"West coast Rotax Series continues for Sodi Kart drivers"
Press release prepared by: Race Tech Development
February 28, 2011 – The second round of the Gatorz Challenge of Americas was run this past weekend under wet and rainy conditions at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California. Making their presence felt with five competitors was the California based G-Phactory Karting squad and their new Sodi Kart TTT chassis in the hopes to hunt for race wins and podiums.
“It was an interesting weekend of racing,” expressed Team Manager Preston Newberry. “The weather played a significant role in the outcome of the event, but all of our drivers managed to work through it and score some solid results.”
In the headline Rotax Senior category it was European front-runner Andrick Zeen who would lead the way, as he would be teamed with Canadian pilot Bob Wakeling. Wakeling traveled to the Gatorz event courtesy of an exchange program between the Challenge of Americas and Western Canadian Championship programs.
While Saturday wasn’t the Sodi Kart driver Zeen’s day as engine gremlins hampered with his on track performance, Sunday proved to be a little better for the California resident as he managed to take home a fifth place finish in the main event. Competing against more than thirty other competitors and in conditions that were sub-par at times, Zeen was happy with his result but will look for more at the next round of the series.
While Wakeling normally runs in the Rotax Masters program in Canada, the increased weight for the American version of the Masters class was too high for the Canadian driver, forcing him to compete in the ultra competitive Rotax Senior class. Though the results don’t show the true desire and drive of the Masters competitor, Wakeling traveled back to Canada with a smile on his face knowing that he had competed against some of North America’s best Rotax drivers.
Juan Manuel Jimenez, Christian Munoz and Grant Copple Jr. would be G-Phactory’s entries in the talent filled Rotax Junior class as they would all look to hunt for podium results. Jimenez managed to score the team’s best finish in the junior class taking home an eleventh place result on Saturday after finishing sixteenth on Sunday. Munoz and Copple Jr. showed the speed to run at the front of the field but would not have racing luck on their side this weekend. Munoz managed a pair of fourteenth place finishes while Copple Jr. finished eighteenth and twentieth. Looking to gain experience as they move forward, G-Phactory will look to have all three junior drivers in the top ten at the third and final round.
Newberry added, “We have to thank our engine builder D-Power for all his hard work and dedication this weekend. When problems arose, he was there to help and lend advice when needed. Also, we need to thank our partners DVS Shoes for all of their support in the past and onwards in the future.”
Looking forward to the next event, G-Phactory and Sodi Kart will have new and returning drivers to the series as a pair of Columbians will be making the trek west for the third and final round of the program as well as the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour. Taking place at the Jim Russell Karting Center in Sonoma, California, G-Phactory will look to build momentum as they move forward in their 2011 racing season.
For more information on GPhactory Kart Company, please visit them online at www.GPhactory.com or contact Preston Newberry at 741.841.2700 or via e-mail to Preston@GPhactory.com .