Croc Promotion driver returns from a good winter deep sleep!
Another great weekend for Croc Promotions and Kartspeed Motorsports!
Ian Civgin returned to racing at Sonoma for ROK Sonoma Round 2 .....after a long winter in hibernation. The young Civgin found the winter of 2022/2023 a good time to relax, focus on work and let his 100cc Croc Promotion racer rest peacefully in the garage. While that may not be the best plan to improve your track speed, after practice on Friday, Saturday showed Ian’s driving improving every session, and his race pace came back form by the main event.
Ian began race day with fresh tires for qualifying ending up P-14. All the usual Sonoma fast guys were running in 100cc Senior along with some out of town pro drivers tuning up for next weekend’s pro race at Sonoma. (The front of this weekend’s 100cc senior grid was full of drivers practicing for the next pro race weekend-Challenge of the Americas at Sonoma Raceway April 13th-16th.)
With race long battles during the first heat, some great passes to move forward, then a few mistakes and the general re-learning of some race craft, Ian finished an unsatisfying 17th. Heat two saw Ian make a good drive from the back of the field, some nice passes, and more driving improvements to finish in 15th
The main event was chaos at the front of the field. A knife fight without a doubt, the top pro level senior drivers (15yrs old up) found their kart bodywork was mainly installed to be crushed as you slam off other karts…front to back, side to side, it didn’t matter…going forward was the only goal and if you were in the way…well…enjoy some unsanctioned off road dirt and
grass karting. This eventually ended with one of the top pro drivers flipping over and destroying his kart. Val is fine. Val Garbarino is a long time
Kartspeed customer, and it was good to see him walk away after few minutes to gather himself up. But that did mean a red flag (Same as F1- FULL STOP to the
race for all drivers). Once the mangled tubes of Val’s kart were dragged off, the race resumed, Ian went into full “send” and wound-up 11th in the
main with some great driving and nice passes. It was a great finish to his first weekend back in the driver’s seat so well after 6 months of hibernation. Well