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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: GSKA Race 13 Post-Race Thread Reply with quote

This weekend at Barnesville, GSKA opted to run clockwise for the first time in the 2013 season. A plethora of entries stacked the senior divisions, so much so that for the first time in the year we separated Medium and WKA on the Clone side. However, some classes did significantly lose numbers, such as Clone Junior 1 and Yamaha Senior, both of which having only two drivers in each race.

Nonetheless, Kid Kart kicked off the raceday with Tanner Carter working mainly against the clock to improve his lap time, as his Briggs LO206 easily outpowered Jack O'Brien's Comer C50 engine. Not to take away from O'Brien, though, the newcomer did a good job in his first race at this track after competing in some events at Atlanta Motorsports Park up in Dawsonville. Tanner Carter would take the victory.

Moving to Kid Clone, Tanner would have a bit tougher competition, this time with all of his competitors on the same engine. Daniel Foust and Connor Roberts, both regulars in the division, were to try and dethrone the current point leader. However, they would not be able to do so, as Tanner would be able to sweep the divisions for the second week in a row.

Now jumping up to Clone Junior 1, the premier sportsman (ages 8-12) class with GSKA. Dylan Murry was by far the favorite heading in, as he chases history to become the first Junior driver to win 13 of 14 events in a GSKA season. Cale Hall accomplished this feat last year with Kid Clone, being the first driver to my knowledge to do so. And yet, the class was tighter in lap times than it has been the entire year. Hunter Johnson, still in his first full season at Barnesville, laid down his best position in qualifying and the heat race with a second place, being only a couple of tenths of Murry. Cody Hall methodically fought back up through the field from a mid-pack qualifying spot, and was able to make a last lap pass on Hunter in the feature to claim second place. Johnson took home third, with Carson Clements escaping early race carnage to place fourth.

In Clone Junior 2, only two drivers of the division showed up to compete. David Lawrence had an illness, Tanner Lee missed this race along with the last as he plans to move to the Senior division, and Connor Tebbe was running his Rotax at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. Still, the racing was exciting between competitors Austin Shultz and Haley Kummer, even too close for comfort during the final when the made contact. Shultz was trying to get a nose underneath Kummer, and the two got together. Haley was able to get away quicker, and held on to win the race and cash in some more points.

Yamaha Junior has been the most competitive division within the past couple of months. In the last four races, it has had four different winners, and this race, all four would compete for the first time since Simon Sikes's debut into the category. Running backwards was something new for the competition, but Simon's setup combined with his own talent scored him the pole position for the heat race. Xander Clements, the most recent winner, stayed on his tail the entire event until on the last lap Sikes and Clements made contact that sent Sikes just a little bit wide heading onto the backstretch. Clements would clear him by the kink on the straight, and although Simon had a thought of making a late move under braking, he thought better of it and stayed in line for the final. Clements's victory would be short-lived, however, as during the transponder switching between his and his brother Carson's kart, he had forgotten to mount it on his own. This cost him the first spot in the final, and gave the pole back to Simon. It would make no matter, though, as Clements made quick work of competitors Brandon Lobner and Chris Newman on the first lap, and tried to remain on Sikes's tail. Unfortunately, the sun went behind the clouds, and took with it Clements's chances as Simon ramped up his lap times and went on to take the victory for his third on the year.

Clone Senior Sportsman was the wild category on the day, with the most spinouts, chaos, and battles going on throughout each session. The feature, in fact, was the most nonchalant of the sessions, with none of the six drivers failing to finish or getting collected in massive carnage. In the feature, Edward White won the pole, and Ryan Taylor tucked into second on the feature. However on the second lap of the race, Flip Davis spun out on the last turn with Taylor being caught on the outside of him. Taylor got back going, but wasn't able to have enough time to run down Edward White, even though his fastest lap was a whole three tenths up. The biggest story in the first lap was the missing driver, ole Dr. Cheap, who had missed out on the announcement and still had his kart packed up in his trailer when the field went out on the track for pacing. He hustled down to the grid, unloaded the kart, and ran the race one and a half laps down. His effort was enough to make up one spot on the day by beating out Davis, but it would not be enough to keep his championship hopes alive heading into the season finale in two weeks. His competitor, Edward White, was able to clinch the championship by his victory in the main event.

