Del Valle Race Report, Oct. 5th-6thPosted: 10/12/2007
Bulls Eye on Kirkpatrick
By Brian Johnson.
The TORCS crew laid out a great track with perfect traction at Austin Del Valle MX. The two day format is great for anyone that wants to race. The one hour pro race on Saturday was exciting when Jeff O’Leary got he holeshot over Cole Kirkpatrick (29), Brian Johnson (42), and Craig Chedsey. TJ'sKTM/MSR/Pro-Action sponsored Johnson got pass Cycle Shack/KTM/Moose
sponsored Kirkpatrick in the off-road section and set his sights on TJ'sKTM/MSR/Pro-Action sponsored O’Leary making the pass on him. Johnson put a gap on both Kirkpatrick and O’Leary but on the fourth lap Kirkpatrick closed the gap on Johnson but could not make the pass. The two were neck and neck Kirkpatrick got by Johnson on a double that Johnson was not doing. But the race was not over Johnson hounded Kirkpatrick for the remainder of the race trying to find anywhere to pass him but ended up right behind him.
The Sunday Pro event was going to be good if the previous day of racing was that good the day before, and it was. It looked like at the beginning of the race it was a repeat of the day before with Johnson and Kirkpatrick battling it out for the holeshot Kirkpatrick edged out Johnson. Then Ryan Haring got around Johnson in the next turn set his sights on Kirkpatrick and three turn later made an aggressive pass on Kirkpatrick to take the lead. Johnson fell in the turn after that sending him to dead last, But as They went into the off-road section It was Haring, Kirkpatrick, Austin Boney, Josh Young, and Beau Otto in the top five.
Haring held off Kirkpatrick and Young for three laps then Kirkpatrick made a move in the off-road section taking Haring out allowing Young to also get by. Then Haring did not feel right and had to pull off. Kirkpatrick put a small gap on Young but not enough to let off the pace it would stay that way for the rest of the race. Behind them SMS sponsored Beau Otto put on a charge moving his way up to third place and started to make up some time on Young in second but once young noticed he was coming he put it on and made sure it did not happen. The next rider to make up spots was TJ'sKTM sponsored Shawn O’Leary moving his way past Boney for the fourth position.
In the Sport 15-29 B class Bubba Gray took the win over TJ'sKTM pair of Cort Farley 2nd and Zach Cornado 3rd.Farley kept it close for the first couple laps staying on Gray but then Gray opened up a gap and held it.
The 40+ A class had Dan Sell holding off a hard charging Mark Vickers and Steve Cardwell. Sell was not able to let off the gas and pushed the entire time to take the victory. Vickers stayed strong also keeping the ex Pro Cardwell in third.