Noted as one of the top junior drivers in the country, Canadian Ayden Ingratta has been in a winless slump as of late. With some bad racing luck and some unfortunate circumstances, the Speed Concepts Racing (SCR) driver was able to overcome the adversity and claim a victory this past weekend and hopes that will be the momentum needed for continued results during the rest of the 2022 racing season. Taking on the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) at the Orlando Kart Center, Ingratta finished second on Saturday before climbing to the top step of the X30 Pro Junior podium Sunday in his best results weekend of 2022.
After a day and a half of practice, Friday afternoon would be the home of a pair of qualifying sessions. With the first timed run setting the grid for Sunday’s prefinal, the last X30 Pro Junior session of the day would set the grid for Saturday’s wheel-to-wheel racing. While many of his competitors competed in two different junior classes, Ingratta chose to focus on the X30 ranks where he qualified fourth for Sunday and second for Saturday.
“Starting from the front row is always ideal in any series and at any track but anywhere in the top-six at the Orlando track can provide a good chance to be at the front of the field in the end,” explained Ingratta. “I know we have the speed to be at the front, just need to pass a few karts to get there.”
Rolling off the grid from the outside of row two for Saturday’s prefinal, Ingratta quickly moved his way forward and earned himself a second-place result and outside front row starting position for the day’s main event. Jumping to the lead when the green flag flew during the final, Ingratta controlled the pace for the first half of the race as he and a fellow competitor swapped the top spot for several laps. Looking to drive to the win as he opened the final lap in the lead, Ingratta was the second driver to reach the checkered flag en route to the fastest lap of the race.
Ingratta added, “It was a great race, but I did not defend like I needed to on the final lap. It is good to be back on the podium, and we will try again tomorrow to climb one more step to the top of the blocks.”
Returning to the track on Sunday, Ingratta began his quest for a victory form the second position but quickly showed his determination to get back to a winning streak. Scoring the fastest lap yet again, Ingratta jumped to the top of the results sheets to take the prefinal win and pole position for the day’s main event.
Retaining his lead when the green flag dropped in the final wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend, Ingratta would lead the first quarter of the race before falling back to second. Biding his time and saving his equipment, the Canadian made his bid for the lead with a handful of laps remaining and never looked back. Defending nicely over the final circuit, learning from the day prior, Ingratta finally made his way back to the top step of the podium.
Ingratta continued, “I need to thank a lot of people for helping me get back on top, but none more than my mechanic, coach and tuner Adam Kretschmer. Thank you for everything!”
Ayden Ingratta will enjoy no time off as he will be back on track this coming weekend at the same Orlando Kart Center. Taking part in the final round of the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour, Ingratta intends to continue his winning streak with the Vortex ROK platform.
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