Wild adventure for Holtom at Barrie Grand Prix Ottawa driver Jamie Holtom returns to karting for the Barrie Grand Prix BARRIE, ONTARIO - Ottawa racer Jamie Holtom had a wild weekend on his return to karting. Holtom decided to contest the...
Wild adventure for Holtom at Barrie Grand Prix
Ottawa driver Jamie Holtom returns to karting for the Barrie Grand Prix
BARRIE, ONTARIO - Ottawa racer Jamie Holtom had a wild weekend on his return to karting. Holtom decided to contest the RotaxMax Senior class at the Barrie Grand Prix, round three of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Presented by Toronto Star Wheels. Holtom was credited with 20th in the final, but in this case, the numbers really don't tell the story.
To begin with, Holtom was up against 77 other drivers that were registered for the class. In qualifying, Holtom was strong, registering a time of 46.456, just over a second off the pole time of 45.466 of Marco Di Leo. The problem was Holtom's time was good for 19th - just in the top 20 that went straight to the final. "I thought we'd be closer to the front than that," Holtom said. "We seemed okay in qualifying - a small push - but nothing major. But with the top 18 all within the same second, okay, apparently isn't good enough."
After watching the last chance race, Holtom lined up for the start of the final, and promptly got tangled up in somebody else's incident that sent him down the order to 34th - dead last. From there he put on a solid - never say die - charge through the field. "I was not very happy, but racing back through the field was exciting - and good practice." Holtom said of his charge back up the order.
Holtom was on the tail of the 12th place driver with just 8 laps to go in the 20-lap final, when the driver ahead of him hit a hay bale that came to rest on the track. Holtom couldn't avoid the obstacle and he plowed into the hay bales ending his race. "That was the longest race I have ever been in," Holtom said after the final. "It was very exciting, and I thought we had a shot at a top ten in the Control Microsystems Tony Kart, but I nailed that hay bale - it was on the racing line around a blind corner - and we were done."
It is a short week for Holtom as he will be back in action at Shannonville this coming weekend in his Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda Michelin series Civic. "This should be a good weekend for us." Holtom said. "Jonak Brothers Racing are working hard to get the Control Microsystems car back into shape after Mosport, but I think we will have the speed to get a good result in the double race weekend."