10-22-11 McMinnville, OR- Some of the 2011 Oregon State Karting Championship Series titles were locked up at the end of round nine… but not all, as the series loaded up and headed West to McMinnville OR for the tenth and final round…For some race teams it was just a matter of showing up and completing a lap to capture the crown, for others it would come down to who made the fewest mistakes and had the best luck before the crown could be captured…
First up was the KID KART division, a non-competitive (although these young racers sure race hard!) experience gathering class and all racers receive accolades & trophies at the end of the day & no pressure of having to “Win”…In round 10 action there were two very good drivers on hand for the last race of the OSKCS season…
Driving a machine formerly owned by another exciting female phenomenon Dina Moss, Katherine Howe from Silverton, Or did an outstanding job behind the wheel of her Tony Kid Kart. Katherine finished the day over a second quicker than her previous best time in round 9…Also Competing was another fine racer,
Alan Moody. Moody has improved so much over the past season & has really been doing a great job piloting his Kid Kart race machine. Moody, had engine problems and did not finish the main event. GREAT JOB to all the Kid Kart drivers & families who competed with Oregon State Karting Championship Series this season…
After nine brutal rounds of racing, the crown was down to final round in Jr. 2 World Formula Heavy…at the end of nine rounds the points lead was tied between Sophomore sensation Grant Heizenrader and Jr 2 Veteran Andy Anderson…Heizenrader and Anderson went at each other like two heavyweight fighters in nine rounds of racing and it would come down to the final bell in round ten to determine who would be crowned king…Laura Shearer who has been the hottest Jr 2 driver the last half of the season, surprised both title contenders with her pole grabbing qualifying effort. In heat 1 the drama started early as pole sitter Laura shearer once again had her hopes for a first win clouded when the left front of here Sodi came apart on the starting grid, allowing Andy Anderson to go flag to flag…Heizenrader & Sammi Van Eaton ( who looked much improved) finished behind #4 machine of Anderson… Heat 2 once again was all #4 Andy Anderson as he again went flag to flag…Shearer was second and with Heizenrader on the ropes as he struggled desperately having engine woes watching his championship hopes sliding a bit more through his gloves…Black-Star Motorsports owner and Heizenrader engine builder Chris Hatch was trying to put just enough magic in for Heizenrader to come out swinging in the final…
The Anderson racing/ CMC Arrow was on the pole for the final after sweeping both heats Shearer was on the outside of row 1 and Heizenrader and Van Eaton made up row 2…Heizenrader made a charge into turn one as Shearer and Anderson took the cautious approach…Anderson regrouped and lead as they exited turn one…Shearer gets does away with Heizenrader and Anderson who drove one of the best races that I’ve seen out of him all year, once again went wire to wire for the win and his first Championship. Hats off to “Papa”Anderson,
Anderson’s tuner for putting an almost perfect set- up underneath Anderson all day long…it was right on that “Loose edge” and was a rocket…the race prep by the #4 team in all honesty has been underrated all year…Heizenrader who with four wins this season had nothing to hang is head about was visibly upset after finishing third, but in classy fashion composed himself and gave props to the new champion, a very impressive mature move by the young contender..Shearer closed out the year on a terror and will definitely be contending for the crown in 2012…Sammi Van Eaton looked very good and I expect some good things coming out of the #9 camp next season.
World Formula Heavy was the largest class in the final round…13 of the “Best in the Northwest” put on a fantastic show around the .7 tenths of a mile road coarse veteran Bryan Green aboard his Green Construction/ Black-Star Motorsports Arrow took the pole and heat 1. Heat 2 went to “Da King” Steve King who jumped out
early from the outside of row one. In the final it was Bryan Green using just about every trick in his magic helmet to keep Bill Gullick and his CMC powered Swiss Hutless in the second spot. Greg Normandin made a late race charge from deep in the field to finish third. Normandin might have had something for the two front runners had his charge started a little earlier…Normandin with 2 wins in OSKCS competition this season is one of the rare few competitors that races a home built chassis of his design.
Mike McMain had another fine run and was just starting to get back into the groove as he drove the Garrison racing/ CMC Swiss Hutless entry. McMain the 2009 OSKCS Tag Masters Champion qualified 4th quick and finished in the 6th in the feature. Newcomer Tim McKinney who got his start winning the rental kart league series championship in 2010 at the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex finished Fourth. Young gun and grandson of winner Bryan Green, Nick Ferguson was fifth, and 2010 World Formula Masters IKF Grand National Champion and Black Star Motorsports owner Chris Hatch finished 7th.
JR. 1 Animal was a battle from start to finish with Tyler Besuyen and Jacob Gullick. The two CMC/Swiss Hutless drivers exchanged the lead two at least two or more times per lap as they dueled for the win in the final round. Gullick who has been campaigning on the NW Gold Cup/RotaxMax Challenge series had his hands full with the newcomer Tyler Besuyen.
Besuyen who has really come into his own in the final events of 2011 has also given 2011 JR.1 Champion Justin “the bandit” DeMars a run for his money in several events. DeMars the smooth hard charging gunslinger from Sandy, Oregon was not on hand for the final round having captured the title in round nine at PARC. DeMars will however be back in 2012 to defend his OSKCS title and hopes to campaign for the NW Gold Cup/RotaxMax series JR 1 title.
DeMars is expected to be one of the top JR.1 drivers in the Northwest next season, as he and host of other top JR.1 drivers tune up for the IKF 4 cycle Grand Nationals which will be held at Horn Rapids Raceway Park in 2012.
Jonathan Brown from Lincoln City, OR won the JR. 2 division in the final round. This kid is an amazing story. At the age of 12 this kid owned and operated his own window washing business, doing ALL of the work both labor and business. He pays the entire racing bill himself minus one tank of fuel that is taken care of. Jonathan has constantly improved over the last two seasons, and even purchased a Speedway dirt machine to race the winter indoor dirt series. His race team owns 4 different machines and his crew chief and race operations director is Dad Bill… Neat stuff from a great kid who is going to be a decent race car driver with the continued time and effort that he and his team put forth!..
Rotax JR.was won by the “Racing Radish” Max Mulkey. Mulkey from Monmouth, OR a small farming community also captured the 2011 OSKCS Championship. Mulkey was also a regular NW Gold Cup/RotaxMax Challenge Series competitor for most of 2011 until a terrible T-bone crash in an event in Tri-Cites stifled his chances at making a run for the title, as the he and his team experienced the “New Chassis Blues” after purchasing two replacement chassis after the crash. Mulkey and his Dad Garth farm radishes and hope to run a full season on the NW Gold Cup Circuit in 2012. The Mulkeys are a class act, great competitors, and an asset to both series but would be in any series they are just that kind of people.
Kevin Keller won the 125cc shifter class beating out Mitch Kirkpatrick. Keller will the also be the OSKCS 125cc Shifter Champion for 2011.
Thanks to everyone at both the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex and the Portland Karting Association for all of the hard work and dedication that it takes to make the series roll…I’m certainly looking forward to being the official announcing service of the Oregon State Karting Championship Series….Please sign up for the NWRR and have it delivered to your e-mail…For the Northwest Race Report I’m Terry Bridges and thanks for reading!