Rotax Pan Am: Spectacular Comeback by Lance Fenderson for Mini-Max Victory
After being forced to start all three heat races from the rear of the field, Lance Fenderson (BENIK Kart) had his work cut out for himself. To make matters worse, a penalty following the third heat race meant he would start the PreFinal from 16th instead of eighth. But all he needed was a fighting chance and on Sunday it was all Fenderson in the Mini-Max category.
He drove all the way to second place in the PreFinal, giving him a front row starting spot for the Final.
Fenderson along with Enzo Fittipaldi (Orsolon/TonyKart) and Harry Coulton (Anderson/Birel) broke away from the field from the drop of the green flag. The three traded the lead gracefully in the first half of the race, while those behind fought hard, including an accident between Lachlan Defrancesco (BENIK Kart) and Sebastien Alvarez (PSL/CRG) that took them out of contention early.
With two laps to go Fenderson moved to the lead in corner one and never looked back, leaving both Fittipaldi and Coulton scrapping for the runner-up spot.
Taking the victory with both hands in the air, Fenderson completed the weekend comeback in superb fashion to win over Coulton and Fittipaldi.
In a very exciting closing lap race for fourth, Canadian Matthew Latifi (Ferrolati Corse/TonyKart) scored the position after starting back in 18th. Fifth place went to Michael d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) as he too had to drive through the field after an incident in the PreFinal.
Nicholas d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) finished ninth and Defrancesco back in 15th.