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2008 US Rotax Nationals
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John Wehrheim
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick,
At many premier nationals where you have timed practice, like Stars of Karting, you can be DQed for not making weight, mechanical issues, etc. Timed practice is usually used to determine the groupings of racers, therefore if you are underweight your times will not be allowed.

It will be interesting to hear what Ihor can find out. Could be something else
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were not teching. Scott Evans said they may tech any kart they want. So Nelson's issue was probably something like under weight or too wide (more than 55 inches rear track).

Its almost raining here. DD2 is finishing qualification.
Michael is 17th, Jesse 6th, Ross left last position, Matt didn't do good (don 't know his position).
In Mini Dore Chaponick lapped 1:02.8. First 13 withing 0.8s then half a second space between 13th and 14th.

We may have reached our top with 1:04.52. Will see if Michael can benefit from race draft. In all 3 FWT events he was faster in race than in qualification, but this time we had tons of practice sessions to learn and setup.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I forgot, it was probably in the timed practice for qualifying grouping. That still falls under practice, but normal tech is done.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Self running with G-Phactory / Sodi Kart USA qualified his Sodi SR5 T8 2nd today...good luck to G-Phactory and Michael!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRG sets fast time in Rotax Senior!!! Congratulations to Arie Ouimet who turned in a 59 second lap. Jesse Seeley qualified 6th, and was involved in a first lap crash, and had to race his way back to a 9th place finish, Ross Smith was running in the top ten and dropped a wheel off and finished 12th. Ross is really gaining ground, he has gotten 4 seconds faster than his first time on the track. We are proud to carry both CRG and Birel chassis seems both brands are doing great.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 4.
Michael qualified 4th in a group, 17th overal with again a little bit faster time than before - 1:04.52
In heat race kart #25 slammed him from behind on formation lap, sending him, Michael and Breanna Miscionne (212) off the track. #25 got back on track before the start, Michael was pulling to the pit and I was screaming and showing him to continue (karts were doing one additional formation lap). Michael got back and placed in front of #25, second to last. He gained few spots on a start due to start mess, but his exhaust holder was broken and his carb popped from intake connector. I don't know how he was holding 2 karts behind, even tried to pass slower #48. In lap 3 or so he went to the pit, dragging his exhaust bracket. #25 finished 7th and 212 had bend axle. I filed protest ($50 if you want to do it) but none of the officials was able to tell what happened on that formation lap. I know for sure that Michael was innocent, 25 and 212 were behind him.

All heats after ours were raced either in rain or on wet track. Matt gained few positions, Mac McCormack gained a lot of positions. Nelson had early accident but was able to pass back few karts.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to say hi to everyone from Wisconsin. Ross and family are having a blast. This is Ross's 4th different track and if you ask him what his favorite track is - he will say USA! The track is really fun. Ross has improved quickly and is now in the mid 1:13's. A really fast lap is a mid 1:09. He now takes the left hander at the bottom of the front straight full throttle which isn't hard to do as long as you can convince your brain you won't go flying into the fence.

Ross got a great start in the race jumping to the high side in the oval (from the low side) passing 3 karts on the outside. He was running down the karts in front until he came up on an accident in front and Ross came out in 10th. Jesse went to last place. Jesse worked his way back up to Ross and passed him. Ross was trying to hold him off, dropped a tire off coming onto the Roller coaster and got passed by another kart as well. Back to 12th. He finished right on the tail of 11th place.

According to his GPS he's hit 1.96g in a couple of corners on the track and his highest speed was 53.3MPH, and is turning 9500rpm. Sweet!

Two more heat races tomorrow and then the Pre-final and Final on Saturday.

The whole event is awesome.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 5.
We started day with great 8th place in Heat 2. Field is 0.4s-1.0s slower in race than in qualification and Michael was able to show a lap time, close to his best (all must use the same tires as on Thursday morning).
Next heat was carbon copy of previous, 2 groups - 4 leaders and within few seconds distance - 5 followers. Michael was on a tail of second group, looking for a place to make a pass. In fast turn he was closing on kart in front of him faster than he was expecting, he lifted but was unable to avoid slight touch. That was enough to shake his kart and do 180. He tried to come back but made 90 degree only and engine died. With rotax you have to get some speed before making turn. He was pushed to the side. Too bad, his lap time was good for 5-6th place.
With yesterday's DNF and today's DNF we only got points to be in front of two karts.
Tomorrow is 80% chance for a rain, everything is possible.

Matt had first lap accident, he continued but finished last due to over 200F water temperature and lower rpm. In heat 3 he gained few positions to finish 10th.

Full results here http://www.ekartingnews.com/results.php
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Jesse Seeley drives his way to a top five finish at the 2008 Rotax Nationals. Unfortunately, telephone tuning some time doesn't produce the expected results. Following the pre-final which was run in the rain, a little more fine tuning was needed, while tuning for a little more grip, the rain slowed and then stopped and the adjustments to the chassis where too much and the Birel C28 was a little to tight.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good run Jesse..

Arscott goes from 13 in the Pre-Final to 2nd in the main....

Go SWISS HUTLESS!!!

And Rick you are correct.. Phone tuning only works when the information is relayed correctly from the driver and followed by the driver..(At least in Arscott's case)
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