SuperNationals XVII: Nick Rowe leads Aussie 1-2 in TaG Senior Final
The rain finally halted on Sunday morning in Las Vegas, USA and for the first time since Wednesday, the sun was shining on the SKUSA SuperNationals at the RIO Hotel & Casino. It was SuperSunday as 11 classes hit the track all seeking SuperNationals glory.
It has been a trying week and the change of weather was a nice way to close things out in Las Vegas.
45 TaG Senior karts left the grid to start the Final with not only $6000 on the line for the victor, but also the SKUSA National Title.
The start was wild and collected many victims, including two Canadians in the field. Parker Thompson (Energy Kart) and Zachary Claman DeMelo (IPK/Praga) ran out of space exiting the first corner as over a dozen karts piled up on top of each other. The mayhem continued throughout the remainder of the first lap and into the second with a full course yellow issued on lap three, as water poured out of a barrier. The red flag was eventually thrown on lap five to replace the barrier and clean up the water with Australian David Sera (Arrow) leading American Dalton Sargeant (TonyKart).
The single file restart was just as intense as the first one, this time claiming NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger (FA Kart), who started on the front row beside Sera.
Sargeant went into pursuit of Sera, but the Australian was too much early on and began to pull a gap from the field, and Sargeant was swallowed up by American Mason Chelootz (Top Kart), Italian Marco Maestranzi (Top Kart) and Australian Nick Rowe (Arrow). Canadian Remo Ruscitti (Italkart) was also in on the action inside the top-five, but his race came to quick end when he made contact with the outside barrier in corner one.
In the second half, Chelootz caught Sera made his pass for the lead to the inside in corner one. Sera tried to go over-under, but the two would make contact with Sera flying up and over Chelootz. This allowed Rowe to make his way by and immediately pull a nice lead.
For Parker Thompson, his charge from the rear of the field was impressive as the rookie senior driver drove all the way to finish 12th, with a pretty beaten up Energy Kart.
From there, Lowe never looked back, and scored his first SuperNationals victory with Sera finishing second and Maestranz third.