Championship Sunday. The final day of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour is in the books as series hit the track at Ocala Gran Prix under a wide mixture of weather, including very heavy winds and even an intense downpour, and heated action on track. Seven class champions were crowned, with six tickets awarded to the Rotax Grand Finals, held this November in New Orleans, USA.
As the top two drivers in the Championship didn’t race today Alessandro Manetti (Praga) would set clear of the field in the DD2 Masters pre final ahead of reigning FWT Champion Alan Rudolph (CRG). On lap six Manetti would pull off the track giving the lead to Juan Font (Kosmic) who would get by Rudolph for the second earlier in the race. Rudolph would take the lead back with five laps to go. But on the next lap by the starter Font would take the leader at which point it started to rain. With two laps to go Rudolph would take the lead back. Rudolph then went on to take the Pre final win ahead of Font and Andres Foncesca Grajales (CRG).
Rudolph took the lead right from the start of the DD2 Masters Final and he would stay at the top position for majority of the race. Manetti would go to second on the first lap from his fourth place starting spot but would retire from the race two laps later. The only battle on track would be between Font and Grajales as Rudolph checked out at the front of the field and Elvis Stojko (Praga) still coming to terms with racing in the wet conditions. Rudolph would take the win unchalleged ahead of Font, Grajales and Manetti who retired early in the race.
After parking their PSL Karting prepared entries in the final round Cristiano Morgado and Scott Campbell would come out on top for the Championship and the two former Grand Final’s Champions will once again compete head to head for another year, this time in New Orleans, USA. Font would finish third in the championship ahead of Grajales and Manetti.
Points leader Derek Wang (FA Kart) would have a great start in the Pre final as he would pull out a near one-second lead over second place drivers Jason Bell (TonyKart) and Patricio Larrea (TonyKart). Larrea would take second away from Bell as the Ecuadorean driver would would have another impressive day in Ocala. After starting the pre final at the rear of the field Scott Falcone (Arrow) would drive up to fifth on lap twelve as he set himself up for a shot at the win in the final. Derek Wang would take the win in the pre final ahead of Larrea, Bell, Falcone, and Michael Auriemma (CRG).
Larrea immediately took the lead away from Derek Wang at the start of the Final as Wang would come under pressure from Bell for the second spot. By the half way distance of the race Wang would be able to reel in Larrea to try and take the first position. Falcone who started in the back of the field again was now behind both Larrea and Wang. Falcone took second away from Wang and sought after the leader. Taking the lead coming out of the final corner as the came to the white flag, Falcone would take his second win of the season ahead of Larrea, Wang, Bell and Auriemma. In the points Wang won the Championship ahead of Falcone and Bell. Auriemma and Dario Gallegher complete the top five as they performed well against the top drivers in the class.