With the Adams Motorsport Park race coming up this weekend, the fight for Champions Cup title across all classes in the Formula Karting Championship is extremely tight. As the teams prepare for the battle this weekend, here is a breakdown of each class so far.
TAG 100cc Senior, Master & Ironman
Henry Falls-Hand, driver of the No. 78 MMK kart, is leading the TaG 100cc class over David Vasquez by only 58 points. FKC rookie Antonio Aranda sits in third with his Reynards kart. The rest of the field, including Drew Zeller, Daniel Eaton, Cesar Hernandez, Ken Byers, JP Amor and Alex Siragusa, all still mathematically have a shot at the title at this weekend’s race.
For the master class, Hayner Racing Team driver Gary Hall is leading over teammate Chad Hawkins, Bryan Williams and Ricardo Arruda. According to the numbers and with one race drop still allowed, anyone of these drivers could potentially win with a shake-up at Adams
Another HRT driver is leading the TaG 100cc Ironman series with Beau Tucker at the top currently. He leads by only 40 points over Motorsport Development Group driver Terry Giffen sitting in third, despite only one start to the season. Several other drivers such as Arman Cornell, Rodney Hawkins and Steven Jansinski all have a chance at the championship.
KPV Senior & Master
Thanks to MDG’s support, the KPV classes saw steady growth throughout the early parts of the season, including up north at Buttonwillow. New drivers came out and started their hunt for the championship. Kirt Hulsey and Michael Buckly continue to put up a tight battle for the KPV Senior class. MDG drivers James Hayner and Ethan Lempe may spoil the party for taking podium in Adams and spoiling the party for Hulsey and Buckly.
Two FKC veteran drivers, Patrick Lonnee and David Pankratz, are separated only by 20 points in the KPV Master class with Stu Hayner close in third. With one drop, Lonnee and Pankratz will need to be consistent in Adams to keep Hayner from snipping their championships away.
TAG 100cc Junior
Frankie Mossman, last weekend’s Tri-C Karters victor and our F4 test drive winner, and fellow competitor Ethan Ho confirmed to compete in our feature charity Race for a Healthy Heart. This race will help bring awareness to “research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs)”. The championship is one of the closest within FKC. Sophia Storey is out front with 743 points, but only a slight advantage over Professional Kart Supply driver Jackson Menchu by just 30 points. Formula Works driver and loyal FKC racer, Tyson Quach, is sitting closely in third.
Rumors have it that Cole Morgan and Carson Morgon could show up to spoil the party for the race win.
ROK Shifters Senior, Master & Ironman
Our second F4 Test Drive will be awarded in the ROK Shifter Senior class. Top three drivers, Zach Pettinicchi, GFC’s Cole Shade and Dean Healdt are all separated by less than 80 points. Cash Baxley is sitting closely behind in fourth with just 26 points behind Healdt. Pettinicchi will be driving double-duty this weekend in his Formula K shifter kart, racing at Adams on Saturday, then driving back up north Sonoma to compete in the Sanzaru race on Sunday.
Darrel Tunnell confirmed with FKC officials that he will not be in the entry list for Saturday’s race at Adams, so Adrian Yong, Robert Marks and Kalvin Chen all have a unique chance in winning the Master title.
Vivek Tandon and Keawn Tandon have been in discussions to join the ROK Shifter classes this weekend at Adams, including Brazilian superstar Alex King.
Ron Eubanks is leading the Ironman class by 95 points over Dale Noble with Jorge Menchu sitting just 10 points behind in 3rd. While the battle will look to be more for the second position in the championship, there are rumors that Team Visalia may join the race this weekend to potentially cause a shake-up in the points. Eubanks could lock the Champions Cup in his Formula K ROK shifter kart with tuning help from Steve Buckner as early as the conclusion of the second heat.
Brady Blanquette and Steven Calderon are only separated by 60 points in the Open Shifter Masters Class.
Looking into Saturday’s Race at Adams
With lots of track time when racing with FKC, the race structure is still the same with two practice sessions, five minute group qualifying sessions, two 10-lap heat races and a 16-lap main event. Weather doesn’t look to threaten the need for rain tires, though heavy overcast made that doubt sprinkle last weekend at Tri-C’s Round 2 at Calspeed Karting.
Kalvin Chen, club director for FKC, reminds everyone all new approved members entering their first FKC race of the season at Adams will receive a free race entry. Also, all members currently get $20 off a new set of race tires. Chen will be making more announcements at the race on Saturday.
The race at Adams will be a charity race as portions of sponsorship money, t-shirt sales and race entries will be donated to benefit the Children’s Heart Association.
To pre-register for the race at Adams Motorsport Park, visit Motorsport Registration here.
To register for membership with the club, the cost is $80 for the season and you can visit their membership registration link here.