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Garry Lobaugh
03-22-2004, 05:41 AM
Day two at Jacksonville proved to be the outing of a life time for Rookie S-1 Driver Jordon Dick as he qualified pole position and and brought home a double win for the day with the pre final and final. The run was flawless for the entire weekend as the final day proved to be a commanding win for Jordon that can only compare to last years Sears Point round one of SKUSA West for Wesley Boswell the 2003 "Rising Star winner" from Shifter Kart Illustrated. Boswell went onto win the S-1 Championship. This is the best performance yet for Jordon Dick in his short career of three years of kart racing" said MRP team owner Garry Lobaugh. "Jordon came to an intensive MRP training camp during the summer of 2001 and displayed a tremendous drive to win, with his first drive around the track". Ron Joynt had a tremendous come back run to finish fifth position on day two in this category Lobaugh continued.

G-1 Performance was equally stunning for the new convert from Tony kart, Colin Lynn of Dallas, Texas. Colin is a long time family friend of MRP and a hard charging driver, offered Chris Lobaugh the MRP race team manager. Colin commented after the weekend "the Lobaugh brothers( Tim and Chris) are why I switched to Birel with their tremendous trackside support and assistance. Once I first drove the Birel I fell in love with the chassis. It plain goes where I want it to go." Jordon Dick and Ron Joynt of S1 class and Colin are all on the 2004 CR32 SP

In day two of ICC racing Jonathan Branham qualified pole with a stunning two tenths margin and this day found the SRA prepared TM engine flawless. The final results provided second place position on a constant battle for the lead that only veteran Jacksonville racers can appreciate. With the long 1000 foot straight away, drafting plays a huge role in the eventual winner. Often the driver in lead near the end of the race is a second place finisher due to a last lap drafting technique. While Jon exchanged the lead several times with a west coast competitor, his final run for the last lap pass was thwarted by a very clever competitor who chose to take the inside line going into the final lap at the end of the straight away. It was good enough to take 2nd place on the track but first place East Coast points. MRP driver Josh Schreiber fell to miss fortune on a second day in a row as a driver spun in front of him on a hard charging final run that left Josh disabled for the day with a badly damaged elbow as a result of the unfortunate on track collision.

Day two proved a dominant performance for young Kaitlin Mangham of Jacksonville Florida who smoked the Tag Sr. class with a commanding seven second lead at the end of the feature. This young gal has come a long way from her first trip in a Birel at the MRP racing school in the summer of 2001. This was by far her most successful national outing and a very sweet victory for her very supportive family who are in charge of the Florida WKA regional program. Kaitlin was on an Easy Kart Birel with the Easy Kart motor package. This effort followed a very respectable day one second place finish..

In 80 Jr. Birel had to count on Daniel Morad to take down a second place finish as he too battled with several lead changes with the eventual winner. In this case as was the situation with the ICC race, the winner left no room to make a pass at the end of the straight away on the final lap. Morad runs out of the 3-S camp for Birel.

In Tag Masters once again the Easy Kart group found another top driver to bring home the honors with Manuel Lobos inheriting a victory as the first ;place kart broke a chain in the final lap. This only proves two points, the race isn't over until the checkered flag falls and keep those "self start" 29 horsepower motor packages equipped with new chains and gears.

MRP would like to thank all of the Birel and Easy Kart riders for their participation in the opening round of SKUSA East competitions. There was a strong field of Birel karts representing the MRP dealer net work who found constant support from the MRP technical department and Birel's representative Lynn Haddock.

"This has been our best performance ever for a national event, commented MRP team owner Garry Lobaugh. " We very much look forward to the next rounds of SKUSA action as the race activity heads toward the mid west home tracks of our customer base."

IN all a total of 96 entries each day competed in the six classes. Certainly Birel was performing well in every category. The 2004 Shifter chassis was the chassis of choice and several dealers will find customers who abandoned the product this spring calling you in the next few days. I know of at least four customers who came to say they were switching back to Birel. Make sure you all have your inventories prepared for this new demand. It is a real time experience to see the wins on Sunday producing immediate demand for dealers on Monday.