KartSport Winter Report
KartSport North America and Arrow racing drivers have had an impressive start to the 2012 racing season. Multiple wins in the Florida Winter Tour, WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, and Gatorz Challenge will be a good source of momentum heading into spring and summer competition.
Kyle Kirkwood was a force to be reckoned with in the TAG Jr. category at the 2012 Florida Winter Tour. The young Floridian was simply flawless on his Arrow X1E chassis. Kirkwood was able to win every round of competition making it six wins in six races. He was also able to claim two second place, a third, and a fourth place finish in the ultra competitive Rotax Jr. class. A great start to the year for the thirteen year old, who was just recently awarded the Walldinger Racing karting scholarship.
Australian “Deadly” David Sera was able to make a couple one-off appearances in the United States over the winter. Sera first showed up at Homestead to compete in Rotax Sr. for rounds three and four of the Florida Winter Tour. His pace was very quick as usual, but the Australian had to settle for a second and third place finish on the weekend. However, that would not be the case when Sera traveled out west to rounds three and four of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas in Phoenix, AZ. Sera, running under Andy Seeseman’s Full Throttle Karting operation, went unchallenged during the event. He would go on to win both days in convincing fashion by leading every lap of the pre-finals and finals.
Eric Jones returned to the driver’s seat in Rotax Masters at the final round of the 2012 Florida Winter Tour in Ocala, FL. He led every lap of on track competition, and won both finals in convincing fashion on board in Arrow X1E/KartSport power-plant.
Other Arrow drivers were also able to capture Rotax glory at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas. After recently making his switch to the Arrow brand, Blaine Rocha was able to claim the victory in the second round at Tucson, AZ, while under the guidance of Kartel’s Eric Bartolero. After many strong performances in the previous rounds, Paul Bonilla found himself at the top of the podium after a stellar drive at the final round at Calspeed in Fontana, CA.
Rotax has not been the only area that the Arrow has excelled in lately. Arrow drivers have found there way to the top of the podium a number of times in the first two rounds of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup held in Daytona, FL and Kershaw, SC. Zach Holden took a win in the Cadet class at Daytona, but was clearly the class of the field at Kershaw. Holden was dominate in the Yamaha Sportsman classes winning both days. The young Arrow driver was also able to cross the line first in Cadet making it an impressive three wins on the weekend. Dakota Pesek was able to continue his winning ways in Daytona with a strong performance that saw himself cruising to victory in the Yamaha Supercan Lite category by nearly eight seconds. Collin Griffin was absent for the first round of WKA competition, but that would have no effect on him at the second round at Kershaw. Griffin was able to overtake two karts on the final lap in Yamaha Supercan Lite to claim his first win in the category. Kyle Kirkwood showed impressive speed in his first WKA appearance. Kirkwood ran up front in every class, and was able to secure the win in Komet Jr. Heavy.
KartSport North America would like to thank all Arrow drivers for their hard work over the last few months. The results over winter and early spring will bring some momentum to KartSport and the Arrow brand, as they head into Beaverun for the third round of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup on May 4-6.