New Castle , INVincec puts it on the podium for East Division opener Stouffville, ON - May 22, 2006Round one of the Stars East Division series took place at New Castle Motorsports Park this past weekend (May 19-21) and 15 year old Mike Vincec...
New Castle , INVincec puts it on the podium for East Division opener Stouffville, ON - May 22, 2006Round one of the Stars East Division series took place at New Castle Motorsports Park this past weekend (May 19-21) and 15 year old Mike Vincec would be up against a group of seasoned veterans in the senior ICC class. From the start of practice on Friday, Mike was making his mark and already putting up top ten times. He would move to the top five in later sessions, less than one one-thousandth back. It was going to be a tight field with the top 30 karts all within one second. This is where thousandths of a second could be very important.
In the Saturday morning practice, Mike took 6/10ths off his Friday times and had the second fastest lap, just two one-thousandths off the leader.In qualifying, Mike would put his Cameron Motorsports CRG into the P6 starting position for the pre-final. Mike would place third in his group pre-final and start the race P4. In the final he was up to second by lap 4 and fighting for the lead. Mike would finish the race in second but would be sent to the back after post race tech as the kart was determined to be slightly underweight.
"My tuner Brian (Bettencourt) worked hard to get every tenth out of the kart," noted Mike. "We were happy with the setup and the kart performed great. To lose second place on the scales was disappointing but we feel we proved ourselves throughout the practice and qualifying sessions."
Mike continued, "at this point, Brian and I decided we would not let this happen on Sunday. We knew we had the kart that could run at the front."
Mike's fastest lap in the final was just two-one-hundreths off the leader.They used Sunday's warmup and practice sessions to fine tune the kart and make weight adjustments. Mike went out for qualifying and broke into the one-minute zero-second territory (1:00.982). He would start on the front row of his pre-final where he jumped into the lead from the start and went on to win. This would set up for a front row start in the main event and Mike made it work grabbing the lead on the opening lap. The pole-sitter fought back to take the lead with Mike in pursuit. Mike would bring his Swedetech powered Cameron Motorsports CRG across the line in second. Mike summed up the race.
"We proved that we could run at the front today. Brian did a terrific job and the kart was flawless, even with the extra weight we added. I really have to thank Brian for all the effort he put in to get me on the podium."
Despite the disappointment on Saturday, Mike came away from New Castle in third place overall in the East Division. "We are looking forward to the next Stars event at Charlotte in July and we will be ready," reports Mike.