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June 11, 2008 News
Race Report: Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship - Round #2 Report

Pearce Herder leading a long line of Senior Rotax on Saturday (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Pearce Herder leading a long line of Senior Rotax on Saturday
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Point Pelee Karting hosted the second round of the 2008 Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship in Leamington, Ontario, recently as over 200 entries filled the grid over two days of exciting on and off track activities. The threat of rain and thunderstorms haunted drivers and teams all week leading up to the event, however the only drops of rain fell overnight Friday and all on-track racing was held under beautiful sunny skies.

Headlining Saturday’s classes nineteen karts entered the Rotax Senior class. With a paid trip to the Canadian National Championships to point leader after race #4 of each of the Rotax powered classes, the action on track was hot. Missing from race one was Frank Launi, who was recovering from a ball hockey fall, as well as Kyle Herder. Taking the Autosports Media Fast Qualifier in Senior Pearce Herder (Arrow) narrowly edged local Daniel Myer. Herder controlled the ten lap pre-final placing him on pole for the final alongside Marc Stehle (TonyKart). As the first laps of the main were registered into the books, it looked as though the TonyKarts of Stehle and teammate Jonathon Treadwell could contend with the Herder; however a small gap continued to grow after the halfway point and it was Herder's race to lose. Treadwell retired from the race after lap five and by lap ten the podium was set as Matt France (TonyKart) notched into third after starting tenth. Ryan Horses and Jason Abram (Arrow) completed the top five.

Although still growing in the BSRKC, the Rotax DD2 class provided some of the best action of the weekend. Enrico Menotti placed his Cameron/CRG on the pole – three hundredths of a second ahead of Jason France. In the pre-final, Greg Rempel won a ten-lap dog fight and grabbed the pole for the final. However in the final, Rempel over shot his braking point heading into turn one, collecting all but Jason Papp (FirstKart), who hasn’t raced regionally since the OKRA was in control. The melee dropped Menotti to the bottom on the chart and allowed Papp to gain a large lead after lap one. Putting his head down, Menotti was back into second by lap six, and hunting down Papp for the lead. It took nine laps to catch the fatiguing Papp, and a great pass on the inside of turn one gave Menotti the lead and his first regional race win. He produced the fast lap of the race in the process, while Papp held on for second, and after a brief scrap with Rempel, Jason France completed the podium in third. Cameron Hogg finished fourth for Cameron/CRG and Jonathon Coate finished fifth.

Michael Adams captialized in Rotax Junior (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Michael Adams captialized in Rotax Junior
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The heart-breaker of the weekend belonged to Bryson Schutte. After dominating the Rotax Junior pre-final, an ignition failure, later found to be an unplugged ignition box, held him back from starting the final. Michael Adams took advantage of the situation to win ahead of Zac Mahoney (Arrow) and Cory Cacciavillani (FirstKart). Other winners from Saturday’s classes included Ryan Horses in F125, Grant Quinlan in Rotax Micro-Max; Artem Korolev in Rotax Mini-Max and in the lone Honda class, Scotty Nagel took the checkers.

More sunny blue skies welcomed drivers back on Sunday morning as Matteus Makos kicked things off in Novice by grabbing the Autosports Media Pole as well as the pre-final. However Devlin DeFrancesco executed an excellent start and held the lead through first five. Ayrton Drosi and Matthew Scannell glued to the bumper Makos and the three worked together to catch the leader. Makos grabbed the lead in turn one on lap six and never looked back. From there, the three of DeFrancesco, Drosi and Scannell battled back and forth for the final two podium positions as well as the large prizes courtesy of A to Z Capital Corp. Makos took the checkers for his second regional win of the year ahead of Drosi and DeFrancesco.

Stehle took one for the old guys in Senior Heavy (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Stehle took one for the old guys in Senior Heavy
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Honda Senior Light and Heavy had the fence lines filled after two very exciting pre-finals. Sun Parlour Kart Club members Tyler Hendricks and Marc Stehle lined up on the front row for the Heavy final. Stehle led the first flyer, but Hendricks the second. Stehle battled back for the lead by lap four, with Hendricks fastened to his bumper until lap fourteen allowing the leaders to gain a small gap on the field. Hendricks led every lap as the two crossed the line from fourteen to eighteen, but Stehle led somewhere on the track in each of those laps as well. Entering turn one on lap nineteen, Stehle completed the pass of the weekend as he used an amazing outside-inside technique on Hendricks through turn one and two, leaving Hendricks somewhat puzzled as to what happened. Stehle held on from there to take the win in pure excitement! Jumping out of his seat during his victory lap, the local hero confirmed to a cheering crowd he is never too old to run with young bucs.

Looking for redemption in the Light race, Hendricks lined up eighth for the final after an incident in the pre-final. Pearce Herder grabbed the early lead closely followed by Michael Glaze, Darryl Timmers, and Hendricks who sliced his way to fourth after lap one. Herder lead the majority of the first half, as the three behind him clashed for second. Hendricks vaulted to the lead on lap fifteen bringing Glaze and Timmers with him. Glaze then took the lead on lap nineteen hoping to hold the position to the checkers. As the four chose different lines into turn one, Hendricks attempted the move used on him less than an hour earlier in turn 1. However, Glaze held strong through two and three as the two made contact many times. A little push from Timmers got Hendricks to the lead heading to four, but Timmers then snuck under Hendricks into four and looked to have the lead, but slid in the marbles pushing Hendricks outside and allowing Glaze to sneak back under the two and retake the lead. With his arm pumping in the air exiting the final corner, Glaze won his second race of the day after cruising to a win in TaG earlier. Timmers followed to finish second and Hendricks third. Herder and Vince Villaranda completed the top five.

Michael Glaze leading the field in Senior Light (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Michael Glaze leading the field in Senior Light
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Finishing the racing for the day, 29 karts lined up for the Junior Heavy final. Earning the Autosports Media Fast Qualifier, and rocketing to a pre-final victory, it looked like Zac Mahoney was going to cruise to the win. However, after leading the first sixteen laps of the final, Mahoney’s kart slowed drastically down the straight away on lap seventeen. Battling for second position the whole race, Reid Arnold was handed the lead following the misfortune of Mahoney. Holding off a charging Jamie Riberdy, Arnold crossed the line for his first win of the year. Riberdy crossed second and Cory Cacciavillani finished third. Melissa Glaze and Julius Makos completed the top five. Mahoney completed the race with the boggling motor in eighteenth.

Austin Bisschop narrowly edged Ty Lucio by six-thousandths of second for the Cadet win. Braydon Strik won an eventful final lap in the Jr Light class over Michael Taibi and Cameron Morrison. After a rough outing in the rain, Jake Collison returned to the top of the Masters podium joined by Glenn Butler and Randy Packham. As mentioned, Michael Glaze won the TaG race over Ryan Horses and Jonathon Treadwell.
The 2008 Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship returns to Kawartha Downs for round three July 4-6, followed by the much anticipated round four at Shannonville Motorsports Park July 30 to August 3.
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