BBR Karting attended the second round of the 2019 Challenge Of The Americas in Tucson, Arizona with Ian Qiu who would compete in the Vortex Mini Rok class. This was Ian’s first time competing at COA as well as driving the Rok engine.
Practice began on Thursday and Ian managed to get comfortable with the new kart right away. Ian was posting consistently some of the best times during the day which was a great feeling heading into Friday.
On Friday the track began to grip up. When the track grips drivers have the ability to carry more speed into and through the corner. With the changing
Having practiced earlier in the low 57, adapting to the higher grip levels was still a bit of a struggle for Ian. Every session we continued to work and review video. In particular there were two corners that we were losing almost .5 seconds.
The final for Saturday Ian made some great improvements in his driving. He was much more comfortable with the track and he began to run lap times much closer to the leaders. It was a good feeling going into Sunday.
On Sunday Ian had a great qualifying run. He was in great position on
The final was a “youtube video” worthy race. The battles these kids had for third place was amazing. At one point Ian was back down in sixth place and even for us standing on the fence we thought the race was over. Ian never gave up, he battled back making some great moves. On the last two
It was a great weekend. Ian worked hard, stayed focus and had fun competing at his first Challenge Of The
Join us on the next race April 5-7 in Sonoma, California.
Kart: PDB Falcon Kart – Setup 1G (low grip)
Coach: Blake Choquer
Team: BBR Karting
Engine: Super Power Engines Mini Rok
10/79 Sprocket. P2 97 Main Jet
Bridgestone 12.5 PSI cold