SKUSA SuperNationals: Maestranzi cuts through the field to win TaG Senior
A DNF in heat racing set Marco Maestranzi back to 24th to start today’s Final. Maestranzi showed his outright speed in multiple sessions this week that hinted at his chances today. After avoiding the carnage of TaG racing on lap one, Maestranzi was into ninth by lap two. Making smart passes put Maestranzi into second on lap seventeen. Heading into turn one on lap eighteen, Maestranzi put a move on David Sera that the Austrailian could not defend. Maestranzi continued his torrid pace over the final eight laps to earn the victory by 3.2 seconds.
Behind Maestranzi was the Deadly Kart duo of Austin McCusker and David Sera. McCusker has impressed us all week, continuously running at the front and winning his Heat 2. Sera grabbed the early lead over Dalton Sargeant and took command for the first half of the race, but both McCusker and Maestranzi had too much for him to hold back.
Sargeant was running in fourth on the final lap before a brake failure put him into the barriers in turn 2. Ben Stewart ran down McCusker and Sera near the end, finishing right behind in fourth. Canadian Jordan Redlin came home fifth, setting fast lap of the race.
Point leader Jake Craig was involved in an incident witht Danny Formal on the opening lap, and was unable to continue. Unofficially, thanks for Craig’s performances in the heat races, he will be the National Champion in TaG Senior.
It was a stellar run for Redlin, who started 24th, to finish inside the top-five leading and the Canadian contingent. Further down the results, Remo Ruscitti and Kevin Monteith finished 20th and 21st, respectively.