Fast paced action at Goodwood during season opener Kyle Marcelli, Pearce Herder and Kevin Monteith amongst the winners at Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels opener GOODWOOD, ONTARIO -- The fifth year of...
Fast paced action at Goodwood during season opener
Kyle Marcelli, Pearce Herder and Kevin Monteith amongst the winners at Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels opener
GOODWOOD, ONTARIO -- The fifth year of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels kicked off this past weekend at Goodwood Kartways in Goodwood, Ontario. The weekend highlights included some phenomenal racing action in all 11 classes, some first time winners, and some drivers with terrible luck early on who battled back to capture good results. "What we witnessed here this weekend was some very close, very professional racing, by quality racing drivers," commented ASN Canada's VP of competition, Paul Cooke. Cooke's comments could be focused on any one of the drivers in attendance.
On Saturday, the driver that made the biggest impact was Pearce Herder. Bad luck followed him around until about 1:30 pm. It started early for Herder, when he gave the wrong 'passport' for his Rotax engine. This oversight disqualified him from the pre-final -- which he had just won. In his second class, Canada Senior, Herder arrived at the pre-grid too late and had to start from the back. By the end of the day -- and two stellar drives later -- Herder won Canada Senior and was third in Rotax Sr.
F1-K made its debut at Goodwood, and a good turnout for all three classes was seen. Marco Di Leo should have won the Senior class, but an accident with a lapped driver on the final lap handed the win to Michael Vincec -- who had been battling his own bad luck for most of the weekend. In the Junior ranks, David Ostella came from last on the grid to win the final, and the new Cadet class was thrilling as Anthony Furfari and Reid Arnold battled for the entire distance with Furfari taking the win.
In the series headline class, it was a mix of talented juniors moving up, taking on the established veterans of Formula Senior. Like last year, a 'first time Senior' made his mark. Kyle Marcelli is well known for his speed and racing prowess, and he used all of it to capture his first Senior class win. Marcelli is one of the Sunoco Team Ultra 94 drivers who will be competing in the Bridgestone Academy F2000 series later this year, after winning a spot on the team in the 2005 Evaluation Day.
The class winners were; Kyle Marcelli, Formula Senior, Rui Teixeira in Canada Junior Light, Michael Vincec in F1-K Senior, Kevin Monteith in Rotax Junior, Andrew Deaves in World Formula Senior, Marco Di Leo in Rotax Sr., Kevin Monteith in Canada Junior Heavy, Anthony Furfari in F1-K Cadet, Joshua Korenyi in World Formula Junior, David Ostella in F1-K Junior, and Pearce Herder in Canada Senior.
The Pratt & Miller Team Spirit award which is awarded to the team that exhibits the highest levels of teamwork in the areas of presentation, preparation and results, went to Reid Racing. GM Racing awards for outstanding skills went to Pearce Herder on Saturday and Kevin Monteith on Sunday.