MENEZES LOOKS TO TAKE EARLY CONTROL OF STARS WEST Californian to compete in second round of Stars of Karting JICA Western Division TOOELE, UT (July 3) - Young karting star Gustavo Menezes will be looking to bounce back in his attempt at...
MENEZES LOOKS TO TAKE EARLY CONTROL OF STARS WEST
Californian to compete in second round of Stars of Karting JICA Western Division
TOOELE, UT (July 3) - Young karting star Gustavo Menezes will be looking to bounce back in his attempt at earning the Snap-on Stars of Karting Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) national championship with the third event of the year set for the July 6-8 weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, located just outside Salt Lake City, UT. The 13 year-old currently holds the top spot in the Western Division standings after his two victories at the season opening Mazda Race of the Americas in April and will look to extend his lead this weekend.
After a solid start to open up the year, Menezes visited the New Castle facility in Indiana for the second round of the season, battling through a very tough weekend. After qualifying second for Saturday's events, the Tony Kart USA driver fell back to 18th in the later portion of the Prefinal after contact with another driver. Menezes made few more passes to end up starting 15th for the main event. His final was short-lived, however, as the chaotic turn one in the opening lap collected a few karts, including Menezes, giving him a 37th classification.
The young pilot would not go down quietly, coming back Sunday with a fourth place qualifying effort. In the Prefinal, trouble struck again as Gustavo fell back to 29th in the early stages of the race. Determined to strike back, Menezes was able to move up to 18th in 10 laps. The opening lap of Sunday's main event was the most important for Gustavo as he was able to move up to sixth and join the tail end of the lead pack for a 17-lap battle. After swapping spots all race long, Menezes had to settle for sixth, dropping him to third in the Eastern Division standings.
After New Castle, Menezes headed to Europe to attend the third round of the Super One British Kart Series at the Larkhall facility in Scotland. Engine troubles early on in qualifying put Menezes toward the rear of the field. In the first final, he recorded a 20th place finish before moving up to 16th in the second final with his back-up engine. Menezes has run a number of European events this year in an effort to extend his spectrum of experience and each trip has proven to be crucial in the development of his racecraft and his character. There have been many trying outings, all of which have made the young pilot dig deeper than he has ever been forced to in the past.