In a weekend that started out great with almost all Speed Concepts Racing (SCR) drivers in the top-five of their respective classes, Championship Sunday was not kind to the Florida based Redspeed operation. With drivers at the front of the field in Junior 100cc, Junior ROK and Senior ROK, a pole position and multiple heat race top-fives was the only positive side of the ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO as pace was not a factor.
“The weekend started out great, and we looked really good after qualifying and into the heats,” explained Mike Speed. “Our weekend took a turn for the worse on Sunday with issues plaguing the results we were hoping for.”
Scoring the pole position in the Junior 100cc class, Ayden Ingratta progressed through the heat races claiming four top-five results to keep the inside front row starting spot for Sunday’s main event. As the first class to take the green flag on Sunday, Ingratta would lead the field with Jack Jeffers starting outside row four based on three top-ten results in the heats. Ingratta would lead early but suddenly began to slow and fell back outside the top-five. Continuing to lack speed, Ingratta’s powerplant lost all power and he was forced to retire from the race. With Jeffers the lone SCR driver remaining, he moved forward three positions as he battled hard into the top-five. Turning the fifth fastest lap time of the main event, Jeffers finished fifth adding a top-five for Speed Concepts Racing.
Luca Mars and Luke Lange would be the next Speed Concepts Racing duo to hit the track as they contested the Senior ROK class. With Mars qualifying second and going third, third, fifth and fourth in the heat races, the multi-time race winner gave himself a shot at victory on Sunday starting from the outside of row four. Luke Lange qualified in the third position but had a quartet of heat races to forget and would start the main event in the 28th position.
At the drop of the green flag, Mars battled hard as several Senior ROK drivers were vying for the same real estate at the front of the field. Jockeying lap after lap, Mars lost momentum while running in the fourth position and fell back to tenth only to work his way back up to seventh where he would cross the line. In the on-track altercation, Mars received a two-position push back bumper penalty and was eventually classified in the ninth position.
Showing his speed in qualifying to start heat one from inside row two, Lange was able to bookend his weekend with solid sessions. Starting 28th on the grid, the young Texan rocketed his way forward for his best on track performance of the event to eventually be awarded with a seventh-place result.
Jeffers and Ingratta would be back in the fight in the Junior ROK class as the duo once again showed pace to finish in the top-six. With Jeffers winning one of the four heats and finishing third in two others, he was one of the drivers on everyone’s radar in Las Vegas. Forced to start from sixth, it was a no holds barred drive in the final as drivers swapped positions nearly every lap. Ending his day in P5, Jeffers finished one position ahead of Ingratta, who scored four top-five heat results and ended his weekend with an impressive sixth place effort.
With the 2020 ROK Cup USA season now complete, Speed Concepts Racing will begin to shift their focus, test and prepare for the upcoming 2021 season. Interested in being part of the team? Contact Speed Concepts Racing today.
For more information on Speed Concepts Racing and the Redspeed Racing Kart, please contact Mike Speed via email to Mike@Speed-Concepts.com. Be sure to follow Speed Concepts Racing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news, results, information, and photos from the event. Find us at ‘Speed Concepts Racing’ or @SCR_Karting.
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