Utah – USA, 20.6.2011

Hello Milena,  

This past week we were at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The venue for the upcoming 2011 USA Rotax Grand Nationals in July.  

After assembling the new Super Cadet for our new MiniMax customer, Michael Avasino, we made the 1000km road trip out to Utah for closed testing on Thursday, followed by open testing sessions on the Friday.  I am happy to report that the Super Cadet chassis produced competitive times straight out of the box. Our JuniorMax driver Brody Zink tested his RZF 29 on the Thursday where his fastest time was 4 tenths quicker than his competition. We were very pleased with the race pace of both karts.

Friday's practice day was difficult because of the heat and high altitude conditions, we had problems with tuning the engines throughout the day and therefore our times did not improve while our competitors figured it out and went faster.

Saturday was race day and again the weather and ever changing air quality was proving a challenge to the tuners. Avasino's MiniMax qualified in the top ten and raced in the prefinal without problems, finishing where he started. The main for Avasino was not as good as his engine developed a running problem and failed to finish the race.

Brody's warm up session was spent fine tuning the carburettor, turning competitive times that made us feel good for qualifying.  Brody went into the qualifying session, posting his pole position time on lap 4.  Sitting out the remainder of the session, the closest any other driver got was 3 tenths behind the RZF 29. 

In the pre-final, Brody led the opening lap, but could not hold off the hard charging Dalton Sargeant that passed and led the race to the end with Brody pressuring the Tony Kart pilot all the way to the chequered flag.

For the main, Brody started off pole but got shuffled back to 6th position at the first corner. From here Brody raced back to a 2nd place finish with clearly a very fast kart. 

This race had all of the major kart manufacturers race teams present. We were very pleased with our results and indicates that the MS Kart will be a strong contender for the Grand Nationals next month.

Thank you to all of the team at the MS Kart factory.

Greg Zink