Wickens joins Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 for 2005
Etobicoke's Robert Wickens shows well at Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Evaluation Day
MOSPORT, ONTARIO 15 year old Robert Wickens has driven a Formula styled race car a grand total of two times. The first was a Formula BMW in Spain just a few weeks ago. On Friday October 8, he put his skills behind the wheel of one of the Bridgestone Academy's F2000 Reynards, and once again, Wickens impressed the judges, who, this time were from the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. It was the series' Evaluation Day, which pits 10 top drivers from the karting series, who compete for one of three coveted seats in the fully funded Sunoco Team Ultra 94 Wickens has now joined the team for 2005.
"I had low expectations coming in," Wickens said. "I just concentrated on driving and doing the best I could. I guess it was good enough. I am really happy for this opportunity to join Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 for 2005."
Wickens used speed and consistency to claim his spot along side his new teammates Marco Di Leo and Matt Pritiko. "I think a big key was not going off the road. I think the way it is scored you need speed and consistency, and that is what I concentrated the most on."
Wickens is anxious to get started with the team, but he will have big shoes to fill, as an Ultra 94 driver has won the Bridgestone series for the last two years in a row.
"I hope to do well in the series. We have a strong team, and I know we have a job to do as good as the last teams. I have to thank Sunoco, Ron Fellows and ASN Canada for this opportunity."
Robert Wickens Fast Facts
Robert Wickens is a 15-year-old karter from Etobicoke, Ontario. He attends Michael Power/ St. Joseph High School, and his kart racing team consists of his brother Trevor, father Tim, and his mom Lise. Wickens is the 2002 and 2003 Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Formula Jr. Champion, 2003 Formula Junior ASN Canadian National Champion, 2003 SKUSA ProMoto Tour National Number 5, 2003 Jr. Rotax Mosport Grand Prix of Karting Champion, 2002 and 2003 80cc Jr. Mosport Grand Prix of Karting Champion, 2002 Jr. Heavy Mosport Grand Prix of Karting Champion, 2002 Jr. Heavy Marigold Fall Classic Champion, 2002 Jr. Heavy Jim Arnold Memorial Race Champion, 2002 Jr. Heavy Innisfil Grand Prix Champion, and the 2002 80cc Jr. OKRA Grand National Champion. In 2001, he was the 2001 Jr. Heavy Marigold Fall Classic Champion, 2001 Jr. Lite Iron Man Enduro Champion. In 2000, his team was Mosport Kart Club's "Team of The Year", and he was voted the Waterloo Regional Kart Club "Most Sportsmanlike Driver". In 1999, he was the Jr. Restricted Waterloo Regional Kart Club Champion.
Wickens is supported by Team Hurricane, Shift, Corby Concepts, and Inet-Host.com.