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Superkarts! USA Supernationals 18 Is In The Books
The final SuperSunday outside of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was completed under beautiful clear Las Vegas skies and a brisk wind as the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVIII, fueled by VP Racing Fuels wrapped up. The seven year run at the popular destination in the city of lights ended with the final day of this year’s Pro Tour series finale, crowning eight series champions and nine class race winners. Over 500 drivers took part in the world’s largest karting event, welcome people from all corners of the globe, with each looking to be part of the nine main events that ran today. There were over 500 different stories unfolding over the week, but only nine drivers could leave Las Vegas with the SuperNationals trophy in hand.
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It was a picture perfect end to the season for UK driver Jordon Lennox. Never one to show his hand early, the PSL Karting / CRG pilot secured his fifth win of the Pro Tour season, earning a $10,000 payday for winning the SuperNationals, $3,000 for the championship, and another $3,000 to be part of the 2015 Circle of Champions program. The SuperSunday main event began with fellow CRG driver Davide Fore on the pole position, and scored the final Honda Holeshot for a $500 check. Lennox was quick to attack, moving into the lead by turn four. DRT Racing’s Danny Formal (DR Kart) was shuffled out of the top-five with Fritz Leesmann (CRG), Gary Carlton (TB Kart) and Milan Dontje (CRG) filling the spots. Lennox and Fore broke away, with Leesmann and Carlton having their own battle. Fore, looking for his first SuperNats win, battled the younger Lennox lap after lap. The two each had their turn at the point until Lennox secured the position on lap nine, extending his lead lap after lap. When the checkered flag waved, it was a four tenths of a second gap over Fore to complete a CRG 1-2 finish in both the race and in the Pro Tour standings. As Carlton and Leesmann fought, Formal rejoined the top-five and began running down the two former national champions. Pounding the curbs and showing the depth of talent he retains, Formal worked past both drivers to earn the third place finish in his S1 debut. Carlton was poised to finish fourth when he lost power to his engine, pulling off the course. That promoted Nick Neri (Tony Kart) to fourth, as he was among the many drivers that joined the fight for third late in the race. The finish helped him to end the season third in the Pro Tour standings. Leesmann completed the podium with Oliver Askew (Tony Kart) in sixth. Last year’s big winner and Pro Tour champion Joey Wimsett (CRG) did not have the week he had hoped for, but ended on a solid note by placing seventh after starting 14th. Ron White (CRG) held fifth at one time, but finished eighth ahead of Dontje while Cody Hodgson (Tony Kart) was 10th.
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BirelART driver Paolo de Conto grabbed the holeshot from the pole position with Jonathan Thonon (Praga) slotting in behind. Thonon struck first, making a move in turn six on lap two, taking the lead with multi-time world champion Davide Fore (CRG) right there in third. Missing was American Gary Carlton (TB Kart), who was spun around on the opening lap and dropped to the tail of the field. The top three continued to extend their lead, with Bas Lammers (Formula K) leading the train in the fourth position. Lap seven, de Conto struck back for the leading with a very deep move in turn six, bringing Fore with him. It was the CRG factory driver looking racy, diving for the lead at turn four on lap nine, leading for the first time. Lammers was now into the mix with Alessandro Bressan aboard the new CompKart trailing in fifth. The three behind Fore continued to be the driver at the front of the group, exchanging the spot a number of times as the laps clicked off. This allowed Bressan to close up event more while Patrik Hajek (Praga) and American AJ Myers (PCR) – who started 18th – inched their way. Lap 14, de Conto retook the lead from Fore with another deep move into turn one. The show the leaders put on was amazing, and well worth the $10,000 prize for the victory. Three wide at one time, de Conto and Thonon were able to break away. Thonon took over the lead on lap 17, as the top six were all now within two seconds of each other as Myers continued to drop qualifying lap after qualifying lap to chase the dicing top-five. With five to go, de Conto reassumed the lead from Thonon as the top two still had a solid gap over the fight for third. Myers finally completed the chase, working around Bressan at turn six, and set his sights on Fore. Out front, de Conto retook the lead on lap , and maintained the position for his first SuperNationals victory and a very rewarding sendoff with the BirelART operation. Thonon and Lammers joined him on the podium with Fore and Myers alongside. Bressan finished sixth in the CompKart debut while Lorenzo Camplese (Maranello), Canadian Phillip Orcic (Tony Kart), Aussie Kel Treseder (Energy) and American Fritz Leesman (CRG) rounded the top-10. American Gary Carlton was spun around in turn two, something that has plagued the very successful shifterkart driver. Restarting well behind the pack, Carlton fought his way back to an impressive 11th result.
For a full report on the rest of the action at Supernationals 18 go to superkartsusa.com or ekartingnews.com.
by David Cole ekartingnews.com
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