FRATE SWEEPS TAG SENIOR IN SECOND MAUI KART CHALLENGE ROUND Superkarts! USA Hawaii regional series debuts S3 class to island karting KAHULUI, HAWAII (July 12, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Hawaii Region headed back to the Maui Motorsports Park...
FRATE SWEEPS TAG SENIOR IN SECOND MAUI KART CHALLENGE ROUND
Superkarts! USA Hawaii regional series debuts S3 class to island karting
KAHULUI, HAWAII (July 12, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Hawaii Region headed back to the Maui Motorsports Park Puunene Kart Track for the second round of the new Maui Kart Challenge and a great outing was had by all on the 1/2-mile circuit. Aside from a strong field of TaG Senior competitors, the series also offered up the island debut of the Stock Moto S3 class, which is sure to take off under the guidance of SKUSA and the Maui Kart Challenge. The event enjoyed great weather as usual and things went very smoothly through the weekend.
Just under a dozen Tag Seniors were in the paddock for Round #2 and Andres Frate led the way by qualifying on the pole, going on to win both heats and the main to sweep the day. Troy Goldberg battled problems after timing in second, missing the opening heat race before working his way back to the position in the second moto. Goldberg chased Frate throughout the 16-lap final but was forced to settle for second at the checkered flag, crossing the line just over three seconds behind the winner. Tom Zaccanini also fought problems that caused him to miss the first moto, but he scrambled his way through the day to finish third in the main. Jim Schubert and Kim Greenwell completed the top-five.
The Maui Kart Challenge debuted the S3 class to the island's karting community and the initial response was very positive. The series put four karts on-track to kick off this new program as Steve Eggers, Jed Bahouth, Denis Valente and Tom Zaccanini have all embraced the Stock Moto concept. Zaccanini actually added the S3 program to his TaG ride, doing double-duty on the weekend. However, this led to him leaving his transponder on his TaG kart, eliminating his shot at the pole in qualifying when no times were recorded. In his absence, Bahouth took the pole with a 36.589-second lap, followed closely by Eggers and Valente. Zaccanini had to start from the back in the opening heat but that did not stop him from driving to the lead, beating out Eggers by just a half-second. In the second moto, Eggers was able to hold off his primary challenger to split the wins, earning the pole for the main. In the Final, it was all Zaccanini as he laid down a display of driving prowess unmatched by the field. It was his first shifter kart drive and he piloted the six-speed machine like a champ, winning the main while setting fast laps of the night (36.211) in the process. It was exciting to see some side-by-side S3 racing, which only served to inject even more excitement over the class into the series organizers.
The Maui Kart Challenge program also had two K1 entries at the second round with Jessie Nielson qualifying on the pole, taking it all the way to the main event win. In other classes, Lauren Christensen won in the TaG Cadet class while Shane Christensen topped Blake Rizzo in Jr. Sportsman. In Sr. Sportsman, Tim Hultquist leveraged his pole position in qualifying into the main event win, while Russ Shibuya (KT100 Lite) and Kamuela Borge (Jr. Super Sportsman) also scored wins.
The series website - www.mauikartingclub.com - is now up-and-running with all the information you need to become part of the Maui Kart Challenge program and to follow the series throughout the year.