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Lloyd, Dyszelski, Williamson, Van Cleve, Meier, and Barthelemy Pull Out The Brooms at Barnesville

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CONCORD, NC - The local hardware store in Barnesville, Georgia is stocking back up on brooms this week, following the sweep by 6 drivers this past weekend, as the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series stormed into the Lamar County Speedway for the Barnesville Bash, fending off the challenges of Hurricane Nate, and ending the season on a most positive note.

The first of 6 drivers to begin the cleanup process was Austin Williamson, who swept the action in the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas Class. Coming into the weekend, Williamson held the points lead over Elmer Edmonson and Brian Van Cleve. And with both those drivers on hand, there was little room for error, which Williamson prevented, taking the class both days, with the end result on the track, the same as that in the points, with Edmonson and Van Cleve chasing the Georgia driver across the stripe.

Well traveled 2 and 4 Cycle driver Danny Dyszelski used an open weekend on his schedule to come to Barnesville as well, taking both the Saturday and Sunday wins in the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas Class over Georgian Owen Lloyd. Dyszelski will now focus on his 2 cycle kart this weekend, running the Yamaha Sportsman and Mini Swift classes for the season ending Top Kart USA Grand Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at GoPro Motorplex.

With winners from Georgia and North Carolina in the books, it was time for the state of Florida to come to the front, with veteran Sean Meier taking down the Target Distributing Senior LO206 class,  fending off the efforts of Jim Lipari and Tim Clark both days.

For Clark, his day was just starting, as the veteran racer pulled double duty in Senior competition on a very humid weekend, also running the Masters Senior class, with local product Bob Barthelemy taking down the field on both occasions. Jacksonville competitor Brad Farmer chased Barthelemy on both days to snare a pair of runnerup honors, with Clark third on day 1, while Steve Kiker made a return to competition, taking third on Day 2.

Brian Van Cleve also joined the ranks of the double threats over the weekend, sweeping the Water Medic Junior LO206 Class both days, taking down Austin Williamson and Kevin Lanyi each day. Like Williamson, Van Cleve came into the event with the points lead, and needed to maintain his win status to stay in front, which he did.

The most exciting events of the weekend came in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class, where Georgia driver Owen Lloyd, the points leader coming into the event, had to deal with a 14 kart field, peppered with national and local competition. Lloyd was up to the task, taking down the field both days, topping Danny Dyszelski, Lane Littleton, Peyton Bridges, and Blake McGinnis on Day 1, while McGinnis, Bridges, and Clay Thompson chased Lloyd and Dyszelski across the stripe on the second day of competition.

Prior to the weekends points action, the Sportsman and Junior LO206 Classes participated in their annual Shootout races on Friday afternoon, with Kevin Lanyi topping Brian Van Cleve, Austin Williamson, and Elmer Edmonson in Junior action, while local product Peyton Bridges took down the field in the Sportsman LO206 Shootout, thus winning $100 for his efforts, while Danny Dyszelski and Owen Lloyd each earned a $50 payday by virtue of their 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Very special thanks to Arnold Lloyd for providing the special purse money for the drivers.

The Barnesville Bash officially concluded the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series. Special thanks to so many, including:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products: Art and Rod Verliengre

GT Machine: Dave and Sue Koehler

Coyote Racing Chassis: Mark and Jim Lipari

Boon and Sons: Matt and Dan Boon

Target Distributing: Joe Deboever

Briggs and Stratton: Dave Klaus

Water Medic: Rich Jackson

A very special thanks to all the competitors, fans, moms and dads, and so many others who always make a weekend at a Gold Cup event a most memorable occasion. On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks, and wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

National Titles on the Line at Barnesville This Weekend

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CONCORD, NC - While it may just be the second race of the season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, national championship hopes hang in the balance for drivers in the 8 national classes this weekend at Lamar County Speedway in the Barnesville Bash.

Drivers eligible for a title will have to have entered in all 4 of their respective class races at the 2 venues this season, the March Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as this weekend in Barnesville, Georgia. The class must also contain an average of 3 participants, with eventual champions being awarded the coveted WKA National Champions Eagle. There will be no drops.

One of the tightest battles is in the Target Distributing Senior LO206 Class, where Aren Lloyd holds a 5 point edge over Matt Mayes, with Jason Yarbrough just 15 points out of the lead. Jim Lipari and Sean Meier round out the top 5.

The CIK LO206 Senior class is a virtual deadlock between bothers James and Justin Vanderzee, with Brian Collins and Michael Gay in the hunt.

Brian Van Cleve holds a pretty substantial lead over Kevin Lanyi in the Water Medic Junior LO206 class, with Elmer Edmonson, Austin Williamson, and Macon Moore making up the current top 5.

Williamson is looking to take down the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas class, as he has a strong advantage over Edmonson, with Van Cleve and Moore the top 4.

20 tallies is all that separates points leader Brad Farmer from Timothy Clark in Masters Senior competition, with Tim Stiefel, Kevin Medearis, and Vernon Sparks chasing the top 2.

Owen Lloyd holds a good lead over Camryn Reed in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class, while Blake Boon looks to secure the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas top honors, sporting a healthy lead over Camden Gruber.

Jim Lipari rounds out the points leaders heading into this weekends action, leading the Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas class.

Activities for the Barnesville Bash get underway Friday with a full day of practice, starting at 8:30am. Immediately following practice, the traditional Shootout Races will take place, featuring Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206.

