PU'U RETURNS HOME FOR DOUBLE WINS AT MAUI KART CHALLENGE Maui's own returns back from school to earn TaG and S3 feature wins KAHULUI, HAWAII (September 13, 2008) -- The fourth round of the Maui Kart Challenge took place on September 13 under...
PU'U RETURNS HOME FOR DOUBLE WINS AT MAUI KART CHALLENGE
Maui's own returns back from school to earn TaG and S3 feature wins
KAHULUI, HAWAII (September 13, 2008) -- The fourth round of the Maui Kart Challenge took place on September 13 under the lights at the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart as the Superkarts! USA Hawaii Region pilots took to the 3/4-mile circuit for a night that saw new names battling for the class wins.
TaG Senior 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 this weekend, striking a one-race deal with Gumpfer Motorsports. Pu'u set fast time in qualifying with a 36.078-second lap time, running nearly four-tenths faster than Andres Frate and Troy Goldberg. The trio ran in that order in the two heat races with Pu'u continuing to put down a fast pace. The 18-lap main event saw Josh continue on to lead the entire race to earn an eight-second victory over Frate, while Ryan Gouveia edged Goldberg for the final spot on the podium. 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, S3, and K1 80cc Shifter divisions. Alec Gumpfer led the way in Qualifying in his S5 entry with a 35.261-second lap to edge S3 top qualifier Tom Zacagnini. In the opening heat race, Zacagnini had a great start and paced all 14 laps. Gumpfer - the lone S5 driver - fell back to third overall, but managed to climb back to second and finished right behind Zacagnini at the checker. S3 drivers Steve Eggers and Jed Bahouth were third and fourth overall. Heat two saw another great start by Zacagnini, but Gumpfer got by on lap two and went on for the overall win. Zacagnini was second while Jed Bahouth moved up to third as Eggers was not able to make a lap.
The feature race saw Gumpfer rocket to the lead at the drop of the green, 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. Gumpfer held on for second ahead of Zacagnini and Bahouth.
"What a great night," stated double winner Josh Pu'u. "My TaG ride was unbelievably consistent and fast while the shifter came in at the perfect time to score the win. I can't thank Maui Kart Challenge and Gumpfer Motorsports enough."
Jessie Nielson edged Tim Eback for the K1 pole position and the two split heat wins before Nielson went unchallenged in the feature for the victory.
The next round for the Maui Kart Challenge will take place October 11, once again taking to the asphalt at the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart. 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.