, the Super Kart Yamaha 250F driving his Memo Gidley signature Trackmagic Kart.
The introduction of this new series in the Kartodromo Monterrey this past Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19 lived up to expectations that were promoted in the weeks before the start of the race. Being the first in the new category, all the drivers were making history during the weekend activities.
Throughout the weekend, Memo Gidley, winning driver of the first race of the Rolex Grand Am series in Mexico in 2005 and set to race in this year's race in two weeks in the Playboy/Uniden Racing Ford Crawford prototype, mingled with all the other drivers as an equal demonstrating his humility and an interest in all and sharing his experiences and knowledge on the tuning of the karts. Memo has a huge following in Mexico because of his dual citizenship of Both the United States and Mexico and his time spent as a kid living in LaPaz, Mexico.
For the start, local Mexican racer and Mexican A1 GP driver, David Martinez waved the green flag and the drivers took off in search of triumph. The group fiercely waged a battle at the first turn and almost immediately contact occurred when Gerardo Ivan Gonzalez hit the kart of Alvaro Martinez. Gonzalez was forced to abandon the race early but Martinez continued and began to regain positions. During the first laps around the track, the duel between the factory Trackmagic Kart driver Memo Gidley and local Mexican karting champion, Arturo Gonzalez, raised excitement among those present because the local driver was fighting tooth and nail with the driver from the United States. Behind them other battles were occurring, with only one-second difference among the first three places.
On turn number seven emotions rose to the maximum as Arturo made contact with Gidley, forcing Memo wide. The move allowed Arturo by Memo to the loud cheers of the fans. But Memo demonstrated one more time, his experience as a world-class driver, and he succumbed first place only for a short time to Arturo. On the next lap, Memo taking advantage of his draft, made a clean pass and took back first place, which he would never give up during the remaining 20 laps of competition.
Arturo Gonzalez hung on to finish second And Rolando Martinez ended up in third place. Memo was ecstatic about his victory, "It is so great for me to be racing in Mexico again", said Gidley. "I had an awesome time because the competition was strong and I had to work hard all weekend for the win. And as always the Mexican fans are just really fun to be around."
At the end of the race, the drivers received prizes for their efforts, ascending the winners' podium to receive the giant checks of 2,000 pesos for the pole, and 10,000, 8,000 and 6,000 pesos respectively for the first three places. Memo Gidley besides winning the race, won the pole position thus taking home two checks for his outstanding efforts. The checks were awarded by Manuel Otero and signed by the Mexican airline Aviacsa, by Alvaro Martinez, director of the series; by Homero Hernandez Cortes, a lawyer and technical director of the series; and by Ignacio Mijares Torrallardona, representing CCT Mexico with its brand Ricoh which was the principal sponsor of the event for the Yamaha 250F.