SKUSA: Hawaii: Maui round three summary

Frate wins second straight at round three of Maui Kart Challenge TaG Senior driver earns victory under the lights at Superkarts! USA Hawaii regional series KAHULUI, HAWAII (August 9, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Hawaii Region returned to the...

Frate wins second straight at round three of Maui Kart Challenge
TaG Senior driver earns victory under the lights at Superkarts! USA Hawaii regional series

KAHULUI, HAWAII (August 9, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Hawaii Region returned to the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart Track for the third round of the Maui Kart Challenge on August 9. The kart count may have been slightly down, but it was big on racing excitement. For the first time, the event had spectators on hand all night as the Hawaiian public is catching on to the racing entertainment value in karting.

TaG Senior was the big class on the day with nine entries as Jim Schubert led the way in qualifying with a 36.641-second lap time, followed closely by Andres Frate. Schubert's run at the front would be short-lived in the opening heat race as he spun from the pole position and was struck by teammate George Jones. Both were unable to continue the as was TaG Masters top qualifier David Moran, who was also collected in the opening skirmish. This allowed Frate to go on unchallenged to the race win ahead of Troy Goldberg. In heat two, Goldberg had the advantage, stretching out to a two-second victory over Frate. In the 15-lap main event, the duo went at it again, this time with Frate getting the edge for his second main event victory in a row. Despite running the quick lap of the race, Goldberg settled for second while Lee Moyers won the battle for third.

It was an unfortunate debut for the TaG Masters division with top qualifier Moran getting involved in the opening corner accident in heat one, resulting in damage that would put him on the sideline for the remainder of the event. This allowed Chris Seeley to run unchallenged, however, he would also experience mechanical failure and would not see the main event.

The three shifter divisions - S3, K1 and S5 - took the track at the same time throughout the night, providing exciting racing action for the crowd on hand. Alec Gumpfer, in his S5 machine, was the top overall qualifier with a 35.699-second lap time. Dennis Valente was just a tick off Gumpfer to lead the S3 division ahead of Hugh England with Tim Eback -- who was visiting from a neighboring island - edging Jessie Nielson for the K1 pole. Gumpfer is still adjusting to the demands of a shifter kart and stalled from the pole position to start heat one, allowing the rest of the field to fly by. Valente cruised to the S3 win as England would retire on lap two, moving Steve Eggers up to second and Jed Bahouth to third. Gumpfer battled back to finish third overall, right between Eggers and Bahouth in the overall order. Eback scored the K1 heat one win as Nielson retired on lap 10.

Valente would again lead the field in heat two, but this time was pressured by S5 pilot Gumpfer. The young pilot pressured the S3 leader until setting up for a pass, when Gumpfer spun in turn four, allowing Valente to run to the checkered flag with ease. Eggers and Bahouth ran second and third once again with Gumpfer falling back to fourth overall. Eback and Nielson ran close in K1, but Eback powered through to the heat win.

The main event would showcase Gumpfer working his way through the field to the front in the 15-lap event. Starting fourth, Gumpfer was able to get off the line and hold his spot through the opening lap. After getting Bahouth on lap two, he set his sights on the top two in S3. Eggers led the opening seven laps until Valente was able to work by. The following lap, Gumpfer got around Eggers as well. This time around, Gumpfer made his move on Valente at the end of the back straightaway under deep braking entering turn four with three laps to go. From there, he was able to go on to take the overall win by just under a second. Valente crossed the line second but took the S3 victory ahead of Eggers and Tom Zacagnini in third. Eback and Nielson continued their great battle into the main with Eback taking the three-second K1 victory, vowing to return to Maui for the remainder of the season.

Up next for the series' drivers will be round four on September 13 at the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart Track facility.

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.

-credit: skusa

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