Wharton outduels Zilisch in KA100 Junior

Two drivers well out front had themselves a duel on the final lap.

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

In an impressive runaway from the field, Aussie James Wharton and American Connor Zilisch had set the stage for the final lap very early in the 20-lap KA100 Junior main event. Both drivers had taken their turn out front, but neither could breakaway from the other.

As the final lap commenced, Wharton and Zilisch drove side by side nearly the entire way from turn two to turn six, but ultimately Wharton had the inside advantage into turn six. Zilisch tried to set up for the over-under, but had went a bit too wide, putting his outside tires into the dirty part of the track, losing too much traction to make a solid effort.

Wharton drove the rest of the way to the win, as Zilisch tried to go under Wharton at the line but fell short by just .034.

Over eight seconds behind was the fight for third, which saw Kaden Wharff (Top Kart USA) prevail over Dylan Christie (MDR / Kosmic) and Bryson Morris (Comet Kart Sales / Kart Republic)..

Multiple-time heat winner, Luca Mars, continued to fall down the order as the race went on, finishing a disappointing 10th. It was not the race he and his team had expected after leading something like 30 of the 36 laps in the three heats.

2018 SKUSA SuperNationals XXII KA100 Junior Final

Rnk Driver Gap Best Time Laps
1 #613 James Wharton Winner! 45.96 20
2 #672 Connor Zilisch 0.034 45.947 20
3 #614 Kaden Wharff 8.741 46.501 20
4 #622 Dylan Christie 8.779 46.518 20
5 #639 Bryson Morris 9.21 46.251 20
6 #642 Donald Whorton ll 10.013 46.246 20
7 #677 Kyffin Simpson 10.347 46.194 20
8 #612 Alan Tang 10.605 46.588 20
9 #669 Luca Mars 19.371 46.055 20
10 #609 Garrett Adams 20.241 46.682 20
11 #600 Ben Taylor 20.368 46.805 20
12 #641 Adam Maxwell 20.74 46.486 20
13 #689 Hunter Yeany 21.19 46.398 20
14 #623 Spencer Lofton 22.741 46.51 20
15 #675 Aiden Kempf 22.92 46.253 20
16 #604 William Cox 23.807 46.645 20
17 #652 Tyler Ruth 24.347 46.514 20
18 #616 Coady Gorringe 24.425 46.304 20
19 #691 Cooper Becklin 24.847 46.41 20
20 #699 Jacob Douglas 25.903 46.729 20
21 #631 Steven Grafton 26.081 46.78 20
22 #633 Jalen Mack 26.435 46.787 20
23 #610 Lanie Benjamin 32.441 47.227 20
24 #668 Ethan Ho 32.534 46.617 20
25 #681 Lucas Smalec 32.822 46.669 20
26 #680 Frankie Mossman 37.912 47.163 20
DNF #601 Jacob Yesnick 10 LAPS 47.785 10
DNF #648 Tyler Wettengel 12 LAPS 46.864 8
DNF #659 Santiago Alejandro Lopez 13 LAPS 47.967 7
DNF #686 Ryan Shehan 15 LAPS 47.222 5
DNF #611 Jacob Graham 0
DNF #696 Luke Sawyer 0
DNS #619 Eddie Shimmon 0
DNS #674 Tyler Maxson 0
DQ #678 Oliver Calvo 13.085 46.178 20
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