First Kart Starts '05 Off Strong Two wins and strong runs by others provide momentum for First Kart Guelph, ON -- January 3, 2004 -- The FirstKart.com race team started the 2005 season off well with some strong results in Northern Florida. The...
First Kart Starts '05 Off Strong
Two wins and strong runs by others provide momentum for First Kart
Guelph, ON -- January 3, 2004 -- The FirstKart.com race team started the 2005 season off well with some strong results in Northern Florida. The World Karting Association (WKA) Manufactures Cup held their traditional opening '05 race between Christmas and New Year's at the newly revamped Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 80cc Junior trio of David Ostella, Zach Schiff and Michael Vincec were a threat for victory from the opening round practice session.
With the dual event per weekend format, the FirstKart.com race team started Wednesday morning off with qualifying which went extremely well. First Kart's newest team driver Zach Schiff piloted his SwedeTech powered First Kart to the pole position. Happy with his run, he would look for more speed later on in the day to challenge for victory. Canadian drivers Michael Vincec and David Ostella turned in strong runs and qualified 3rd and 5th respectively. Both drivers will run the entire National Tour in 2005 and will look to be victorious both there and back home in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship series (SRFKC).
Ostella, Schiff and Vincec showed that qualifying was not a fluke as all three competitors finished inside the top seven. The momentum would continue into the final as the field tightened up and four drivers would fight for victory. When the checkered flag flew at the end of day one, Schiff had taken the victory in his First Kart debut with fellow teammate Vincec coming home in 2nd. Ostella showed that he will be a contender in 2005 as he raced hard with the lead group and ended his day in 5th.
Thursday would provide more excitement for the First Kart squad as Schiff once again qualified on the pole with the talented Vincec in 3rd. Ostella rounded out qualifying in 7th and would look to advance forward later on in the day.
After several delays throughout the day, the feature events of day two would be shortened to allow event completion before darkness. This was bad news for Vincec who struggled in the pre-final and finished near the tail of the field. The young pilot would be forced to make quick work of slower competitors to fight for victory. The race started off disastrous for the young Ostella as he was driven over on the start and forced to retire from the event. Schiff would run in the 3rd position for most of the race while Vincec sliced and diced his way through the field and into the top five. As Schiff circuited the track chasing the pair in front of him, the lead duo collided allowing the Ohio driver to slip into the lead and drive off to victory. Vincec had a very strong run as he finished just shy of the podium in 4th position. Though not official yet, it looks as if Schiff and Vincec control the top of the point standings in the 80cc Junior category.
FirstKart.com entered three drivers in the ICC category with Nick Maddison, Jimmy Moriarty and Rene Silva behind the wheel. The trio had signs of speed throughout the weekend as all three ran inside the top ten at one point. Nick Maddison was the highest placing finisher as he managed to come home with a 10th place result on Wednesday.
James Moriarty, father of Jimmy was in competition as well this weekend as he ran his SwedeTech powered First Kart on the WKA Enduro circuit around DIS. Moriarty managed to have two strong runs finishing 9th and 11th.
The FirstKart.com race team will have little time off as the team preps and travels to round one of the 2005 Florida Winter Tour. Please check www.firstkart.com for up-to-date news, press releases and team results.