Vincec Ends SRFKC Year With Victory "Another great weekend for Mike Vincec and the BIG Racing Team" GUELPH, ON -- SEPTEMBER 21, 2004. -- 13-year-old Mike Vincec climbed to the top of the podium once again this past weekend in the Sunoco Ron ...
Vincec Ends SRFKC Year With Victory
"Another great weekend for Mike Vincec and the BIG Racing Team"
GUELPH, ON -- SEPTEMBER 21, 2004. -- 13-year-old Mike Vincec climbed to the top of the podium once again this past weekend in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship (SRFKC) event held at the Innisfil Indy course in Innsifil, ON. The tight and twisty race circuit provided for some close racing action and a lot of excitement as several drivers struggled to find the right set-up.
Looking to build off his win from Mosport, Vincec struggled in Friday's test day as he was only able to turn the fourth quickest time. Hard work was put in by TXM's Ted Greenwood as he tried to get the maximum horsepower out of the powerplant. A motor change Friday evening was completed in time and Vincec hit the racecourse for Saturday's warm-up with a renewed sense of energy. Qualifying was next for the talented Canadian but Vincec was only able to improve slightly to take the P3 starting position inside the second row. The BIG racing crew along with tuner Mike Maurini of First Kart went to work on the chassis to see if they can get the extra speed that was needed to run upfront.
Vincec got a great start in the pre-final and came out of the first corner in the second position as he immediately began to challenge for the lead. With the goal of starting on the front row for the final, Vincec was only going to complete a pass if it was safe and therefore crossed the strip in second position.
When the green flag fell for the final the entire front row got a great start as the leaders went side by side into the first turn. Vincec came out in second but would begin to pressure his fellow competitor. With a better set-up Vincec tried high and low as an epic battle pursued on the 13 turn circuit. Vincec then got a run out of the last corner and made a perfect pass under braking to take the lead and the eventual victory. With the victory Vincec secured second in the series championship and will look to make a run at the title in 2005.
In the competitive Rotax-Max Junior division, Vincec was only able to claim the third starting position after qualifying. Knowing that he was on the preferred line entering the dangerous turn one, Vincec slid by into the second position but was unable to challenge for the victory. Knowing the importance of getting out front, Vincec took the lead at the start of the final and never looked back. The grade eight student went onto claim the victory by a three second margin as the team began to celebrate.
The posting of the results brought the entire BIG racing Team down as Vincec had been penalized two positions for jumping the start. Obviously a bad call by series officials was made and the Vincec family protested the result which was rejected on the basis of insufficient evidence.
"I don't understand this" stated an upset Mary Vincec. "We worked so hard for the win only to have it taken away by an extremely bad call. We are very displeased as these inconsistent decisions have been happening all year and are not fair to any driver running the series. If this is the way that calls are made then maybe it would be better to spend our money elsewhere."
"I would like to thank First Kart North America, my tuner Mike Maurini, Hi-Tech race Engines, Pilot Race Gear, Ted from TXM Race Engines for all his hard work this weekend, Basement Imagaing Group and my parents" stated Vincec on the podium. "I am frustrated with the outcome in the Rotax call and would rather not talk about it."