Race Recap – New York Kart Complex | Ikoniqa Racing

Our recap of round two of the three round F-Series GearUp Championship from last weekend's event at the New York Kart Complex.
Samuel Pawlak
Owner of Grand Prix Studio
August 4, 2021

Round two of the three round F-Series GearUp Challenge Championship concluded last weekend at the New York Kart Complex. After finishing near the back of the field in round one at Pittsburgh, my first full event as a driver, the goals for New York was to finish mid-pack, while also absorbing as much information on where I needed to improve come the final round at New Jersey Motorsports Park next month.


The NY Kart Complex in Morristown is an absolutely beautiful facility. Situated right along the St. Lawrence River, the track is smooth, flowing, and has a great mix of high-speed and lower speed corners. Thursday and Friday practices went well, with lap times in the low 48s, with the leaders setting low 47s. This time placed me anywhere from 4th – 7th, which is exactly what I was aiming for given the 11 kart Formula 125 field.


Over the weekend, my best qualifying position was P4, and the best finish in a final was P6. Unfortunately, prior to the first pre-final and final races on Saturday, my kart’s electric starter died. This meant I needed someone to manually start the kart in the pitlane prior to each race, and if I stalled on-track for any reason, it would be game-over for that session. In the first final (i.e. Race 1) on Saturday, that’s unfortunately exactly what happened. Starting in P5, I locked up the brakes into the first corner having not warmed them up enough, spun off track, and stalled, landing me a DNF in Race 1. Thankfully, I was able to show pace on Sunday and bring home a P6 finish, having started P5. My cumulative finishes in both pre-finals and finals over the weekend boosted me one spot in the points standings from 9th to 8th, and I’m trailing both of my teammates by less than 10 points going into the final round.