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Motorsports Mondial

Dixon Northern California Rotax Challenge Recap – McDonald wins Senior Rotax Again

The Red Line Oil Karting Championship’s Northern California Rotax Challenge (NCRC) made its annual trip to the Dixon track to joins the Kinsmen Kart Club for one of their club races this past weekend. The weather was excellent and the track conditions were fast. As is years past, the Kinsmen Kart club made the NCRC racers feel very welcome. A couple of class championships were wrapped up at this event, but a couple of classes got even closer as the series wraps up at the Simraceway International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway this Sunday’s Red Line Oil Karting Championship season finale.

Sanzaru Games Mini Max

Four drivers took the track with Corrie Hiatt taking his first pole of the year ahead of Annie Breidinger and Horatio Fitz-Simon. In the heat race, Hiatt took the lead at the green with Fitz-Simon getting under Annie Breidinger going into turn one to take over second. Annie Breidinger stayed close to Fitz-Simon applying pressure until she could make the pass coming out of the back turn to re-take second position. Hiatt went on to the win, Annie Breidinger second and Fitz-Simon third. In the main, Hiatt again took the lead at the green and again Fitz-Simon slipped by Annie Breidinger going into turn one. Unlike the heat race, Annie Breidinger could not find an opening to get by. In the end, Hiatt drove to his first RLOKC Mini Max win, Fitz-Simon second and Annie Breidinger third. For the win, Hiatt took home the Sanzaru Games cash prize of $50, Fitz-Simon received $30 and Annie Breidinger $20.

Rotax Masters & Rotax Masters Light

The Masters and Masters Light classes ran together, but with a split start. The Masters class was in the front group due to the fastest qualifying time of Cameron Evans (Masters) with Jerry Pretti (Masters) starting along side. In the front row of the Lights class was David Carlisle and Mary Beth Wilson. In the heat race, Evans took the early lead with Scott Ripslinger moving into second. Pretti made a move early to take back second place and this race order held to the checkered flag with Evans taking the win, Pretti second, Ripslinger third. In the Lights class, Carlisle lead Wilson into turn one and the two ran nose to tail for the entire ten laps. In the end, Carlisle took the win, Wilson second and Stephan Gaudreau third. In the main, Evans again took the early lead and was never challenged to drive onto his sixth win of the season. Pretti stayed close, but had to settle for second with Barry Lee moving up to third when Ripslinger’s kart dropped off in power and had to settle for fifth. The win wraps up the class championship for Evans. In the Lights main, Carlisle took the early lead and again Wilson was close behind looking for an opportunity to make a pass. Unlike the heat race, Gaudreau was right on Wilson’s bumper and she had to split her attention between trying to pass Carlisle and not get passed by Gaudreau. In the end, Carlisle took the win, Wilson second and Gaudreau third.

Junior Rotax

Five drivers took the green with 2010 Mini Max champion Michael Avansino making his first Junior Rotax start. In qualifying, last month’s winner Zack Dante took the pole ahead of Avansino and Maxx Marian. In the heat race, Dante took the lead followed by Avansino and Marian. Avansino stayed close but was not able to see a way by and had to settle for the runner up position. In the end, Dante took the win, Avansino second, Marian third. Things heated up in the main when Avansino got a small jump on the start with the two front row karts bumping and grinding all the way down the straightaway. Avansino got into turn one first and Dante tried a pass midway through turn one. The two karts came together and Avansino went off into the weeds. Dante maintained the lead and drove on to the win followed by Marian and Will Preston. Avansino returned to the track and was making a run to catch up, but had to pull off on lap six. The race ended with a black flag and checkered flag. An official decision on the spin in turn one penalized Dante four positions for his portion of the incident. Thus, Maxx Marian was moved up to the win, Preston second and Jaden Conwright third.

