Success continued for the 2021 season for OTK USA competitors and race teams at the latest United States Pro Kart Series event. Held on the July 9-11 weekend, the Badger Kart Grand Prix welcomed the largest karting event ever at the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex at Road America. The famed Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin facility is a unique circuit for the sport of karting, with all the OTK brands taking to the 8/10-mile course triumphantly. Over the two rounds of racing, 10 wins, 29 podium finishes and 52 top-five performances were collected over the seven divisions.
Three categories on the weekend were swept by OTK brands, including X30 Pro, X30 Junior and KA100 Junior. Four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was able to record his first double win weekend in USPKS competition in X30 Pro. Championship contender Connor Zilisch (Team Nitro Kart / Tony Kart) was runner-up both days to set up a great duel for the title later in October. Pauly Massimino stood on the podium in third on Saturday in his Ryan Perry Motorsports debut aboard a Kosmic. Nate Cicero (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) and Alex Stanfield (Crosslink Competition / Exprit) completed the top-five. Four-time USPKS champion Brandon Jarsocrak (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) stood on the podium for the first time in 2021, placing third on Sunday with Cicero earning another P4 while Branyon Tiner (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) ended up fifth.
Ryan Norberg scored both victories at Road America in the X30 Pro category (Photo: eKartingNews.com)
Carson Morgan racked up four victories on the weekend in Road America, sweeping the win in both Junior categories. Morgan (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) won both X30 Junior main events. Saturday, he held off Ayden Ingratta (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) with Justin Adakonis (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) earning his first podium finish of the year in third. Christian Miles (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) and Carson Weinberg (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) rounded out the top-five. On Sunday, Morgan fought off Adakonis for the victory with Ingratta dropping back to third. Weinberg improved up to fourth with Parker DeLong (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) placing fifth.
Morgan walked away with the victories in the KA100 Junior division. Saturday was a over three-second margin of victory ahead of Jeremy Fletcher (Team Felon / Tony Kart). Chase Hand (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) joined them on the podium with DeLong and Ingratta fourth and fifth. Morgan improved to a five-second victory on Sunday, with Fletcher earning the second spot with DeLong in tow. Helio Meza (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) drove to fourth with Hand winning the fight for fifth.
Miguel Mier secured his career first USPKS victory in X30 Masters in Round Six (Photo: eKartingNews.com)
The X30 Masters category was a sweep for OTK on the weekend. Renato Jader David (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) was able to secure the Saturday victory on the final circuit, ahead of defending champion Scott Kopp (Team FMS / Exprit). Derek Wang (Crosslink Competition / Exprit) was fourth with Danny Robertson (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) in fifth. The Sunday main event went down to the final corner with Miguel Mier (Crosslink Competition / Exprit) leading the final few feet for his first series victory. Wang followed through for second with Kopp in third. Scott Roberts (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Mario Barrios (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) completed the top-five.
Connor Zilisch earned his third victory on the season in the KA100 Senior division. Zilisch (Tony Kart) and Team Nitro Kart teammate Hayden Jones (Redspeed) went 1-2 with Cole Morgan (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) in fifth. Zilisch and Jones finished fourth and fifth in Sunday's round of racing to lead OTK drivers in the 50-driver field.
Augustus Toniolo (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) also grabbed a third victory on the season in the Micro Swift category. Toniolo was classified the winner in Sunday's main event after it was cut short due to a red flag incident mid-pack. That was one spot improvement from his runner-up on Saturday. Fellow Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic driver Jackson Gibson was able to record his first top-five finishes in USPKS competition. Gibson drove to fourth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday.
Three wins in KA100 Senior on the season for Connor Zilisch (Photo: eKartingNews.com)
Fresh off his two-month karting trip in Europe, Oscar Iliffe (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) drove to his first podium finishes of the 2021 season. Iliffe was third on Saturday and improve to the runner-up spot on Sunday. Vivek Kanthan (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) was among the hard chargers in Sunday's main event, improving 12 spots to fourth in his best performance of the season at USPKS.
The United States Pro Kart Series closes out the 2021 season with the series finale scheduled for October 15-17 at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.
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