After a very promising return to shifterkart racing had him poised for a podium run at SuperNationals XI, Ontario racer David Ostella instead ended his debut weekend in Senior with a trip to a Las Vegas hospital. He will now spend the short ...
After a very promising return to shifterkart racing had him poised for a podium run at SuperNationals XI, Ontario racer David Ostella instead ended his debut weekend in Senior with a trip to a Las Vegas hospital. He will now spend the short off-season mending a broken scapula, suffered in a turn one crash running Rotax Senior.
"A guy spun in front of me and I had nowhere to go," reported Ostella upon his return to Canada. "I hit his front tire, which sent me out of the kart a little, and then when my rear tire hit his front tire my kart flipped and landed on my back." The result was a cracked shoulder blade, relegating the rookie senior to the sidelines for a month. If all heals well, he should be set to return to racing at the upcoming Florida Winter Tour in January.
It was a tragic end to the weekend as Ostella had positioned himself very well in S1. After qualifying ninth of thirty in the class, he finished fifth in heat one, his first race as a senior and the action that opened SuperNationals XI. Heat two saw him taking evasive action to survive corner one, leading to a recovery run to twentieth, but in heat three he was back at the sharp end of the field. Tenth across the line after a standing start, he was eighth through the first lap and up to fifth by the end of the second. Ostella then settled in through the middle stages before taking two more spots in the late laps and crossing third - with the second fastest lap of the race in the process. The great effort led David to the outside of row three for the main event - a position he was unable to take owing to the injury.
His second class of the weekend, Rotax Senior, was nothing short of a nightmare. While 15th from qualifying wasn't impossible to swallow, he completed just two laps in the class afterward - a total from three heat races! In heat one the lap total was zero with the run ending at turn one, while in the second heat David completed two laps before trouble arrived and he was knocked from the top ten. The misery continued in heat three when the turn one wreck ended his weekend.