Senior Rotax

With a seven kart field, Carlos Calderon took the pole ahead of Sean McDonald, Jarrett Lile and Niki Luna. Luna entered this race with the points lead, but Calderon was looking to get back into the championship hunt with a sold win. In heat race, Calderon controlled the race from the front with McDonald close behind and Luna making up one position. In the main, Calderon took the early lead again with Luna slipping inside McDonald to take over second with Lile in fourth. Lile’s engine lost power early on forcing him to pull off. With three laps to go, Calderon’s race and championship bid went up in smoke when he dropped a rear wheel coming out of the “bowl” turn. He shot across the track and spun. Luna was close enough that he had to turn hard left to avoid Calderon and spun into the weeds. McDonald drove by the Calderon and Luna to take over the lead with Calderon recovering to take second place. Luna was stuck in the weeds for over a lap, but got back on track in sixth place. In the end, McDonald took the win, Calderon second and Andrew Colombini came home a well deserved third. The points lead that Luna had coming into this race is now gone and he and Calderon will face off head to head on Sunday at the RLOKC season finale for the class championship.

DD2 Masters

The two-speed DD2 Masters field had three karts with Michael Ostrowski taking the pole ahead of Bob Olson and Dave Moody. In the heat race, Ostrowski took the lead and never looked back. Moody got inside Olson going into turn one and held off the determined Olson to take second. In the main, again Ostrowski took the early lead and cruised to the win. Olson got by Moody early on and pulled away a bit to take second place with Moody third. With the win, Ostrowski all but wraps up the class championship for this class.

One can find all the results on MyLaps (Rotax Dixon Race dated Oct 29th) and see updated championship points in the results section at www.redlineoilkarting.com. The next RLOKC event is Sunday, November 6th at the Simraceway International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway, where the 2011 season will come to an end. For more information about the RLOKC, go to www.redlineoilkarting.com

Motorsports Mondial

Red Line Oil Series Round #3 kicks off summer

Summer is approaching quickly and the weather forecast for next weekend’s race is looking great! Round #3 of the Red Line Oil Karting Championship opens the summer months on the very popular Reverse National configuration of the Infineon Raceway’s International Karting Center. Later this month Infineon Raceway will host the Nascar Sprint Cup Save Mart 350 but for now it’s all about the karters. Come on out June 11-12th and enjoy great weather and even better racing!

Saturday will be an open practice day from 10:30 to 5:30 with registration and pre-tech available on Saturday. We will have a slow session from 10-10:30 for engine break in or new drivers if anyone needs it. The Sunday race program will begin at 8:20 with one round of practice sessions, followed by qualifying, two 8 lap Pre-Finals and 15 lap Mains starting at 2:40. Admission for spectators is $10, $5 for kids 8 and under. Race Entry is $100, transponder rental $10 and Saturday Practice is $50. For more information on the Red Line Oil Karting Championship go to www.redlineoilkarting.com or contact race director Ric Shaw at [email protected]

Each race the series chooses one class to be the Go-Pro featured main event. The winner of this race receives a Go-Pro HD Hero mini camera. The Go-Pro featured class this race will be the ever competitive Senior Rotax class. Round #2 winner, Niki Luna, has his mind set on making it two wins in a row. It might not be that easy as Round #1 winner Carlos Calderon will be back in the field after a one race hiatus with some plans of his own. As always the Senior Rotax division has many drivers that could win on any given Sunday. Last years championship runner up, Raymund Bustamante Jr, is ready to bust out with his first win of the season. The return of TJ Fisher will be happening as well. TJ had that great run at the Gatorz COTA round #5 at Infineon in February when he took the impressive victory in the rain. Sean McDonald is now concentrating solely on the Senior Rotax class and has high hopes of returning to his top form. Fast improving Andrew Colombini and Jarret Lile will also try to keep moving up the leader board and try to put their karts in a position to log their first win at Infineon. The Senior Rotax race will, as always, have one heck of a battle brewing with the winner taking home a GoPro Hero HD mini-camera.

After only two races, the Sanzaru Games Mini-Max championship is shaping up to be the battle between 2010 champ Michael Avansino and Round #2 winner Michael Michoff. Add in the return of Scott Huffaker and the improving sister duo of Annie and Toni Breidinger this race will probably come down to the wire yet again. The Mini-Max race will again feature tough competition and of course the $50/$30/$20 cash prize money for the top three in the main.

