CRG America Team driver and New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) track pro Arie Ouimet put it all together this past weekend to score his first victory of the 2011 World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup season. Sunday's dominating performance in qualifying, heat race and final in the ultra competitive TAG 2 division is testament to the front running CRG brand and the Joe White Racing prepared Parilla Leopard.
"The competition is extremely tough at WKA this season," expressed Ouimet after his victory on Sunday. "Each and every race we have more drivers entered that can win including past champions and future stars. I was happy that we were able to put it all together this weekend to come out on top."
One of three females from the CRG America Team, Kristina Vorndran scored her first career Manufacturers Cup podium result in her first WKA event with a solid fifth place finish aboard her P1 Engines powered CRG Blackstar. Joining Kristina as a WKA newcomer was Thomas Appleton. Hailing from North Andover MA, Appleton took the WKA program in stride as he used this weekend to get up to speed with the talent-laded field. Hovering in the top ten for most of the race, a slight mistake in the closing laps of the main event allowed a group of karts to slip by his CRG Blackstar as he came home with a solid fourteenth place result. Both Vorndran and Appleton have plans to attend the fourth round of the WKA Manufacturers Series in Wampum, PA later on this year.
While the CRG America Team struggled on Saturday, there were some bright spots in the mix with CRG branded drivers. Nick Rivellini proved that he could compete with some of the countries best, as his sixth place qualifying effort in the TaG 1 class would be the best of the team. When the dust had finally settled on Saturday's racing action, Oumiet and Rivellini would claim top ten results while fellow CRG Driver, Anthony Gangi Jr., had a seventh place finish aboard his CRG Big Al in the Sportsman division.
Saturday's Parilla Leopard class started off better than the TAG 1 division with Ouimet qualifying in the second position. When the battle ensued in the prefinal, Ouimet would run at the front of the field but a slight mistake would see him spin his CRG ride on the exit of turn five. With the mistake, as well as a track re-entry penalty, Ouimet would be forced to start the feature from the tail of the field. Both Vorndran and Appleton would compete in the class and improved in the prefinal from their qualifying positions as they managed to finish in the top half of the thirty plus kart field.
The Parilla Leopard final proved to be an exciting race for all three CRG America Team drivers as Vorndran claimed her first top ten finish crossing the stripe in the ninth spot while Ouimet would come home tenth. Thomas Appleton would continue his WKA experience with a solid top fifteen result.
"We have big plans for the future and really want to ramp up our WKA efforts," expressed CRG America Team Manager Mark Ouimet. "We will be offering spots under the team tent as well as arrive and drive positions for all classes at the remaining two rounds of the series. Any interested driver is asked to contact me to secure your spot."
Next on the docket for the CRG America squad will be the fourth round of the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series at the fast BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. Taking place in Wampum, PA, CRG America will look to continue their recent WKA success and stand atop the podium yet again
For more information on CRG America, the race team and the CRG product line please visit www.CRG-America.com or contact Mark Ouimet at CRG America at 877.467.7201 or via e-mail at MOuimet@CRG-America.com. For press release information, please contact Race Tech Development at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail at Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com.