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2 x Top-5s in TaG Jnr For Tyler Thomas

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Oklahoma resident Tyler Thomas scored two top five results this past weekend at the first round of Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT) at the Homestead Karting facility in Homestead, Florida. Located on the grounds of the Homestead Miami Speedway, Thomas battled hard with some of the nation’s best junior drivers as he looks to take the FWT championship and kick start his season.

After completing only one day of practice while most of his competitors were on track for two or three, Thomas found himself a little behind the eight ball as they entered Saturday morning’s qualifying session. With a fresh set of tires, Thomas was only able to circuit the facility tenth quickest and would start the prefinal from outside the fifth row. With the goal to move forward before the final, Thomas got a great start and advanced into the top five early. With a fierce battle brewing between some of his closest rivals, Thomas was eventually classified seventh.

Starting on the inside is a definite advantage at the Homestead Karting facility and Thomas was excited about his fourth row starting position for the prefinal. With a sleek move in the first corner and deep braking move as they entered corner two, Thomas moved into P4 as he battled with the lead drivers. As the quartet swapped positions lap after lap, Thomas crossed the strip in the fifth position when the checkered flag flew.

“The TaG Junior class is really cool,” stated Tyler Thomas after Saturday’s action. “I was a bit disappointed with my qualifying position but was happy to move forward. I am looking forward to a better day tomorrow.”

Sunday morning’s qualifying would be a little better for the Oklahoma native as he turned the sixth quickest time of the session. Starting in the deadly outside row, Thomas made the best of his up front position during the prefinal, as he managed to move forward to finish fourth.

With Sunday coming to a close, the final race on the docket was the TaG Junior division. Providing some of the best racing of the weekend, the final would hold true to form as the green flag flew. Thomas got a good jump from the outside row and managed to maintain his position. With a pack of karts all together, Thomas went deep on the brakes entering turn four passing two karts in the process to take over the second position. Holding steady for a few laps, Top Kart teammate Taylor Miinch managed to get by Thomas as the duo looked to begin working together to catch the leader. Thomas would turn some quick race laps but lost a position two laps from the end of the event to claim the fourth position. With consistent finishes, Thomas sits third in the unofficial point standings for the TaG Junior class at the Florida Winter Tour.

Tyler would like to thank his 2009 supporters: Grand Products, Top Kart, Douglas Wheel, Race Tech Development, Woltjer Race Engines, Go Racing Magazine, Remington Investigation, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, Factor 1 Racing, Citizens Security Bank, Ribtect and On Track Promotions



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