Team BRK Energy had a very successful few weeks of racing, already locking up their first championships of the year, and adding to their Pro Kart Challenge win total. BRK Energy drivers Christian Brooks and Jacob Hudson solidified their positions at the top of the podium during the final two rounds of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas in Fontana, Ca at the CalSpeed Karting Center.
Brooks scored two wins in Mini-Max while Micro-Max driver Hudson earned a win and a 4th, both driver's results locked up the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas titles. With their championships, Hudson and Brooks earned a ticket to the US Rotax Grand Nationals later in the year. Brooks, the returning Mini Max National champion will defend his 2011 title and Hudson will take his first trip to the big show and compete against the best in the country.
“I'm very proud of the team” said director sportif Buddy Rice. “The juniors really brought their “A” games in the early season with Gatorz. We scored two championships with Brooks and Hudson, while Royal McKee and Derek DesLauriers both finished 3rd overall in their classes.”
While much attention was paid to the championships, there is no denying that the BRK Energy drivers had the home track dialed in. Saturday started off well for team BRK with Christian Brooks sweeping the Mini-Max class. With a pole, the heat race win, and ultimately the victory in the final Brooks was untouchable. Royal McKee finished in 5th, but captured the pole position to begin Sunday's Mini-Max action. Brooks overcame a few challenges in Sunday's final including a time penalty to procure his second win of the weekend. McKee was involved in the epic battle for 2nd place and after 16 laps joined teammate Brooks on the Gatorz podium.
Senior Rotax saw BRK Energy driver John Wallace III lead the charge on Saturday. With one of his best drives to date Wallace impressed with a fantastic 8th place finish. Andrew Zimmer also ran well finishing just outside the top ten. Zimmer and Wallace traded places in Sunday's final with Zimmer scoring 7th and Wallace ending up 13th.
Team BRK Energy posted three more top ten finishes with Masters driver Larry Hayashigawa just missing the top five in 6th for Sunday's Masters class. Junior Rotax pilot Marco Ekains performed solidly all weekend finishing inside the top ten both days.
Drivers under the BRK Trackside Support tent at Challenge of the Americas: Travis Lowe, John Wallace, Aleigo Fernandez, Andrew Zimmer (Black Flag), Christian Brooks, Royal Mckee, Derek Delarus, Jacob Hudson (Black Flag), Macro Ekains (Black Flag), Larry Hayashigawa, Harin DeSilva.
Matt Johnson began his season with a big win for BRK Energy in the opening round of SKUSA's Pro Kart Challenge. Johnson comes in sporting the #3 plate but is on a mission to earn the #1 plate for the 2013 season. Johnson has a love hate relationship with Willow Springs Kart Track; he is either fast or not so much. This weekend Johnson was super-fast, sweeping every timed on track session. Starting from the pole with a 43.860-lap time Johnson went on to lead flag to flag in both 12-lap heat races, securing P1 for the main event. In the feature race, Johnson drove away from the battle for second, securing the victory by 3.5 seconds and adding the bonus points to his total for fast lap of the race. 2011 PKC champ BRK Energy driver Travis Lowe was able to secure the second spot after a heated battle.
Christian Brooks continued his assault on the TAG Junior title with another solid performance. Brooks finished right on the heels of the leaders with a 5th place finish and is honing his skills for the upcoming SKUSA Spring Nationals.
Drivers under the BRK Trackside Support tent: Matt Johnson, Travis Lowe, Alegio Fernandez, Christian Brooks.
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