Supertune returned to the track this past weekend with several goals in mind. Taking on the opening round of the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour, Supertune drivers earned a pair of podium results and three top-five finishes at the temporary circuit on the grounds of the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach, Florida. Noah Baker led the team finishing second in Junior ROK while Carson Weinberg added a podium result in Mini ROK.
Carson Weinberg scored Supertune’s first podium result of the weekend as he crossed the stripe in third in Mini ROK. Qualifying well and claiming a trio of top-ten results in the heat races, Weinberg drove from eighth to third in Saturday afternoon’s prefinal to secure an inside row two starting position for the main event. While he was not the fastest kart in Sunday’s main event, Weinberg drove a smart race, never putting a wheel wrong, and earned his first Florida Winter Tour podium result of 2021.
Making the move from Mini ROK to VLR Junior, Fernando Luque competed in his first Florida Winter Tour event as a Junior driver and continued to improve. Earning heat race results that bettered the previous session finish in all three heat races including a tenth-place finish in heat three, Luque scored a 13th place result in the prefinal before earning a 14th place finish in Sunday’s main event.
John Burke returned to the Supertune lineup and competed in his first event as a Senior. Taking on the Senior ROK division, Burke struggled through the heat races but was able to increase his pace as the weekend wore on. Finishing 18th in Saturday’s prefinal, Burke looked to have found something on Sunday as he rocketed his way forward to nearly a top-ten result until a penalty post-race relegated him back to 16th. Taking all the positives from the weekend, Sunday was proof that the pace is there and that both he and the team will look to take advantage of it in St. Pete.
In the Junior ROK class, Noah Baker was consistently at the pointy end of the field claiming three second-place results in the heat races and winning the prefinal before a post-race penalty dropped him to third. Returning Sunday looking to move his way back to the top, Baker pushed the eventual race winner until the end but came up one position short finishing in second. With a valiant effort and a strong start to the championship, Baker will look to carry his momentum to the next round in St. Pete.
Cameron Weinberg put a pair of Supertune drivers in the top-five with his fifth-place finish. Earning three top-ten results in the heats and a fourth in the prefinal, Weinberg ran with the lead group early, eventually crossing the stripe in fifth. Fellow Supertune driver Jorge Ortiz failed to finish the prefinal but had a spirited drive forward in the main event to climb eleven positions on the results sheet and finish his weekend in P19.
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