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June 07, 2009 News
EKN.ca Trackside: Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship - Round #2 Sutton - Saturday Report
A beautiful day greeted karters as 128 drivers took to the 3S Go-Karts facility for Round #2 day one action. Temperatures started cool and some rain south of the track threatened to make the day wet. Mother nature parted the clouds and let the sun shine on 8 classes of competition. The reverse Villenue course made for some interesting racing and created some great passing zones. The long front straight provided some great drafting down into a very tight 90 degree right hand turn into the grid area complex.

First off the block was an exciting Junior Medium class. Grant Quinlan (Birel) would lead the way in qualifying with a 39.554 circuit on Lap 6, topping Scotty Nagel (Birel) by only 0.065. Cory Cacciavillani (Birel), Jaret Stewart and Andrew Prescott made up the fast five from qualifying. In the prefinal it was Nagel over Quinlan, Cacciavillani, Prescott and Tristan Gill. In the final it took three starts to get the field under green conditions. Out of corner one it would be Quinlan with the holeshot, over Nagel, Gill, Cacciavillani and Prescott. Nagel would go into P1 on lap three making the corner one pass inside Quinlan. Trevor Rancier would charge forward into third spot from a sixth place starting spot. Quinlan would move back to the front on lap 8 to repay the favour. Not to be denied Nagel would storm back on lap 10. At the half way point it was Nagel over Quinlan with a big gap over a second group lead by Cacciavillani and including Gill, Artem Korolev (Intrepid) up from 12th and Trevor Rancier. With two to go Nagel would work to gap Quinlan. At the stripe it was Nagel over Quinlan by 0.288 with Cacciavillani, Rancier and Prescott rounding out the top five.


After a hard fought battle in Cadet, Taylor Wassink claimed the win (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
After a hard fought battle in Cadet, Taylor Wassink claimed the win
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The youngest field of drivers would take to the track but qualifying results were unavailable when the drivers gridded so series officials placed the drivers in points order for the pre-final. In the pre-final it was Taylor Wassink leading the way with Hulme, Bailey, Conquer and Brady making up the top five. Cole Smith-Ledson was a no start, forcing him to the back of the pack for the final. In the final, Wassink would show the way with a flawless performance taking the win by 0.314 over a hard charging Hulme, followed by third generation karter Conquer, Brady, Bailey and Ciarra Colison (Birel) making up the top six.

Micro Max/Novice TAG
The youngest of the two stroke pilots, Micro Max/Novice TaG would take to the track. In the pre-final Tyler Ripani (TaG) would lead over Clay VanEerd (Micro) by 4.018, Dylan Brady (Micro), Teagen Poles (TaG) and Ryan Mohan (Micro). In the final it would again be Ripani taking the win by 4.744 over a hard charging Van Eerd, followed by Poles, Mohan and Brady.

Mini Max
In qualifying Nicholas Ledson with a lap of 36.572 would lead Trevor Rancier (Tony Kart), Ayrton Drosi, Braydon Strik and Dean Riley making up the fast five. The fastest driver in qualifying Grant Quinlan (Birel) would be excluded for a lost nose cone. In the prefinal it would be Ledson over Drosi, followed by Rancier, Riley and Strik. In the final the first start was waved off with the field getting the green on the second attempt. It would be Ledson followed Rancier, Drosi, Quinlan and Zach Shearer. The field would see the red flag on lap two as Braydon Strik would make contact with Quinlan. Strik would be sent for precautionary observation and the field be restarted. It was Ledson first out of one followed by Rancier and Quinlan. Rancier would spin exiting Turn 8 giving third spot to Rielly. Quinlan would close in on the bumper of Ledson on the final. Ledson defended beautifully to hold off Quinlan and take the win. At the line it was Ledson over Quinlan, Hovesen, Rancier and Zach Shearer . In tech Ledson would be disqualified for a non-spec spark plug cap handing the win to Quinlan.