Saturday and Sunday action will kick off at 8:30am with practice, followed by qualifying, 1 heat race, and the main events. The weekends overall top 3 finishers will also be receiving prizes, along with their awards.

To view the weekend schedule for the Barnesville Bash, CLICK HERE.  

Barnesville Bash is a Go!!!

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CONCORD, NC - Despite unsubstantiated and unofficial rumors, World Karting Officials are proud to announce what they have been stating for several weeks. And that is the Barnesville Bash for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series WILL RUN at Lamar County Speedway the weekend of October 6-8.

The event, which will kick off Friday with a full day of practice, followed by traditional Shootout races for Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206, will feature several national classes, including;

LO206/2 Cycle Kid Karts

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas

Saturday and Sunday will feature practice, qualifying, a heat race, and final.

WKA will be sending down national race director Jayson Brown to oversee the weekends on track activities, while lead national 4 cycle tech director Bobby Gettys will also be on hand. Joining the crew will be WKA Director of Operations Buddy Long to call the weekends activities as well.

Awards and prizes to the weekends top 3 overall finishers will also be given out during the weekend, provided there are a minimum of 3 karts in each class. 

The Barnesville Bash will officially wrap up the 2017 Gold Cup season at one of Americas oldest and notorius sprint tracks in the country!!!!!

To view the Barnesville Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

Pre-Entry Deadline for Barnesville Bash Sept 26

CONCORD, NC - Competitors wishing to take advantage of the pre-entry pricing for the Barnesville Bash, the 2017 finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, have until Tuesday September 26 before the At Track pricing kicks in.

The event will feature the following classes:

LO206/2 Cycle Kid Karts

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas

Activities for the Barnesville Bash get underway Friday with a full day of practice, followed by the traditional Shootout Races for Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206.

Activities on Saturday and Sunday will consist of practice, qualifying, 1 heat race, and the final event. The top 3 overall finishers in each national class will also be receiving prizes, with a minimum of 3 entries in each class to be eligible.

Be sure and get your entry in for the season finale at one of the souths most fabled tracks!!!!

To view the weekend schedule for the Barnesville Bash, CLICK HERE.

Entry Blank for Barnesville Bash Now Available!!!!

CONCORD, NC - Officials for World Karting and the Georgia Sprint Karting Association are proud to announce the entry blank for the "Barnesville Bash" for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is now online. The event, slated for October 6-8 at the legendary Lamar County Speedway in Georgia, promises to be stacked with great competition, as some of the very best 4 Cycle competitors in the country will be vying for the top shelf of the podium, not to mention the opportunity to grab some great prizes, being awarded to the weekends overall top 3 in the national classes. 

Classes that will be offered at Barenesville that weekend include:

LO206/2Cycle Kid Kart

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas

These national classes will be running each day on Saturday and Sunday, with practice, qualifying, a  heat race and final making up the bulk of each day. Prior to that, there will be a full day of practice on Friday, followed by the traditional Friday evening Shootout races, featuring the Sportsman LO206, Junior LO206, and Senior LO206 classes. 

Complimenting the Lamar County Speedway staff will be WKA Gold Cup National Race Director Jayson Brown, as well as longtime WKA Tech Man Bobby Gettys, taking care of competitors on and off the track. Additionally, the national staff will be completed by former WKA National announcer Buddy Long, who will be returning to the booth to call the weekend action from beginning to end.

Competitors wishing to make parking arrangements can contact Vicki Forsyth at vforsyth6096@gmail .com.

The 2017 finale for the Gold Cup Series at Barnesville will clearly be one to attend, as the tight, tricky track, with elevation changes, clearly challenges driver and machine. This will be one to watch!!!!

To view the entry blank for the Barnesville Bash, click here.

 

WKA Cancels Gold Cup Event at Thompson Kart Raceway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WKA Cancels Gold Cup Event at Thompson Kart Raceway

Organization to Re-Evaluate Gold Cup Program for Future Improvements

CONCORD, NC – After careful consideration, the World Karting Association has made the difficult decision to cancel its Gold Cup event, scheduled for July 28 – 30, at Thompson Kart Raceway.  Laborious planning efforts to support round two of the Gold Cup program over the past few weeks unfortunately did not generate the entries needed to ensure a successful event for everyone involved, so the tough decision was made today to cancel the event altogether.

“We appreciate the hard work of the Gold Cup planning team and the fine folks at Thompson Kart Raceway,” stated John Ferris, WKA’s President, “We simply did not get the necessary number of entries and support needed to put on an event we could be proud of, and frankly that racers expect from a National level event.  As a result, the decision was made at the Executive level to cancel the event.”

Discussions are already in the works to keep this unfortunate action from happening in the future; to include the structure and dates of WKA’s 2018 Gold Cup program.  At this time, there are no plans to alter the October event at Barnesville and WKA looks forward to seeing its Gold Cup family there this fall.  As planning continues, WKA will make public announcements as to future plans of the program.  Keep visiting worldkarting.com and read Pit Board announcements for improvements to the Gold Cup program, and all of WKA’s news.

Deadline for Northeast Knockout July 18

CONCORD, NC - As 4 Cycle competitors eagerly prepare for the first WKA visit by the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series at Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio July 28-30, WKA Officials want to remind all competitors that the pre entry deadline for stop #2 of the 3 race national program is slated for Tuesday July 18.

Following some exciting competition back in March in Jacksonville, Florida, competitors are hungry to get back behind the wheel and test for many, what will be their first ever visit to the Thompson facility.

