26 May New Winners, New Mindsets in iDrive Round #3
As we near the halfway mark of the 2021 Spring iDrive season, points battles are starting to emerge and drivers are keeping a close eye on standings. Everyone is searching for an edge to bring them a coveted season championship in iDrive.
Some drivers may have already found that edge in Spring iDrive Round #3. Aidan RoosEvans’ win in Race #1 gave him a hat trick in Light class but 2019 iDrive Junior champion Elijah Ward kept him from making it four in a row. Ward, who finished third in the first race, took over the top step of the podium in Race #2 and forced RoosEvans to second place. Matthew Pyatt made his way to the podium for the first time in 2021 with a third place finish in Race #2, and Seth Hanlon was second in Race #1.
Hanlon is definitely one of the drivers diligently monitoring points standings. First in points headed into the evening’s competition, Hanlon admitted by the end that, “It’s gonna be closer than I want.” He now finds himself at 595 points overall, 10 points back of Ward, who currently sits at the top of Light class.
Large numbers of competitors keep flocking to Medium, with 17 on hand for Spring Round #3. This meant drivers continue to be split into two run groups for the evening’s competition, providing spectators with double the great iDrive battles to enjoy. Josh Merklin and Christian Wiggins gave the fans a show in Medium A Race #1, battling back and forth for third place. Merklin (third place) kept Wiggins (fourth) just off the podium in Race #1, but he couldn’t stop him in Race #2 – Wiggins stormed back to win Race #2 with Merklin finishing second.
Dan Davis has always been solid and seems to have only gotten better – he won Medium A Race #1 (his second win this season) and took third in Race #2. Jeremy Franko is making calm and positivity his mantras this season and it’s been paying off in podium finishes, with a second place in the first Medium A race. He’s now claimed podium finishes in each round of this year’s Spring iDrive.
Over in Medium B, a new week of competition brought some first-time winners to the iDrive program. In Race #1, it was iDrive rookie Brad Paquet on the top step, followed by Justin Kuzara (second) and Jeff Kraatz (third). Paquet and Kuzara were back on the podium for Race #2, finishing second and third, respectively. Hunter Delgado made it a pair of first-time victors in Medium B with his strong performance in the second race giving him the win.
Heavy class kept the tradition up, with iDrive regular Ryan Rieger becoming the third driver of the night to finally capture their first win in Race #2 of the Kartplex’s rental racing league. But 2020 Heavy class champion Rick Neal was the man with the biggest points haul courtesy of a win in Race #1 and a third in Race #2. Matt Zigaitis took home second in Race #1, while Dennis Wilburn was third. Craig Pyatt rounded out the Heavy podiums of the evening with his second place finish in Race #2.
The drivers are all back for Round #4 of the 2021 Spring iDrive Series May 26th.
Recap by Rose vonHatten