Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, February 4th, 2012 Tucson, AZ
In their first major outing of the 2012 season Team BRK and their stable of drivers came out swinging on the Energy Kart. Leading the fight was reigning Rotax US National Champion Christian Brooks.
Photo by Sean Buur | Go Racing Magazine
Brooks put the hurt on the Mini Max field from the drop of the first green flag. Saturday's qualifying session saw Brooks gap the field by nearly 8 tenths on his way to the prefinal win. Brooks went out hard for the first few laps of the final, gaining a healthy advantage over the field before kicking it into cruise mode for his first victory of the 2012 season. Sunday was a near repeat with Brooks again completing the sweep. BRK Energy team driver Royal McKee joined Brooks both days on the podium with 3rd and 2nd place finishes. The BRK Energy team held 2/3rds of the Gatorz Challenge podiums on both days in Mini Max. Garrett Gulenchyn also scored a pair of top tens for BRK Energy.
“It was a good showing for the team,” said Buddy Rice. “We are learning more and more about the Energy chassis with every on track session, but with 3 wins on the weekend we are off to a good start. We had a little bad luck in the Senior classes, but Travis Lowe was in the hunt in International and John Wallace bounced back with a 3rd in Sunday's DD2. Overall I'm pleased and looking forward to the Phoenix race.”
Energy did well in Micro Max as well with Derek DesLauriers aboard his BRK Energy scoring the pole on Saturday and finishing it off with a win in the final. Jacob Hudson was under the BRK tent with Black flag Racing and proved his worth with 2nd place finishes in both 18 lap main events.
John Wallace III flew the flag for BRK in DD2 competition. Saturday didn't go as planned, but Wallace drove a fantastic final on Sunday to earn himself and BRK 3rd place and a trip to the world famous Gatorz podium.