FIRST KART FLORIDA WINTER TOUR - JUNIOR REPORT "Strong runs from Junior drivers claim wins and several podiums" Guelph, ON. -- February 16, 2005 -- After a successful opening round at the Homestead/Miami Speedway in January, First Kart ...
FIRST KART FLORIDA WINTER TOUR - JUNIOR REPORT
"Strong runs from Junior drivers claim wins and several podiums"
Guelph, ON. -- February 16, 2005 -- After a successful opening round at the Homestead/Miami Speedway in January, First Kart North America headed to Moroso Motorsports Park for the second round in the '05 Florida Winter Tour. Looking to build from the success a month earlier, First Kart brought four junior drivers to fight for victory.
Five time Colombian National Champion Gustavo Yacaman started things off right Saturday morning by lapping the Moroso circuit quickest in practice. Though he was unable to secure the pole in qualifying, Yacaman did take the third spot and would start the pre-final inside row two. The pre-final would be a different story for the Colombian pilot as he easily went on to take the victory and claim the pole for Saturday afternoon's feature.
A hard fought battle would then ensue in the final as Yacaman and two fellow pilots would fight for the victory. With passes coming almost every lap Yacaman entered the last lap in the lead but as they came back into view from the other side of the course he had slipped back to 3rd. A brave last corner move by all three drivers allowed Yacaman to sneak by and take the victory.
The 13-year-old pilot proved that Saturday was no fluke as he put his First Kart on pole during Sunday's lapping session. Though Yacaman was unable to secure the overall victory on track he was elevated to the top spot on the podium after post race penalty.
David Ostella, Zach Schiff and Lucas Smith were the First Kart drivers in the Junior Shifter final and combined secured four of the six possible podium positions. Leading the results running order was Schiff with 2nd in Sundays final to add to Saturday's 3rd. Schiff with tuner James Willis were using this round of the tour in preparation for the Stars season opener next month.
Ostella secured a 5th place on Saturday and improved on Sunday to take the final podium spot. Ostella turned some very impressive lap times in the final that would keep pace with the leader and once again proved that he will be tough this year. After a hard fought battle all weekend, Lucas Smith came home with 3rd place on Saturday and struggled on Sunday's final to 7th. Both Ostella and Smith will see action with Schiff in '05 Stars competition.