Ostella now leads the points in both F1-K and Rotax Junior. Competing at the home track of Cameron Motorsports/CRG last weekend, junior sensation David Ostella went a perfect six-for-six in taking a pair of poles, prefinals, and main event wins.
Ostella now leads the points in both F1-K and Rotax Junior.
Competing at the home track of Cameron Motorsports/CRG last weekend, junior sensation David Ostella went a perfect six-for-six in taking a pair of poles, prefinals, and main event wins. The Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship rolled into Hamilton, Ontario, for its second event and Ostella departed with the championship lead in both F1-K and Rotax Junior.
The twin sweeps began Saturday with F1-K where Ostella took pole from a twenty kart field before dominating in both prefinal and final, over two seconds good on each occasion. The teenager from Maple, Ontario, also took pole and prefinal at the opening round before losing the lead with a spin on a dirty race track - an event that almost repeated itself at Hamilton when Ostella encountered a kart reentering the track at turn three. "There was so much dust and I just couldn't see at all," he said in reliving the near miss in the paddock afterward. "I swerved to the inside and just hoped I wouldn't hit him in the cloud. After that it was pretty good." Pretty good indeed, as Ostella kept the field in check on his way to checkers. Through two of six rounds, he now has a very narrow four point lead in a championship he is defending.
Returning to the Cameron Motorsports Karting Complex on Sunday for Rotax Max Junior, Ostella was looking to keep a perfect run going amid changing conditions. The day began wet and gradually dried, keeping drivers and tuners on their toes. Once again, Ostella was dialled in every session, and after taking pole by nearly a half-second in a thirty kart field, David took the prefinal by nearly two seconds and the main event by over five. It was a day when driver and tuner were in perfect sync. "Mike was paranoid changing from rain to dry, dry to rain, and back to dry again," Ostella said of longtime tuner Mike Roth. "It was a little bit wet out there but it dried off and was pretty good for qualifying." Slicks for dry was definitely the right call in qualifying, and after matching his quick lap to the hundredth in the prefinal, Ostella lowered it by three-tenths in setting the fastest lap of the final on twenty of twenty-two. With a perfect points haul from races one and two, David will take the championship lead to the streets of Barrie and event three.
The pair of wins brings David's total to four on the season and he has fourteen top tens to date ranging across the Florida Winter Tour, Snap-on Stars of Karting, World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup and the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. It is a special season coming together to be sure, and the fact is not lost on the young driver. "I really have to thank Global Precast for their sponsorship and Bob and Danielle at Cameron Motorsports," he said prior to heading home from Hamilton. "As well as Alpinestars for the new equipment, and of course my tuner Mike Roth."
David's next start will be June 17th as the WKA National Championship resumes in Shawano, Wisconsin.