Like Jacksonville, drivers will not only be vying for the weekends overall title, and the chance to stand atop the national podium, overall weekend champions will also be receiving generators from Briggs and Stratton, as well as prizes going to the second and third place overall finishers!!!! A minimum of 3 competitors need to be in the class in order to be eligible for the prizes.

Classes that will be vying for the awards and prizes include:

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Masters Senior

Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas

Additionally, classes will be available for LO206/2 Cycle Kid Karts, as well as Rookie.

Activities will kick off Friday with the traditional Shootout races for Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206, immediately following practice. A 75% payback will be available for each class, based on kart count.

Competitors interested in reserving parking may contact James Denholm at jamestdenholm@gmail.com.

Don't miss the first ever chance to battle it out at Thompson for Gold Cup supremacy!!!!!

To view the entry info for the Northeast Knockout, CLICK HERE.  

Briggs Generators and Many Prizes to be Handed Out at Thompson National

CONCORD, NC - In keeping with the theme of the first race of the year in Jacksonville, Florida, WKA Officials will once again be organizing merchandise to go along with the awards to the weekends top overall finishers in the series second event of the season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, the Northeast Knockout July 28-30 at Thompson Kart Raceway in Thompson, Ohio.

Through the efforts of Dave Klaus of Briggs & Stratton, the weekends overall champions will be receiving generators for their efforts, with prizes also going to the weekends 2nd and 3rd place overall finishers. In order to claim the prizes, there must be a minimum of 3 karts in the respective national classes.

Classes eligible for the merchandise include:

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Coyote Senior Pro Gas

The LO206 and 2 Cycle Kid Kart Classes will be a part of the weekend program as well, running as a non national points class, with awards going to the participants in the class each day.

In addition to the weekend prizes, competitors can get a jump on extra track time and potential money with the Shootout Races Friday evening following practice. Classes will include Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206 with a 75% payback to the top 5, based on kart count.

Thompson Kart Raceway will also be hosting a practice session on Thursday July 27 from 1-8pm. For more information, contact Doug Marsh at (440) 289-5291.

Entries are now being taken for the inaugural visit by WKA to the Ohio facility. To view the weekend schedule, and register for classes, CLICK HERE.

Coyote Takes Big Lead in Gold Cup Chassis Standings

CONCORD, NC - After just missing out on the 2016 Manufacturers Championship Trophy by a mere victory, Coyote Motorsports, led by Mark and Jim Lipari, came to Jacksonville, Florida with a vengeance, leaving the Water Medic Southeast Showdown for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series at 103rd Street Sports Complex with a 7 win edge over 3 of their rivals in the sport.

The wins for Coyote encompassed the Sportsman, Junior, and Senior classes, making for a complete weekend for the camp out of western New York. Here’s the breakdown of Coyote winners over the weekend:

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas: Blake Boon, 2 wins

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas: Austin Williamson: 2 wins

Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas: Jim Lipari: 2 wins

Target Distributing Senior LO206: Matt Mayes, Saturday

Target Distributing Senior LO206: Jason Yarbrough, Sunday

Masters Senior: Brad Farmer, Saturday

3 Chassis manufacturers are tied for 2nd with 2 wins apiece, as Ionic Edge, MGM, and Razor all found success over the weekend as well, Ionic Edge with Brian Van Cleve in the Junior LO206 ranks, MGM with Justin Vanderzee in the CIK LO206 Senior class, and Timothy Clark in Masters Senior, while Owen Lloyd powered Razor to 2 wins in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 class.

Comet Chassis checked in for 1 win over the weekend, with James Vanderzee taking the CIK LO206 Senior main on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the current standings:

Coyote: 9

Ionic Edge: 2

MGM: 2

Razor: 2

Comet: 1

The battle for the top chassis spot continues July 28-30 when the series heads to Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio for stop #2 for the series!

Year End Banquet Highlights Jax Gold Cup Weekend

CONCORD, NC - For the second season in a row, the opening round of the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida not only encompassed the energy of a season opener, it also paid tribute to the 2016 national champions, top award recipients, as well as many other special award honorees.

One of the many special moments of the weekend was honoring the WKA Karting Family of the Year, presented to The Vrabel Family from the Midwest. Due to a most unfortunate automobile accident involving Renee Vrabel, the family, whose son Alex competes in Junior competition, as well as dad Jon as the head wrench, were unable to attend. WKA sends its sincerest sympathies and well wishes for a speedy recovery to Renee and the entire family.

Also missing, but receiving the Sportsmanship award was Jacob Connors from Maryland. Running in 2 of the toughest classes in the program, the Senior Pro Gas Medium and Heavy last year against Jacob and Jimmy Heavlow was tough. But Jacob stood tall in the midst of some tough competition.

The battle for the top chassis manufacturer for 2016 may have been the closest ever, with Arrow Racing Chassis, again led by the Heavlow brothers, accounting for their part in the 24 victories, narrowly edging  Coyote Chassis by 1 win, with Razor Chassis finishing third.

WKA also recognized the Most Improved Junior Driver for 2016, with young Blake Boon making a smooth transition from Kid Karts to the Sportsman ranks, taking the Sportsman Gas Lite title in 2016, as well as finishing 3rd in the Sportsman LO206 Class last year as well.

