June 17, 2012 (OCALA, Fla.) - Heading to the final round of the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS), the Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) race team will be looking to take care of some unfinished business at the ultra fast 103rd Street Motorsports Complex. Taking place in Jacksonville, Florida, multiple team drivers will be taking a run at class championships as they look to build momentum towards the second half of the 2012 racing season.
"It has been a great FKCS season and we are looking to finish it off strong," expressed Ocala Gran Prix Owner and President Jorge Arellano. "While the goal of winning is first priority under the team tent, we will continue to scout for potential sponsored drivers for the 2013 season as well as continue the OGP Pit Stop program. It is going to be a very busy weekend."
It is guaranteed that an Ocala Gran Prix driver will claim the TaG Senior and Rotax Senior championships as five team drivers occupy the first five positions in the series point standings in the TaG division while they stand tall in the top four positions in Rotax Senior. Leading the way in both title chases is multi-time karting champion Nick Neri as he has been the class of the field in both categories, taking seven of a possible ten victories so far this season. With consistent results in the top five, Jonathon Kotyk enters the final round in the second position while Andrew Evans, Brandon Salyer and Annie Hayden round out the top five.
Rotax Senior will see Neri enter the final round as the point leader as Evans and Kotyk swap the second and third position in the points battle. Salyer holds station in the fourth position while Hayden, with troubles at one event, sits down in the seventh position. With Neri claiming seven of ten victories, Andrew Evans has stood atop the box twice while Kotyk added another win to keep all main event victories in the two senior divisions within Ocala Gran Prix.
With Neri poised to take the senior titles, Florida Winter Tour champion Oliver Askew looks like he will be the man to beat in the junior categories. Currently leading both the Rotax Junior and TaG Junior championships, it will take a miracle for him to falter. With Askew claiming five victories in the first ten events and only finishing off the podium once, he will look to continue his winning ways in Jacksonville.
John Dalton looks to have the championship in hand in the TaG Heavy category while Jerry Brown will battle hard in northern Florida to maintain a top five position in the championship. Dalton and Jason Heffner will also see action in the TaG Masters class as they currently sit third and fourth in the championship chase. All the Masters drivers will be back behind the wheel of their Tony Karts in Rotax Masters as they look to end the season on a high note. With the championship already over, all three competitors will be looking to stand atop the podium in the final event weekend of the series.
Floridian Mathias Ramirez will have a shot at three championships in the final event weekend, as he will look to add to his racing resume. Atop the points in Rotax Mini Max and sitting second in Yamaha Junior Sportsman, Ramirez will have a challenge in the TaG Cadet class as he currently sits in the fourth position. Fighting for race wins in the Cadet Junior Sportsman class, Ramirez, along with Dylan Gennaro and Jake Knepper will all be back behind the wheel. Gennaro and Knepper along with Jordan Heffner will also see action in the Rotax Micro Max division as they sit fourth, ninth and 13th respectively in the point standings. Along with Ramirez fighting for the title in Yamaha Junior Sportsman, Dylan Gennaro will also throw his hat in the mix as he sits third in the championship battle and is currently having his best racing season to date.
A quartet of Ocala Gran Prix competitors will enter the TaG Cadet division, as Olivier Bellanger, Aaron Bass and Koleton Mitchell will all join Raimirez in ultra competitive class. Bellanger, who currently sits third in the chase for the title, has the best shot at the championship while Ramirez is right on the door step in fourth. Bass and Mitchell will be working hard to solidify solid results and finish the season in the top ten in points. Ramirez, Bellanger, Mitchell and Bass will all joining Mikey Hornborg in the Rotax Mini Max division. Hornborg, who has steadily improved from an incident in February that sidelined him for a couple months, scored his best outing of the season this past weekend at the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge program at Ocala Gran Prix.
Joining Askew in the Rotax and TaG Junior classes are Florida front-runners Brian Lockwood and Alex Hornborg. While both drivers competed well throughout the season, the duo will be looking to finish the season off strong and move forward in the championship battle. Hornborg currently sits a solid third in the TaG Junior class with Lockwood in the eighth position. In Rotax Junior, both drivers improved their position and sit second and sixth respectively.
Ashley Rogero, a World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup multi-time winner and champion continues to use the FKCS program for championship transfer points. Sitting second in both the Yamaha Junior and KPP Junior point's battles, Rogero missed the first event of the season but has scored more wins than any other driver in the class. With a strong showing in Jacksonville, Rogero will add another pair of titles to her records.