Article By: Floridawintertour.com
Championships and RMCGF transfer spots on the line for season finale
Ocala, Florida (March 17, 2010) – The Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour closes out its 2010 Rotax Max Challenge this weekend, March 20-21, as the record-breaking series visits the freshly repaved Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida. For the third consecutive year, the FWT has been the largest Rotax Max Challenge in the world, and come Sunday evening, class champions will be crowned in seven Rotax categories.
Formula Kart Productions, Inc. has joined with three leading members of the global Rotax community to offer one of the richest prize structures in any karting series in the world. For the FWT points champions in the Senior, Junior, Masters and DD2 categories, U.S Rotax importer MRP Motorsport, Canadian Rotax importer SRA Karting, and BRP/Rotax have worked in conjunction with FKP to provide direct transfer spots to the 2010 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF).
Other FWT RMC awards have been provided by Skip Barber Racing Schools, Ferrari Driving Experience and On Track Promotions. SBRS will select one driver to receive a free Skip Barber Three Day Racing School and guaranteed paid entry into the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out. The total value of all Florida Winter Tour cash awards and prizes exceeds $160,000.
And there is no shortage of karters from around the world seeking their piece of those awards. In the hyper-competitive Goodwood Karting/Intrepid Rotax Senior class, the big story is points leader Daniel Formal, who’s making his senior debut after many years of dominating the junior ranks. Formal’s pair of wins at Orlando and Palm Beach catapulted him to the top of the leader board, but he faces fierce challenges from a duo of champions just behind in the points. Swedish champion Kenneth Hildebrand (BTK/Arrow) and Canadian champion Pier-Luc Ouellette (PSL Karting.com/CRG) are both within striking distance, and the two veterans are sure to bring the fight to the door of the upstart Formal.
On paper, the RDD Motorsports Rotax Junior championship should have been one of the closest battles in FWT history. With a superb depth of talent stretching throughout 55 kart fields, no one expected anything other than a tight points fight right up until the final lap in Ocala. But then, no one expected OGP/Tony Kart pilot Nick Neri to dictate policy to the rest of the drivers. Two wins and two second place finishes have placed Neri firmly atop the standings, a massive 311 points ahead of Sebastian Ordonez and Shawn Sharkey. It will take serious lapses in judgment or some horrific luck to deprive Neri of the class championship, though there’s no question that both Ordonez and Sharkey will leave nothing in reserve as they hope to stage an upset.
The Ferrari Driving Experience sponsored Rotax Masters class has served up some of the most exciting moments of the season. Just five points separate Margay’s Robby Mott from the Swiss Hutless of Scott Holmboe; Mott assumed the points lead on the strength of a Palm Beach win and a trio of third place finishes, while Holmboe’s scorecard boasts two wins, a second and a third. The duo has accounted for all but one victory in 2010, and the two Ocala races are almost certain to provide even more fireworks as they battle for the FWT points title and a direct transfer spot to the RMCGF. Eduardo Martins sits close in third, and with help from his brother Andre hopes to steal the points title in Ocala.
With three victories out of four races, Daniel Morad has notched up a massive points lead in the SH Karting Rotax DD2 category. While his lead is not insurmountable, the battle for second features nine drivers separated by less than 100 points; Cody Hodgson, Michael Vincec, Kyle Herder, Enrico Menotti, Darren White, Tyler McEwan, Eric Simon, Zachary Meyer and Eric Gerrits all have a solid chance at the runner-up position. And should Morad falter, any one of these contenders could emerge from Ocala with the DD2 championship and a shot at another Rotax World Title for the FWT.
It’s a four way battle in PSL Karting.com Mini Max, as a quartet of young drivers have fought tooth and nail all season for class supremacy. Heading to Ocala, Dalton Sargeant’s amazing consistency has put him at the top of the championship leader board. His Orlando triumph was backed up with a pair of second place finishes and a third; that’s four podium finishes from four races. Jordan Perry sits just 60 points behind him and comes to Ocala with the best chance of overhauling Sargeant for the crown. Lance Stroll and Kyle Kirkwood are third and fourth respectively in the points chase, both of them with an outside chance to leave Ocala with the Mini Max title.
GoRotax.com/MRP Motorsport Micro Max should feature a two horse race for the final two races in Ocala. Mauricio Baiz arrives in central Florida with a slim nineteen point lead over Anthony Gangi Jr., each driver boasting one win, one second place, and one third place result on the season. This championship battle could very well come down to the final lap of the final race of the season.
FWT Live! powered by Supertune USA and DeFrancesco Racing continues to set the benchmark for karting media presentation. Live streaming video, live timing and scoring, audience interactive blog and race commentary by Tony Modica begin Saturday morning with the start of pre-finals action. And to celebrate the championship finales, FWT Live! has pulled out the stops by introducing an unprecedented sixth camera to its production. As always, the broadcast is free of charge to a global audience that has grown to over 60 countries during the 2010 season.