Canadian Justin Arseneau (PSL/CRG) set the pace in the 15-minute Rotax Micro-Max qualifying session to earn himself a trip to the SuperPole session along with Americans Jak Crawford (BENIK Kart), Ugo Ugochukwu (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) and Reece Gold (TonyKart) and Columbians Sebastien Montoya (Birel) and Juan David Martinez (Goodwood/Intrepid).
But in the SuperPole Gold rose to the occasion and snagged the pole position away from Arseneau, who had to settle for third behind Crawford. Ugochukwu, Montoya and Martinez rounded out the fast six.
In the very close Mini-Max division the top-10 drivers through the 15-minute timed qualifying session were within three-tenths of a second! The top-six drivers to advance to the SuperPole were Brazillian Enzo Fittipaldi (Orsolon/TonyKart), Canadian/American’s Michael d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) and Lachlan DeFrancesco (Benik Kart), Americans Filip Niemkiewicz (PSL/CRG) and Harry Coulton, along with Mexican Sebastien Alvarez (PSL/CRG).
Fittipaldi backed up his qualifying time to score the outright pole, with d’Orlando only 0.064 seconds behind! DeFrancesco was able to muscle the third quickest time followed by Alvarez, Niemkiewicz and Coulton.
Matthew Latifi (Ferrolati Corse/TonyKart) wound up eighth in the group with Nicholas d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) right behind him in ninth.
Saturday at the Coldstone Creamery Rotax Pan American Challenge will feature three rounds of heat races for each class. Plenty of racing is on tap in anticipation of Sundays main events.