Podium for Wickens at Barrie Wickens takes home third in RotaxMax Senior BARRIE, ONTARIO - Etobicoke's Robert Wickens took home a well earned podium position at the Barrie Grand Prix, which hosted the third round of the Sunoco Ron Fellows...
Podium for Wickens at Barrie
Wickens takes home third in RotaxMax Senior
BARRIE, ONTARIO - Etobicoke's Robert Wickens took home a well earned podium position at the Barrie Grand Prix, which hosted the third round of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Presented by Toronto Star Wheels.
Wickens ran two classes, Formula Senior and RotaxMax Senior aboard his Hurricane Racing chassis. In qualifying, Wickens was strong in both classes, recording the fourth fastest time in RotaxMax, just 0.409 off pole, and a seventh in Formula Senior, just 0.371 off pole.
With his starting position in Rotax Max, Wickens could sit out the last chance race, and concentrate on the final, but in Formula Senior there was work to be done. Wickens ran strong in the pre-final, up to third at one point before falling back to sixth. "We are struggling a bit to find the right setup for the Hurricane chassis," Wickens said. "It's clear they are fast, but we have to work on keeping them fast for longer."
In the RotaxMax final, Wickens moved quickly forward and took the early lead. He was also involved in a hectic battle with Hurricane Racing teammate Matt Champagne. In the end, Champagne and Wickens were both on the podium with a second and third respectively. "My rear tires were gone about halfway through the race," Wickens said. "I pushed as hard as I could, but I couldn't hold off Matt."
In Formula Senior, it was much the same story. Wickens was bullet for the first half of the race, before fading at the end. "It is tough to know that we are really fast, but we don't know what the Hurricane Racing chassis likes just yet that will let it stay fast for the entire race difference. Once we find the 'set-up', we'll win races."