Kip Foster and James Wharton have both won their classes at the 22nd annual SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas.
Foster beat home a fast-finishing Jason Burns in X30 Masters, making it a one-two for Australian drivers. Jason Faint was the fourth Aussie to make the podium, placing 3rd in Master Shifter.
Other Australians in the top ten on ‘Super Sunday’ were Scott Foster (4th, KA100 Senior), Scott Saunders (5th, X30 Masters), Kristian Janev (7th, Micro Swift) and Josh Fife (9th, KZ).
DUAL VICTORIES FOR AUSTRALIA IN VEGAS
For the second consecutive year, Australian drivers have claimed two wins in the prestigious Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, America.
Western Australian Kip Foster was the pacesetter all throughout the event in the X30 Master class. Driving the Australian-made KF Kart Foster qualified fastest before crossing the line first in all three of his heat races.
In the final Foster led home an Aussie one-two with former Australian Champion Jason Burns claiming the runner-up placing. The pair ran nose-to-tail for the last segment of the 20-lap race but Burns was unable to find a way past on his fellow Australian and he crossed the line 0.184 seconds adrift of Foster.
“The KF Kart has been fantastic all weekend, it’s been that good that I didn’t even get a look behind anyone all weekend, which made it difficult to know where my strengths were compared to the others,” said Foster.
“I knew Jason was coming at me late in the race, I thought he was quick on the final sector of the lap, so I needed to make sure that I was good through the middle part of the lap to set myself up and not allow him a way past.
“I’d really like to thank everyone at Kartsport North America, along with my family, everyone at DPE Kart Technology and everyone back home in Australia for their support.”
Making it three Australian drivers inside the top five was Scott Saunders, who finished fifth.
Victorian James Wharton was victorious in the KA100 Junior class. The Shamick Racing driver held for the win on following a hard fought battle with American Connor Zilisch.
The pair went side by side across the finish line with Wharton claiming the win by 0.034 seconds.
“I knew Connor was there and he was going to try inside and outside to get past but I did everything I could to hold on, which I managed to do,” said Wharton.
“A huge thanks must go to the Kartsport North America team and everyone else who has been working hard behind the scenes for me this weekend.”
Queenslander Jason Faint found his way onto the Master Shifter podium with a third place finish while Scott Foster finished fourth in the KA100 Senior class.
Highlighting the talent in Australian karting, of the 35 drivers that featured in the 520-plus entry list 31 drivers qualified for their main events to secure eight top ten finishes.
2018 SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS
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