Rotax Pan Am: Ashley Rogero Victorious in Rotax Junior!
Another beautiful day welcome drivers and teams to the final day of action at the 2012 Rotax Pan American Championship Finals, held at the Track at Centennial in Colorado, USA.
The Rotax Junior class always provides plenty of attention, and this weekend was no different. After an eventful pre final, that saw positions change in nearly every corner, Ashley Rogero (TonyKart/USA) placed herself on the pole-position for the final.
Rogero would take the holeshot into corner one, but her lead did not last long as Walldinger Scholarship racer Kyle Kirkwood (Arrow/USA) dove to the inside of corner 14 to take the lead.
The front six would break away in the opening stages, but it wasn’t until lap four when the action picked up. Rogero returned to the lead in corner one, while Juan Manuel Correa (Praga/USA) had worked his way to third.
By lap seven, Rogero’s pace was just too much for Kirkwood as she began to pull away, and Correa and Jake Craig (Kosmic/USA) would make a three kart battle for second.
On lap nineteen, Correa was finally able to make his move to second, but up front, Rogero had checked out, scoring the victory and earning a position on Team USA for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, being held in Portugal in late November. It will be Rogero’s second trip to the ‘Worlds’ as she competed in 2010 in Italy. Correa would finish second, with Luke Sellikan (Kosmic/USA) in third just ahead of Kirkwood and Craig.
The rocky road for the pair of Canadians in the field would see Anthony Tolfa (TonyKart) finish tenth, while Jeffrey Kingsley would end up thirteenth.