"Victory Kart also claims podium result"
Article By: Race Tech Development
September 4, 2012 - Taking on the 2012 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix (RIGP), McLaughlin Motorsports would see drivers compete in multiple classes during the Labor Day weekend event. Descending on the Quad Cities area late last week, drivers and crew would put the finishing touches on their Birel and Victory Kart chassis to ensure proper preparation for Saturday morning's official practice session. With limited on track time before qualifying, drivers would look to work together and share data to ensure they were at the front of the pack. When the weekend finally came to a close after on and off rain plagued the area, McLaughlin Motorsports would stand atop the podium.
Leading the way would be Billy McLaughlin in the Yamaha Medium class as he went on to score the Rock Island Grand Prix victory. Utilizing a Torq Racing Engines powered Birel chassis, McLaughlin would sit in the second position for the majority of the race stalking the race leader. Drafting and working together, the duo would open a gap on the rest of their competition before McLaughlin would take the point on the final circuit. Looking for his first Rock Island Grand Prix victory, the Birel pilot would maintain the top position and claim the checkers.
McLaughlin Motorsports was not done there, as Blake Deister would join Billy on the podium. Utilizing a Torq Racing Engines powered Victory Kart, Deister would run a smart event to cross the stripe in the third position to garner the final step on the podium.
TaG Junior pilot Chase Jones looked to be on the way to victory after scoring Saturday afternoon's pole position. Leading the main event on Sunday, disaster would strike for the up and coming pilot as a mechanical failure while at the top of the running order would cost him his second Rock Island Grand Prix win. Showing the speed to run at the front of the field, the 2011 race winner will be a threat for victory at the 2013 edition of the event.
One of the scariest incidents of the weekend was from McLaughlin Motorsports 125cc Masters Shifter driver Kurt Mathewson. After taking Saturday afternoon's qualifying session by storm and claiming the elusive pole position, Mathewson was involved in one of the ugliest wrecks on the weekend as he flipped his Birel chassis multiple times. Walking away with a few minor cuts and bruises, the former Rock Island Grand Prix race winner's Birel was destroyed.
"I would personally like to thank the entire McLaughlin Motorsports squad for their hard work in Rock Island and leading up to the event," explained Billy McLaughlin. "I think we proved that once again we are a force at any event we attend. Also, a great weekend for the Victory Kart chassis taking home another podium."
McLaughlin Motorsports would like to thank all team drivers and customers for another successful event. A special thanks goes out to Birel, Torq Racing Engines and the entire shop crew including the McLaughlin family, Dean Mack, Joe Neidigh, Dave Mears, Chris Wheeler and engine builder Doug Sharp.
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Motorama Kart Parts (MKP) is the #1 Birel dealer in the United States and is located out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Competing at North America's biggest events, MKP also owns and operates a regional and national level race team. For more information please visit www.MKPShop.com.
McLaughlin Motorsports is also the manufacturer and distributor for the American made Victory Kart. For more information on Victory Kart, please visit them online at www.VictoryKarts.com.
For more information on Motorama Kart Parts or Torq Racing Engines please contact Bill McLaughlin or Doug Sharp at 317.858.8888.
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