Old & New Faces Shine For COMPKART At Challenge of Americas
January 25, 2020
The 2020 season ahs kicked off strong across the globe for the COMPKART brand and notably this past weekend at the opening round of the Challenge of Americas series was no different. With multiple COMPKART drivers entered, the brand saw its partners Formula Works (California) and Forward Direction Motorsports (Colorado) take part alongside onsite factory representation at the event.
With practice starting Thursday and concluding at the end of Friday, COMPKART drivers were at the front of the field in all the categories entered. Entries were spread across a total of ten categories making for a long and action-packed time as all drivers readied for the Saturday and Sunday split race days.
“Tucson is a remarkable race track where horsepower is at an all-time premium as well as momentum. These conditions create some remarkable racing, which really alters the final outcome, and we definitely saw this in full force.”
The events highlight was arguably the performance by Formula Works driver Jake Drew. Drew would go onto to sweep the days event on Saturday, which he backed up closely with a great run on Sunday walking away with the series points leading heading into the next round at CalSpeed. Other notable performances from under the Formula Works team came from young junior pilot Andrew Chapman who tackled double duty in both the 100cc and RoK Jr. categories while Masters Shifter pilots Warren Kindberg and Sean Bond put strong efforts in with Kindberg matching the leading times all event long.
Followed closely was the team of Forward Direction led by team owner Greg Welch. The team entered drivers in several categories and most notably the Sr. 100cc category where the team filed four drivers. Always at the pointy end of the field, driver Everest Fedler took Friday’s quick time in happy hour as the team battled strong on Saturday and Sunday with the Dunn brothers and Fedler taking top five finishes while Nathan Martin battled in the top five all weekend. Cadet graduate Alex McPherson enjoyed progress in his first event in the junior ranks with steady progression as he and the entire team have already began preparations for the next round.
Excitement definitely came from the last class of the day as COMPKART factory driver Race Liberante battled hard in the RoK Shifter category all week long as he came to grips the somewhat new engine package. Liberante would qualify third on Saturday and battled until two corners left in the final before being pushing back to a fifth-place finish. With improved speed on Sunday the team looked for an equal or better starting spot as Saturday, but unfavorable track position in qualifying put Liberante in seventh. The final saw the fluorescent #434 machine move into the top five early on before contact struct and Liberante was forced to re-join the filed in last.
With the west coast racing season officially started and going strong, the staff at COMPKART will be at the remaining COTA events along with several other events in the region throughout the 2020 season. Any drivers interested in testing the COMPKART chassis line are urged to contact J3 Competition at Technical@J3Competition.com in order to discuss and discover a professional fit an opportunity.
COMPKART is the original and proprietary chassis line by J3 Competition. Designed with unique technical offerings as well as sharp aesthetics, COMPKART has been leading the way since its CIK/FIA homologation – 34/CH/20. With several titles both nationally and internationally already under its umbrella, it’s no wonder why the brand continues to spread across the globe with enormous success backed by the brands unparalleled service. Contact the staff for International Distribution details as well as Race Department inquires.