David Ostella opened his Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship season at Goodwood Kartways last weekend with a double-podium performance including a dominating run in Rotax Max Junior. On Pfaff Pole from a 33-kart field in qualifying Sunday,...
David Ostella opened his Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship season at Goodwood Kartways last weekend with a double-podium performance including a dominating run in Rotax Max Junior.
On Pfaff Pole from a 33-kart field in qualifying Sunday, the Cameron/CRG lead junior then backed it up with a prefinal win in running flag-to-flag. The 30-lap main event was just the same as Ostella led into turn one and never looked back, building a gap quickly and extending it over the race distance. While he was alone and leading, Ostella still remained cognizant of what was evolving behind.
"I looked back every time out of turn nine," he said in keeping tabs on the competition. "I just wanted to stay up front and hit my marks so Luciano and Monteith couldn't catch up and create a huge battle." It didn't happen. As the only driver to crack the 39 second mark in the final, Ostella nearly matched his pole time in dropping a 38.738 second lap on 21. His margin of victory was over five seconds at the final flag, and the Ontario teenager lapped karts up to 11th place in winning round one of six.
On track Saturday to begin the defence of his record-setting F1-K Junior Championship, Ostella nearly led off the weekend with a sweep. After he captured pole with a 38.433 second lap - a lap that would have taken pole in F1-K Senior by over three-tenths, or had him line up off-pole in Rotax Max Senior - he won the prefinal in a very controlled fashion. It was the final that threw a wrench into the plans, or sand to be specific. Taking the lead at the beginning of lap two, David then padded it through 19 of 30 laps but spun on a dirty race track on lap 20. A backmarker had gone off-an-on at turn three, and next on the scene, David locked the brake and went around. Undeterred, he rejoined and made it to the podium in third spot.
After earning the Rotax Junior vice-championship at the recently completed Florida Winter Tour, David is now active in four divisions. Along with sitting first and third in his two SRFKC classes, David is just five points from the lead of the World Karting Association JICA point lead where he has a pair of seconds, and scored a fifth at the opening round of the Snap-on Stars of Karting National Championship where he returns to action this weekend in New Castle, Indiana.