ELKHART LAKE, WI -- The second round of the Shifter Kart Illustrated Formula 125 Enduro Challenge was lucky to steer clear of the rain that cancelled Friday practice at the Badger Kart Club Super Nationals -- one of the most prestigious events on...
ELKHART LAKE, WI -- The second round of the Shifter Kart Illustrated Formula 125 Enduro Challenge was lucky to steer clear of the rain that cancelled Friday practice at the Badger Kart Club Super Nationals -- one of the most prestigious events on the American karting calendar - although the racing was hot enough to burn off any residual moisture. Run each June at the famed Road America facility, the annual event features a diverse class structure with eight race groups each day. Just as it did last summer, the Super Nationals also played host to the second stop on the SKI F125 program, bringing the best laydown 125cc shifter drivers from all over the country to the legendary 4.1 mile circuit. A solid total of 23 drivers took the green flag for this round of the growing series, which was formed prior to the 2003 season to bring together the class' supporters at a handful of major events.
In the race, held on Saturday, a battle between championship contenders Mike Spear Jr. and Brian Wilhelm ensued that showed the true competitiveness of the formula. Spear led a majority of the race with Wilhelm in hot pursuit, Spear steering his Pavesi-powered Emmick to the eventual triumph. Wilhelm kept Spear honest, overtaking his fellow Arkansas competitor for the lead on several occasions. California legend 'Dominator' Don Bootes made the most of his trek east to finish third while defending series champion Scott Fiesler (Emmick) took fourth overall. Freshman Formula 125 competitor Steve Matotan ran to another impressive finish, taking fifth in his third series start, once again garnering the Rev-Clean Rookie of the Race award to take a firm hold on the point chase for the prestigious honor. Frank Moscone took sixth ahead of Rory Pederson, Todd Behrens, Dan Meray and Dennis Bernier.
The Shifter Kart Illustrated Formula 125 Enduro Challenge is a five-race series that encompasses selected results from the major kart road racing organizations to crown an overall champion. Designed to increase participation and exposure for the Formula 125 class, the 2004 season is the second year of the series and the new year is looking extremely promising. The next round is set for Mount Meridian, IN's Putnam Park on August 17-19.