The KartSport Team Arrow squad had a fantastic showing at this year’s SuperNationals in Las Vegas. It was only the second major race event for the new Arrow importers, but they didn’t disappoint.
TAG Junior was a solid class for the Arrow team as Austin Self, in his first drive aboard an Arrow X1 CIK chassis, stayed true to form by winning a heat race and stayed at or near the top of the time sheets all week to earn the third starting spot for the final. Joseph Mawson of Australia, aboard his X130, qualified second and had solid heat race runs to start sixth. Adrian Lazzaro, also in an X130, started 17th after altercations in the heats. Amazingly, all three drivers had fastest race lap in one of their heats, and Self’s heat race win by .01 seconds was over teammate Mawson for an Arrow 1-2.
Self and Mawson took turns at the point in the final, running one-two for a stint, until some late breaking maneuvers by the eventual race winner broke up the party. Mawson returned to the point only to lock up and have the engine die, relinquishing the lead. Self was content to run second until the closing laps but was pushed off line while setting up the leader. Self crossed the line in third after setting fastest race lap, with Mawson recovering to finish fifth. Lazzaro had pace but was marred in traffic most of the race. “All in all, it was a great showing by our Junior squad as Arrow was the only brand to have two drivers fighting for the win in this extremely tough class,” stated Eric Jones of KartSport. “Daytona and the Florida Winter Tour can’t come soon enough for our Junior team.”
Hands down, the most exciting performance of SuperNationals XIV, was the performance put in by young Australian David Sera in the final of the TAG Senior class. Sera was forced to start 29th in the final after breaking an airbox clamp in his victorious first heat resulting in a DQ. A top five was the goal for Sera set by most of his team, but he had his sights set a bit higher. As the green flag dropped, Sera carved his way through arguably the most competitive TAG field in history, and made it look effortless. Pacing nearly .4 seconds per lap faster than the leader during the race, Sera made up almost six seconds on the lead group. With only a few laps remaining, Sera made a double pass on second and third into turn one to grab the runner up spot. He then caught the leader with one lap to go but was blocked for the remainder of the lap and was turned into at the flag making him go airborne across the stripe to fall .001 seconds short of the victory. “Even though our official post-race protest was denied, David Sera won that race. I think that you will find that anyone who watched the race will agree,” stated Jones.
Also driving in TAG Senior for KartSport and Comet was Dan Wheldon, former IndyCar Series and Indy 500 Champion. Wheldon had a strong showing to finish 11th in the 84 kart class, although it was not the performance he was looking for. Luca Forgeios, in his second full season of karting, finished twelfth after starting 27th and set the fifth fastest lap of the race to make his team proud. Forgeios has continued to progress within the team structure and is looking for a breakout season in 2011.
Mack McCormack, fresh of his Rock Island Grand Prix victory in September, had a solid run in TAG Masters to finish sixth. Teammates Jason Bell and Paul Halliday got it going on Super Sunday to grab some positive results.
David Sera also drove in the ultra competitive S1 Pro Stock Honda class. Sera has had little time in the gearbox ranks, but was up to the task. The main event was a short affair for Sera as he made only a few laps after having his bumper knocked off. It was disappointing for the team, as they finally found the pace in heat 3 with Sera setting third quick time after getting his handling woes sorted out. Look for the Australian to do the double again next year in hopes of grabbing that elusive SuperNats victory.
“We will have to wait and see when the final rankings come out, but the strong performance by the team should have given Arrow the top spot in the final 2010 eKartingNews.com Constructor’s Championship standings. This is a huge step towards taking Arrow to the next level here in the United States,” said Jones.
Next up for KTAR is round one of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup in Daytona Beach, Florida, and then off to Challenge of the America’s and the Florida Winter Tour.
-KartSport North America is located in Race City USA, Mooresville, North Carolina, and is the US and Mexico Importer for Arrow Racing Karts and Kartech products. KartSport NA is also the US Specialty Distributor for SKF Bearings and distributes several other major karting lines. KartSport Team Arrow Racing is the Arrow factory supported race team here in the United States and campaigns the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Florida Winter Tour, Rotax Grand Nationals, and SKUSA SuperNationals among other races. Please visit www.kartsportna.com for more information.