Eight Wins for OTK at Winter Nationals

Nearly 40 top-five results for drivers and teams at the Orlando Kart Center

The 15th season of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour is underway with several OTK race teams and competitors taking part in the 2024 SKUSA WinterNationals. The race was held close to the OTK USA headquarters, with the March 8-10 weekend event contested at the Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, Florida. Half of the wins at the first stop of the SKUSA Pro Tour were earned by OTK brands with eight in total, along with 23 podium results and nearly 40 top-five finishes over two days of racing.

It was an OTK podium sweep both round of the X30 Junior division, led each main event by Diego Ardiles (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic). Ardiles was able to win in Round One on Saturday and once again for Round Two in the Sunday Final. Victor de Alencar (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) had a best career finish of runner-up behind Ardiles on Saturday ahead of Sarah Bradley (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed), Jackson Wolny (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Alexander Vanchev (Zanella Racing / Tony Kart). Wolny advanced to the second spot on Sunday with Chace Gassiot-Lee (Nash Motorsportz / EOS) earning his first podium in third ahead of Bradley.

Diego Ardiles left Orlando with three victories, including two in X30 Junior (Photo: eKartingNews.com)

Ardiles was able to leave Orlando with three wins in total, earning a third in the KA100 Junior category. It was in the Sunday main event that Ardiles was able to hold off the largest field of the event to claim his first victory in the class for 2024. SKUSA Winter Series champion Sebastian Garzon (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) rebounded from a tough day on Saturday to stand on the podium in third. Jackson Wolny (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Turner Brown (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) completed the top-five. Saturday was led by Wolny, who placed runner-up ahead of Brown in fourth and Ardiles in fifth.

The KA100 Master category was another class with an OTK podium sweep on the weekend. Charlie Fonseca (Zanella Racing / Kosmic) was able to double up on the weekend with the main event victory both days. Jakub Nyiri (AEM Karting / LN Racing Kart) was second in Round One with Alfonso Satiago (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) on the podium in third. Two-time SKUSA Winter Series champion Michel Garrido (Alessandros Racing / EOS) ended up placing fifth. Sunday was another drive to the checkered flag for Fonseca with Diego Rodrigez (Alessandros Racing / Kosmic) placing second over Ruben Rovelo (Alessandros Racing / Tony Kart) with Garrido in fourth.


Charlies Fonseca doubled up in the KA100 Master division (Photo: eKartingNews.com)

One of the largest margin of victories on the weekend came at the hand of Peyton Phillips (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) in the KA100 Senior. Phillips bolted away from the field and led wire-to-wire for his first SKUSA Pro Tour triumph. Blake Nash finished second while Nash Motorsportz / EOS teammate Steven Miller was fifth. On Saturday, OTK was led by James Overbeck (Brandon Jarsocrak Racing / Tony Kart) – who overcame a 360 degree spin in the air to finish on the podium in third, just ahead of privateer driver Eli Warren (Redspeed) with California driver Kane Martin (Nash Motorsportz / EOS) in fifth.

Peyton Phillips dominated the Sunday action in the KA100 Senior class (Photo: eKartingNews.com)

The weekend was the debut of the SKUSA Pro Tour Pro Show, featuring both the Pro X30 and Pro Shifter divisions. Each category contested one main event Sunday evening. Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was able to defend his home turf in Orlando, securing the inaugural victory in the X30 division. It was a 1-2 with Hayden Jones (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) securing the runner-up spot on the final circuit. Pauly Massimino (Brandon Jarsocrak Racing / LN Racing Kart) climbed up to the fourth spot with great late race pace. In the Pro Shifter division, four-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner Danny Formal (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) led every lap but the final in a heart-breaking runner-up result in the debut of the SKUSA Pro Show.

Ryan Norberg drove to victory in the inaugural SKUSA Pro Show main event for Pro X30 (Photo: eKartingNews.com)

The final victory of the weekend was in the Master Shifter category. Orlando Kart Center’s own Joao Carlos Fregonezi (Kosmic) was classified as the winner in the Round Two main event. Luis Quinonez (LFB Racing Team / Kosmic) stood on the podium in the Saturday Final with a third place result while placing fifth on Sunday. Marco Sammut (Brandon Jarsocrak Racing / LN Racing Kart) continues to carry the OTK flag in the Mini Swift division. Sammut drove to a fifth place result on Saturday, narrowly missing out on a top-five finish in the Sunday main event.

Competition with the Superkarts! USA continues with the 15th running of the SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals, set to make its first visit to the Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati in Batavia, Ohio on the June 14-16 weekend.