Many champions were also recognized, with winners receiving generators from Briggs & Stratton, as well as a set of tires from Bridgestone, not to mention Championship Eagles and other merchandise. 2nd place received a Gold Cups, as well as Kart Stands from RLV, and other merchandise.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2016 standings, as well as other award recipients from 2016:

Water Medic Junior LO206

1 Jimmy Cole Jackson

2 Matt Miller

3 Cade Frazier

4 Talia Moffett

Junior Pro Gas Lite

1 David Kalb Jr

2 Matt Miller

3 Jimmy Cole Jackson

4 Austin Williamson

5 Talia Moffett

6 Alex Vrabel

7 Brian Van Cleve

Briggs & Stratton Senior LO206 Heavy

1 Sean Meier

2 Corey Towles

3 Michael Clark

4 Patrick O’Neal

5 Jacob Heavlow

6 Tim Stiefel

Briggs & Stratton Masters Senior

1 Tim Stiefel

2 Brad Farmer

Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy

1 Jacob Heavlow

2 Jimmy Heavlow

3 Jacob Connors

4 Chris Osgood

Coyote Motorsports/ Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium

1 Jacob Heavlow

2 Jimmy Heavlow

3 Jacob Connors

L&A South Tire Sportsman LO206

1 Kevin Lanyi

2 Caleb Gafrarar

3 Blake Boon

4 Elmer Edmonson

5 Brady Atwood

Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy

1 Elmer Edmonson

MattMillerRacing.com/ Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Pro Gas Lite

1 Blake Boon

2 Elmer Edmonson

3 Hunter Burns

Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy

1 David Kalb Jr

2 Matt Miller

3 Austin Williamson

4 Alex Vrabel

5 Brian Van Cleve

See you in July!

Briggs & Stratton to Provide Major Product to Jax Gold Cup Winners

CONCORD, NC - As the newest season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series prepares to take to the track this weekend in the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, competitors will have the chance to not only compete for the right to stand atop the podium as the weekends overall champion for the event in their respective classes, they will also be taking home a Power Washer courtesy of Dave Klaus and the folks at Briggs & Stratton.

Following last season in which Briggs was the sponsor of 4 national classes, and also providing generators, which will be given out to the 2016 Year End Champions, also this weekend at Jacksonville, the strong relationship between Briggs & Stratton and the WKA Gold Cup program continues to flourish into a new season.

The Briggs product, in the form of generators to the overall winners, will continue July 28-30, when the series makes its second, and inaugural stop at Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio for stop #2, with products also being made available to the Grand National Champions at the season finale October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia.

But for this weekend, the quest for the Gold Cup title begins for the following classes:

Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206 Heavy

LO206 Kid Karts/ 2 Cycle Kid Karts

Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Prior to the national competitors making the run for the weekend cup and Briggs product, WKA will again be hosting the Friday Night Shootout Races, involving the Sportsman and Junior LO 206 classes, as well as the annual Money Race for the Senior LO206 Heavy class, offering a 75% payback to the top 5, based on kart count. The Shootout races will again pay $200, with 2nd receiving $100, and $50 going to third in both classes, with awards for the top 3 also available. Entry Fee for the Shootout classes is $25, a cheap price to pay for extra track time, and a shot at $200. Entry Fee for the Senior LO206 Heavy Money race is $50. Both the CIK and Traditional Gold Cup Bodyworks will be allowed in this race.

Once the Shootout Races conclude, the focus will shift back to 2016 where the national champions, as well as other award recipients will be honored in the annual awards ceremony, held again this year at the track.

The following champions will be recognized:

Water Medic Junior LO206: Jimmy Cole Jackson

Junior Pro Gas Lite: David Kalb Jr

Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Heavy: Sean Meier

Briggs & Stratton Masters Senior: Tim Stiefel

Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy: Jacob Heavlow

Coyote Motorsports/Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium: Jacob Heavlow

L&A South Tire Sportsman LO206: Kevin Lanyi

Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy: Elmer Edmonson

MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Pro Gas Lite: Blake Boon

Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy: David Kalb Jr

2016 Champions will be receiving the following:

Champions Eagle

1 set of Bridgestone Tires

Briggs Generator

Champions Sticker, Flag, and Hat

2nd place finishers this year will receive:

Gold Cup

RLV Kart Stand

Free Entry to One 2017 Gold Cup event

Bridgestone Hat

3rd Place finishers will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Pass to Gold Cup races 2 and 3

Xeramic Power Wipes

4th place will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Spot for One 2017 Gold Cup race

1 Pit Pass for one 2017 Gold Cup event

5th place will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Spot for one 2017 Gold Cup event.

Other special awards include:

Manufacturers Championship Trophy

Family of the Year

Sportsmanship Award

Most Improved Junior Driver

Appreciation Awards

Doors for the awards presentation will open at 6:45, with dinner at 7:15, and the awards presentation beginning at 7:45pm. A full buffet dinner, provided by Monroe’s Catering will be served, featuring smokehouse chicken, smoked beef brisket, baked beans, mac and cheese, garlic toast, banana pudding, cookies and brownies, sweet and unsweet tea. Tickets are $20 per person.

As the season begins for the 3-race national program, it is important to note that a competitors best 5 of 6 races will be counted towards the overall national championship, with no bonus points being awarded this season. For further info regarding the points structure for 2017, you can refer to the Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes from March 7.

The excitement begins this week at 103rd Street Sports Complex!!!

To view the weekend Entry Blank, CLICK HERE

To view the Banquet Form, CLICK HERE

Friday Night Shootouts Return, Boon and Sons, GT Machine, and Target Return to Gold Cup

CONCORD, NC - As the 11th hour approaches, the energy for this year’s edition of the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series continues to gain momentum into the 2017 season. With the pre-entry deadline for this year’s edition of the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida just 24 hours away, sponsors are signing into the program for 2017.

