The 2013 Florida Winter Tour is underway in Homestead, Florida, USA. This weekend see’s the Rotax Max Challenge divisions hitting the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway, all seeking valuable championship points and individual race glory. After a week’s worth of practice, Friday saw drivers have two separate qualifying sessions, setting the grids for both Saturday and Sunday’s pre finals and Last Chance races.
Ignacio Salvucci (AM Kart) surprised the Rotax Junior division when he took pole-position for Sunday with a lap time of 48.015 seconds. Thomas Issa (Kosmic) posted the second quickest lap of the session putting down a time of 48.175 while Brazilian PSL Karting teammates, Gustavo Bandeira (CRG) and Pedro Cardoso (CRG) took third and fourth. Florida’s Christian Munoz (Tony Kart) took fifth overall coming off a very good showing in the Formula Kart Weekend.
In the afternoon session to set Saturday’s order, the top two switched positions as it was Issa taking the pole with a lap time of 48.199, just over a tenth ahead of Savucci. Kyle Kirkwood (TonyKart) and Darren Keane (TonyKart) both had a good showing in the session as they would take the third and fourth positions with Bandiera once again qualified in the top-five as he posted a lap two-thousandths of a second shy of Keanes best in the session.
Jack Weprin who dominated the West Palm Beach rounds of the championship qualified in eleventh for Saturday and eighth for Sunday’s race as he looks to extend his healthy championship lead going into Ocala.