“Pole positions, podium results and race wins for Florida based squad”
Press release prepared by: Race Tech Development
Ocala, Florida – February 1, 2011 – Hot off the heels of the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour, Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) traveled south to the Homestead Karting complex for the 2011 season opener for the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS). Looking to build off the momentum gained in last year’s program, OGP would enter fewer drivers in the series, but would come home with the same results.
In the competitive junior ranks it was Floridian Oliver Askew who would score a pair of podium results including a second place finish in TaG Junior and a dominating victory in Rotax Junior. After being involved in an opening corner incident at the start of Saturday’s TaG Junior final, Askew would be forced to come from deep in the field. Turning the fastest laps of the event, Askew carved his way forward to take the second podium position. Sunday would provide for a much easier day for the Tony Kart driver as a pole position, heat race win, main event victory and fastest race lap would provide for a dominating performance.
OGP pilot Alex Hornborg would also enter the TaG Junior division but a prefinal incident would force him to retire from the weekend with an injury. Taking his place in Sunday’s Yamaha Junior event was multi-time champion Nick Neri who stole the show. After being disqualified in the prefinal for leaving the racing surface, Neri was forced to start from the tail of the field for the main event. Driving as a seasoned veteran, the 2009 eKartingNews.com Young Driver of the Year made pass after pass to take the top honor.
In the youngest category of the weekend, Mathias Ramirez was the man to beat as he was also forced to start from the tail of the field after qualifying in the Rotax MicroMax division. Moving forward throughout the prefinal, Ramirez really turned up the wick in the final as he hounded the race leaders and battled hard to the very last corner to take the win. Looking to do the same in the Yamaha Sportsman division, Ramirez would muster up his second podium result of the weekend with a solid third place result while he came home 11th in Cadet Junior Sportsman.
Also competing in the Cadet and MicroMax divisions was Ocala driver Dylan Genarro. The young driver showed steady progress throughout the weekend after just moving up from the Kid Kart ranks to take a 16th place finish in MicroMax and an 18th place result in Cadet Junior Sportsman.
Ocala Gran Prix’s other victory came from the Rotax MiniMax division, as national level front-runner Sebastian Sierra would steal the show. After competing at the front of the field at the Florida Winter Tour last weekend, Sierra would do the same in FKCS action as he took a demanding victory and the overall series point lead heading into the second round of the program.
The senior ranks would be a hard fought battle as a stacked field of Florida competitors would enter the mix. Rotax Senior would see three Ocala Gran Prix drivers do battle as Brandon Salyer, Jonathon Kotyk and Andrew Evans would enter the mix. Evans looked to be a threat for the victory in the main event as he led on occasion and scored the fastest race lap before a chain failure took him out of contention. Taking advantage of Evans misfortune were fellow OGP pilots Salyer and Kotyk as they came home third and fourth respectively.
All three competitors would also see action in the TaG Senior class as well with Salyer once again getting the best of the rest with a fourth place result. Mid race contact would take Evans out of the mix once again as he looked to have a realistic shot at the main event victory while Kotyk would come home in a disappointing 18th place result.
Ocala Gran Prix is also continuing to expand their dealership network with a high priority in both the New York/New Jersey area and Wisconsin. Any interested companies are asked to contact either Mike Maurini at 317.270.8723 ( Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com ) or Kyle Kraus at 352.291.0600 ( Kyle@OcalaGranPrix.com ).
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 ).