Chiovitti comes through at home! Birel's Chiovitti takes Formula Senior, while Justin Mascoll and Robert Wickens collect double wins SUTTON, ONTARIO - Rounds three and four of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto...
Chiovitti comes through at home!
Birel's Chiovitti takes Formula Senior, while Justin Mascoll and Robert Wickens collect double wins
SUTTON, ONTARIO - Rounds three and four of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels were held at 3S Go Karts' track in Sutton, Ontario. It was the first time the series had visited the facility, and Birel's Juliana Chiovitti upheld the family honour by taking round four in the headline Formula Senior class.
"It is great to win here at home," Chiovitti said after the final Formula Senior race of the day. Earlier the same day, Chiovitti had finished third behind Pfaff Motorsport Fast Qualifier and round three race winner, Mississauga's Travis Walker. Formula Senior Points leader, Picton's Mike Roth in his Pfaff Porsche Birel took second after spending much of the race glued to Walker's rear bumper. "Too much tire pressure. For the first five laps the Pfaff Porsche Birel was great - then it was junk. I just had to wait for round four later in the day."
In the final race - round four - Roth took the early lead with Walker and Chiovitti hot in pursuit. Roth slipped wide in the barn turn after leading several laps, and Walker saw an opening to take the lead. "I saw Mike go wide and I went for it," Walker said. "But I had too much rear brake and hit Mike, it was a bad deal. Student hitting mentor isn't good" The incident took out both Roth and Walker. "I knew I was wide, and he just slid into me - it was a racing incident," Roth said. Chiovitti stormed home to take the win. Behind her came Birel's Mark Sampogne and Ottawa's Tom Cadieux aboard his CRG. "I knew it was coming," Chiovitti said of the incident between Walker and Roth. "I respect Mike as a racer, it was too bad he was taken out like that."
Briggs & Stratton World Formula was a titanic battle between two drivers, Pfaff Motorsport fast qualifier, PTK's Justin Mascoll and Gold's Rob Oakman. They battled every lap of both rounds swapping the lead numerous times in some of the best racing the series has seen this year. Mascoll hung on to win both rounds, while Oakman was second in both rounds. Rounding out the podium in both rounds was Ajax's Jason Bradimore. "It was a tough clean fight," Mascoll said, and Oakman agreed. "Justin is good to race with. It was clean - and it was fun." Mascoll also took home the GM Racing winner's circle award.
Canada Senior was all Burlington's Kris Martin, as he took the early lead from Pfaff Motorsport fast qualifier Marco Di Leo. Martin won both rounds on the track, but failed post race tech - a shame for the well-respected karter. This disqualification gave the round three win to Oakman. Leamington's Jennifer Rempel and CMP's Sal Ditta, from Markham rounded out the round three podium. Round four had Ditta winning, followed by Oakman and Rempel.
Canada Junior saw some new faces at the top of the charts as Newmarket's Jeff Blackburn took the win in round three. Behind him came PTK's Robert Wickens and pole sitter Birel's Michael Mora. Mora fought back to take the round four win, with Stouffville's Michael Vincec second and Markham's Daniel Morad third.
RotaxMax had 75 drivers register and they were broken up into several groups after qualifying, with the top 25 making the "A" group. On the pole was Jason Keen, but he was out after a first lap incident. After a red flag midway through round three, and subsequent restart, Gilford's Brad Leliever claimed the top spot. Unluckily for him, he was a victim of a ambitious passing attempt in the first turn of round four that ended his quest to win both rounds. Behind Leliever in round three came Shawn Gardner and Ottawa's Jason Robar. In round four, Gardner took the win with Biesse Canada's Mark Kitchen second and Ottawa's Jamie Holtom third. Holtom also won the coveted Pratt & Miller Team Spirit award for the weekend.
In Formula Junior in round three, PTK's Robert Wickens won round three followed by Quebec CRG driver Jesse Labbe and Birel's Matt Pritiko. Wickens started from deep in the field after missing qualifying, but once he got to the front he opened a comfortable gap. Behind him Labbe, Pritiko and Keaton Doerksen were all nose to tail. Originally Labbe was a the tail end of the group, but some brilliant passes moved him up to second when the checkered fell.
In round four. Labbe led for most of the race before tangling with a lapped kart and falling to fourth. Labbe fought back to finish on the podium in third, behind race winner Robert Wickens and Keaton Doerksen. With the win, Wickens is still undefeated in Formula Junior competition this year in the series.
The stars of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels now have a couple of weeks of before going 'public'. The series will headline the Pepsi Grand Prix of Barrie on June 20-22. The lake front street race is expected to draw over 20,000 fans.
Future events will be The Grand Prix of Barrie on June 20-22, Sutton on July 5-6, Hamilton on July 19-20 and the series finale will go at Goodwood on September 27-28.
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, eight drivers will be selected from the series, plus two drivers from the ASN Canadian National Championships. They will be invited to a one-day evaluation test at the Bridgestone 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 2004 the 2003 Bridgestone / FormulaCar Magazine F2000 Racing Series.