SKUSA: Hawaii: Maui round five preview

ROUND FIVE SET TO GO THIS WEEKEND FOR MAUI KART CHALLENGE Championship battles taking shape for Superkarts! USA Hawaii karting program KAHULUI, HAWAII (October10, 2008) -- The fifth round of the Maui Kart Challenge will take place on October...

ROUND FIVE SET TO GO THIS WEEKEND FOR MAUI KART CHALLENGE
Championship battles taking shape for Superkarts! USA Hawaii karting program

KAHULUI, HAWAII (October10, 2008) -- The fifth round of the Maui Kart Challenge will take place on October 11 under the lights at the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart Track. The Superkarts! USA Hawaii Region pilots will compete under the lights around the 3/4-mile circuit as the penultimate event on the schedule will define just who will challenge for the championship.

The fourth round of the series featured plenty of action as the TaG Senior division had 10 entries with two in the TaG Masters category. Josh Pu'u grew up driving with the Maui Kart Club and was home from college on the weekend, striking a one-race deal with Gumpfer Motorsports. Pu'u set fast time in qualifying with a 36.078-second lap time. The 18-lap main event saw Josh continue on to lead the entire race to earn an eight-second victory over Andres Frate, while Ryan Gouveia edged Troy Goldberg for the final spot on the podium. Frate has the lead in the point standings after four rounds, holding the position over Goldberg with Jeff Affleck giving chase in third. In TaG Masters, Denis Valente swept the day, outrunning David Moran in each session.

Three shifter categories ran together in one race group, the line-up including the S3, S5, and K1 80cc Shifter divisions. The feature race saw Alec Gumpfer rocket to the lead at the drop of the green in his S5 entry, putting down a blistering pace over the opening laps that allowed him to pull a slight cushion over his competition. The aggressive opening lap attack would slow him during the second half of the race as his tires would begin to tail off considerably. Double-duty driver Josh Pu'u took advantage of this to take over the lead, running away to the eventual victory and the S3 win. Gumpfer held on for second overall ahead of S3 drivers of Tom Zacagnini and Jed Bahouth. Zacagnini also leads Bahouth in the championship points by a slim margin of 16 points with Steve Eggers and Denis Valente sitting close in third and fourth.

Visit the series website - www.mauikartingclub.com - for all the information you need to become part of the Maui Kart Challenge program and to follow the series throughout the year. For more details regarding the Maui Kart Challenge, contact Art Gumpfer at 808-216-3514 or the karting office at 808-873-8363.

-credit: skusa

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