PRO SHIFTER - SPONSORED BY: HONDA RACING / HPD It's finally time for the main event at #SKUSASUPERNATS #SUPERNATS22 - 530 drivers from all over the planet are ready to do battle for the right to be called SuperNationals Champion. MGtires AiM Sports, LLC. IAME USA West Evinco Tires Alpinestars eKartingNews.com BRM Chronographes Americas Kart360 Canadian Karting NewsPosted by SuperKarts! USA on Sunday, November 18, 2018
All it took in the Pro Shifter final was a perfect launch for Billy Musgrave to back up his 2017 SuperNationals win in Shifter Pro. The kid from Riverside immediately stretched a one-second gap on the Pro Tour Champion, AJ Myers, in the early going. The two ran nearly identical times throughout the 25-lap final which shows how important that early gap was for Musgrave.
The Pro Shifters had not yet run at night this week. I thought maybe the colder evening would throw a wrench into the mix, but Musgrave and Myers nailed their setups as the top two fastest drivers on track.
The gap between the top two did not change much down the stretch as Musgrave picked up the win by .698, which sounds closer than it really was. Myers turned in a solid performance this week, even more so knowing this was his first big effort with the new Mad Croc team.
Matt Hamilton turned in a really impressive drive in the final, climbing up two spots to third. The Kiwi driver could enter the Shifter Master class but he put it all on the line in the pro category and it’s evident that he belongs with the elite.
Danny Formal had to play from behind the eight ball all week after a clutch issue in qualifying. The Costa Rican ultimately finished the week in fourth, a 19 position improvement. Kyle Wick backed up his earlier podium in KZ with another, finishing fifth.
Race Results - Top Five
2018 SKUSA SuperNationals XXII Pro Shifter Final
|1||#3 Billy Musgrave||Winner!||40.695||25|
|2||#1 AJ Myers||0.698||40.719||25|
|3||#109 Matt Hamilton||6.213||40.758||25|
|4||#137 Danny Formal||8.59||40.796||25|
|5||#2 Kyle Wick||9.243||40.912||25|