September 11, 2023

Ongaro takes opening qualifier at Worlds

David Ongaro has taken the opening round of qualifying at the World Championship in Arizona.  The Team Associated driver, who was second fastest in practice, took the first of the five rounds of qualifying ahead teenagers  Tater Sontag and Marcus Kaerup.  Leading out the field as Top Seed for qualifying, Dakotah Phend would end up on his roof in the whoops section early in the run forcing Ongaro to go the long way around his TLR as he went to the top of the times sheets.  With the drivers super close on pace, a moment would then drop the Italian back off the top as Kaerup, Sontag and Dustin Evans all took turns at setting the TQ pace.  In the end a late charge from Ongaro gave him the TQ by just 6/10oths over Sontag with Kaerup 1.9-second further back.  Running in the second fastest heat Ty Tessmann would post the fourth fastest time ahead of Evans who gave away a potential TQ run with a late mistake at the end of the main straight.

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