Dry and wet conditions for Superkarts! USA regional and US Rotax Max Challenge competitors at Oklahoma Motorsports ComplexHarry Gottsacker picked up his first series victory in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division (Photo: Oklahoma Motorsports Complex)SACHSE, TX (June 15, 2016) –
The 2016 Texas ProKart Challenge program traveled into Sooner nation with the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex hosting Round Three and Four on June 10-12. Considered among the most challenging courses in North America, the Norman, Oklahoma circuit welcomed the P1 Promotions Superkarts! USA and Texas Barge & Boat Inc. Rotax Max Challenge programs as the chase toward the series championships continued. Friday and Saturday provided perfect racing weather while Sunday brought in the familiar rain weather accustom to major events at OKC. The wet weather mixed up the results in some categories with a number of new winners and repeat victors highlighting the weekend.
The headline Stock Moto race group, presented by Champion Racing and Uncle Hal Gottspeed Racing, was led all weekend by the S1 Pro Stock Moto drivers. Jake French was challenged on the weekend by Florida driver Nick Neri. French swept the opening round on Saturday with Neri fighting back Sunday. Nick set fast time in qualifying and won the heat race, only to see French fight his way back to point and earn a fourth straight victory. Harry Gottsacker notched his first series victory in the S2 Semi-Pro division while point leader Jordon Musser added a second on the year. Round One winner Austin Wilkins was in control throughout Saturday through qualifying and the two heat races. Wilkins led wire-to-wire in class, until a two-position penalty for too wide in the rear width took the win away. That handed the victory to Gottsacker and moved Musser up to second and Wilkins down to third. Andretta Young and Greg Alvarez completed the top-five. Musser went undefeated Colin Queen swept the weekend in IAME Mini Swift in his 2016 series debut (Photo: TPKC)
Sunday, leading the class in all on-track sessions for his second victory in 2016. Wilkins drove to second with Young improving to third ahead of Casey Ross and Nathan Mauel. Rod Clinard and Venkat Reddy each took home a victory in the S4 Master Stock Moto division.
Colin Queen made a return to Texas ProKart Challenge competition with a sweeping performance of the IAME Mini Swift division, presented by Mind Shift Financial. Queen led every on-track session, in the dry and in the wet, against the largest field of the event with 17 drivers. Saturday, Colin never relinquished the lead position, pacing every single circuit of the two eight-lap heat races and the 12-lap main event. He stretched out to a four-second advantage for the victory ahead of Aden Rudolph and Chase Gardner. Denton winners Branyon Tiner and Caiden Mitchell completed the top-five. Despite the wet weather, Sunday was the same with Queen ruling over the field in qualifying, the heat race, and Final. The advantage was 14 seconds in the feature with Mitchell and Gardner joining him on the podium while Alex Stanfield and Adrian Cruz finished fourth and fifth.
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