Morad wins in Florida! Markham driver leaves Florida with WKA 80cc Junior shifter points lead JACKSONVILLE, FLA - For the second time in two weeks, Markham Ontario's Daniel Morad was at the front of the pack in 80cc Junior shifter at the 103rd...
Morad wins in Florida!
Markham driver leaves Florida with WKA 80cc Junior shifter points lead
JACKSONVILLE, FLA - For the second time in two weeks, Markham Ontario's Daniel Morad was at the front of the pack in 80cc Junior shifter at the 103rd Street Racing Complex track. Last week his two second place finishes in the SKUSA Pro Moto Tour event laid the groundwork for him to return to the complex and win the 80cc Junior shifter Saturday final in the second weekend of the WKA's George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series presented by Bridgestone.
"Finally!," the likeable youngster said. "This has been a tough two weeks for us with the travel, but the win on Saturday was the result of a lot of hard work by our team."
Morad started off the weekend by qualifying second, then he hoped, with the benefit of knowledge from last weekend, to capitalize in the pre-final and final. "I knew I didn't have the power to draft by in the pre-final so I took the lead and tried to hang on, but the best I could do was second," Morad said. In the final, everything worked according to plan and Morad took the win with a last lap pass.
"I knew second was the place to be on the final lap. I just had to time the pass right, and in the final it worked. This is the first weekend for our new sponsor Maple Leaf Mortgages, and I was happy to get the win for them also," Morad said.
Sunday brought with it a new test - crash avoidance - and Morad was able to make the best of the situation. "At the start of the final, the driver ahead of me bogged off the line and I just missed him," Morad said of the hectic start to Sunday's final, which dropped him back to sixth place in the early going.
Morad charged hard to make his way back to fourth, only to get caught out by an accident ahead of him. "I was running three tenths quicker than the leaders. I was just about to catch the lead draft when an accident happened in front of me. I had to go off the track, and that set me back a bit," Morad said. He was able to charge back to third but ran out of time to challenge for the win.
"We've been here [in Florida] for two weeks in a row, and now we can go home with both the SKUSA and WKA points lead, so it was worth the time and effort our Maple Leaf Mortgages/Birel team put in."