With expectations of maybe being in
the trophies, a top-three finish was
enough to leave him speechless.
1. Paul Russell SanD Tony Kart 113.542
2. Jeremiah McClintock Det Renspeed Fast 114.640
3. Larry MacLeod Det Birel 115.145
4. Alan Sheidler NwOh Renspeed 115.984
5. Ryan Lower WDC CRG Road Rebel 116.209
6. Keith Vail NCar Intrepid Explorer 116.588
7. Justin Neal WDC Shockwave Longs Peak 116.790
8. Eric Nelson CSCC Tony Kart 116.955
9. Christian Hubbell Det Birel 117.333
10. Anthony Montelo Chi SKM 117.379
11. Marc Segal/LasV (Tony Kart); 12. Shawn Hill/KC ( Tony Kart); 13. Tom Reynolds/
RioG (GP8); 14. Mike Kline/WDC (CRG Road Rebel); 15. Jon Clements/CSCC (CRG
Road Rebel); 16. Eric Clements/CSCC (CRG Road Rebel); 17. Ryan Miles/Kan (Haase
Future); 18. Danny Kao/WDC (CRG Road Rebel); 19. Jared Langenfeld/KC (Haase
Future); 20. James Newman/WDC (Swiss Hutless); 21. Mike McClintock/Det (Tony
Kart); 22. Wendell Karr-Ake/Okla (Haase); 23. Jason Vehige/S WVa (Vanspeed Sirio);
24. Michael Cohn/Chi (SKM); 25. Paul Durr/LasV (CRG Heron); 26. Gregory Vincent/
StCt (MBA); 27. Paul Dodd/RioG (GP8); 28. Edwin Liu/ WDC (Shockwave Longs Peak);
29. Brian Boggess/SWVa (Vanspeed Sirio); 30. Karl Hughes/CNY (MBA); 31. Henry
Phillips/InNw (Trackmagic); 32. Scott Sawyer/Atl (Tony Kart); 33. Aditya Madhavan/
Atl ( Trackmagic Diablo); 34. William Schmidt/KC ( Trackmagic KX125).
at the course to learn it.” Celebrating
her first championship, her son’s fourth
and her husband’s trophy finish in AM,
she reflected, “The family has had a
pretty good week!”
The Thursday morning sunrise was accompanied by the pitch of small
displacement two strokes as F125
Ladies took to the West Course in the
first heat. Eight-time Champion
Suzanne Segal’s Birel provided the
early wakeup call, knocking down a
63.310 on her very first run. The next
closest time of the first runs was Lisa
Garfield’s 64. 5. Eventually two drivers
would post the second best time of
63.363, but one of those was by Segal
who didn’t really need it, the other
was by Lisa Garfield who did.
With nearly identical times coming
into Friday morning, neither Garfield
nor Segal were able to capitalize on
their first runs, both having cone
problems, but on the second Garfield
forged ahead with a 61. 4 to Segal’s 62. 8.
On her final run, Garfield became the
single Ladies class driver to break the
one minute barrier, dropping to 59.935,
giving her a two day total of 123.298.
But within feet of crossing the starting
lights on that third run, the right side
pod of Garfield’s kart fell off.
Considering the minimum weight of
385lbs for F125, the unexpected weight
loss had the potential to change the
outcome. Meanwhile, Segal crossed the
lights with a 60. 9 on her third run,
Without the side pod, Garfield had
two pounds to spare, and her winning
123.298 overall time was safe.
“I spun early on the first run,”
Garfield said. “Once I spun, I said, ‘I’m
just gonna drive it,’ so I got a good look
FORMULA 125 LADIES
1. Lisa Garfield WDC CTS CR125 123.298
2. Suzanne Segal LasV Birel Monza 124.229
3. Neva Hoover/OhV (AMV); 4. Bev Carlile/NeOk (Haase); 5. Janet Schmidt/KC
( Trackmagic KX125).
In many ways, the F125 Open class, running in the third heat, had
numerous parallels to the Ladies
class. Paul Russell, in a Tony Kart,
replicated Segal’s performance by
laying down Thursday’s fastest time
of 57.565 on his first run of the day.
Larry MacLeod and Jeremiah
McClintock did their best to keep
Russell in range, though, managing
a 58.0 and 58. 3, respectively.
Heading into Friday, there was a lot
of activity both on and off the course.
Many of the competitors were
surprised at the levels of grip they
were noticing, and made major
changes for day two. Russell shared
his experience after taking the Friday
afternoon course walk: “The course
San Diego Region
FORMULA 125 LADIES
Washington DC Region
C TS CR125
had more grip than we thought. We
did a frantic axle change after the
afternoon course walk. We got it done
minutes – seconds actually – before
we had to run.” The change paid off
for Russell, who managed a 55.977 on
his final run, giving him a 113.542sec
total for the two days.
Jeremiah McClintock made drastic
changes as well, moving into another
kart on Friday, hoping to find some
improvement. “That was a smart
move by J. T.,” Russell commented.
The new kart would prove to be
enough to help McClintock get past
MacLeod, although still 1.098sec
behind the winner.