PODIUMS ALL AROUND FOR G-PHACTORY Yop, Halen, and Zeen put Sodi at the front at WinterNats finale March 12, 2008 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- Capping what has been an impressive SKUSA WinterNats season for G-Phactory and Sodi Racing USA, the ...
PODIUMS ALL AROUND FOR G-PHACTORY
Yop, Halen, and Zeen put Sodi at the front at WinterNats finale
March 12, 2008 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- Capping what has been an impressive SKUSA WinterNats season for G-Phactory and Sodi Racing USA, the squad grabbed success in each class it entered at the season ending round at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, Calif. over the past weekend.
Leading the charge for the team in silver was Ryan Yop. On form after a long winter break, Yop took the pole position and victory in the first heat. After dropping to fourth in the second heat, in which new teammate Nick Halen finished second, Yop got a blinder of a start in the main which saw him take the lead heading into the first turn. Behind him, teammate Halen tangled with another competitor, putting Halen out and solidifying Yop's lead. After that, it was clear sailing, as Yop took a dominating win in his first race of the year.
Yop had been bitten by the flu that seemingly all of Southern California is suffering from, and chose to sit out Sunday's action. That left Halen to carry the Sodi Kart honor, which he did by winning the day's second heat and leading the main for most of the race. However, he would eventually succumb to pressure from behind and would settle for third place. The team, however, was impressed by Halen's pace and feedback in his first race aboard a Sodi.
The brothers Zeen have been slugging it out throughout the WinterNats championship, with each taking turns on the highest step of the podium in recent events. During the Saturday event, it was Adam who had the upper hand, as he qualified on pole and finished third in the day's main event to Andrick's fourth.
Adam stuck in on pole again on Sunday while Andrick was just a tick behind in third place. Adam was second in each heat while Andrick was fifth in the first, but was an unfortunate DNF in the second heat. With his Sodi ready to go for the main event, Andrick made up for lost time by leapfrogging up to third to challenge brother Adam, running in second, and then-leader Colin Katzakian. However, his kart wouldn't make it to the end of the race, leaving Adam to fight it out for the win. On the next-to-last lap, Zeen made the pass for the lead stick on Katzakian, but fellow Stars of Karting competitor Will Martindale passed Zeen on the final lap for the win. Zeen had no time to return the favor, and crossed the line a scant tenth of a second out of the win.
While the team competed at the CalSpeed Karting Center, located just outside turn four at the Auto Club Speedway, the Pacific F2000 championship was contesting it's first round of the season on the Auto Club Speedway's combined oval and infield road course. Former G-Phactory driver Nicky Freytag competed in his G-Phactory/PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen RF06, which he steered to a pair of fourth-place finishes on the weekend.
"It was an exciting weekend for us, with our guys wrapping up the WinterNats and Nicky racing the F2000 car in the infield," said team co-manager Phil Giebler. "This weekend demonstrated that we are ready to start our Stars season and be a threat in each class we enter."
And, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, G-Phactory driver Michael Self won two races of the Skip Barber South Meets West Regional Race weekend. Self will be back in action for G-Phactory at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas finale at X-Plex, before joining the rest of the team at the Stars of Karting Season opener at Ocala Grand Prix.