Showtime in Barrie! The stars of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels excite massive crowd in Barrie BARRIE, ONTARIO - For the first time in the short history of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship...
Showtime in Barrie!
The stars of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels excite massive crowd in Barrie
BARRIE, ONTARIO - For the first time in the short history of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels, the stars of the series tackled a tough street circuit. The venue was the hugely popular Pepsi Barrie Grand Prix presented by Pfaff Porsche on June 20-22. The massive crowd was entertained over the entire three days with some great racing.
Leading the headline class, Formula Senior, was SH Karting's Jonathan Fecteau, who dominated both rounds in his Tony Kart Vortex package. It was the first time the highly rated Quebec driver had participated in the series and he made an immediate statement. Behind him in both rounds were Kart Depot's Tyler Givougue and Hurricane Racing's Trevor Daley. Pfaff Porsche Birel driver Mike Roth, took the Pfaff Motorsports pole, but a spun gear in round five while leading, causing him to retire from the race. Roth impressed all with a stunning drive from 25th on the grid to a fifth place finish in round six.
The Formula Juniors put on the most entertaining couple of races during the entire event. PTK's Robert Wickens was looking to keep his current win streak alive, despite loosing the pole to Birel's Daniel Morad. Wickens won round five, but the epic battle of round six will be remembered for some time as Morad nipped Wickens at the line by 0.031 of a second to end the PTK's driver's win streak at five. Behind Wickens in round five was Morad and Quebec's Jesse Labbe. Third in round six was Dan Twizzell.
Rounding out the two stroke classes was RotaxMax and perennial front runner in Formula Senior, CMP's Frank Launi opted to field a Rotax powered CMP chassis for Barrie. Launi took the pole and easily won round five, but a small mistake took him out of the hunt in round six. Behind Launi in round five were Mathew France and Jason Robar. In an action packed round six, Robar climbed the top step of the podium followed by SRA Karting's Dennis Yasar and Ottawa's Jamie Holtom.
World Formula Senior had Rick McMullen on the pole, but his day went downhill in the first lap of round five, when he was involved in an accident. CMP's Jason Bradimore won a race long battle with Rob Oakman, who also took home the GM Racing award for sportsmanship. Chris Martin was third in round five. Round six was action packed and when the dust settled it was Jason Abrams bringing home the gold for Biesse Canada - the first win for the new team. Behind Abrams came Paul Carvalho and Chris Martin.
The Canada Senior pole went to Marco Di Leo and he managed to convert that pole into a round five win. Rob Oakman and Justin Mascoll followed him across the line. Round six had David Patrick at the top of the charts, with Mascoll second and Oakman third.
The Canada Juniors treated the fans to some heated action. Michael Mora took the pole, but he wasn't able to transfer that into a win in round five. Daniel Morad and Richard Boake were one-two on the track, before penalties sent them down the order. This gave the round five win to CMP's Michael Glaze, with Chris Biggar second and Morad third. In round six, Wickens rebounded to take an extremely close win over Morad - who was on the podium in every race he ran at Barrie - and Pearce Herder.
The Pratt & Miller 'appearance' award went to Holgate Motorsports
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. At the end of the season, eight drivers will be selected from the series, plus two drivers from the ASN Canadian National Championships. They will be invited to a one-day evaluation test at the Bridgestone 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 2004 the 2003 Bridgestone / FormulaCar Magazine F2000 Racing Series.