Rotax Masters now has three drivers battling for top honors at this point in the season. After a convincing win last month from Jerry Pretti, he joins Cameron Evans and an improving Scott Ripslinger as the top drivers in this highly competitive class. Veteran Bob Hurst is quickly getting up to speed with his Rotax power plant so look to see Bob challenging for the top honors very soon. Series newcomer Ken Santos continues to get his grove back after taking several years off of kart racing and should be a contender to look out for. There has also been a rumor out there that highly decorated Masters driver Rob Soares will make an appearance. Rob likes the reverse layout and should be right there to challenge for the win as well.

The 80 Masters field is getting interesting with 2010 champ Tom Nelson getting some real competition from several drivers. Bob Lesnutt returned to winning form in Race #2 and Greg Richter rebounded from a rough Race #1 to take a second place last month and put his stamp on being a championship contender. Don’t count out Roger Cornwall when it comes to contending for the championship either.

The IAME TaG class has pulled in good entry numbers so far this year with Don Rocci taking the first two races. But look for the pressure on Don to come from Bryce Guzman after his 3 year lay off from racing. With Bryce’s strong 2nd place finish in Race #2, he is close to being in top form again and ready to contend.

As always the Reverse National layout should bring out several Stock Moto shifters to this event as usual. New to the Red Line Oil Karting Series this year is the addition of the SKUSA spec classes S2, S4, TAG senior, TAG junior and TAG masters. All classes run the SKUSA MG white compound. We should see good battles in S2 and S4 just like the last two races. The TAG classes have not gotten much play so far this year but the series will continue to support them knowing that there are a ton of Tag karts out there that need a good place to race. Infineon Raceway provides some of the best racing any where in the USA and we are finally starting to see some of the larger fields of old.

With only two more Norcal Rotax races before the Rotax Nationals in July, expect to see lots of Rotax drivers working hard to get into top race shape as they prepare for the first western US location of the Rotax Nationals in a few years. If you haven’t had the chance to try the Red LIne OIl karting series yet, come on out and see what you’ve been missing!

Motorsports Mondial

The Red Line Oil Karting Championship will shift gears and use the tight Sprint track configuration for round two on Sunday, May 1st at the Jim Russell International Karting Center. The GoPro featured class will be 80 Masters, where the race winner will take home a GoPro HD Hero Camera.

Several classes will feature some very close and competitive racing. The Rotax Senior class with nine strong drivers in the field last month should again highlight a very competitive race with several drivers taking a shot at de-throning round one winner Carlos Calderon. First time 80 Masters winner Charles Hastings should expect a strong challenge from at least three other past winners including defending class champ Tom Nelson. Look for a battle royal in the Sanzaru Games Rotax Mini Max class where competive racing was experienced by all ten drivers last month. Expect Michael Avansino, Michael Michoff and Scott Huffaker to once again fight for the win and $50 in cash. Second and third places will take home $30 and $20, respectively. Mini Max class sponsor Sanzaru Games will be awarding cash prizes all season long. With seven drivers, the ‘club’ IAME TaG class started the season with good driver interest and competitive racing. With nine drivers, the SKUSA rules based S2 and S4 race group not only saw good numbers for the season opener, but also provided some outstanding racing.

Saturday practice is available from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm with pre-race registration also available at Saturday. Entry fee for the race is $100 plus $10 for transponder rental, $10 for pit passes and $50 for Saturday practice. Sunday’s schedule starts at 8:20 am with the first heat taking the green flag at 10:45 am.

Spectator information: With a second event at Infineon Raceway on this race weekend, all spectators, crew and drivers must go to the old Jim Russell building to buy a pit pass and to sign in for the karting event. Your wrist band will admit you into the raceway. When you pull into the Infineon Raceway entrance, look to the right and you will see the Red Line Oil Karting Championship sign with the arrow pointing to the right. Park next to the brick wall and go behind the wall to the old Russell building.

For additional information about the Red Line Oil Karting Championship, visit: www.redlineoilkarting.com or www.norcalrotax.com.