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Las Vegas Supernationals: RIO Hotel and Casino

On October 31, and September 1-2, David Jurca participated in the biggest karting event of the year in North America. All of the best drivers from around the country were there to contest for the Supernationals crown. Jurca would be pulling double duty that weekend, driving in both the SuperPro class, and the Formula IC class.

In the SuperPro class, Jurca qualified 8th out of a 45 kart SuperPro field, having been stuck behind lap traffic when his tires were at their best. In the prefinal, Jurca improved his position to 5th place. For the final, Jurca battled non stop with his fellow SuperPro drivers until the final lap, where he would make an exciting last lap move on Darren Elliot to take fourth place.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated events of Sunday was the TM Racing USA Formula IC Main event. The SuperNationals would be the first time that all of the top drivers from around the country would go head to head in the new for '02 class. In qualifying, Jurca would go out and set pole on his first run, only to be knocked down to third by teammates Vorrath and Valiante. Jurca would go out onto the track fo one more try. He managed to get one clear lap and put together a time fast enough for pole position. The order went like this: Jurca, Valiante, Vorrath. A perfect qualifying for Italian Motors. Jurca won the prefinal and was ready to start on the front row with teammate Valiante for the final. Vorrath, unfortunately, broke an engine mount clamp and did not finish the prefnal. It was a textbook start for both Jurca and Valiante, as they were one and two by the first corner. They traded positions several times, but in the end it was Jurca who came out on top along with the fastest lap of the race. Go Racing Magazine had this to say about the Formula IC race: "Up front the stakes were high. Jurca was on a mission, but one false move by Jurca or Valiante could cost the team dearly. Just when you thought they couldn't drive any deeper, they did. When you thought they were going to hit, they didn't. It was a great display of skill and determination by both drivers. This race was the best of the weekend. After watching the teammates of Valiante and Jurca go toe-to-to with Martin waiting to pounce, this is what 125 racing should be like everyday."

Jurca was very happy about his successful weekend at the Supernationals. After the ceremonies, he commented: "This has been a fantastic weekend. We finished well in SuperPro and to top it all off, we finished first and second in Formula IC as well as qualifying 1-2-3. The Italian Motors team has been phenomenal this weekend and I really have to thank my mechanic Dave Carpentier for his hard work. It wasn't easy doing two classes at a race this big. I also would like to thank Lynx Racing for bringing in their Toyota Atlantic transporter and buliding such a fantastic pit setup for the ITALKART Factory Team. Thanks to my sponsors Best Ceramic, European Tile Inc., Italian Motors, ITALKART, Kuzzins Kustoms, Bell Helmets, MyChron, Serengeti Design, and Jim Mason because without them I would not be where I am today."