| The season-opener at Varsity Speed Park featured plenty of exciting action|
(Photo: Calgary Kart Racing Club)
The Calgary Kart Racing Club recently commenced its 2012 season with the opening race at Varsity Speed Park and some entertaining action.
The JR1 class was first on track with four Briggs and two Honda's. Qualifying was close, with the top-two racers within one tenth of a second of each other. In the Pre Final witnessed Dylan Waller and Sebastian Mercado drive away from the field. The two ran nose-to-tail for more than half the race, until Mercado had a hub slip, which caused him to retire early, giving Waller a 25-second win. In the Final, the duo again driving away from the entire field. They exchanged positions back and forth, going side-by-side multiple times. The win was up-for-grabs until the final few corners, with Waller scoring the win by a mere two tenths of a second.
In 4-cycle Senior, a group of 14 Light and Heavy drivers battled for top honors. Skyler Dunning worked the draft with John Kwong in qualifying to be the only racers to break the 55 second barrier. The two karters again used one another in the Pre-Final to break away from the pack. Kwong tried a last lap banzai pass in the hairpin, but lost momentum, allowing Skyler retake the lead on the back straightaway and the win. The Final initially featured Dunning and Kwong out front, but several passes allowed Markus Kottman to catch up and join the fight for the win. On the last lap, Kwong passeed on Skyler on the exit of the hairpin and with some help from Kottman, take the win. Kottman crossed the stripe in second, while Dunning completed the top-three.
The Rotax Senior field featured a 14 kart line-up, with Bradley Dezall capturing the Pre-Final pole in qualifying a 47.4 lap. behind the polesitter in the timed run were Gianfranco Sartor, Dunning, Bobby Wallace, and Kwong. The Pre-Final proved to be an uneventful affair, with Dezall converting the pole into a win over Wallace, Dunning, Kwong, and McLeod. The Final featured plenty of passing, with Wallace jumping out front on the opening lap, ahead of Kwong, Dezall, and Dunning. Further dicing ultimately led to Josh Danychuck joining the battle for a podium place. When the checkered flag waved, Wallace scored the win, ahead of Kwong and Danychuck.
The Calgary Kart Racing Club returns to action on May 12, with race two at Varsity Speed Park.
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