Last weekend was the Rotax Summer Challenge in Warburg, AB. The weather was great and there were 127 total entries in 10 classes. Scott Campbell Racing/ Karting Canada had 3 Ricciardo Karts under the tent.
The first kart to hit the track was the Ricciardo DD2 piloted by Scott Campbell late afternoon and early evening on Friday. Right from the very first practice to the end of the final Scott was the fastest kart every session and top of the charts every time. He ended up winning the final by a commanding 11.7 seconds and earning himself a trip to the Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal later this year in November. This was the first race for Scott since the SuperNats in 2013 and he was very happy to see that the rust was able to shake off quickly.
Next up was the Briggs classes on late afternoon and early evening on Saturday. The team had Scott driving in the 22 kart Senior Briggs class and Townes Allen in the Briggs Junior 1 class. Scott qualified 5th and had some contact in both heat races but still managed to start the final in the same 5th spot. From the green flag he was able to slot into the 3rd spot and then in the next two laps pass for the lead. He held the lead till 4 laps from the end and then made a last lap last corner pass for the win. Townes Allen had a much different race from Scott in Briggs. He did what Scott did in the DD2. Every session he was the fastest kart and top of the charts for the sweep of the class. He also ended up winning the final by a commanding 11.7 seconds.
On another note the team had Townes Allen running the Mini Max class where he qualified pole and ended up finishing the final in 3rd and earning a trip to Somona in March next year for the Challenge of the Americas final rounds. Dalton Hubred also was running a kart under the tent and struggled to get up to speed in the Rotax Sr class. He has been out of the kart for many years and is trying to get back up to speed. He ended up finishing 11th overall in the final.
The team was very happy with the results and this was the debut for the Ricciardo Karts in Western Canada. With having 3 karts at the event and all three winning their classes has sparked a lot of interest into the Ricciardo Karts. For more information on the Ricciardo Karts contact Scott Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave Campbell at email@example.com.
Photos by: Naila Deen