X30 JUNIOR - SPONSORED BY: PETERSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT 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 IAME Evinco Tires Alpinestars eKartingNews.com BRM Chronographes Americas Kart360 Canadian Karting NewsPosted by SuperKarts! USA on Sunday, November 18, 2018
After an up and down set of heat races, Jeremy Fairbairn (Supertune USA / Tony Kart) has captured the win in the 20-lap X30 Junior main event, edging the reigning SuperNationals Champion Jak Crawford (Nash / Kosmic).
Fairbairn had to start from the 10th place due to an unfortunate heat 2 where he finished outside the top 20. That didn't stop the lanky Floridian from knifing through the field with ease in the opening laps, having moved into second place by lap five. At that point, the polesitter Crawford had a distant 2-second lead and had looked dominant in the early going. Fairbairn made just as easy work of that as he did getting into second, cutting the lead down to .2 in just five laps.
At the halfway point, Crawford led Fairbairn by the slimmest of margins and that's when Fairbairn dove to the inside of the turn two hairpin to take the lead for the first time. Despite having lap times four to five-tenths quicker than Crawford, Fairbairn was unable to pull away. Crawford kept his Kosmic in the tow of the taller Fairbairn, pulling up to the rear bumper each time down the long backstretch.
During the final two circuits, Fairbairn was able to gap Crawford just enough to where the Texan had lost some of that draft and could not close in enough to make a final lunge in the closing laps. Fairbairn went untouched to the checkered flag, followed by Crawford.
The race for third was intense down the stretch, with a trio of drivers fighting for a better podium position. Gabrielle Mini (Parolin) went from fifth to third in the closing two laps to grab the bronze, followed by Luca Mars (Speed Concepts / Tony Kart) who set the quick lap of the race, and Connor Zilisch (Team Felon / Tony Kart) in fifth.
A ninth place finish doesn't usually make our reports, but this time it should count for something. Jace Denmark-Gessel (RPM / Tony Kart) climbed 15 spots in the final to get just inside the top 10. Why is that significant? He qualified 76th. That's a 67 place difference from Thursday to Sunday. I think it's safe to say that Denmark-Gessell would have been in the fight for the win had qualifying gone in a better direction.
Race Results - Top Five
2018 SKUSA SuperNationals XXII X30 Junior Final
|1||#3 Jeremy Fairbairn||Winner!||43.777|
|2||#746 Gabriele Mini||5.068||43.706|
|3||#752 Jak Crawford||0.166||43.783|
|4||#747 Luca Mars||5.262||43.619|
|5||#772 Connor Zilisch||5.27||43.698|
|6||#704 Tymoteusz Kucharczyk||5.796||43.716|
|7||#744 John Burke||8.836||43.862|
|8||#773 Justin Arseneau||9.868||43.81|
|9||#708 Jace Denmark-Gessel||15.361||43.865|
|10||#719 Kas Haverkort||15.549||43.779|
|11||#758 Sebastian Montoya||13.371||43.857|
|12||#742 Felipe Barrichello Bartz||15.777||43.758|
|13||#741 Fernando Barrichello||20.864||44.117|
|14||#714 Josh Pierson||21.056||43.715|
|15||#765 Mackenzie Clark||21.249||43.874|
|16||#717 Joey Brienza||21.9||44.166|
|17||#754 Nicola Zecchinato||22.001||44.247|
|18||#713 James Wharton||22.1||43.879|
|19||#711 Jonathon Marcusson||23.253||43.993|
|20||#1 Arias Deukmedjian||13.475||43.941|
|21||#798 Oliver Calvo||25.168||44.198|
|22||#721 Maximilian Opalski||25.356||44.287|
|23||#777 Kyffin Simpson||25.703||43.795|
|24||#763 Cole Morgan||26.338||43.667|
|25||#703 Diego Contecha||33.641||44.206|
|26||#783 Dustin Salaverria||33.889||44.713|
|27||#756 Jorge Garciarce||35.067||44.465|
|28||#769 Branyon Tiner||35.292||44.792|
|29||#734 Pedro Aizza||36.514||44.41|
|30||#797 Alex Lloyd||37.544||44.533|
|31||#716 Adrian Cruz||37.568||44.276|
|32||#724 Thomas Nepveu||37.726||44.079|
|33||#755 Reece Gold||38.585||44.555|
|34||#737 Ian Aguilera||40.46||44.448|
|DNF||#706 Matthew Marrocco||1 LAP||44.035|
|DNF||#723 Santiago Trisini|
|DNF||#779 Aidan Fox|
|DNS||#757 Tyler Gonzalez|
|DNF||#751 Angus Wallace||3 LAPS||45.143|
|40||#727 Tagosam Salazar||37.376||44.204|