Another beautiful day welcome drivers and teams to the final day of action at the 2012 Rotax Pan American Championship Finals, held at the Track at Centennial in Colorado, USA.
In Rotax DD2, this week has been all about Collin Daley (CRG/Jamaica). Daley qualified on the pole-position, won two out of three heat races, won the pre final in fine form, and when it was time for the Final, Daley checked out of that too.
After a tire issue forced event official’s to make the right call in awarding every driver in the class a new set of Mojo tires for the final, it was Troy Castaneda (Kosmic/USA) who got the jump into the early lead from the outside pole position, and he brought Brendon Bain (Maranello/Canada) with him. However, his run at the front lasted only four corners as he was forced off track in corner six. This allowed Bain to gain the lead, but that too only lasted so long, as Daley was able to sneak inside corner six and take the lead on the following lap.
On lap four, the race was brought to a red flag after a cable had fallen onto the racetrack, but the official’s quickly cleared it up and DD2 was back under way.
From there Daley was able to pull away. Luis Schiavo (Praga/Venezuela) worked into second and the remainder of the class battled for the final podium position. Bain held the position until lap seventeen when a mechanical issue forced him out of the race. Eventually it would be Tyler McEwen (CRG/Canada) who would earn the final podium position, as he made a great charge in the final stages. Daniel Burkett (LH Kart/Canada) finished fourth, while Alessandro Bizzotto (CRG/Canada) finished sixth.
The victory for Daley earns him a position on Team USA for the upcoming Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, held this year in Portugal.