“First event with OGP sees Bass score sixth place result in Mini Max”
April 23, 2012 – Making the move to the potent Tony Kart chassis with the championship winning Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) squad, Florida resident Aaron Bass looks to continue his development and become a front-runner in only his second year of competition. Having flip-flopped chassis, teams and tuners, Bass has found a new home with OGP and Tony Kart and has big plans for future success.
“This was my first big weekend with the Ocala Gran Prix team and I have to say, they are fantastic,” expressed the 11-year-old. “I have learned a lot about the Tony Kart as well, and their driver coaching and data analysis has helped me improve a lot. I am looking forward for podiums and race wins with OGP in the very near future.”
Competing in the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge program two weekends ago and back on track this past weekend for the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS), Bass has already improved leaps and bounds by working with tuner Alex Speed. Looking for solid results in the talent filled Rotax Mini Max class, Bass showed he has what it takes to run in the front half of the field and on tracks unfamiliar to him, he is on the verge of being one of the drivers to beat.
After qualifying in the seventh position, Bass improved one position in the pre-final to claim an outside third row starting position for the main event. With rain in the forecast and moving into the area quickly, officials worked hard to get the race started before the heavens opened. On the attempted start in dry conditions, Aaron was bumped from behind sending him wide and pushing him back to last position, completing only two circuits before the rain began to fall heavily, the Mini Max field was brought to a stop via the head flagman’s red flag as drivers were sent back to the paddock to prepare for wet weather competition.
With winds swirling and heavier rain on the horizon, Mini Max drivers were back on the slick track and battling hard to improve their positions. ¬†Aaron would quickly improve at the drop of the green flag fighting from the back and working his way through the traitorous conditions battling hard against the Mini-Max field. ¬†Bass would cross the stripe in P6 scoring another top ten result for the Ocala Gran Prix squad.
“I am happy with Aaron and his progress,” stated tuner and karting champion Alex Speed. “Aaron still has a lot to learn but he has loads of potential. I think being with the OGP team and having the leadership from junior and senior drivers, Aaron will improve greatly over the next six months.”
Looking onwards in Aaron Bass’ karting program, the talented British-born Floridian will compete in the remainder of the Florida Karting Championship Series and North Florida Rotax Max Challenge events. Preparing himself for the Rotax Summer Shootout and the United States Rotax Grand Nationals in Mini Max, Bass will make the switch to the 60cc Mini-Rok program for the annual Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals in Las Vegas this November. With Aaron continuing his Mini Max and Mini Rok development, the talented youngster will begin training in a full size junior kart to gain experience and get accustomed to the speed.
With 2013 plans all but confirmed, Bass will see action in the prestigious Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour as well as the WSK Masters Series and WSK Euro Series with a yet to be determined team.
With an ultimate goal of competing in Europe in karting and single seater formula cars, Bass will tailor his racing program towards future plans as they become more apparent.