FWT: Cristiano Morgado Dominates once again in DD2 Masters; Leonardo Nienkotter victorious in Rotax Masters on Sunday
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.
Cristiano Morgado (CRG) started to break away from the pack at the beginning of the DD2 Masters Pre Final. Scott Campbell (CRG) and Luis Schiavo (Praga) would battle for second as Stuart Clark (Maranello) and Alessandro Manetti (Praga) battled for fourth. On lap two, Manetti overtook Clark in turn five and begin to pull away. Manetti would then catch up to the rear of Schiavo a few laps later and he would make it a three way battle for the second position. On lap nine Manetti got by Schiavo going into the first corner for the third position as Campbell would be the next driver on Manetti’s path to the front. At the line Morgado would take a three-second win over Campbell, Manetti, Rene Martinelli (CRG), as Andres Fonseca Grajales (CRG) finished in the fifth position.
Scott Campbell took the lead from the outside of Morgado going into the first corner but would lose it to right back to Morgado, and falling to fourth as Martinelli and Manetti would also get by. On lap six of the final Manetti would get passed Martinelli as he would try to close the one-second gap to Morgado in the lead. But it just wasn’t going to happen as Morgado was in cruise control up front. At the line Cristiano Morgado would take his fourth straight victory of the season in the Rotax DD2 Masters Final ahead of Manetti, Martinelli, Campbell, and Juan Font (Kosmic) who got by Schiavo on the final lap.
Leonardo Nienkotter (Kosmic) capitalized from Derek Wang’s (FA Kart) poor start in the Rotax masters Pre final to the lead from the get go. There would be a four kart battle for the lead as Nienkotter would be followed by Wang, Scott Falcone (Arrow), and Dario Gallegher (Intrepid). Gallegher would pass Falcone for the third going into the first corner on lap three of the race. Things at the front of the field would be stationary for majority of the race as Jason Bell (Kosmic) finally made his way to the fifth position after passing Michael Auriemma (CRG) with two laps to go. At the Line it would be Nienkotter with the win ahead of Wang, Falcone, Bell and Gallegher who would loss a bunch of time on the last lap to finish in the fifth position.
Leonardo Nienkotter grabbed the holeshot going into the first corner with Falcone into the second position, and contact forced Derek Wang to lose time to the two driver at the front of the field, putting his winning streak in jeopardy. Nienkotter would start to gap Falcone as the top three would have a big gap separating each other just past the half way point. The field would have no major battles for position as the three time TaG Masters SKUSA Supernats Champion Nienkotter took the win ahead of Falcone, Wand, Raul Costa, and Michael Auriemma completing the top-five.
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.