WKA: Keresi opens season at Jacksonville

Evan Keresi made his move into the junior ranks for 12-15 year old racers at Jacksonville last weekend for the opening round of the WKA Gold Cup National Sprint Series after winning the Jr. Sportsman 1 Championship in 2000. The 12 year old kart...

Evan Keresi made his move into the junior ranks for 12-15 year old racers at Jacksonville last weekend for the opening round of the WKA Gold Cup National Sprint Series after winning the Jr. Sportsman 1 Championship in 2000. The 12 year old kart racer made a definite impression on his fellow racers as the newcomer and showed that he'd be a contender this year for the championship.

Evan quickly got up to speed, qualifying 4th out of 30 other competitiors in junior stock, a 3rd place finish in the heat would place him starting 3rd for the main event. During the main, Evan was able to maintain his position for the majority of the race until 2 laps to go were shown where he made his move to take over the second spot and finished in that position to the checkered flags. This was his first race on a new Brava 2000 chassis from Margay Racing Products and was very pleased with the performance and felt there was more speed to be found as he gets more familiar with it.

The following day, Evan was able to score his first pole in junior competiton in the restricted junior class setting a time of 3/10ths quicker than the outside pole sitter. Unfortunately, the day would not go as well as it had been going. The sky let go and the rains came and a switch to wet weather conditions would be necessary. On the out lap of heat, his engine stalled and corner workers came to his aid but couldn't be restarted and was left out of the heat which would place him back in the field for the main event. Still in wet conditions, Evan would be gridded in the 13th position and on the start in turn two was tagged from behind and spun and lost 5-6 spots in that corner. Not having much experiance in the wet, he took it easy and eventually got up to speed making it up to 9th by the time the checkers were thrown.

Evan said, "It was unfortunate that I couldn't run the heat in the wet where I could have possibly maintained my pole spot for the main and gained more experience in the wet as well." He thanked Chris Mason of Robinson Speed Shop for the great motors who assisted us all weekend. And special thanks goes out to Torco Racing Oils, SMC Clutches, G-Man Kartworks, and Margay Racing Products.

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Drivers Chris Mason , Evan Keresi