It’s as though these race weekends for James Egozi are scripted, as the Koene USA driver comes through yet again when it counts despite a mild heat racing record on Saturday. Jace Park had a firm grasp on the competition throughout qualifying and the heats, but it was Egozi who took over the commanding position when it mattered the most.
As the sun started to peak through the clouds just before Mini ROK heat the track, speculation that the track would soon be drying become a talking point. Although rain tires were on the full field of drivers, dry lines did start to form by the halfway point. By then, Egozi had control of the lead as Park was fading as he looked a uncomfortable with the track conditions as they were.
Jack Jeffers had made it a race early, but he too could not keep up with the pace of Egozi’s Tony Kart. Jeffers did not have the issues that Park was having, sliding into second and maintaining his advantage over a distant third throughout the race.
After 18 laps, Egozi had the victory in hand with a 7-second cushion on Jeffers. Park had now dropped to sixth, which will be quite disappointing for the Midwestern driver. Miguel Costa, running this weekend with AM/Parolin, raced himself onto the podium to earn the ticket to Race The Rio later this year, just ahead of Michael Costello.