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Event Page: Florida Winter Tour - Ocala - Round #3
 




Florida Winter Tour
Round #3
March 16-18 and March 23-25, 2007
Ocala Grand Prix
Ocala, Florida


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Pier-Luc Ouellette held off held off a hard-charging Stuart Marsell and Eric Gerrits for the Sunday victory (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Pier-Luc Ouellette held off held off a hard-charging Stuart Marsell and Eric Gerrits for the Sunday victory
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

A very successful 2007 Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour came to a close Sunday at Ocala Gran Prix with five Rotax champions being crowned and another earning a ticket to the Grand Final at El Ain, United Arab Emirates. This year’s Tour was the first to be split into A and B groups when sheer numbers threatened the mantra of ‘Serious Fun in the Florida Sun,’ and the move was an unparalleled success. Race days were shorter and race weekends ran very smoothly as Bill Wright once again assembled an outstanding staff of race officials and support crew. With the final crowning moments Sunday afternoon, all can now breath a sigh as the karting masses head off to various Regional and National events across the country.

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Group B Results
Sunday Finals


 

Eric Filgueiras wrapped up the class championship in Mini-Max on day one (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Eric Filgueiras wrapped up the class championship in Mini-Max on day one
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Florida sunshine welcomed the Group A fields today at Ocala Gran Prix as 125 international karters filled the paddock for the Florida Winter Tour finale presented by Tony Kart Florida. As expected, the Rotax DD2 field has grown substantially as all look to snag a ticket to the 2007 Grand Final, and Junior, Senior, and Mini-Max are averaging 30-kart fields with 31, 32, and 28 respectively. The talent level is high in all classes, but perhaps nowhere more than in DD2.

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Group B Results
Saturday Finals






 

Joel Miller will look to lock up the Senior championship this weekend  (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Joel Miller will look to lock up the Senior championship this weekend
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

International Preview
The Florida Winter Tour is ‘making the turn’ in its final weekend of the 2007 season as the Group A Rotax classes will look to decide the five championships: DD2, Senior, Masters, Junior, and MiniMax. The final weekend will run at the same Ocala Gran Prix circuit that the Group B classes ran last weekend. The central Florida facility hosted the Rotax Max Challenge East Grand Regional in July of 2006 so many of the competitors this weekend have a good base set-up for the track.

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David Jurca swept round three to win the championship by five points (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
David Jurca swept round three to win the championship by five points
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

SUNDAY, MARCH 18

The Formula Kart Productions TonyKart Florida Winter Tour closed out its Group B schedule Sunday with a handful of championships coming down to the wire. The Ocala Gran Prix was the venue and once again mother nature offered full cooperation as Champions were crowned across Cadet, ICA, TaG, and three shifter classes - none bigger than FirstKart.com Pro Shifter where Michael Vincec, Jon Branam and David Jurca were set to settle matters Sunday afternoon.

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Group B Results
Sunday Finals





 

DeGrand cruised to his third Cadet win in five Winter Tour starts (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
DeGrand cruised to his third Cadet win in five Winter Tour starts
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

The focus of North American karting is squarely on Ocala, Florida, this weekend as the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour wraps its 2007 Championship for Group B. Presented by Tony Kart Florida, the final race weekend has attracted 122 entries, with a truly international flavour in the paddock. Along with the expected masses from the United States and Canada, karters have also arrived at the final round from: Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Aruba and the Dominican Republic. While the event is serving as a final tune-up for some, others have a championship in their sights and the contenders quickly found the front in qualifying.

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Group B Results
Saturday Finals



 

Victor Cabrera will look to lock up the ICA championship in his first year in the class  (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Victor Cabrera will look to lock up the ICA championship in his first year in the class
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

International Preview
After running the opening two double-weekend event packages in January and February, the Florida Winter Tour is now set to wrap up the championship for its Group B classes, which includes, among a set of nine, all five of the Stars of Karting categories: ICC, ICA, JICA, Cadet and TaG. This final weekend will run at the beautiful Ocala Grand Prix facility in central Florida, as will the Group A schedule, which will end the ’07 edition of the Tour next weekend.

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Michael Vincec is gunning for the Championship this weekend (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Michael Vincec is gunning for the Championship this weekend
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Canadian Preview
While karters in Canadian provinces sit with their fingers crossed and try to will the whims of mother nature in order to get their preseason testing underway, the first Championship of the year is set to wrap this weekend as the Florida Winter Tour presented by TonyKart Florida hits Ocala Gran Prix. A reverse in schedule sees Group B at the plate this weekend with Group A on deck and set to run in one week’s time. At both, Canadians will be in the championship hunt.

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