Championship showdown! Champagne versus Roth in Formula Senior, while Morad, Mascoll, Walker, Wickens and Herder all look for a Canada Junior championship. TORONTO, ON - Just like a 'made-for-TV' movie, the climax to the Sunoco Ron Fellows...
Champagne versus Roth in Formula Senior, while Morad, Mascoll, Walker, Wickens and Herder all look for a Canada Junior championship.
TORONTO, ON - Just like a 'made-for-TV' movie, the climax to the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship is set to unfold this weekend (Sept. 14-15) at Goodwood Kartways in Goodwood, Ontario.
Two championships will be up for grabs as the drivers take to the track this weekend. In Canada Junior, no less than five drivers are mathematically still alive. Leading Canada Junior going into the weekend is Birel's Daniel Morad. Morad has two wins this season, both of which came at Goodwood.
Closest to Morad is MBA driver Justin Mascoll, who is a scant 27 points behind. Birel's Travis Walker is third in the championship, followed by First Kart driver - and Formula Junior Champion - Robert Wickens. Gold Kart's Pearce Herder also has an outside shot at the title, but would have to be the Pfaff Motors Fast qualifier and win both final rounds, coupled with some bad luck from the top-four drivers to win the championship.
In the top-flight Formula Senior class, it is Birel against MBA. Birel's Mike Roth will battle the current point-leader, Hurricane MBA Racing's Matt Champagne, for the title in their 100mph F125 shifter karts. Champagne leads by 59 points over Roth, but Roth is coming off a strong performance in rounds 7 and 8.
"Matt is strong at Goodwood, but my Birel is also strong there," Roth said. "I have to win or beat Matt in both races to win the title." For his part, Champagne is focused on one thing this weekend: winning. "I'm not playing the points game," a confident Champagne said. "I'm going with the intention of winning both races; the points will take care of themselves."
Champagne swept rounds 5 and 6 at Goodwood with a dominating performance. "Last time we were here, my Hurricane MBA was awesome," he said. "I think it will be as good, if not better this weekend."
Hot Wheels Birel driver, Alex Penfold will be looking to hold off two other Birel drivers for third in the championship as Marco Di Leo and Juliana Chiovitti are closing in on him. Penfold will need some 'hot wheels' to keep third overall.
In the other two classes - Canada Senior and Formula Junior - the championships have already been decided with Gold Kart's Kyle Herder claiming top honours in Canada Senior and First Kart's Robert Wickens taking the Formula Junior crown.
A very interested spectator this weekend will be ALMS Corvette C5-R driver and series founder Ron Fellows. "This is a great way to end the first year of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship," Fellows said. "It will be a battle of the best karters in Ontario. These karters put on a very professional show. I can't wait to see the action unfold. I have seen the championship - as a whole - come a long way this year. If you're a racing fan that loves close racing action, don't miss Goodwood."
Practice and qualifying (for Formula Junior and Senior) will be run on Sept. 15, while rounds 9 and 10 of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship start at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Track directions for Rounds 9 and 10 Goodwood Kartway, located approximately 50km (30 mi.) from downtown Toronto. From Metropolitan Toronto, take Highway 404 north to Bloomington Rd. Turn east, and drive approximately 12km (8 mi.) to Tenth Line. Continue east to the first road north "2nd. Concession" (Large sign on right for Goodwood Kartway). Head north about 2.5km to four-way stop; club is located on the northwest corner.