In the final weekend of the 2014 Florida Winter Tour, there has been plenty of action both on and off the track as class championships and race wins has everyone of their toes pushing to their limits.
American Nick Neri (OGP/TonyKart) was the man to beat in Rotax DD2 and his day on Saturday certainly helped push him towards securing the class championship on Sunday.
After qualifying on the pole-position on Friday, Neri allowed no other driver even the chance at the lead in both the prefinal and Final on Saturday, cruising to victory in both and adding his name to the very impressive list of DD2 winners in 2014, the fourth different winner through five races.
As the group left the grid for the Final, championship hopeful Daniel Formal (PSL/CRG) was stranded with an apparent starter issue, sidelining him from the Final. On track, second place went to Ben Cooper (KMS/Birel) who is spending his weekend back aboard a DD2 kart. Cooper enjoyed a spirited battle with Jonathan Kotyk (OGP/TonyKart) in the opening stages of the Final but ultimately pulled away but wasn’t able to reel in Neri. Kotyk held on for third.
Reigning Rotax Grand Finals Champion Simas Jourdvirsus (Energy Kart Canada/Energy Kart) of Lithuania scored his best result of the season with a fourth place run with Canadian Jeff Kingsley (PSL/CRG) close behind in fifth. Fred Woodley (Prime/Maranello) was seventh while Max Preston (Goodwood/Intrepid) and Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL/CRG) were 13th and 14th at the line.