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Xracing36



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:38 pm    Post subject: GSKA Round 12 Post-Race Thread Reply with quote

Overall Recap:

Today, we hosted our club's first Formula SAE Exhibition Race, with four different universities' teams competing on our .27-mile road course. This was a completely different track than what they would be used to, as most SAE competitions are held on autocross platforms. Through the slickness of the early morning track, however, all teams rose to the occasion with Georgia Southern rising above the rest and setting the top time of the day by nearly a second over its competitors!

Onto our karting action, we had numerous battles, upsets, and even some carnage to cap off yet another exciting GSKA Raceday. First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who graciously helped the track worker in turn one who got hit by a spinning kart into the tires. It just shows how closely-knit our club is and that we really are a family.

In both of the Kid Kart and Kid Clone divisions, Tanner Carter took home the clean sweep with Justin Fitzpatrick in second for Kid Kart and Daniel Foust in second for Kid Clone. Jax Walker usually runs in both as well, but was not able to make it this weekend.

Moving up to Clone Jr 1, this was definitely the most exciting class of the day. Seven karts showed up, with the return of Emil Shultz to the series and hard-charging newcomer Carson Clements looking for his second career podium in only four races. Dylan Murry showed he was the kid to beat, though, and gapped the field with a fastest lap nearly seven tenths faster than second. Cody Hall had a poor qualifying run coming in fourth, but strategically maneuvered himself into a second place spot, fending off not only Emil Shultz who came in third but his little brother Cale who was almost faster on the short run. Carson Clements and Hunter Johnson made contact battling for fourth position earlier in the feature event, sending Johnson around and marring him to a seventh place finishing position. Nick Torres quietly made his way up to fifth after a nasty wreck in turn 1 in the pre-final. Dylan is currently on track to set a record of wins for a GSKA division.

In Clone Jr 2, Emil's older brother Austin also made his return to finish out the season as his last few races in 4-stroke before completely moving up to Rotax Junior alongside unofficial teammate Connor Tebbe. Tebbe led the field down in Junior 2 with his consistent rival, Haley Kummer, starting second. David Lawrence ran third but was passed about halfway through the feature by Austin, while Connor Tebbe battled a sticking throttle to come through with the victory. However, a second place would be mellow compared to Haley's other racing - we'll get to that later.

In Yamaha Junior and Pro Gas Animal Jr, Chris Newman led the trio down of Xander Clements and Connor Tebbe to the green in the pre-final. Tebbe had motor mount issues earlier in practice, and wasn't able to do excess fine-tuning which left him a bit behind the front two. Clements looked to the inside of Newman a couple of times in the heat race, but decided against it and ran second. Come the feature, Xander held the outside through Turn 1 and fended off Chris into Turn 2, giving him the lead. He was able to then hold on and fend off a late race charge from Newman that gave him his first career victory.

Advancing to the senior divisions, Ryan Taylor picked up his first career victory in Clone Senior Sportsman by putting on a clinic over the field. His usual competitor, Aidan Crean, was booted out of the class after completing his three victory maximum. Edward White followed Taylor not too far behind to come home in second, and Dr. Cheap held off a late race charge from an old competitor to round out the podium.

In Clone Sr. Medium, six karts started the pre-final, but only four started the final. It would make no difference in the racing, however, for there was still action to be had all throughout the pack. Both Haley Kummer and Aidan Crean made their debuts in the class, with veterans Doug Austin and Mike Sibley looking to give them a not-so-easy welcoming. Kummer would win the pre-final, but Crean set the fastest lap with Austin finishing second ahead of Crean and running two hundredths faster than Haley. Aidan was spun in turn 1, but made a great comeback to finish third. Haley and Doug got together coming out of the second right-hander, sending the rookie around which would knock her out of contention for the win. She again would take home second, but with a determined attitude for the next race. Doug Austin took home the win.

In TaG, we saw two AMP drivers come down and showcase their skills at our venue. Henry Brass, a TSRacing Development Driver, was able to hit a fastest lap nearly 4 tenths ahead of TaG Sr. drivers Danny Kay and Danny Bacon. Edward White ran as well, but was not able to keep up with the new competition. Henry took the win, with Danny Kay in second and Danny Bacon rounding out the podium.

In Yamaha Senior, Daniel White qualified on pole only to spin out in the esses on Lap 1. Matt Michel then won the pre-final, only to be passed on the first lap by John Weirheim, both of whom would go on to have an extensive battle for the lead.

Finally, in WKA Clone Senior, Matt Kessinger was at it again with Steve Roberts making an appearance, only to hit the exact same lap times as the current point leader. After the spins in Clone Sr. Medium, both Kessinger and Roberts had to maneuver around the lapped traffic as quickly as possible, and Stevie getting around them quicker got him up to Kessinger with just too little time. Had it been two laps to go instead of the checkered flag, we may have seen a some fireworks for the lead.

Overall, a chilly morning that led to once again a great day of racing here at Barnesville. Feel free to share your thoughts on how your race went this weekend here in this thread!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:49 am    Post subject: GSKA Round 12 Thread Reply with quote

Great job enjoyed reading it keep up the good work.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent recap, Xander !
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job Xander for announcing and the recap, and rest of GSKA for a great race day. Formula SAE was great. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent recap! Also I would like to say the track looked better than usual, the grass looked great, and the one curb that appeared repainted looked good. The FSAE cars were interesting, and didnt really affect the flow of racing too much.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent event and excellent wrap-up! c
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job Xander. It's never too early to start that journalism career. Before they put you in the broadcast booth--where you will eventually make millions--you will have to write. Keep up the excellent work.

And thanks for only mentioning that one spin. I had four.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:38 am    Post subject: Race 12 summary Reply with quote

Xander,

Thank you for your dedication to the sport of karting and GSKA! Great write-up and great calling of the event.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xander-didn't Haley Kummer win Clone Medium, in her first race in this class, according to the results posted?

Just want to give the credit where credit is due..c

Update-looks like we need to change the "Results" posted for this class?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haley and Doug Austin made contact coming out of the second right hand turn that sent Haley around. Haley fought tooth and nail to get back up to second in the class, but that was it unofficially. I imagine the race directors opted to send Doug behind her, which would give her the win.

My apologies if that is what happened, but I wrote this after what I saw from up in the booth, and the results were not yet finalized. If I do this again next time, I will wait until points are updated.
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