Red Bull Kart FightTweet
from Ian Black, IKD
I am at the PRI Show for the Sparco side of the business so I thought I would send through some information to you.
The Red Bull Kart Fight Powered By Rotax has been run and won (race report below). The event was held last night at the Performance and Racing Industry Trade Show and staged in the car park of the Florida Convention Centre. Featuring drivers such as NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger, all round motorsport superstar Tanner Foust and Indycar stars Alex Tagliani and Ryan Briscoe ensured that there was never going to be a dull moment.
With racing being conducted on a tight and twisty track that provided lap times of less than 15 seconds per lap, the event certainly lived up to expectations.
The current stars of the karting world were also well represented with drivers like Davide Fore, Jonathon Thonon, Bas Lammers and current Champion of the Rotax World Ben Cooper from the UK, less than a week after winning the Rotax World Finals in Al Ain.
All 50 drivers were provided a brand new Rotax engine to use. Red Bull did a fantastic job of staging the event, music was playing, commentary was real non-stop American hype, podium presentation was NASCAR style and a capacity crowd had the venue absolutely packed. Temporary grandstand seating for 3500 people was overflowing plus all other vantage points around the track were taken, so I would estimate that more than 5000 people watched the event live. Racing was also recorded live by SPEED channel and will be shown around the world plus a huge media contingent were present, so overall it was fantastic exposure for Karting.
The final was won by Belgian Indy Car driver Jan Heylen. Hard Charger award went to Rotax King Ben Cooper who came from grid 16 on a track that was very difficult to pass, to finish 3rd.