Three move up; Champagne, de Heus and Vorrath win evaluation day honours. MOSPORT, ON - Three drivers stood above the rest at the end of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship evaluation day on Sept 27. Hurricane Racing MBA's Matt...
Three move up; Champagne, de Heus and Vorrath win evaluation day honours.
MOSPORT, ON - Three drivers stood above the rest at the end of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship evaluation day on Sept 27. Hurricane Racing MBA's Matt Champagne, Gold Kart's Aaron de Heus and ItalKart's Jordy Vorrath will all compete in the 12 race Bridgestone/Firestone Toronto Star Wheels F2000 racing series in 2003.
The even was held in a constant downpour all day and Ron Fellow was impressed with what he saw.
"I think all ten drivers did a fantastic job. We were only supposed to give two Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship scholarships, but the drivers made it too tough to pick just two, so we took three to compete next year."
"I was really nervous, there was more pressure today than on a race day," said Fonthill, ON's Champagne. "I think the rain negated any car experience I had. It was tough and everyone here is a good driver. So I am very honoured to have been picked by Sunoco and Ron Fellows and I hope to represent both of them well next year."
Vancouver, BC's Vorrath, who had never sat in a F2000 until evaluation day was also very happy. "It's great. I thank Sunoco and Ron Fellows for the opportunity. I didn't mind the rain, in fact in a kart I feel more comfortable in the rain, so if anything I think it helped me."
Probably the biggest surprise of the group was Goodwood, ON's de Heus, as he too had never sat in a race car. He put on a display in the rain that made him look like a seasoned pro. There was no way the judges could overlook him. "I remember on the day I was picked that I thought, 'I would get one day in a race car' and I thought that was great. Now after being picked to run all next year, it just a dream come true. I haven't been able to move up to cars because of a lack of budget, but now I plan to make the most of the opportunity given to me by Sunoco and Ron Fellows."
The event ends the season for the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship and Sunoco's Brad Brown was happy with all the karter's performances in the first year of the championship.
"Sunoco couldn't be happier with our first year," Brown said. "The talent in this series is amazing and it is really gratifying to watch the stars of the future develop. We learned a lot this year, and I'm confident that the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship will really grow next year, plus we are delighted to have three of our own representing Sunoco and Ron Fellows in cars next year."
Fellows thinks his three team drivers will all learn from each other next year in the Bridgestone/Firestone Toronto Star Wheels F2000 series.
"They each have their own strengths, but they are all good. I think Matt's [Champagne] experience will help Aaron [de Heus] and Jordy [Vorrath], and I expect Jordy's raw talent and Aaron's ability to attack a racetrack with controlled aggression will help Matt develop futher next year. We have three really good ones who will all learn from each other."
The objective of the SRFKC is to help foster a professional environment for kart drivers; help create a positive attitude towards appearance, conduct and discipline; help foster the employment of the best practices for the safe and fair running of competitions; and help kart drivers to move up the racing ladder to automobile racing.