French finds a way to win in S1 over Carlton
Jake French was the class of the field in S1 for the Pre-Final, but had his hands absolutely full of Gary Carlton in the Final.
French led for the opening 17 laps before the Formula K pilot finally reeled in the Texan and overtook the lead into the slippery downhill corner of turn three. French would not go quietly into the night, as he seemed to have a horsepower edge over
Carlton down the straights. The two would swap the lead a handful of times over the closing 6 laps until it ultimately led to a drag race over the last 1000 feet. With just enough draft, French would squeeze by for the win by .02 and most likely securing the championship he's gone after for years.
Danny Formal and Mathias Ramirez each had their karts in third, but both eventually retired with mechanical failures, leaving Kyle Kalish to join the top two on the podium after a 10 month hiatus from the sport. Sonoma winners Nic Leduc and Billy
Musgrave raced Kalish hard for that podium spot, but came up short in the end.
2017 SKUSA SummerNationals Saturday S1 Final
|Pos||Driver||Laps||Total Time||Difference||Gap||Best Time||Best Lap|
|DNF||MATHIAS RAMIREZ||22||2 Laps||1:02.623||8|
|DNF||DANNY FORMAL||16||9 Laps||1:02.736||10|
|DNF||HUNTER PICKETT||16||9 Laps||1:02.979||9|
|DNF||HUNTER KELLY||2||23 Laps||1:05.098||2|