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July 26, 2008 News
Race Report: Ontario Regional Karting Championship - Round #4 - Saturday
 

Mike DiMeo cruised to twelve second victory in DD2 (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Mike DiMeo cruised to twelve second victory in DD2
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The fourth round of the Ontario Regional Karting Championship began the day with a bang, literally, as the drivers and teams were greeted with thunderstorms throughout the morning at Mosport International Raceway. The storms caused a delay in action as large puddles covered the track and lightning was spotted surrounding the area. A full field of DD2s lined the grids once again as the two-speeders headlined the days on-track action.

Action on the pavement kicked off just after eleven-thirty with a full round of wet practice. As the final group of practice completed, a dry line began to form as the sun peaked through the clouds during a break before qualifying. As the track was deemed open, nearly every mechanic ran for slicks. Continuing his dominance in the class, Eric Gerrits snagged the pole ahead of Cameron/CRG teammates Mike DiMeo and Curtis Fox.

The rain clouds rolled back in shortly before the prefinals began sending everyone back to complete rain set-up. DiMeo grabbed the lead heading up the hill in turn 2 and cruised to five second heat win over Darren White (Cameron/CRG). Gerrits, Fox and Michael Lombardi, in his first DD2 race, completed the top five.

As the DD2s lined up for their final, blue skies were spotted and the sun came out of hiding. DiMeo again grabbed the lead up the hill followed closely by Gerrits and Fox as Lombardi spun exiting one. After an excellent effort in the prefinal, Enrico Menotti gave up his top five position when he spun exiting turn five, as the first lap was a wet and wild and one. Continuing his dominance in rain DiMeo pulled a lead immediately as Fox and Gerrits began to battle in the early stages of the race. Further back, Menotti and Lombardi were charging through the field picking off karts lap after lap. On lap six, an unlucky break caught Fox off guard as he clipped the curb exiting turn 12 and spun. The kart had issues re-firing, allowing the whole field to pass by. However Curtis would turn the fastest lap of the race on route to climbing back to seventh. Back up front, DiMeo cruised to twelve second victory over Gerrits. The battle for third heated up in the final stages as Darren White began to slow and Richard Hibbs, Lombardi and Menotti all battled for the final podium position. All three held the position through the final lap; however White got the position at the line, only to be disqualified for cutting the track earlier in the race, handing third to Lombardi, who was very impressed with his first outing in a DD2. Menotti and Hibbs completed the top five.
 

Ethan Livingstone nabbed the F1-K Junior win in the last corner (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Ethan Livingstone nabbed the F1-K Junior win in the last corner
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Continuing his momentum from Innisfil, Alex DiFrangia grabbed the pole in Senior Honda under wet conditions narrowly edging Keenan Harris and Mike Rogers (Mosport/CRG), who were both within a tenth of a second. Stepping it up in the rain-soaked prefinal, Gary Klutt set the fastest lap by nearly a second and pulled away to a six second win over DiFrangia and Harris. Frank Launi jumped from ninth to fourth and Rogers rounded out the top five.

A completely dry track and clear blue sunny skies allowed the Senior Honda drivers to open up in final and after a small melee in turn one, a group of four pulled away immediately. Rogers, Klutt, Harris and Di Leo grouped up and pulled away from rest as Launi and DiFrangia exited the race on lap six. The quad raced cleanly throughout the fifteen-lap final not swapping a position until the final flyer. With Klutt glued to Rogers bumper, Di Leo tried to get him in turn six however coming up short. Diving to the inside of the final corner, Klutt looked to have made the move of the race, however he over-shot the exit allowing Rogers to counter and take the win. Di Leo squeezed in to finish second followed by Klutt and Harris. Jim Souch battled all race long with Keith Barrick and Mike McKnight and netted himself a top five finish.

The thriller of day came from the Junior Hondas as sixteen karts lined up for qualifying. The dry conditions allowed Austin Milwain to capitalize and get the pole ahead of Bryson Schutte. Artem Korolev, Kevin Monteith and Reid Arnold. In full wet conditions, The Kevin Monteith Show rolled into Mosport as he immediately jumped into the lead and never looked back. Contact sent outside pole-sitter Schutte off in the bowl on lap one as karts scrambled to complete the first lap. Milwain held onto second ahead of Korolev, Cameron Morrison and Michael Taibi.

However, back to dry setup for the final, crews were scrambling to sort out which setup to choose as the weather had changed so often throughout the day. A tough start for Monteith sent him back through the field earlier as the motor was noticeably not running properly. Milwain grabbed the lead and stretched a ten kart lead by halfway. Charging back after an early off track incident, Taibi was on a mission as he was passing a kart a lap en route to the leader. With Arnold and Schutte in tow, the three grouped together and caught Milwain on lap nine. Taibi made a pass under Milwain down the front stretch and looked to pull away to a win, but, a red flag incident occurred exiting the final corner of the track. Sending the drivers back a lap, Milwain was awarded the win ahead of Taibi and Arnold. Schutte was slated into fourth and Klutt completed the top five.

Along with the Honda and Rotax classes today, three F1-K classes took to the track. In F1-K 60cc Cadet, Artem Korolev was the driver to beat, qualifying on pole, winning the prefinal by over a lap in the rain and winning the dry final in fine fashion by over four seconds. However a post-tech infraction kept Korolev off the podium at the days end. Stepping onto the top step for the first time this year, Mitchell Boyd won his first ORKC race ever! Fred Woodley jumped up to second and Tyler Ripini rounded out the top three.
 

In F1-K Senior, Tyler McEwan won by a three second margin (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
In F1-K Senior, Tyler McEwan won by a three second margin
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The F1-K Junior race was a race of two as fast-qualifier Ethan Livingstone and Karl-Denis Allard raced one for the books. The two had great starts and immediately gapped the rest of the field as it looked as they hit the dry setup perfectly. The two swapped the lead numerous times throughout the race as it changed nearly every lap! As the white flag flew, the two drag-raced to turn one with Livingstone narrowly ahead going up the hill in two. Allard got him back in the bowl and again they drag raced back towards the final section. Into the final corner, Livingstone stuck in and made it stick exiting the corner to take the win. Allard held on for second as Luke Chudleigh cruised to a third place finish.

The third F1-K race of day saw Mosport International Karting's own Mark Woyslaw do battle with Tyler McEwan and Doug Boudreau in F1-K Senior action. As the field went green for the final, Woyslaw got the jump into one and held the lead for the first few fliers. Fast Qualifier Jesse Chiason battled Woyslaw in the rainy conditions in the prefinal to maintain a front row start for the final however just missed the dry setup for the final and finished sixth. Nearing the halfway mark, McEwan made a nice move to pass Woyslaw for the lead and never looked back from there, pulling away to a three second win. Woyslaw continued along to finish second followed by Boudreu.

Sunday coverage will follow tomorrow with full details of Rotax Senior and Junior, ProShifter, Mini-Max, Novice and Masters.
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