FWT: Ben Cooper drives to victory in Rotax DD2 Sunday Final
The final day of the Homestead rounds of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour took place on Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. A gentle fog greeted competitors as they arrived at the track, predicting a very warm and humid day in south Florida.
In the Rotax DD2 class, Saturday winner Xen De Ruwe (Formula K) took the lead from the start in the Pre final with Colin Daley Jr. (CRG) and Marco Di Leo (Praga) close behind. Entering the first corner Daley attempted a pass on De Ruwe which would send them both wide allowing Di Leo to take the lead as he was follow by Ben Cooper (Birel). On the same lap Cooper took the lead from Di Leo who was also passed by Pearce Herder (LH Kart) for the second position. The next time by the line Herder would be passed by De Ruwe, Di Leo, Kevin Ludi (Birel) and Jesse Lazare (CRG) as he would fall down the order to the sixth position. On lap nine Lazare took the fourth from Ludi coming on to the back straightaway. Herder then took the fifth position from Ludi with four laps to go as the Swiss driver fell down to the seventh position behind James Hinchcliffe (TonyKart). At the line it was Cooper taking the win ahead of De Ruwe, Di Leo, Lazare, and Herder.
In the Final, Ben Cooper took the early lead as Di Leo slotted into the second position ahead of Ruwe. Joining the three up front was Herder and Ludi making it a five-horse race. On lap eight Lazare and Hinchcliffe would get a by Ludi pushing him down to seventh. With five laps to go Cooper has built a two-second gap to Di Leo as he would work hard to keep De Ruwe at bay in third. At the line it was Ben Cooper taking his second victory of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour ahead of Di Leo, De Ruwe, Lazare and Hinchcliffe.
The third and final round of the Florida Winter Tour will take place at the Ocala Gran Prix karting facility in Ocala, Florida. The tight and twisty facility in north Florida will see the Rotax racers complete their final two race days to determine each class champion on March 22-24.