SKUSA SN16: Gabby Chaves wins an exciting TaG Senior SuperNationals Final!
The 2012 SKUSA SuperNationals XVI kicked off it’s Super Sunday day of competition with the TaG Senior class first on the order sheet. The class started with 93 drivers from around the globe, all vying for a $2000 winners cheque and SuperNationals glory!
The race began with a bang as the Final field of 42 barrelled into the first corner, with pole sitter Dennis Olsen (Energy Kart) being turned at the apex of corner one, causing a large melee of activity and a major shakeup of the order. Getting away early, Joel Jens (TonyKart), who started from outside the top-ten, was able to pull a slight gap with Canadian Luke Chudleigh (Prime/Maranello) in tow, but it would only last for 4 laps before Scott Hargrove (Italkart) was able to takeover the lead position, and Chudleigh began to fall.
As the field hit the halfway point, Louie Pagano (Birel) was now up front, with Gabby Chaves (Kosmic) and Kiel Spalding (TopKart) in hot pursuit. After making a hard charge back to the front, Michael Valiante’s (Italkart) day was over as contact in turn one with Phil DeLaO (TopKart) forced him into the exit barriers.
A solid drive through the field for Fast Qualifier Charles Leclerc (ART GP) saw him move up to fourth with eight to go, and looking for more, with Remo Ruscitti (Italkart) and Jens following closely.
Tracking down Pagano, Chaves made his move to the inside of corner one with five to go, and made it stick, and with posting his fastest lap with one to go, Chaves held on for victory, his first SuperNationals title. Pagano would take second, Spalding third, Leclerc fourth and Ruscitti fifth.
Hargrove would fall to ninth at the finish, while Cory Cacciaviilani (CF Racing/Kosmic) would end up 21st. Valiente and Chudleigh would not finish.