This past weekend, a large selection on racers travelled to Pittsburgh International Race Complex for the WKA Manufacturers Cup Checkered Motorsports Nationals. The event was the fourth round of the five-race championship. A trio of Canadians were on hand for the event and scored some very impressive results.
Leading the charge was Ontario’s Grant Quinlan. Competing in four classes throughout the weekend, Quinlan has been a hotshoe at WKA competition, as a past Triple-Crown Champion. Kicking things off, Quick scored the pole-position in Saturdays Komet Jr division. Some great racing would see Quinlan manage to stay up front but settle for third at the finish. In his second class of the day, the MRP Motorsport/Birel driver was on fire and scored an impressive victory in Yamaha Junior.
Returning on Sunday, Quinlan once again dominated the Yamaha Junior division. Taking the pole-position in Qualifying he went on to cruise to his second victory of the weekend. Unfortunately his luck would run out the Komet Junior Final on Sunday as an accident would force him to the sidelines.
“It was a good weekend overall,” explained Quinlan when contacted by CKN. “We didn’t have a lot of practice and skipped the Great Lakes Sprint Series event the weekend before, putting us behind a bit. But to come out with two victories and a third, I’m happy. The Championship is very tight in both classes right now and I’m ready for the season finale at Mooresville later this year.”
Also competing in the Komet and Yamaha classes was Clay Van Eerd. While he struggled on Saturday only managing an eighth place result in Komet Junior, Van Eerd turned it up on Sunday and place himself on the podium in fourth place in Komet Junior.
The final Canadian to hit the track in Pittsburgh was Roman DeAngelis. Competing in the Sportsman divisions, Deangelis scored a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Cadet Sportsman 1 Final, and the Yamaha Sportsman 2 Final. DeAngelis also earned a pair of tenth-place results in the categories as well. The KoeneUSA.com driver now returns to Ontario this week to compete at the 2013 ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Championships at Goodwood Kartways.