“Several drivers looking to lock up championships in final round”
Article By: Race Tech Development
August 25, 2010 – The Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) race team will be back on track in the Sunshine State this coming weekend at the final round of the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS), one of the World Karting Association’s (WKA) largest regional programs. With a stacked tent full of competitors, several will be looking to end the season on a high note while others look to score the overall series championships within their respective divisions.
Female pilot Ashley Rogero has a shot at claiming three class championships this weekend as she is the current point leader in Cadet Junior Sportsman, Yamaha Junior Sportsman and Rotax Mini Max. While the Yamaha Sportsman class is all but confirmed on Rogero’s resume as a championship, she will have to battle hard in the other two divisions as a five point lead in Mini Max and a slim advantage in Cadet Junior Sportsman will make it an all out fight to the checkers.
Junior competitor Oliver Askew has already claimed the Rotax Junior title on the strength of several victories through the six race series. Askew will look to increase his point total in that class but will shift the majority of his focus to the TaG Junior category where he is also the current point leader. Hot on the heels of Askew is Tony Kart driver and Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) teammate Andrew Evans, who scored a win at the last round in Jacksonville. Evans sits second in the TaG Junior class and is the only driver to have a shot at catching Askew. Evans will look to make it an OGP one-two finish in both championships as he looks to improve on his current third place position in Rotax Junior.
“We are heading to the final round with a lot on the line,” expressed OGP Team Manager Kyle Kraus. “We have a chance at multiple championships and are going to do whatever is necessary to claim them. The Ocala Gran Prix race team has had a tremendous season both regionally and nationally, and we want to continue the great success.”
Junior standout Nick Neri will do battle in Komet Junior and Yamaha Junior as he looks to claim both championships. After successfully recovering from a broken arm that required major surgery, Neri will look to get back to his winning ways and sew up the titles. In Komet Junior, Neri leads Ocala Gran Prix teammate Jonathon Kotyk by a mere 50 points heading into the final round of competition. Neri also leads the Yamaha Junior championship while Kotyk sits third. The pair of drivers will work together this weekend to ensure a one-two finish in the championship in both classes.
The up and coming Kotyk will be one of the busier drivers this weekend as he will also do battle in the Easykart 100 class. Kotyk currently sits third overall in the title chase as the top three drivers are separated by 30 points. A win and some luck could give the young talent a solid set of series results to add to his resume.
Like Neri, senior driver Brandon Salyer has a shot at two titles as he looks to battle hard in Rotax Senior and the TaG Senior classes. Salyer currently sits second in the TaG Senior category while Tony Kart driver Yamir Raj in fifth. While Salyer has a real shot at the title, Raj will look for some solid results to claim a top five position in the overall championship. In Rotax Senior, Salyer leads the pack of competitors by 80 points. With a solid run and good finish, the OGP driver will need not worry where his competitors finish on track.
Rotax Micro Max competitor Devin Boutout has had a tremendous second half of the season as he has stood on the podium in the final two rounds. With the solid results, Boutout sits 45 points out of the championship lead and can easily stand on the top of the pile when the last checkered flag flies on the season.
Ocala Gran Prix is also continuing to expand their dealership network. Any interested parties are asked to come by the Ocala Gran Prix tent and speak with Kyle Kraus or Mike Maurini.
For more information on Ocala Grand Prix, OGP race team opportunities and info on how to get into karting, please visit Ocala Gran Prix online at www.OcalaGranPrix.com or contact Kyle Kraus at 352.291.0600 ( Kyle@OcalaGranPrix.com ) or Mike Maurini at 317.270.8723 ( Mike@OcalaGranPrix.com ).