"Florida-based operation continues to prove successful"
Article By: Race Tech Development
In what could be classified as a breakout season for engine builders, Supertune USA is standing above the rest when it comes to results in the Rotax Max categories. With countless drivers competing in Micro Max to Masters, Supertune USA has used the first quarter of 2011 to garner multiple podiums, race wins and championships.
"While the motor is only part of the package, we feel that it is the most important piece to the puzzle to stand atop the podium," explained Supertune USA engine builder Ben Cruttenden. "We are striving to improve our Rotax and Vortex programs for the future and look to continue the momentum we have gained."
Starting the year off at the famed Florida Winter Tour, Supertune USA entered the series with high hopes. From the first green flag in Orlando until the final checkered flag flew in Ocala, Supertune USA powered drivers were dominating the time charts. Taking home championships were Swedish driver Rasmus Lindh, who claimed the Micro Max championship, and Rotax Junior standout Dore Chaponick Jr. With his championship winning effort, Chaponick will be a returning member to Team USA at the 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates later this season.
Though Lindh and Chaponick were the only drivers able to garner a championship, front running Rotax Mini Max driver Devlin DeFrancesco claimed a third place result in the end of the series title chase on the strength of one win and multiple top five results. Fellow Supertune USA powered pilot Patricio O'Ward claimed the runner up position in the points battle scoring four podium results in six events. De Francesco also competed in the Vortex TaG Cadet class claiming a total of five podium results and a second place run in the series championship.
Lighting the lamp for race wins for Supertune USA was Chaponick. The Miami area resident claimed three wins and another podium result in the first four rounds of the program making his run towards the title in Ocala a breeze.
Rotax DD2 World Champion Daniel Morad also utilized Supertune USA power at the 2011 Florida Winter Tour. Competing out of the DeFrancesco Racing stable, Morad proved to be fast in the latter half of the season and took home a total of three podium results.
With the senior field at the FWT proving to be one of the toughest group of drivers ever put together, Supertune USA drivers had mixed results. While Illinois resident Andrew Palmer proved to be one of the quickest drivers of the series, luck would not be on his side. After scoring a third place result at the Palm Beach International Raceway in February, Palmer looked poised to take the main event victory Sunday in Ocala after claiming a dominating heat race win. However, racing luck would bit Palmer on the opening lap as an incident removed him from the competition.
Senior pilot Tristan DeGrand had a break out race at the final round of the FWT as the rookie pilot claimed a pair of top five results. Racing against drivers from across the world and having international experience himself as a junior, DeGrand claimed a solid third place result in Saturday's action showing the motorsports world that he is a talent to watch in the very near future.
Dabbling into the Rotax Masters category, Supertune USA powered driver Jason Bell proved to be one of the fastest competitors all series long. After claiming two pole positions, heat races wins and a pair of podium results, Bell claimed a sixth place finishing in the final point tally.
For more information on Supertune USA or to book one of their national level engines for testing or event weekend use, please visit them online at www.SupertuneUSA.com or contact Supertune USA's engine builder Ben Cruttenden at 317.491.5306 or via e-mail at Ben@SupertuneUSA.com .