With the COVID-19 global pandemic jamming the 2020 karting schedules into the last five months of the year, OTK USA dealers, race teams and drivers were on track this past weekend at the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) opener. Taking place on the Super Mile course at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility in Spiceland, Indiana, the dominant brand had another successful outing taking home numerous wins and podiums. With a quick turnaround, teams and drivers will be back at New Castle this weekend for rounds four, five and six albeit on a different, yet challenging layout.
Bryson Morris (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was the most successful driver on the weekend claiming multiple victories across a pair of classes. Taking the X30 Senior win on Friday and Sunday, Morris also topped the podium in KA100 Senior on Friday and Saturday. If four wins wasn't enough, Morris added a fourth-place finish in Saturday's X30 Senior final and a second-place podium result in the third and final KA100 Senior race of the weekend.
Luca Mars (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) added a win in Saturday's X30 Senior main event and backed it up Sunday with an impressive second place result while Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) had three top-five results with a fourth and a pair of thirds. Ashley Rogero (Team Nitro / Kosmic) garnered a fourth place finish on Sunday while Brandon Jarsocrak (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) added a fifth place result in round two.
It was Paul Bocuse (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Jace Park (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) that claimed the top step of the podium in the X30 Junior class as Bocuse was the victor on Saturday after finishing fifth on Friday and Park on Sunday. Bocuse joined Park on the podium in round three with a third-place effort as OTK branded drivers swept the top three positions with Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Supertune / Tony Kart) coming home second. Alex Stanfield (Team Crosslink / Exprit) claimed the pole position for round one and add three top-five results finishing fourth, fourth and fifth respectively while Maximilian Opalski (Ryan Perry Motorsports / Tony Kart) and Carson Morgan (Morgan Racing / Tony Kart) finished second on two separate days. Jack Jeffers (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) put his OTK chassis on the podium in third while John Burke (Supertune / Tony Kart) added a fifth-place result.
In the KA100 Junior class, OTK drivers claimed thirteen of a possible fifteen top-five results over the weekend as they swept the top-five on Friday. John Burke (Supertune / Tony Kart) took the win ahead of Carson Morgan (Morgan Racing / Tony Kart) while Logan Adams (Comet Kart Sales / Tony Kart), Aiden Levy (Team Felon / Tony Kart) and Noah Baker (Supertune / Tony Kart) rounded out the top-five. Saturday saw Morgan climb to the top step of the podium to take the round two victory while Burke fell back to third but secured his second podium finish of the weekend. Baker moved from fifth to fourth during round two as Logan Adams continued his top-five performance finishing fifth. Burke returned to the top spot on Sunday claiming his second class win of the weekend as Morgan had a consistent weekend with another second-place finish. Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Supertune / Tony Kart) found his way to P4 with Aiden Levy rounding out the top-five.
Jack Iliffe (Iron Rock Raceway / Tony Kart) was never outside the top-two finishing second on Friday and Saturday before taking the checkered flag on Sunday. Vivek Kanthan matched Iliffe's trio of podium results with P3 and P2 finishes on Friday and Sunday but managed to climb to the top of the podium blocks on Saturday with the win.
Nick Tucker (Team Nitro / Tony Kart) secured three podium results including a pair of victories in the KA100 Masters class taking the win in both round one and two and remained in the top-three all weekend long with a third-place result on Sunday. Ron Jenkins (Nash Motorsportz / EOS) matched Tucker's podium appearance with two third-place finishes and improved in round three to come home second.
Garrett Adams (Comet Kart Sales / Tony Kart) found his way to the top-five in the KA100 Senior class. Utilizing home track advantage, Adams finished third on Friday and stayed in the top-five on Saturday and Sunday with two fourth-place results. Nathan Cicero (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) crossed the stripe in fourth on Friday but climbed two positions on Saturday to stand on the second step of the podium. Sunday would see Cicero end his weekend in fifth. Luca Mars (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Matthew Mokabee (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) added third and fourth place results respectively.
Scott Roberts (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) claimed the X30 Master victory on Friday while Mini Swift competitor Cooper Shipman (Iron Rock Raceway / Tony Kart) had a best finish of fifth. Kyle Wick (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) finished his opening round with fourth and fifth place results in the Pro Shifter category while Josh Pierson (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) scored a PRO2 Shifter win as well as a third-place podium result. G2 racer Justin Peck (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) secured a pair of second place finishes and looks to the next trio of races to aim for the top step of the podium.
With only one more event in the 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour, OTK USA and their dealer network will return to New Castle Motorsports Park this coming weekend for rounds four, five and six.
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