Steve Welk Claims Top 10 Finish at the Stars of Karting Race of the Americas NORMAN, Okla. -- Steve Welk started of the Stars of Karting ICA Championship on a solid note by claiming an eighth place finish in The Race of the Americas. The...
Steve Welk Claims Top 10 Finish at the Stars of Karting Race of the Americas
NORMAN, Okla. -- Steve Welk started of the Stars of Karting ICA Championship on a solid note by claiming an eighth place finish in The Race of the Americas. The race, held at the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman, Okla., was the first race of the Stars of Karting Championship and represented one of the toughest ICA fields in North America.
The event started with the official practice day on Friday, March 11. At the end of the day Welk had his ATK powered Merlin Chassis at the sharp end of the grid, setting the sixth fastest time of the day of the 38 competitors present.
Saturday's qualifying would prove to be a disappointment for Welk, as a costly error on the second lap of his qualifying run would relegate him to the 16th position on the grid. In the prefinal, Welk was able to make up some of the ground that he sacrificed in the qualifying. After starting from the eighth spot in the heat race, Welk worked his way up to the sixth spot. With the split group format that the Stars organizers used for the heats, Welk's Merlin would be placed 12th on the grid for the start of the final.
At the start of the final, Welk was able to use his trademark outside line move up to the eighth position after just one corner. Unfortunately the start would be all for naught, as a red flag after the first lap would bring about a complete restart. On the restart Welk again used the daring outside maneuver to move up to the eighth spot again after the first corner. During the middle stages of the race Welk was engaged in a heated battle for the 8th through 11th spots. As the dust from the mid race battle settled, Welk found himself in the eighth position, which was where he was running at the checkered flag.
"I am pretty happy with how the weekend went. I made a mistake in qualifying, but we were able to recover from it. We missed a bit on the setup for the final, which we will look at and learn from. We have a good base now to start the season from and I do expect to move further up the grid as the season moves on," commented the C-G Racing Driver. "I know that we can run fast laps, we proved that on the practice day, not we just need to carry that speed through the entire weekend. I really want to thank my dad for all his hard work, as well as the entire C-G Racing team, Merlin Karts, and ATK engines for all their support."