American Gary Carlton set the quickest time (54.078) in KZ2 qualifying yesterday for the opening round of the WSK World Series — which is being held at the Algarve International Karting Circuit in Portimao, Portugal. He followed up that performance with a 2nd in Heat 1, 3rd in Heat 2, and a win in Heat 3. He will start second in the pre-final.
“I’m a bit surprised myself,” said Carlton with a laugh in a recent interview with TKart Magazine. “A win is possible… with the used tires, I’m quite good. In reality, if they [referring to Dreezen and Thonon] don’t find the set-up, I think it’s mine to lose.”
Carlton is one of six North Americans competing in Portugal this weekend as part of the WSK World Series. Canadian Philip Orcic is competing in Super KF and will start 16th in the pre-final. American Gustavo Menezes put together two solid third place finishes and a sixth in the KF2 heat races; he will start 7th in the pre-final. Phil DeLaO, whose making his first international start, will head to the KF2 last chance qualifier (LCQ) for his opportunity to advance. Raquel Martinez will start 32nd in the KF3 pre-final with Tristan DeGrand just behind her in 34th.
Watch for another update later this weekend.
The WSK World Series will head to America for the second round of the 2010 championship. The next race is scheduled to take place July 29-August 1 at Millville, New Jersey.
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