Juncos Racing completed the third of six Florida Winter Tour race weekends at Moroso days ago with Jack West once again leading the way. One of four racers donning the green and black, West charged to the podium on Saturday when he crossed third...
Juncos Racing completed the third of six Florida Winter Tour race weekends at Moroso days ago with Jack West once again leading the way. One of four racers donning the green and black, West charged to the podium on Saturday when he crossed third and owned it on Sunday when he went to the top of the blocks and took the Championship lead in the process.
Friday practice showed promise for the Florida racer as he put down the third fastest lap in the Rotax Mini-Max class and Saturday morning warmup was one better as he was second quick. After qualifying fourth, a wild opening saw West fall to tenth and after settling in line he worked his way forward to sixth running under the white flag. He had set the fastest lap of the race in the process, but bidding for the top five on the final lap he fell all the way to 17th - the starting spot he would take for a ten lap main event. Once it took the green, the Sarasota racer quickly went to work. He was tenth after the first lap, and eighth two laps later. By half distance he was seventh, and took three more spots on the following laps to sit fourth running under the white flag. On the final lap, he moved to the podium for the second in three starts.
On Sunday there was no such drama as West was third quick in morning warmup and took pole position a short time later. The prefinal was a race-long scrap for top spot before West took second, and he lined up for the main on the outside line. Suffering from the spot at the start, the ten-year-old took two laps to work back to second and had the lead two laps later having just set the fastest lap of the race. Working in tandem, the lead pair romped over eight seconds clear of the pack - with the Juncos racer keeping the point all the way to checkers. The win also gave West the point lead, and he will head to Ocala five points clear in March.
Also racing Mini-Max, Scott Nagel had a tough Saturday lead to 28th before a much better second run. Timing 30th in the morning session, the young Canadian advanced to 17th in the prefinal and crossed in the same spot Sunday afternoon. Devlin De Francesco continued his improvement at the second round and once again capped his efforts with tenth in Micro-Max on Sunday. The weekend began with the seven-year-old timing inside the top ten in practice and qualifying 11th for the first start. He fell to 16th in the prefinal, but rebounded back to 13th in the main event. Sunday morning saw De Francesco nail it in qualifying as he timed fourth quick and he held the position through the opening lap of the prefinal before a mechanical ended his run on lap two. He then had to start at the back of the pack in the main, but worked his way forward to cross tenth, just as he did at round one. Max Preston had a better second round as he made the final on both days, coming through the LCQ on each occasion. Running in the biggest field at Moroso, Preston was 30th from Rotax Junior qualifying on Saturday and seventh in the LCQ before finishing 28th in the Prefinal. In his first FWT main event action, Preston was 30th. Running in the same pack on Sunday, Preston came through the repechage in 11th, was 35th in the prefinal and moved forward to 33rd from 50+ Juniors.
Juncos Racing returns to action this weekend as the CIK classes take to Moroso Motorsport Park, Nagel and De Francesco will return racing Cadet and will be joined by Joey Furfari Jr. The team will also have Bijon Spinazzola running in JICA.