Tough results out West are made up by East coast competitors Guelph, ON. -- April 26, 2005 -- With the majority of North America under rainy conditions, the FirstKart.com race team set fourth to compete in the second round of the Stars of ...
Tough results out West are made up by East coast competitors
Guelph, ON. -- April 26, 2005 -- With the majority of North America under rainy conditions, the FirstKart.com race team set fourth to compete in the second round of the Stars of Karting (SoK) West coast series and round #2 in the World Karting Association (WKA) George Kugler Manufactures Cup. Operating on different sides of the country, the First Kart squad was split in their attempt to garner national level victories.
With snow in the forecast at the WKA event at the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Wampum, PA tuners would have their work cut out for them making the necessary adjustments to keep up with the ever changing track conditions. The FirstKart.com crew showed their adaptability by taking three of the top four positions.
Dave Carmendy showed his rain skills as he led the team with a second place result. Carmendy ran second most of the race and chased down the leader in the late stages eventually turning the quickest lap of the event. Carmendy was about to challenge the leader before a late race spin ruined his chances at a victory. Zach Schiff was the next pilot to cross the line as he drove his SwedeTech powered First Kart to another podium finish. Schiff, along with eventual fourth place finisher David Ostella battled motor related issues all weekend long and will look to turn things around at the next event. Due to the cancellation of Sunday's event, Daytona double race winner Schiff retains the overall series point lead. Virtue of his fourth place finish, Young Ostella will advance up the point standings as he looks to close in on the leaders in the 80cc Junior division
Across the country in California, Daniel Morad led the FirstKart.com race team with a solid tenth place result and was the highest placing rookie in Sunday's ICC competition. The talented Canadian also finished 14th in Saturday's ICC final. Fellow Canadian Rene Silva made the trek west and though showed flashes of brilliance, lacked the consistency to battle the leaders. In the wet conditions, Silva sat on pole for a majority of the qualifying session but was in attendance to gain as much seat time and experience as possible. Silva finished with 22nd and 24th place results.
Gustavo Yacaman led the First Kart JICA drivers as the five time Colombian National champion scored a solid 6th place result in Saturday's competition. Yacaman ran as high up as third as he battled with the leaders for the majority of the event but was unable to garner a podium result. Sunday provided Yacaman with a different result as the 13-year-old was involved in a first corner incident and classified in 18th position. Canadian Arly Irish, a newcomer to the national scene, was First Kart's other entry in the JICA class. Irish, who is a multi time regional level champion was able to score two top twenty results as he came home 15th and 17th.
The FirstKart.com race team will enjoy a weekend off before competing in the first round of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship that will be held at Goodwood Kartways near Stouffville, Ontario over the May 13-15 weekend.
2005 is going to be an exciting year for the team as First Kart North America will travel to all East and West coast events in the Stars of Karting Championship, the World Karting Association Manufactures Cup and the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. Arrive and Drive opportunities are available for any interested parties.