In Clone Senior Medium, Haley Kummer and Doug Austin were at it again going head-to-head for the lead and the win. Clean racing was prevalent in this division, with Kummer staying on Austin's bumper through the heat and feature races. Both were driving over the limit, and it looked at times that Kummer may have gone around had her kart control abilities not been so precise. She remained pressuring Doug all the way through the final lap of the main event, but it would be to no success as he handled the pressure like a champion by taking the race victory. Mike Sibley still has an outside shot at the championship, but needs to make up at least 102 points in positioning to take the title. This would mean that at the very least 9 karts would have to show up to the finale, with Sibley taking the win and Austin having some kind of mishap that would marr him to last.

In Yamaha Senior, the kart count was low, but seasoned veteran Ruben Tarca showed up with his signature white and blue chassis, ready to take on any competitor willing to run in the division. Chuck Newman stepped up to the challenge, making his debut in the Senior 2 Cycle divisions with one of his son's Tony Kart chassis. Chuck ran a clean race in the heat, not letting Ruben get too far out, but in the feature a mechanical issue stalled out Newman on the long stretch, handing the win to a deserving Ruben Tarca. Tarca has the title clinched, and is your 2013 Yamaha Senior Champion.

In the TaG divisions, GSKA's "Ambassador", if you will, Danny Kay, from Atlanta Motorsports Park, was able to bring out a few more drivers to compete. His karting buddy Matt Kern came out with his new FA Kart, and John O'Brien, Jack's father, also raced. Henry Brass stole the show once again by hitting a 22.7 with his TaG Junior DR Chassis from TSRacing Atlanta, with Kay winning in TaG and Matt Kern fending off O'Brien to win in TaG Heavy.

Finally, in WKA Clone Senior, we saw a season high of 9 karts in the division, with race director, Tony Smith, taking another stab at getting behind the wheel. This division, much like Junior 2, is usually dominated by Matt Kessinger, but was completely shaken up by the reverse configuration. Kessinger qualified third, with Tyler Austin starting on the outside pole and Matthew Horst, in his return to GSKA, taking the number one spot. In the heat, Tyler Bell moved up into fourth after making his way by Tony Smith, and Tyler Austin made the right adjustment to get around and then hold off a hard charging Horst. However, when the sun went behind the clouds, a switch went off with the 21. Austin pulled away from the field through the feature, while the battled raged on between Horst, Bell, and Kessinger. Kessinger would be the won winning out, after an initial missed attempt at a slidejob, becoming successful on the second time around. After the race, he said he hadn't done a slide job before, although that it was pretty fun. Matthew Horst fought his way back around Tyler Bell before the checkered flag to round out the podium, with Bell in fourth and Clint Hall making his return as a driver in fifth.

Overall, the consensus from the drivers was an extremely positive one about the track direction. Personally, I enjoyed the new spectacle, as it was my first time running on the configuration. Needless to say, though, it did provide some pretty spectacular racing and brought out some old and new faces to the track. Now only one race remains, and with still championships to be decided and some clinched, one can only imagine the intensity that will be brought to the track for the finale.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most excellent, except the part about me...I was just letting them all get a good head start... c
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrChip wrote:
Most excellent, except the part about me...I was just letting them all get a good head start... c

Thanks Dr. C,
We need all the help you want to give us rookies... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

larryf wrote:
DrChip wrote:
Most excellent, except the part about me...I was just letting them all get a good head start... c

Thanks Dr. C,
We need all the help you want to give us rookies... Very Happy


yea, but now I'm thinkin' 1.5 lap head start was a bit too much.. Embarassed c
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other thing I forgot to mention, a congratulations for Doug and Tyler Austin as going into the GSKA Record Books for the first father-son combination to win on a raceday!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xracing36 wrote:
One other thing I forgot to mention, a congratulations for Doug and Tyler Austin as going into the GSKA Record Books for the first father-son combination to win on a raceday!

Class act might I add.
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