TOFT AND JADALLAH SCORE FIRST WINS OF SEASON AT ROUND FOUR OF PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH Former Stock Moto series champion Toft becomes fourth different winner with Jadallah scoring TaG Senior victory in only second start of season SONOMA, CA...
TOFT AND JADALLAH SCORE FIRST WINS OF SEASON AT ROUND FOUR OF PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH
Former Stock Moto series champion Toft becomes fourth different winner with Jadallah scoring TaG Senior victory in only second start of season
SONOMA, CA (June 12, 2010) - Event after event, the ProKart Challenge program continues to provide excitement at tracks throughout the state of California. With a month to prepare for this past weekend's fourth round of the ProKart Challenge North series, the competitors stepped up to the plate to put on a great show around the 'Reverse National' circuit at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at the Infineon Raceway facility. Never a disappointment is the headline categories of the S1 Pro Stock Moto and TaG Senior divisions. For a fourth straight race, the S1 group produced a different victor - this time former series champ Jason Toft taking the checkered flag, while young NorCal star Jordan Jadallah stood on the podium for the first time at a PKC North event in TaG Senior.
The hot and windy race day unfolded with a newcomer to the S1 category, former national champion Alex Speed, taking the pole position. Speed's lap of 47.858 put him just ahead of point leader Fritz Leesmann and Toft on the time sheet. Once the wheel-to-wheel action began, Speed was shuffled back early with round two winner Nic LeDuc joining the fight. After LeDuc led the opening three laps, Toft held the point for two circuits before Leesmann secured the spot for the first heat win. From the outside row one grid spot, LeDuc once again showed the way to begin the second heat race. Speed was better in the opening lap this time around and challenged for the second spot with Leesmann. Once around him, Speed took over the lead from LeDuc on lap six, going on to take the win over Brett Felkins and Toft - who came from well back in the field after the first lap - while Leesmann fell to fourth in the order. The complexity of the main event changed after the first lap, as Speed slowed and would retire with a mechanical failure. This allowed Toft to assume the point and he would go on to lead the entire 20-lap main event for his first victory of the season. Leesmann was second with LeDuc outrunning Felkins for the final podium spot.
Jadallah has had a number of laps around the Sonoma circuit, participating in a variety of local series as a Junior driver and now at the Senior level. Out of the box Jadallah was the quickest in TaG Senior, posting a 50.033 lap to secure the pole position over Bobby Kelley, JP Cadoux and point leader Larry Fraser. Jadallah and Kelley exchanged the lead a number of times over the course of the first 8-lap heat race, with Kelley getting to the line first. Kelley went flag-to-flag in the second heat after Jadallah was shuffled back to third behind Nick Johnston - who advanced forward from being disqualified in qualifying for a hot pit violation. When the green waved for the feature race, Johnston took the point for the first time on the day. He would lead up until lap nine when Jadallah assumed the point. The next lap, Johnston was putting the pressure on Jadallah when the two hooked bumpers. Johnston got the worst of the contact as he went off and damaged his machine, unable to continue, moving Kelley into second. Jadallah would be too quick with his Rotax power in the closing stages, as he posted the fast laps of the race to outrun the Motori 7 of Kelley to a three-second victory - with Jess Peterson (Rok TT) finishing a strong third and Fraser (Motori 7) in fourth.
'Mr. Perfect' on the season in the PKC North program thus far has been Jeff Smith. The S4 Masters Stock Moto championship leader recorded his third perfect weekend with a sweep of the day's activities - qualifying, heat 1, heat 2, feature and fast lap. Smith will look to continue his season win streak, which now sits at six feature victories (including SpringNationals), at the SummerNationals. Keeping him honest throughout the day was Alex Keith, who recorded his third straight runner-up finish just ahead of Jim Inglebright. Matt Alcorn jumped back on his winning ways, scoring victory number two of the PKC North season in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. Round two winner Cameron Pringle led things to begin the event, as he edged Alcorn by just 53-thousandths of a second in qualifying. Alcorn, however, held the advantage through both heat races and the feature, leading all three races flag-to-flag. Pringle ran to second with round three winner Neil Joseph ending up third.
The TaG Junior category saw a shake up in the point standings following round four, with Austin Dement coming away with the feature victory after Kathryn Cornell was disqualified. Austin Thomas was at the top of the charts following qualifying, posting a time just 53-thousandths quicker than Dement, while Cornell and point leader Niki Luna were fifth and sixth. With the field nearly equal on-track, Deven Sanchez was able to slide by from his fourth starting spot on the opening circuit to lead all eight laps of the first heat over Thomas and Dement. Sanchez and Dement battled for the top spot in the second heat until Dement climbed the bumper of Sanchez. This allowed Thomas and Cornell to slide by for second and third with Sanchez taking the win, while Dement fell back to fourth. Returning to battle for the 20 laps of the main event, each driver took a turn at the point until Cornell took the reigns at the halfway mark. Getting to the line first, Cornell was the provisional winner until found incompliant in the technical inspection, taking away her victory and points for the day. Dement was then promoted to the top spot of the podium for the first time on the season, with Sanchez and Thomas filling the other two steps. Cornell, however, had better luck in HPV-2 Junior as she swept the day's action to extend her point lead. Daniel Langon - who also ran uncontested in the S5 category - was second with Jack Freese third.
TaG Master was a dual between former series winner Rob Soares and championship contender Jeff Deehan. Soares struck first with fast time in qualifying before Deehan took the win in the first heat. Soares was able to prevail in the second heat while Deehan fell back to fourth after some trouble, putting Paul Hohlbein and newcomer Stephan Gaudreau into second and third. At the start of the final, the two drivers in the front row made contact. Soares received the worst of it and bounced into Deehan, ending both their races in the first turn. Gaudreau was able to slide by to assume the lead and take his first series victory, while Hohlbein continued on to finish second. In the S3 Novice Stock Moto category, Todd Wilson ran uncontested for his first win of the season.
The series will take the month of July off as the second round of the SKUSA North American Pro Tour will take place on July 16-18 for the Mothers' Polish SummerNationals at the USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin. The fifth round of the ProKart Challenge North program will take place at the PKC West Coast Shootout at the Santa Maria Karting Association facility, pitting the South series against the North on August 13-14.