Chiovitti, Launi and Holtom join Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 for 2004 Karters shine at second annual Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels Evaluation Day MOSPORT, ONTARIO - The second annual Sunoco Ron Fellows ...
Chiovitti, Launi and Holtom join Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 for 2004
Karters shine at second annual Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels Evaluation Day
MOSPORT, ONTARIO - The second annual Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship (SRFKC) presented by Toronto Star Wheels Evaluation Day was held on Oct 10, at the Driver Development Course at Mosport International Raceway. The ten standout karters (Justin Mascoll, Jason Robar, Frank Launi, Tyler Givogue, Travis Walker, Juliana Chiovitti, Jennifer Rempel, Kris Martin and Rob Oakman) from the SRFKC put on an excellent display of driving that once again saw Ron Fellows and the Evaluation Day officials left with a tough decision to pick just two drivers of the ten.
"Another difficult decision making process - more difficult than last year," Ron Fellows said. "There was a number of new young guys that displayed an incredible amount of raw talent."
Again this year, it was impossible to pick just two drivers, and Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 will grow by three members for the second time in two years. Leading the pack is the 2003 Formula Senior champion, Sutton's Juliana Chiovitti. Chiovitti never put a wheel wrong all day, and she was focused and determined on making the team from the first session of the day. "The pressure next year is to make Sunoco happy and to make Ron and Brad Brown really proud of us. We just have to make sure we look good for them and Sunoco," Chiovitti said. Joining Chiovitti is Innisfil Formula Senior driver Frank Launi. Launi's raw speed and aggressive style clinched him a spot. "It is a great opportunity for my new teammates and I," Launi said. "Matt [Champagne] and Jordy [Vorrath] set the bar pretty high with their one-two finish this year in the Bridgestone series. I think the three of us are up to the faith that Sunoco and Ron have put in us. We will do our best to keep the streak alive in 2004."
The third driver chosen, Ottawa RotaxMax driver Jamie Holtom, was the biggest surprise of the day. Holtom was invited when one of the ten originally selected drivers was unable to attend, and Holtom made the most of the opportunity. Holtom had driven a standard transmission car only once in his life - the day before. Holtom impressed the panel by getting faster each session, an incredible feat given his inexperience in cars. ""I really wasn't expecting it. Before yesterday, I had never driven a car. I think my dad was more nervous than I was. Really, he was a big help. He had only one day to teach me to drive a car, and he did the best he could under the circumstances - thanks Dad."
Fellows talked about what he liked about his three new charges. "Juliana is very methodical, very quick, doesn't put a wheel wrong. Frankie is very aggressive, and he's got excellent racecraft. We have to temper that aggression a little bit, but at the same time it's a lot harder to teach aggression than it is to temper it - so that's why he was chosen. Jamie Holtom impressed every single one of us - instructors at the school and officials - with his ability considering his inexperience at driving a car with a manual transmission, and with how he was able to start out and progress through the day - very impressive.
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 Bridgestone/FormulaCar Magazine F2000 Racing Series.