GRANT QUINLAN WINS TWO EAGLES AT WKA MANUFACTURERS CUP EVENT Young driver dominates the Yamaha Jr. Sportsman class en route to two Eagles and four podiums Elkhart Lake, WI - Grant Quinlan has continued his excellent 2010 with yet another ...
GRANT QUINLAN WINS TWO EAGLES AT WKA MANUFACTURERS CUP EVENT
Young driver dominates the Yamaha Jr. Sportsman class en route to two Eagles and four podiums
Elkhart Lake, WI - Grant Quinlan has continued his excellent 2010 with yet another sensational weekend, this time at the World Karting Association Zoom Zoom Nationals, held at Briggs & Stratton Motorplex in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Located inside the famed Road America circuit, Quinlan took the track in five classes, earning two dominating victories, and added two more podium appearances during the two-event.
"What a track, what a place, the facility at Road America was unbelievable," commented the young Quinlan following the event.
On Saturday, the young Quinlan took part in three classes. Qualifying his Birel America chassis in the top-five in all three classes, including the pole-position in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy, Quinlan showed he is not afraid the battle with North America's best.
Dominating the pre-final and final of the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class, Quinlan went untouched, en route to winning his first WKA Grand National Eagle, one of the most prized trophies in US karting. Up next, the Cadet Sportsman final race was a thriller. Leading a five-kart pack to the last-lap sign, Quinlan ran a defensive line into turn one. However it was not enough as he was passed through the following chicane. Not giving up, Quinlan dove the inside back in corner ten to resume the lead, but as he exited the final corner, ran just a little wide, allowing the second place kart to drag race him to the finish-line. In a photo finish, Quinlan crossed a mere 0.017 seconds behind, and would have to settle for second place.
"The racing at WKA is so close, one mistake and you can easily lose the race," explained Quinlan. "But to win on Saturday was really cool. I have to thank all the guys at Birel America for their support. I also want to thank Adkins Engines and Woltjer Engines for very strong motors all weekend."
Sunday's competition was just as exciting, as Quinlan earned another pole-position, this time in the Yamaha Sportsman Lite class. Converting a great battle into a victory in the pre-final, Quinlan lead the field to green in the final. Taking the early lead, he would surrender the lead and become part of an epic battle for the lead. Back and forth the front group swapped the lead, with Quinlan never falling outside the top-three. Working into second place as he took the last-lap sign, Quinlan made his move in the tricky turn four. Escaping with the top-spot, he held on for the remainder of the lap, and the victory. In his second race of the day, Quinlan worked his onto the podium with a fifth-place finish in the Cadet Jr. Sportsman class.
"Winning two Grand National Eagles was really cool. They are such unique trophies, and as a bonus I also won two Winsconsin Cheese Cows, which I brought home for my mom. I also want to thank the staff at the WKA for putting on such a great event, I'm really enjoying racing in the WKA this year."
With two victories and four podium appearances, Quinlan now finds himself right in the middle of the points championship for all three classes he is competing in.
Up next, he will resume his charge for the championship at the WKA Manufacturers Cup on August 6-8, at New Castle Motorsports Park for round four of the five round series.
-source: Grant Quinlan PR