World Karting Officials are proud to announce the return of GT Machine, Boon and Sons, as well as Target Distributing, joining RLV, Water Medic, and Coyote Racing Chassis as sponsors for the new season. Supporting the series as the Grand National race sponsor for many years, Dave and Sue Koehler of GT Machine in Longs, South Carolina will be sponsoring the Sportsman Pro Gas class at the Jacksonville event.

Also returning is Matt Boon of Boon and Sons in Rochester, New York as the official sponsor of the fast-growing and highly popular Sportsman LO206 Class. WKA also welcomes back Joe Deboever and Target Distributing of South Bend, Indiana. For many years, Target, through the efforts of Joe, and his late brother and WKA Hall of Famer Norm Deboever, sponsored a barbeque at Michiana Raceway Park, prior to the race weekend. WKA is a proud patron of Target Distributing, purchasing many of their race products through the longtime midwest based company. Target will be the official sponsor of the Senior LO206 Heavy class in 2017.

Feeding off the sponsorship momentum, WKA is also proud to announce the return of the Friday Night Shootout races, always a driver and fan favorite at the end of the Friday Practice day. This year, the 3 classes for the shootouts will be the Sportsman and Junior LO206 classes, running for a $200 to win payday, with $100 going to second and $50 for third, with awards also available. Entry Fee for the 2 classes will be $25, with racers eligible to sign up at the track on practice day. Additionally, the Senior LO206 Heavy class will be featured in their always exciting Money Race, with a 75% payback going to drivers, based on participation. Both Traditional and CIK Bodyworks will be allowed for this class on Friday. Entry Fee will be $50.

Following the shootout races, the 2016 national champions, as well as many other deserving competitors and individuals will be honored in the annual awards presentation, to be held at the track. Doors open at 6:45pm, with dinner at 7:15 and the awards presentation set for 7:45.

Pre- Entry Deadline for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown is Tuesday, March 14. So be sure and get your entry in as soon as possible.

To view the entry blank for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown, CLICK HERE.

To view the form for the Gold Cup Awards Banquet, CLICK HERE.

Gold Cup Year End Awards Presentation Set & Final 2016 Points Now Available

CONCORD, NC - The 2016 Year End Awards Presentation for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series will again be run in conjunction with the season opening event for National 4 Cycle competitors March 24 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, following Practice for the Southeast Showdown, stop #1 for the series in 2017.

10 Champions will be honored on that evening, with 2 of the 10 claiming double championships, that being Maryland’s Jacob Heavlow, the top dog in the Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy class, as well as the Coyote Motorsports/Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium class. Ohio’s David Kalb Jr also had an incredible season in the 4 Cycle ranks, taking the Junior Pro Gas Lite title in 2017, as well as the Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy top honors.

Here’s a look at the other 2016 champions:

Water Medic Junior LO206: Jimmy Cole Jackson

Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Heavy: Sean Meier

Briggs & Stratton Masters Senior: Tim Stiefel

L&A South Tire Sportsman LO206: Kevin Lanyi

Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy: Elmer Edmonson

MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Pro Gas Lite: Blake Boon

Quite a bit of merchandise from RLV Tuned Exhaust Products, Briggs & Stratton, Bridgestone, and much more will be handed out to the champions and many other recipients who finished in the top 5 and 10, based on amount of races run.

Many other special awards, including the Manufacturers Championship Trophy, honoring the winning chassis for 2016, Family of the Year, Sportsmanship, and much more, will be presented that evening.  

Activities for the Year End Awards Presentation will begin with the door opening at 6:45pm, dinner at 7:15, and the awards presentation beginning at 7:45. Cost for the buffet style dinner will be $20 per person.

To view the final 2016 points, CLICK HERE.

To view the Gold Cup Banquet Form, and make your reservations, CLICK HERE.

Jax Gold Cup Entry Blank Now Available Online! Southeast Showdown slated for March 24-26

CONCORD, NC - Competitors gearing up for a new season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series can now view the entry info for the series 1st event of the 2017 season. The Southeast Showdown, slated for March 24-26 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, will be yet another busy weekend, as competitors from the 2016 season will also be honored Friday evening following practice in the 2016 Awards presentation, with merchandise from RLV, Bridgestone, Briggs & Stratton, and much more to be handed out to the 2016 champions, as well as top finishers in their respective classes.

10 classes will make up the 2017 season for the National 4 Cycle Series, with the format very similar in 2017. Competitors will be running qualifying, a heat race, and final each day. However, awards will be given out on the final day only to the highest overall finisher in each respective class, with the top 3 receiving awards. The LO206 and 2 Cycle Kid Kart Classes, which will be combined, will run for a separate award for the winner over the weekend, with participation medals going to the balance of drivers in each engine category. The Kid Kart Classes will not be national points classes in 2017.

Here is a breakdown of the national classes for 2017:

Rookie

Sportsman Pro Gas

Sportsman LO206

Junior Pro Gas

Junior LO206

Senior Pro Gas

Senior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Masters Senior

Entry Fees for the season will be set at $85 for Pre-Entry, and $100 at the track for all national points classes, with a 1-TIME PRACTICE FEE for the weekend set at $60 with your pre-entry, and $75 at the track. Kid Kart Competitors will pay $50 for their pre-entry, and $65 at track, with Practice Fees set at the same price for pre-entry and at track.

Deadline for pre-entries has been set for March 14th, giving competitors plenty of time to get their info straight for the 2017 season.

