Tuesday, 08 September 2009 16:48
The penultimate race of the 2009 Northwest Gold Cup series took place over Labor Day weekend at the Spokane Kart Racing Association track in Spokane Washington. As a strong Northwest contingent prepares for the Rotax Grand Nationals, a few racers have completed their preparations early and opted to sit out of the race in Spokane. However, the Rotax Senior class remains fast and furious as some racers used the race to test their hot setup prior to Oklahoma while others look to spoil the championship hunt.
Having been competitive throughout official practice, Team RPG racers Derek Wang and Joey Wimsett qualified 2nd and 3rd and lost pole to local favorite Andrew Zimmer. But as the green flag flew for the heat race, the order was shuffled and it was Wimsett and Wang who came out of turn one in positions one and two. The order in the front remained the same to the checkered flag.
Team RPG locked out the front row for the main event on Sunday with Wimsett on pole. A good start for Wang had him leading the race into turn one before losing it back for good to his teammate. The two RPG racers easily gapped the field as they lead by most of the straightaway and shared the exact same fastest lap time.
“I’m very happy for myself and for the team to get this result. Roli has been working hard all season and it’s great to deliver a 1-2 finish to him,” Wang told the official RPG website.
RPG will travel straight from Spokane to Norman, Oklahoma for the Rotax Grand Nationals. September will conclude with Team RPG wrapping up the 2009 Northwest Gold Cup Championship in Pats Acres, Oregon.