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Bold move for Barros secures the win in KA100 Senior Final

New 100cc category unsurprisingly comes down to the final corners.

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Posted by SuperKarts! USA on Sunday, November 18, 2018

In a race you knew would come down to the final lap did just that. Steven Barros had his machine dialed in for Sunday after running a rather mediocre set of heats by any standard. The Redlands, California driver who’s family has a long history in West Coast 100cc karting came away with the KA100 Senior main event win in one of the most impressive races of the day.

In the early going, the lead trio of Josh Hotz (Franklin / Merlin), Dakota Pesek (Top Kart USA), and Colton Ramsey (Innovative Performance / Exprit) had broken away to a small advantage over the field. Barros, in fourth, methodically ran down the Midwestern trio, eliminating the gap to Ramsey as they neared the halfway mark. From there, the quartet could not be separated, running nose-to-tail just as this category is designed for.

With a lap and a half left, Pesek got into the turn 11 barrier, ending his day. It’s unclear if he had any help getting into the wall, but it was a terribly disappointing way to end the week for a driver who was inside the top three in every heat. Surprisingly, the accident didn’t disrupt the top three as they came down to the final lap.

With three corners to go, Hotz held the lead, but Barros made a move that few had achieved that week, passing in the middle of the turn 9-10-11 complex. When the leaders finally came back into view from behind the grand stands, Barros had the lead as he looked over his shoulder to see where the pressure would come from. Holding off Hotz’s attempt at a pass into the final corner, Barros grabbed the win, pumping his fist in the air.

Hotz finished second in the provisional standings, but a jumped start docked the Merlin driver 5-seconds, demoting him to third. Ramsey advanced to second, followed by Scott Foster and Tomas Mejia in fourth and fifth.

Race Results - Top Five

2018 SKUSA SuperNationals XXII KA100 Senior Final
Rnk Driver Gap Best Time Laps
1 #903 Steve Barros Winner! 45.799 20
2 #900 Colton Ramsey 0.32 45.89 20
3 #922 Josh Hotz 5.246 45.895 20
4 #904 Scott Foster 5.277 45.923 20
5 #905 Nick Ramirez 5.569 45.738 20
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