WKA and North Florida Kart Club Officials are excited to once again be starting the Gold Cup season off at 103rd Street, something that has become somewhat of an annual tradition.

For more info on the Southeast Showdown for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, CLICK HERE. 

2017 Gold Cup Season Coming Together

CONCORD, NC - The planning for the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is nearing completion. Recognizing some of the modifications made in 2016 may not have been the best fit for the program, WKA Officials, beginning with the August New Castle event this past season, and heading into next season, are moving back in the direction that the majority of Gold Cup competitors have been familiar and comfortable with.

Once again, the series will boast a 4-race program in 2017, beginning with the opening event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida March 24-26, and ending with the season finale at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina October 6-8, again running the track backwards, similar to the recent October Grand National. With 2 well respected and renowned facilities serving as the bookend events for the series, WKA is proud to add 2 new venues to the middle portion of the program for 2017 with Thompson Kart Raceway in Thompson, Ohio serving as stop #2 for the series. The date of the debut of a WKA Gold Cup National to Thompson Speedway will be July 7-9. The third stop is yet to be announced.

The format for this seasons events will be very similar to that of this past season, with classes running qualifying, a heat race, and a main each day. However, in 2017, awards and merchandise will be issued on Day 2ONLY, to the highest overall finisher of the classes they participate in, with the top 3 receiving awards. Kid Kart participants in both the LO206 KID Kart and 2 Cycle Kid Kart classes will receive awards that will go to the winner, with participation medals going to the balance of the drivers in each class. While the 2 engine packages will run together, they will be scored separately, with a winner determined in both categories. The Kid Kart classes will not be national points classes in 2017.

While the 2017 WKA Technical Manual is out, and in the hands of the competitors, it is very important to note that the Board of Trustees have elected to allow both the traditional Gold Cup Bodyworks, as well as the CIK Bodyworks in all classes for 2017, thus giving competitors 1 more season of having the option of which bodyworks to run. However, a CIK LO206 Class has been added in the Senior ranks, for those wishing to run CIK Bodyworks solely.

Entry Fees for this season will be set at $85 for Pre Entry, and $100 at the track for all national classes, with a 1 time practice fee of $60 with your pre entry, and $75 at the track for the weekend. Kid Kart Competitors will pay $50 for their pre entry fee, and $65 at the track, with Practice fees set at the same price as well.

WKA has also incorporated a new Rookie 206 Class for 2017, with the age group set at 6-9 years old. This being a national class, affords parents of 6-9 year old competitors a smooth transition from the Kid Kart Class.

Competitors can count their best 6 of 8 races for the season.      

More information will be coming soon. WKA is looking forward to another wonderful season with the top 4 Cycle racers in the country.

Here is a look at the 2017 schedule:

March 24-26: 103rd Street Sports Complex, Jacksonville, Florida

July 7-9: Thompson Kart Raceway, Thompson, Ohio

TBA

Oct 6-8: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina

 

Here is a look at the 2017 Class Structure:

Rookie: Final 1/Final 2

Sportsman LO206: Final 1/Final 2

Sportsman Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2

LO206 Junior: Final 1/ Final 2

Junior Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2

LO206 Senior: Final 1/Final 2

Senior Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2

Masters Senior LO206: Final 1/Final 2

CIK Body LO206 Senior

Non National Points Classes:

LO206 Kid Karts: FINAL 1/ Final 2

Kid Kart/ 2 Cycle: Final 1/ Final

Lipari Sweeps GT Machine Grand Nationals at Kershaw

CONCORD, NC - The season finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina finally received the checkered flag, albeit 1 month later, following a postponement due to Hurricane Matthew in October, as the GT Machine Grand Nationals drew the season to a close for WKA Gold Cup Competitors.

While Hurricane Matthew was the talk of October, it was Tropical Storm Jim that led the charge of winners on one of the most interesting weather weekends in recent history, as Rochester, New York’s Jim Lipari led a Coyote Motorsports charge, recording 4 national event wins over the weekend in Senior Pro Gas Medium and Heavy. Coming into the weekend, Coyote needed 11 wins to tie Arrow for most wins in the season, while Arrow needed to go winless. However, Arrow scored 2 wins on the weekend with Kevin Lanyi in the LA South Tire Sportsman LO206 Class, just edging Coyote, in what was a runaway in the chassis standings following Race #3 back in August in New Castle, Indiana.

From near perfect fall weather conditions on Friday, to cold, sunny, and windy conditions on Saturday, culminating with an all-day dose of wet weather on Sunday in raw conditions, competitors in all classes were still up on the wheel, fighting for the right to a Grand National Eagle, as well as an ultimate national title.

In addition to Lipari and Lanyi, other notable winners included Jimmy Cole Jackson, leading the Razor Chassis camp with wins in the Junior Pro Gas Lite and Water Medic Junior LO206 Classes, as well as Blake Boon, notching wins in the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite classes, as well as the Friday night Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout. Sean Meier also recorded a good weekend for the Coyote camp, sweeping the Senior LO206 Heavy mains, as well as the Friday night Money race. And it can’t be Kershaw unless David Kalb Jr is in victory lane as well, as the Ohio speedster notched wins in the Briggs and Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy classes, as well as a Junior Pro Gas Lite and Junior Pro Gas Shootout win on Friday night. Elmer Edmonson was the last double event winner, taking down the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy main events.

