Chiovitti, Martin become National Champions! Six Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship regulars head West. CALGARY - Six of the top drivers in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship made the 40 plus hour drive to Alberta to contest the ...
Chiovitti, Martin become National Champions!
Six Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship regulars head West.
CALGARY - Six of the top drivers in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship made the 40 plus hour drive to Alberta to contest the ASN Canadian Karting Nationals at Race City in Calgary, AB. on Aug 9-11. Two of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting championship drivers, Chris Martin and Juliana Chiovitti left Calgary as Canadian National Champions.
Mario Kart led the group with North York, ON's Chris Martin in Canada Senior, and the brothers Patrizi - Daniel and Michael - from Woodbridge, ON in Canada Junior. Joining them were Birel drivers Juliana Chiovitti, from Sutton, ON, and Jimmy Pelk. Formula Senior class leader, MBA Hurricane Racing's Matt Champagne was the final driver to make the trip.
In ASN F125- FC, SRFKC Formula Senior drivers Pelk, Champagne and Chiovitti shined as they were 1,2,3 in qualifying. Chiovitti was battling an unusual problem. "I broke my classes this morning," said Chiovitti. "The same thing happened in Shannonville, and once I got my classes back there, I was three tenths quicker. It really helps when I can see."
Champagne stepped it up in the pre final and he took a dominating win. "The Hurricane MBA was perfect. I hope we can repeat tomorrow." In the final, Champagne looked to be a repeat winner, amassing a 9-second lead over Chiovitti, but disaster struck. The fuel line on Champagne's MBA developed a split and he lost the lead on lap 23 of 25. "What can you say," said Champagne. "We were good, I was just cruising and then it quit." Chiovitti went on to score the win, but in a good show of sportsmanship - which is a strong priority in the SRFKC - Chiovitti handed over her 'victory lap' checkered flag to Champagne. "This was his race. He was gone. I am happy to win for Birel, but I feel bad for Matt." Pelk came home fourth in F125.
Chiovitti put on a show with Mario Kart's Martin in Canada Senior and they split the wins with Chiovitti winning the pre final and Martin winning the final.
"It was tough," said Martin. "The lapped traffic was brutal, and you can't make a mistake with Juliana on your tail." In Canada Junior, Micheal Patrizi was sixth, followed by his brother Daniel in seventh.
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, 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.