The 2009 California State Championships was another great race for Jorge Cevallos. Jorge was one of the drivers expected to do well because he had won the Tri-C race at Calspeed 2 weekends before coming to the California State Championships and he did not disapoint!
During Friday practice Cevallos was within the top drivers slowly creeping up on the fastest lap time of the day. He kept improving both the kart and his driving though out the 5 sessions. By the end of the day, he was only 2 tenths of the "fast time" of the day in the HPV-2 Jr class.
Saturday was a very intense day. All of friday night, it poured rain, and throughout the day there were many passing showers. The race was called a rain race even before the first kart was on track.
First practice was a time for Jorge to get use to driving in the rain, he had not done it since the IKF race in january. By second practice Jorge was 4th quickest about one second off the quickest time done by Louie Pagano and Tyler Palmer who were the 2 drivers to beat for the weekend.
For qualifying the track was almost dry, actually completely dry except for turn one, so Jorge took the decision of putting dry weather tires back on the kart and it did not work out. Jorge had to tip toe very slowly over turn one in order turn one and lost about 5 seconds to the rain tires in the first sector and the the second and third sector he gained 3 seconds but that was only enough for a 8th place starting position.
In the First heat Jorge was determined to get up front to have a chance for the Podium finish in the main event. As soon as the track went green Jorge moved up to 6th on the first lap. In the second lap he flew past Carlee Taylor for the Fifth position, and the next lap he passed Jake Craig for the Fourth position. On the 6th lap Jorge had caught up to 3rd place of Andrew Murray, this time it would take Jorge untill 2 laps to go to get past Murray and into 3rd place where he would take the checkered flag.
The main Even was the race to watch. The top 5 starting grip was Louie Pagano on Pole, followed by Tyler Palmer on the outside, Second row was Jorge Cevallos with Andrew Murray on the outside, and Carlee Taylor on the third row rounding out the top 5. Right after the heat race ended, It began to rain so that called for a main event in the rain! Every one ran to put on rain gear and tires on the karts.
Green Flag! clean start and Louie Pagano settles in to first place with Palmer, Cevallos, and Taylor right on his bumper. It took about 4 laps for Pagano to break away from the field but everyone else was still battling it up for the 2nd spot. At lap 8 Palmer started closing the gap for the lead, leaving Cevallos and Taylor behind. At lap 10 Palmer claimed the lead from Pagano and Taylor took the third spot from Cevallos. Cevallos and Taylor were working together to try and catch Pagano but when Cevallos realized that the laps were winding down, he took a dive to the inside of Taylor and re took the third position until the checkered flag. The Final Standings for the top 5 would be Tyler Palmer with the Win, Followed by Louie Pagano and Jorge Cevallos, closing out the podium and Carlee Taylor and Andrew Murray closing out the Top 5!
Race 6 of the Los Angeles Kart Club was a great race for Jorge Cevallos in the HPV-2 class. All weekend Cevallos was the kart to beat in the number 11 machine, dominating in Saturday practice. Sunday morning practice Cevallos was running within the top 3 and was still the man to beat. In qualifying, Cevallos did a big mistake and got stuck behind kart number 12 of Matt Meisberger, and qualified in a solid 4th place. From this point, everything was going to be very hard mentally an physically for Jorge Cevallos because it is his first race running in the top 4. He will have to stand the pressure of
When the pre main came, Jorge had to concentrate on not Overdriving. Jorge’s Tuner and Coach, Kyle Kuntze, told him “Your quicker than any of these drivers, just prove yourself, you deserve to run up front!” So now It was up to Jorge. The race went green and everyone settled into their positions with Dane La Torre Leading the pack. Cevallos maintained him self in 4th spot and in lap 5 he had contact trying to pass for 3rd. Jorge then lost the draft from the top 3 runners and finished the heat race in 4th place, 3 seconds behind the race winner Jake Craig.
Now it was time for the Main Event. This is what everyone has been talking about. The starting order for the top 5 would be Jake Craig in the Pole position with Carlee Taylor on the outside, Row 2 would be Dane La Torre with Jorge Cevallos on the outside, and Matt Meisberger would round out the top 5.
Green flag! Contact in to turn one as Jorge Cevallos Takes the lead away from Jake Craig, Craig fell back to the 8th spot with a horrible start. At the end of lap one it would be Cevallos in the top spot followed closely by Matt Meisberger. The two of them battled it out for several laps, taking turns on who would lead the next lap. On lap 6, Craig was back in the fight for the lead! And by lap 8 he stole it from Cevallos and Meisberger. The new running order would be Craig leading with Cevallos and Meisberger still battling it out for the second spot. The Drivers get the white flag as Cevallos tries to hold on to the second spot he does it successfully until the very last turn, Meisberger dives into the inside of Jorge Cevallos and they go side by side down the back straight away with Dane La Torre Right behind both of them! Meisberger took the second place home leaving Cevallos with the last place on the podium.
With this result, Cevallos maintains his 2nd spot in the championship standing and is now focusing on chasing the championship win. The race to follow will be July 19 2009. Be sure to listen to this race Live on www.LAKC.org!