Action got underway Friday evening with Blake Boon taking the $200 win in the Brads Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout. In addition to the win, Boon also received a Grand National Eagle for his effort, as well as a brand new Milwaukee brand power gun, courtesy of Chris Kelly, as well as Dave and Sue Koehler from GT Machine. Hunter Burns chased Boon across the stripe for second and a $100 payday, with Elmer Edmonson coming home third, and garnering $50.

Kalb began his winning weekend, also taking down $200 from Brad’s Heating and Cooling in the Junior Pro Gas Shootout, with Jimmy Cole Jackson and Austin Williamson claiming the $100 and $50 paydays for second and third. Kalb also received a Grand National Eagle, as well as a Milwaukee Power tool.

Meier wrapped up the night, taking the LO206 Senior Money race, topping Patrick O’Neal and Brian Collins. For this race, the Hard Charger in the event would receive the Milwaukee power gun, with Patrick O’Neal being the recipient. To add more interest, $100 was placed inside one of the tool cases, with Blake Boon adding to his win total by an additional $100, totaling a $300 evening.

The busy day of activity was topped off by a Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by Paul Rice Sr of MGM Chassis, as well as Rich Jackson of Water Medic. WKA Thanks Mr Rice and Mr Jackson, as well as the many supporters who could return for the rescheduled event, and get their Thanksgiving kicked off in fine fashion.

As Race Day #1 approached, Jim Lipari went to work, taking the first main of the day in the Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas Medium event, topping Jacob Connor for the effort. Lipari would return later in the day to take the Bordeaux Dyno Cams Senior Pro Gas Heavy main, again topping Jacob Connor, with Matthew Turner checking in for third. Lipari was the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner in both classes.

Jimmy Cole Jackson began his multiple win weekend, taking the Junior Pro Gas Lite main Saturday, topping David Kalb Jr, with Austin Williamson, Talia Moffett, and Riley Kelly taking the top 5. Kalb took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

With 1 win, a Grand National Eagle, and $300 in his pocket already, Blake Boon began his assault on the national points classes, taking the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite event over Hunter Burns and Elmer Edmonson, with Boon securing the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award as well.

Meier continued his winning ways from Friday, taking the Briggs and Stratton Senior LO206 event over Corey Towles, Ryan Bennett, Chris Wells, and Jeremy Warren, with Towles taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

While the Water Medic Junior LO206 win was his lone of the weekend, Cade Frazier carried the MGM Chassis flag high, rolling to the Saturday win over Jimmy Cole Jackson, Talia Moffett, and Riley Kelly. Frazier also nailed down the Mikim Motorports Fast Time award for the class.

Another first time winner on the weekend was Todd Horton, taking the Briggs and Stratton Masters LO206 Senior class, as the local product topped Tim Stiefel and Brad Farmer for the win. Stiefel claimed the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Award.

Kevin Lanyi’s 2-win weekend, and ultimate Chassis Championship winning effort began in the LA South Tire Sportsman LO206 Class, where the young driver topped Caleb Gafrarar, Bree Miller, Elmer Edmonson, and Mason Cantrell. Miller took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time effort for the class.

Kalb found his second win of the weekend in the Briggs and Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy class, besting Talia Moffett, Riley Kelly, and Austin Williamson, with Kalb also taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

The finale for Day 1 found Elmer Edmonson scoring his first of the weekend in the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy class. Edmonson topped Hunter Burns, while also taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Award.

As Sunday rolled around, so did the clouds and damp weather. However, the top shelf of the podium changed very little, with Jim Lipari returning to sweep the Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium race over Jacob Connor, while also taking down the Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy class over Connor and Matthew Turner, sweeping 4 Grand National Eagles, as well as 4 Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Awards.

Kalb equaled Lipari’s win total for the day, first taking the Junior Pro Gas Lite event over Austin Williamson, Jimmy Cole Jackson, Riley Kelly, and Talia Moffett, while also taking down the Briggs and Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy class, topping Williamson, Kelly, and Moffett. Kalb and Jackson were the respective MIKIM Motorsports Fast Time winners.

Boon returned to victory lane in the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite event, turning back Elmer Edmonson, as well as taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

Meier continued his average of 1 win per day, returning to take the Inferno Racing Clutches Senior LO206 main for the second day in a row, topping the heavy rain and water, edging a fast closing Ryan Bennett for the win. Michael Clark rolled home third, with Towles and Stiefel making up the top 5. Towles took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time effort.

Jimmy Cole Jackson was the only driver to win a race on more than 1 engine package. After winning in Pro Gas on Day 1, Jackson returned to take the Water Medic Junior LO206 event over Saturday winner Cade Frazier, with Talia Moffett and Riley Kelly completing the top 4. Jackson was also the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner.

Lanyi returned to sweep the LA South Tire Sportsman LO206 activities, besting Bree Miller, Caleb Gafrarar, Collin Miller, and Mason Cantrell on Sunday, while Blake Boon, an 8th place finisher in the event, was the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner.

Tim Stiefel notched the Sunday win in the Briggs and Stratton Masters LO206 Senior class, while Elmer Edmonson wrapped up the weekend in the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy ranks.

With the results in hand, the Unofficial Chassis Rankings gives Arrow a narrow 1-win edge over Coyote 24-22, with Razor finishing up in third with 11 wins.

