Tomorrow will see the official start of this year’s SKUSA Pro Tour with the first two rounds, better known as the Winternationals taking place. It’s expected to be the biggest entry list the Pro Tour has ever seen with over 200 drivers at the New Orleans based, NOLA Motorsports Park, circuit in total! It’s going to be a new challenge for Callum after he successfully became the SKUSA Winter Series Vice Champion on his debut just a couple of weeks ago.
The 1531 metres circuit became well known within the Karting community worldwide after it played host to the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. It’s slightly obscure layout which features long sweeping corners was a hit with the drivers and the long back straight always provides drama at the last corner. That was proved in the Junior Max final that year where the lead changed hands on the last lap!
It’ll certainly be something Callum has done his research on ahead of this weekend as he prepares to drive on the circuit for the first time! He’ll have to adapt quickly to get up to speed with the much more experienced American drivers, but this is something Callum experienced last year during his first season of WSK and CIK-FIA racing.
Practice on Friday will be followed by two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. The days will mirror each other in terms of schedules with qualifying, a Pre-Final and Final. This weekend is the first of three weekends in the championships so mistakes come at a very high cost! Keeping a clean pair of heels over the two days will be crucial to Callum who has his eyes set on a championship win and a ticket to the IAME International Final.
Callum also has the responsibility of representing the CRG Factory and will be racing with the CRG Nordam Team. After building up a great relationship with the team during the SKUSA Winter Series the team were keen to get him back for a championship assault.
Speaking ahead of the season Euan Jeffery, Commercial Manager, quoted: “With Callum’s impressive form during the winter series we were eager to get him back out here so he can continue to promote the CRG brand in USA and are confident he can achieve the top step this time.”
Callum also showed his determination ahead of the season Callum commenting: “It was great to hear that CRG wanted me to compete in the SKUSA Pro Tour. I am looking forward to competing there as I raced in the winter series with good results. I will be doing everything I can to win the championship!”
You can find out more details about the event this weekend on Callum’s website here