SKUSA: Matt Champagne, SRFKC points leader on Barrie podium

Champagne flies at Barrie. Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship points leader on podium. BARRIE, ON - The Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship (SRFKC) boasts some of the best talent in Canadian karting. That was put to the test as a number...

Champagne flies at Barrie.
Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship points leader on podium.

BARRIE, ON - The Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship (SRFKC) boasts some of the best talent in Canadian karting. That was put to the test as a number of the SRFKC regulars ventured to the SKUSA Pro Moto Tour Eastern Round 2 race at Barrie, ON on the weekend of June 22-23. The SKUSA Pro Moto tour is the 'Formula 1' of shifter kart racing in North America.

Hurricane Racing MBA driver Matt Champagne, from Fonthill, Ontario, and current SRFKC Formula Senior points leader, showed just how strong the SRFKC regulars are, as he finished second in the headlining Super Pro class, in Sunday's final.

"We've been chasing the setup all weekend," said Champagne. "But I have to hand it to this Hurricane Racing team, they didn't give up and they gave me a great kart for the final. It was just awesome."

Champagne qualified a lowly 19th on Saturday, but he raced strong to come home 12th, but the MBA driver was anything but happy. "The motor is a little flat," said Champagne. "And at this level of competition, you just can't afford to be a little off. Three tenths of a second is worth ten grid spots. We'll have it sorted out by Sunday."

Champagne was right, and by the time Sunday afternoon was finished, the SRFKC Formula Senior points leader was on the podium.

Other SRFKC regulars also competed at Barrie. First Kart's James Hinchliffe had a great weekend and he came home seventh on Saturdays F80 Junior final. Right behind him was Robert Wickens. In S1, Innisfil pole winner, Tom Cadieux was third and Richard Penfold was fourth. The SRFKC Round 4 Canada Senior winner Frank Launi scored a pair of 11th place finishes after starting both finals from 30th position.

The objective of the SRFKC is to help foster a professional environment for kart drivers; help create a positive attitude towards appearance, conduct and discipline; help foster the employment of the best practices for the safe and fair running of competitions; and help kart drivers to move up the racing ladder to automobile racing.

Many of the top karters from Ontario and other provinces are scheduled to compete in four classes (Canada Junior, Canada Senior, Formula Junior and Formula Senior). The Formula Senior class will feature F125cc shifter karts, which are capable of exceeding 100 mph. Both Formula classes will make Formula 1 style standing starts.

At the end of the season, two drivers will be selected from each of the four classes plus the two drivers from the ASN Canadian National Championships will be invited to a one-day evaluation test at the Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy at Mosport, provided they are 16 years of age prior to the date of the test.

Out of those 10 drivers, two will earn a full scholarship to the 2003 Bridgestone/Firestone Toronto Star Wheels F2000 racing series.

For more information, please contact: Brad Brown, Sunoco Motorsports, www.sunoco.ca (416)-233-8727. ASN Canada FIA, Paul Cooke, www.asncanada.com, (905)-403-9000. Russ Bond, www.insidetracknews.com, (416)-962-7223

-www.asncanada.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Ron Fellows , Robert Wickens