Here’s a look at the unofficial standings:

Arrow: 24

Coyote: 23

Razor: 11

Ionic Edge: 6

Bandit: 6

Comet Eagle: 6

FA: 3

MGM: 2

With the season in the books, special thanks go out to so many sponsors, including:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products

GT Machine

Kart City Performance

Mikim Motorsports

Noram Clutches

Coyote Motorsports

MattMillerRacing.com

Briggs and Stratton

Boon and Sons

Water Medic

Bordeaux Dyno Cams

LA South Tire

Brads Heating and Cooling

Jim’s Marine

Spooner General Contractor

Inferno Racing Clutches

Trackside Kart Supply

The 2017 season is shaping up, with the announcement for the new year, pertaining to Class Structure and Scheduling due out December 1st.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to the many wonderful people who love and support the Gold Cup Series. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and the very best of the holiday season. 

Titles on the Line This Weekend for Gold Cup at Kershaw

CONCORD, NC - Following a 5 week delay by virtue of Hurricane Matthew in October, the season finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series will officially return to action, providing a unique challenge at this weekend's GT Machine Grand Nationals at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, as competitors will be going in the opposite direction, a vast difference than the June national, thus making the run for the coveted Grand National Eagle, as well as the overall national title in each class, that much more interesting.

Leading the charge for the title will be Jacob Heavlow of Galena, Maryland, the current leader by 175 points over brother Jimmy in the Coyote Motorsports/Jim's Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium class. Staying in contention all season long also has been Glen Burnie, Maryland driver Jacob Connors, while New Yorker Jim Lipari, and Floridian Mike Greiner round out the top five in the classes current standings.

Another Marylander, in the form of Perry Hall, Maryland's Matt Miller is looking to take the top brass in the Junior Pro Gas Lite category. Miller currently sports a 210-point edge over Alex Vrabel, while Ohio's David Kalb Jr, who has become a complete master on the Kershaw course, sits third in the standings, followed by Brian Van Cleve Jr and Austin Williamson.

The battle in the MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Gas Lite class is a little tighter, with Rochester, New York driver Blake Boon closing in on the title, leading Fort Myers, Florida driver Elmer Edmonson by 90 tallies, while Hunter Burns, Landen Lewis, and Aiden Baker Crouse complete the top 5.

One of the most competitive classes this year has been the Briggs and Stratton/lnferno Racing Clutches Senior L0206 Class, where Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida driver Sean Meier holds a 112-point edge over Jacksonville, Florida's Corey Towles, while Jacob Heavlow, Michael Clark, and Patrick O'Neal are waging war within the top 5.

The Boon and Sons Kid Kart class has seen a few different competitors up top, with Brently Miller currently atop the standings over Rachel Richter and Carlos Willis, with newcomer Walker Porter expected to mount a challenge this weekend as well.

Possibly the best battle of the weekend to watch may be the Water Medic Junior L0206 Class, where

Matt Miller may have a little tougher fight on his hands, leading by just 35 tallies over Cape Coral, Florida's Jimmy Cole Jackson. Kannapolis, North Carolina driver Cade Frazier, third in the standings, will also be on hand, with Hunter Fox and Talia Moffett rounding out the top 5 in the standings.

Much like Miller, Jacob Heavlow will also be looking to secure his second title of the weekend, holding a

180-point edge over brother Jimmy in the Bordeaux Dyno Cams/ Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy Class. Drafting with this pair again is Jacob Connors, with Chris Osgood and Matthew Lewis making up the top 5.

The L&A South Tire Sportsman L0206 Class will also be a great battle to watch, with Midland, North

Carolina driver Caleb Gafrarar, fresh off a Grand National win in the Mini Swift class at New Castle

Motorsports Park in Indiana, ready to tackle another piece of hardware, leading Madison, Alabama's Kevin Lanyi by 35 points. New York's Blake Boon is 75 tallies back as well, with Florida's Elmer Edmonson and Maryland's Brady Atwood making up the top 5.

Miller will be seeking the trifecta this weekend, holding a 175-point edge over Alex Vrabel in the Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy class, with Brian Van Cleve Jr, David Kalb Jr, and Austin Williamson holding down the top 5.

The Briggs & Stratton Masters L0206 Senior class is by far the tightest points battle, with just 10 tallies separating leader Brad Farmer from New York's Tim Stiefel, with Tennessee's Matt Skaggs, Illinois's Ryan Cassity, and Indiana's Rob Smith completing the top 5.

Finally, in the Brad's Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy class, Florida's Elmer Edmonson looks to lock up the title, holding a commanding lead over Landen Lewis, with Aiden Baker Crouse, Adam Maxwell, and Tanner Carter making up the top five spots.

The battle for the Grand National Eagles will kick off Friday with a full day of practice, followed by the Brad's Heating and Cooling Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootouts, in which the winners will also

receive eagles for their efforts, with $200 going to the winner, $100 to 2 nd, and $50 to 3 rd . The Senior L0206 drivers will also be running their final Money Race of the season, with an eagle on the line, and Cups going to second and third, as well as a money payout. The Shootout races will roll off at 4:45 Friday afternoon.

Following the events on Friday, there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner for all competitors, sponsored by MGM Chassis and Water Medic, as WKA will show its appreciation to all competitors for their support for the 2016 season. The dinner will be served buffet style at The Palmetto Club, with guests welcome to head back to the pits and enjoy an early evening meal.

Saturday and Sunday activities will hit the track each day at 8:30am with 1 round of practice, followed by the Mikim Motorsports run for the pole, then 1 heat race, followed by the main events for each day, culminating with the hoisting of the Grand National Eagles for each race winner.

To view the weekends schedule for the GT Machine Grand Nationals, click here.