The 2013 SKUSA SuperNationals XVII are underway in Las Vegas. While the event usually features sunshine, warm weather and amazing atmosphere, this years event has been plagued by rain and cold weather. There is also a shortage of rain tires available, forcing many drivers to skip qualifying on Thursday.
While things in the morning group held up the activity for the afternoon classes, including a weather delay, things finally got rolling just before 4:00PM local time. With the temperature dropping, the rain finally let up and on track activity was finally able to resume.
KZ2 hit the track with the track getting showing some dry patches. While the grip level was still very low, everyone still opted for rain tires with the exception of one.
The session was fierce as drivers chased every inch of dry asphalt as laps dropped lap after lap. While everyone had their eyes on Jason Faint (Energy), it would be the Italian Davide Fore (CRG) who set the pace. Faint was able to muscle himself around to post the third fastest time behind Frances Anthony Abbasse (Sodi-Kart).
However Fore was accessed a three-position penalty moving Abbasse to the top spot and the inside-pole for all three heat races. Faint advanced to second, with Canadian Philip Orcic (CRG) third. Belgian Xen de Ruwe (PSL/CRG) completed the top-five.
GP Canada teammates Nico Fattore and Zach Meyer ended up 21st and 22nd, with Aaron Attard 30th overall.
Fore Charges to Win Heat #1
Starting fourth didn’t phase Fore as the Italian driver immediately went into battle with Abbasse for the lead with the race going well into the evening hours. The two were able to break away from Jonathon Thonon (Praga) with Fore taking the heat win. Patrick Hajek (Praga wound up fourth just ahead of Bas Lammers (Intrepid).
While Meyer advanced up to finish fifteenth and Attard and Learn moved up to 25th and 28th, it was tough runs for Orcic and Fattore who both ended up on the sidelines by the end of lap two.