“Ramirez, Neri and Rogero bring OGP a few more victories”
Ocala, Florida – June 26, 2012 – Competing at the ultra fast 103rd Street Motorsports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) race team closed out the final round of the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS) the same way they started it back in January. With a large contingent of drivers competing in nearly every class on the weekend, Ocala Gran Prix scored seven main event wins, fifteen podiums and secured multiple championships in the process.
It was a top four position sweep in the Rotax Senior class as Nick Neri would lead the way yet again. Fellow OGP teammates would follow suit, as Jonathon Kotyk would turn his pole position into a second place result at the end of the day while Annie Hayden and Andrew Evans would cross the stripe third and fourth. Brandon Salyer would run into some brake issues and would eventually be classified in the 11th position. Neri would also claim the top spot on the podium in the shifter division.
All five drivers would also see action in the TaG Senior division and again, it was Neri scoring the best results for the team with a third place effort. Salyer would rebound from his Rotax Senior issues to finish fourth while Evans would come home sixth. Jonathon Kotyk and Annie Hayden would both fall victim to on track incidents and finished down in the running order.
Ashley Rogero would score a pair of wins on the weekend as she dominated the TaG Junior category by taking the pole position, heat race win and main event victory. Florida Winter Tour Champion and Team USA member, Oliver Askew would finish in the 11th position after starting from the tail of the field while Alex Hornborg, Briand Lockwood and Quinten De Boever would cross the stripe 13th, 14th, and 17th.
Back for Sunday’s Rotax Junior class, Askew would win the prefinal but penalties sent him well down the running order. The same could be said for the main event, as Alex Hornborg looked liked he had scored his first career FKCS victory but a start line infraction had him relegated to the fourth position. Askew would come home in seventh while Lockwood would add another top ten result after coming from the tail of the field due to a first corner incident.
Following up with her TaG Junior victory, Ashley Rogero would stand atop the box in the KPP Junior class as she turned her pole position into another main event victory. In the Yamaha Junior class, a penalty would strip her of the win after crossing the stripe in the first position, as Rogero would be classified in P2.
Mathias Ramirez would score a pair of wins on the weekend as the young up and comer would score top honors in the Rotax Mini Max and Yamaha Rookie Sportsman classes. In Mini Max, Olivier Bellanger would come home third, while Mikey Hornborg and Aaron Bass would cross the line in fourth and fifth proving giving OGP four of the top five positions. With Ramirez also winning the Yamaha Rookie Sportsman class, Ocala’s Dylan Gennaro would come home in the fourth position.
Not done there, both Ramirez and Gennaro would join Jake Knepper in the Cadet Junior Sportsman class but would have issues finishing down in the order. After Ramirez crossed the line in the second position, a problem in post race technical inspection for rear wheel width would see him removed from the results. Knepper would eventually be classified in the ninth position while Gennaro would be just outside the top ten in twelfth.
Gennaro would rebound in the Rotax Micro Max class, as he would run near the front half of the field all weekend long. When the final checkered flag had flown, the youngster would come home sixth. Jake Knepper would add another top ten with a ninth place result and young Jordan Heffner would be 11th.
Competing in multiple classes, both Ramirez and Bellanger would be back in the Vortex TaG Cadet division. Looking to fight for the race win and possible championship, both drivers would finish inside the top ten as Ramirez would claim the fifth position while Bellanger would be in sixth.
Jason Heffner, John Dalton and Jerry Brown would all compete in the Masters classes with Dalton scoring a victory in TaG Heavy. Adding a third place result in Rotax Masters to his 2012 resume, Dalton would run into some trouble in the TaG Masters class and finish seventh. Heffner would compete in a pair of classes and would be consistent in both. After taking the pole position in TaG Masters, Heffner would fall to claim the second position in the main event. Looking to improve in the Rotax Masters class, Heffner would remain consistent scoring his second, second place result of the weekend.
Karting rookie Jerry Brown would be back behind the wheel in Jacksonville and managed to secure a pair of top five results. Crossing the stripe fourth in Rotax Masters, Brown would fall one position in the TaG Heavy class to finish fifth.
With championship points yet to be finalized, a future press release announcing all of Ocala Gran Prix drivers claiming championships will be forthcoming.