DOUBLE WIN FOR SPEED CONCEPTS RACING DURING ROUND TWO OF THE FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
It was Ayden Ingratta and Scott Roberts who added to Speed Concepts Racing’s resume this past weekend as the pair of drivers topped their respective divisions at the second round of the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour. Taking on the Ocala Gran Prix facility, Ingratta secured his first national level victory as Roberts overcame adversity in wet weather qualifying to win in Masters.
It was a double podium performance for Speed Concepts Racing in the VLR Junior category as Paul Bocuse and Ayden Ingratta were able to close the weekend with second and third place results. Bocuse turned his fourth-place qualifying result into second, third and first place finishes in the heat races while Ingratta went third, fifth and second after qualifying in the ninth position. Ingratta continued his upward trend in the prefinal to finish second, while Bocuse fell four positions to finish fifth. Returning to the track on Sunday, both Speed Concepts Racing drivers were able to climb to the podium.
With VLR Junior in the books, Junior ROK would be next for Bocuse and Ingratta as the pair continued their front of the field presence. After qualifying third and never finishing outside the top-two in the heat races, Ingratta earned the pole position for the prefinal on Saturday afternoon while Bocuse, who qualified on the pole position and won heat one, had an issue in heat three and would start ninth. Ingratta showed he had the speed to stand atop the field at the end of the weekend with the prefinal win as he beat his closest rival by nearly one second while Bocuse advanced forward at a feverish pace to finish fifth.
The Junior ROK main events would go off Sunday afternoon and Ingratta got the jump from his pole position to take the lead into the first complex of corners. Paul Bocuse advanced forward and by mid-race distance, the Speed Concepts Racing duo ran first and second. Entering the last lap, it looked to be a double podium performance until three corners from the end when the second through fifth place drivers made contact leaving Ingratta to drive unchallenged to the win, his first national level victory and his first Florida Winter Tour victory. Bocuse fell down the running order and was classified 20th, a disappointing result after such a strong weekend of competition.
ROK Masters driver Scott Roberts took advantage of his third place starting position and was the leader by the time the first lap came to a close. Stretching his lead with each passing lap, Roberts led flag-to-flag in a dominating victory and made a statement for Speed Concepts Racing
“Great close to a challenging weekend for both Ayden and Scott,” explained Mike Speed. “It is disappointing for Paul, but he is a strong competitor and will return in round three stronger. Congrats to Ayden on his first Florida Winter Tour win, first of many I am sure.”
Mathias Ramirez put Speed Concepts Racing up front in Shifter ROK. After qualifying in the second position and taking the heat one victory, Ramirez went on to finish second in the prefinal. Starting on the front row for Sunday’s main event, a missed a shift would see him fall to fourth early on. Showing the speed of his Redspeed chassis, Ramirez battled back to challenge at the front of the field but would eventually cross the line in fourth, narrowly missing a podium result.
Speed continued, “The Redspeed shifter kart chassis can win. The tuneability is there, we just need to hit all our marks to make it happen. I would look for Mathias to be on the top step of the podium in March’s final round.”
Next up for Speed Concepts Racing will be the opening round of the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) March 11-14, one week prior to the final round of the 2021 ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour.
Speed Concepts Racing has the opportunity to add a few more drivers in 2021. Please contact Mike Speed at Mike@Speed-Concepts.com.
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