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September 26, 2005

Italkart Dominates ICA

Pictures and Portions courtesy of ekartingnews.com

The Italkart Karting Team headed to Sonoma, California for the final round of the Stars of Karting Western Division Race.  The team fielded 12 drivers at this event and occupied the podium in nearly every category.  The most impressive results came on Saturday in the highly competitive ICA class where all four Italkart pilot�s occupied the first four spots.

Intercontinental A (ICA)

After running the quick time in both timed practice sessions yesterday, Cole Whitt (Italkart/Italian Motors TM) backed up his times by running to the ICA pole Saturday with a 48.710-second lap. Whitt�s Italkart teammate David Jurca (Italkart/Italian Motors TM) timed in third and Dueck was fifth. Whitt took the lead off the green with Jurca right behind and Dueck would run third for the entire run.  Peterson and Landon Yee (Italkart/Italian Motors Parilla) traded the fourth spot with Lee crossing the strip in fourth. It was an easy run for Whitt, as he was never seriously challenged throughout the run.  The real fight early was for third as the Italkart's of Yee and Dueck along with Giebler all swapped the spot a few times. As the race ran, Yee and Dueck worked past
Giebler. Whitt took his second ICA win followed by Jurca. Yee and Dueck were third and fourth with Giebler fifth. It was a dominant performance to say the least by the Italian Motors karting Team.

Sunday ICA

Yesterday�s winner Cole Whitt (Italkart/Italian Motors TM) backed up his effort with the pole in today�s ICA qualifying session.  Qualifying third was David Jurca (Italkart/Italian Motors TM) with Landon Yee (Italkart/Italian Motors Parilla) fourth.  Dueck had a mechanical failure in qualifying and would be forced to charge from the back of the field.
High attrition marked the ICA Final but the action was hot right from the start. Off the line, Jurca took the lead with an aggressive move from the outside of the front row.
Whitt stayed glued to the back of Jurca and with two to go, he pulled the trigger and worked his way past. After taking the white flag, Jurca threw his Italkart sideways into the first turn and past Whitt. His momentum carried him wide and Whitt retook the lead to earn his third win of the year.  Dueck came from the back of the grid and drove to an impressive fourth place finish after not qualifying.

ICC

David Jurca, Dane Cameron and Jake Thompson were entered in the ICC category.  Cameron and Jurca would both sit in the top three in the last two practice sessions.  In qualifying on both days, the drivers would work in to the top ten with Jurca placing the highest on Saturday in 6th.

 

JICA

As always, the JICA category is one of the most entertaining races of the weekend.  Hayden Duerson and Michael Hogg proved to be front-runners from the get go.  On Saturday Duerson (Italkart/Italian Motors Parilla) qualified second followed by Hogg (Italkart/Italian Motors Parilla in Eighth.  In the final, Duerson had contact with Savreda going in to turn one.  Hogg had a phenomenal start and would work his way in to second but it would be short lived, as the race would be red flagged because of the first corner incident.  Unfortunately, Hogg would not re-start the final because of a mechanical.  Up front Duerson got another great start and would have an intense battle for the lead and would cross the line in third.

Jr.80cc Gearbox

Tommy Thompson (Italkart/Honda) continued to impress as he took the pole position on Saturday.  It was a great battle for the lead in the final and Thompson would go on to place third in both finals.

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