BITTERSWEET WEEKEND FOR FIRSTKART.COM RACE TEAM "Three podiums in Stars Reno event" Guelph, ON. -- June 7, 2005 -- With the five pilots under the tent, the FirstKart.com race team participated in the Stars of Karting West ...
BITTERSWEET WEEKEND FOR FIRSTKART.COM RACE TEAM
"Three podiums in Stars Reno event"
Guelph, ON. -- June 7, 2005 -- With the five pilots under the tent, the FirstKart.com race team participated in the Stars of Karting West #3 in Reno, NV. Competing on a temporary parking lot circuit at the Reno Hilton, the FirstKart.com race team drivers had their hands full with the tough competition and a challenging race track.
First Kart drivers Nick Maddison, Rene Silva and Bobby Wilson would do battle in the headline ICC class and fair well through the weekend's competitions. Wilson led the trio of drivers scoring both Saturday and Sunday's pole positions in his return to karting. Wilson handily won the pre-final on Saturday and did battle with fellow competitors in the final. Wilson led the race early however was passed on the second lap. He was able to keep pace with the leader but unable to retake the position scoring a second position and FirstKart.com's first podium of the weekend. Sunday, Wilson led early in the pre-final after taking his second straight pole position. Unfortunately light contact on lap 6 took him out of the pre-final ending any chances at victory.
Nick Maddison had his strongest outing of '05 as the Calgary, AB native came to grip with the tough Reno track. Qualifying mid-pack, Maddison progressively moved forward throughout the weekends events to finish 14th and 10th. Maddison has shown great improvement throughout the '05 season and will look to finish his points chase inside the top ten. The hard luck award of the weekend has to go to Rene Silva. Silva proved to be fast all weekend long but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and was taken out on several occasions. Silva will regroup and focus on the Barrie Grand Prix in two weeks time.
FirstKart.com's best weekend results came from Gustavo Yacaman. Yacaman was nipped for the pole both days but the Colombian did manage to turn the second quickest time and would start outside row one. In Saturday's final, Yacaman showed his speed and was able to walk away from the field scoring his first JICA victory of '05. On Sunday, Yacaman went backwards on the start and found himself running in the 6th position. The five time Colombian National Champion put his head down and began to move forward eventually finishing in the runner up position.
British Columbia's Arly Irish also made the trek to Reno to do battle in the JICA class. The Canadian pilot had a learning weekend as he came to grips with the track and racing surface. Irish ended of the weekend with a 15th and 16th place results.
Arrive and drive opportunities are available for the remainder of the '05 racing season and for the 2006 Florida Winter tour. Interested drivers are asked to contact the First Kart North America at 519-824-4343 or via the web at www.firstkart.com