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What to Watch For: Rotax Challenge of the Americas Sonoma

A 14 year old leads Senior Max?

The championship protagonists have been set and they are ready to do battle this weekend at the final round of the 2015 Rotax Challenge of the Americas. The Infineon Raceway kart circuit and its famous tic-tac-toe is the venue for the championship rounds. Nearly every category has a tight battle at the front from the championship and the first tickets in 2015 to be given out for the Grand Finals that will be held this November in Portugal.

Christian Brooks
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A 14 Year Old Leads Senior Max

You read it correctly. Christian Brooks (Nash Motorsportz/Tony Kart) is only 14 years old and doesn’t turn 15 until September. He leads the Senior Max standings heading into Sonoma just 7 points ahead of Mason Marotta (RPM/Tony Kart). In third is Luke Selliken (RPG/Kosmic) who is just 13 points out of the lead. These three are the main contenders in the championship, but do not count out Brenden Baker (Nash Motorsportz/Tony Kart). With drops he is firmly in the championship hunt. Brooks may have the most momentum at this point coming off of two TaG victories in the past two weeks. Selliken is still without a win, but looked the best has all season in Phoenix and is primed to step up to the top of the box.

Brueckner leaves round 1 with the points lead in Junior Max.
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Sting Ray Robb v. Nick Brueckner

These two drivers have out classed the Junior Max field all season by winning all four finals. Brueckner (Orsolon Racing/Tony Kart) currently leads the standings by 20 points, but that could all evaporate on Saturday if Robb (BBR/Tony Kart) is able to take home the win. In third is Trey Brown (RPM/Tony Kart), who has a pretty comfortable lead over David Ilavia (J3 Compeition/COMPKART) in fourth. Brown is getting better and better with more seat time in the junior category and Ilavia is looking to rebound after a disspointing Phoenix event. This could make for a great battle for the third position in the standings and most likely a podium spot on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday's Mini Max winner Sebastian Alvarez.
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The Phoenix that is PSL West

Many of you may remember that PSL West’s trailer caught fire and was destroyed at last year’s SKUSA SpringNats. Luckily no one was injured, but the team had lost a large amount of their product. The team vowed to come back stronger and thus they have. In Mini Max they hold the top two positions with Marco Kacic (PSL West/PSL Mini X2) leading Sebastian Alvarez (PSL West/PSL Mini X2) by 14 points. Jak Crawford (Nash Motorsportz/Tony Kart) is classified in third, but is tied with Alvarez. These are three favorites for the title. 

In DD2 Matt Jaskol (PSL West/CRG) sits third in the standings with a win at round four. He is 69 points out of the lead, which is not a lot, but unfortunately for him the class will probably only have five or so drivers so he will need double victories to have a real shot at the title.  This is something he is definitely capable of doing. Sabre Cook (CRG USA) is the points leader 33 ahead of Michael Ilavia (J3 Competition/COMPKART).