Richland Washington hosted the first round of the CAN AM Karting challenge and there were two Atomica drivers on hand for the event. In the Micro Swift class Antonio Costantino ran his first event in both the Atomica chassis as well as the Micro Swift engine package. With some difficulties due to engine issues Costantino struggled on Saturday despite posting strong lap times in practice. On Sunday however Costantino would put the Atomica Mini on the pole and would take the prefinal. The final conditions however change and Antonio suffered from a major power loss and was forced to give up his lead sadly as it was out of his hands. The result on the weekend showed the speed of the Atomica chassis leaving us positive for whats to come for the next round in Chilliwack B.C.
In the Rotax Masters class Chris Eagles had to make the adjustment from the lightweight Max Sr kart he is used to driving to compete against some of the Pacific Northwests top masters drivers. With a respectable 3rd place finish on Saturday Eagles rolled out Sunday morning fastest in Warm up after making some changes to the chassis the night before. The adjustments made clearly pointed the Atomica SLS in the right direction as Eagles would take the pole position. In the pre-final Eagles suffered a low end bog at the start and dropped back quite a distance and fell to 4th, by time he made his way back to the third he was closing the leaders however there wasn’t enough time to get there. The final was as close as racing gets as the top 3 managed to run within 7/100’s of a second of one another. Eagles made several passing attempts on the notoriously tight and difficult track but couldn’t make anything stick. He would lose ground and close back up on the leaders but couldn’t get the break he needed to gain any spots. Eagles left there happy knowing that the whole package is there and he should be able to do more when Chilliwack comes around.