Vincec Endures Tough Luck At Beaverun Mike Vincec has podium stolen from him in final stages of event TORONTO, ON. -- (MAY 12, 2004) Stouffville, Ontario resident Michael Vincec recently completed the Stars of Karting Eastern Championship ...
Vincec Endures Tough Luck At Beaverun
Mike Vincec has podium stolen from him in final stages of event
TORONTO, ON. -- (MAY 12, 2004) Stouffville, Ontario resident Michael Vincec recently completed the Stars of Karting Eastern Championship event at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex this past weekend in Wampum, PA. The 13-year-old seventh grade St. Mark's School student showed the speed to run at the front of the pack only to have a podium finish taken away two laps from the end.
The first round of the East Championship Series did not go as planned for the young Canadian pilot as he had a disastrous qualifying session on Saturday morning. As the session came to a close, Vincec found himself deep in the twenty-two kart field in fourteenth position with a lap time of 58.702. More than 1.5 seconds off the pole position, Vincec knew that he would be in for a tough battle.
In the heat race that would set the grid for the final, Vincec never even finished one circuit of the beautiful BeaveRun course. A mechanical failure with a fuel line fitting forced his heat race to end early and Vincec would have it tough coming from the back of the pack.
Starting the final from the tail of the field, the calm and relaxed Vincec would use this on track session to test for the second event day on Sunday. Getting a great jump off the line, the 13-year-old vaulted several positions in the hunt to move through the field. Turning a fast race lap comparable to the leaders, Vincec sliced and diced his way to a top ten finish and garner some very important championship points. Improvement in that final session proved to be as much as a win for the BIG Racing team, as they would now turn and focus their attention towards Sunday's event.
After a long night of preparation on the number 05C First Kart, Vincec was ready to do battle once again at BeaveRun. Another tough qualifying session found the Canadian mired back in the 7th place, a position that Vincec was not accustomed to after several podium finishes earlier in the season.
Always a better racer than qualifier, Vincec used his skills and abilities to move towards the front in the heat race. Another great launch off the line and some brave passes under braking saw the talented Canadian move into the top three and acquire a 3rd place starting position for the final.
The green flag flew late on Sunday afternoon for the 80 Jr. final that saw the BIG Racing team have their best race of the weekend. After battling with the leaders in the opening stages, Vincec could not keep pace and settled into his third position. Hoping for a mistake by the front duo while continuing to run lap after lap, Vincec looked poised and ready for another podium finish. Entering the final two laps of the event Vincec went down the front straight away and entered his braking point. Downshifting and braking like normal, the future champion turned in and traveled through the corner. After hitting his marks, Vincec got back on the throttle only to find that the drive chain had been broken and there was no power to the rear axle. Pulling to the inside of the course, Vincec could only watch from the sidelines as his competitors streamed by. A heart breaking defeat for the second year shifterkart pilot as a podium finish was definitely in the works.
"I am extremely frustrated and disappointed with these mechanical difficulties," explained Vincec. "However, I am looking forward to a better result for the upcoming event in Norway, IL."
The young Canadian is looking forward to the rest of the 2004 racing season and the opportunity to move up the motorsports ladder. Mike would like to thank Pilot Race Gear, First Kart North America, TXM Race Engines, www.godecalzone.com, and Tri-V Manufacturing for their continued support.
Michael Vincec and his BIG Race Team's next event will be this coming weekend at Trane Motor Speedway in Norway, IL. As part of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufactures Cup series, Vincec will look to rebound from a tough weekend as well as move up in the championship standings where he currently sits in the fifth position.