It was another beautiful day in Ocala, Florida as the 2014 Florida Winter Tour hosted round four at Ocala Gran Prix. As the championship continues past its midway point and looks towards the final round next month, Sunday’s race day in Ocala helped give us a look at the championship contenders in each class.
It was business as usual for Luis Schiavo (Goodwood/Intrepid) in DD2 Masters as he fought off an early battle with Derek Wang (KGK/FA Kart) to score his 2014 FWT leading sixth victory of the season. Schiavo now has three victories in four races and is a definite title contender in both DD2 and Max Masters. Carlos Medina (CRG) overcame Wang in the closing stages to take second while Wang completed the Sunday podium.
Francis Mondou was a DNF, closing out a very challenging weekend for the French-Canadian.
Trouble on the formation lap caused some confusion at the start as Schiavo bogged down and wasn’t able to get up to speed. This allowed Raul Costa (TonyKart) to take the early lead before the red flag was shown for a scary incident in turn one, that included Canadian David Shutiak (CRG). We are awaiting to hear the condition of Shutiak as he was transferred to the local hospital.
Once things resumed, Costa surrendered the lead to Scott Falcone (Kartsport/Arrow), and previous FWT Masters Champion, and it was all Falcone to the checkers as he become the only driver other than Schiavo to win in the class in 2014. Costa came home second while Brian MacHattie (OGP/TonyKart) completed the podium.
Peter Courteau (Mosport/Kosmic) and Keith Miller wound up sixth and seventh.
The youngest category on track once again provided great racing and an epic battle to the finish.
Up front, Mattheus Morgatto (Kosmic) out-duelled Saturday winner Reece Gold (TonyKart) for the win, while Jo Nunez (Benik Kart) initially crossed in third. However Nunez was penalized for a last-lap incident with Anthony Famularo (AM Kart), with this moving Canadian Joshua Cunha onto the podium for the second straight day. The difference today was, Cunha started the Final from the tail of the grid after losing a chain in the prefinal. It was a great drive by Cunha who just successfully picked off one kart after another, while posting the fastest laps of the race in the process.
In his first race of the season, Thomas Nepveu (SH Racing/FA KarT) rebounded after losing his pole-position on Friday to finish seventh, as he too started from the rear of the field in the Final.
Finally, having a great race, and his best thus far in 2014, was Jeremy Tallon (KMS/Birel). He ended up 12th at the finish and now looks forward to the season finale at Orlando.