Garett Grist survived the Junior Rotax action (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Garett Grist survived the Junior Rotax action
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Junior Rotax
In qualifying it was Ethan Livingston (Tony Kart) besting the field of 28 drivers with a lap of 35.660. He would be followed by Jeffery May, Reid Arnold, Dylan Orbine and Garett Grist rouding out the fat five. After ten circuits of the track to complete the prefinal it was Jeffery May leading the way over Oribine, Grist, a hard charging Artem Korolev (Intrepid) and Cameron Morrison (Tony Kart). Contact on Lap 5 took out Livingston and Arnold placing them deep in the field for the final. The final ressembled a traffic jam on the 401 during rush hour. The first three attempts would be waved off as the first rows jockeyed for position before the line. Off the start it was May leading the way with Oribine, Korolev and Grist in tow. On lap 5 contact between Korolev and Oribine would open the door for Grist and Morrison to run through. On Lap 8 the leader May would make contact with a lap kart, sending him into Grist and sending them off the track. A following kart would hit the wreck and flip causing a red flag. The karts would be sent to Parc Ferme for repair and regrid while another class took to the track. The field would return to the track to start single file based on the last completed final for the remaining 12 laps. On the start May would over shoot corner one allowing Grist to squeeze through followed by Cacciavillani, May and Morrison. Contact on the next lap between Morrison and May would knock May out the race with a broken pipe. On Lap six of the re-started race contact between two drivers going into turn one brought out a second red flag. Officials would end the session and send the field to the scales. In the end it was Grist, followed by Cacciavillani, Morrison, Korolev and Karsten Schwerinski.

Lorenzo Mandarino earned a clean sweep in Rotax Senior (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Lorenzo Mandarino earned a clean sweep in Rotax Senior
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Senior Rotax
A full field of 31 drivers would take to the track for local bragging rights. After Qualifying it was local favourite Michael Glaze over Zach Meyers (GP Kart) by 0.042 with Lorenzo Mandarino (Birel) just 0.009 behind Meyers. These three would be followed by Vince Rago (GP Kart) and Pearce Herder. After 10 laps of pre-final action would see Mandarino to point, followed by Glaze just 0.170 behind. They would be followed across the stripe by Herder, Rago and Meyers. For the 20 lap final the grid would need two shots to get the green flag. Out of corner one it was Mandarino followed by Glaze, Herder, Meyers and Rago. Glaze would go to P1 on Lap 3 taking the spot going into turn one. On the next circuit Meyers would go into P3. At half distance it was Mandarino up on the field with Glaze holding station and Meyers closing quickly followed by Herder and Marco DiLeo (Intrepid). On the last lap Glaze would get to within one kart of Mandarino, but could not take the spot in the end. At the checkered flag it was Mandarino over Glaze with Herder rounding out the podium. Meyers and DiLeo would complete the top five.

The two speed Rotax pilots would headline the Rotax Nation. In qualifying It would Darren White (Tony Kart) showing the way with a lap of 35.371 to lead Eric Simon, Enrico Menotti, Matt France (Kosmic) and Richard Hibbs (Kosmic). In the prefinal it was White over Menotti, Simon, Hibbs and Paul Carvalho (GP Karts). In the final the field would go green on the second attempt. It would be Menotti with the hole shot over White, Hibbs, Simon and Carvalho. The opening three corners saw more hits than a boxing match as drivers jockeyed for position. Hibbs would waste no time going to P2 on Lap 2 in the esses. Menotti would retire on Lap 4 moving Simon to P3. France moved forward to P4 on Lap 6 from his 8th starting spot. Simon would challenge Hibbs for P2 on Lap 9 and take the spot. At half distance White was clear of the field by two seconds followed by Simon, Hibbs, France and Carvalho. Carvalho would take fourth from France on Lap 16 with Brendon Bain moving to fifth as France struggled in the late laps. At the stripe it was White, Simon and Hibbs making up the podium. The top five were rounded out by Carvalho and Bain.

Darren White is two-for-two in DD2 this year (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Darren White is two-for-two in DD2 this year
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

ICC Shifter
A great field of six speed enthusiasts took to qualifying. Zach Meyers (GP Kart) lead the way with a lap of 34.764 over Ryan Horses (Tony Kart), Joe DeMarco, Addison Rayner and Star Mazda driver David Ostella. The pre-final saw Meyers, Ostella, DeMarco, Rayner and Horses. Ostella would lead the field from a standing start and hold point for the first five laps. As the laps counted down, Ostella faded as Meyers charged forward. On Lap 9 Meyers moved to the lead and never looked back. In the closing laps Rayner would get caught up in lap traffic moving him back to seventh. At the final circuit across the stripe it was Meyers over the field by 5.101, followed by Ostella, DeMarco, Max Gamble and veteran Jimmy Lo.

A full day of action was topped with a great podium session hosted by Mike Preston. The kids enjoyed prizes and gift cards and celebrated a great deal of racing action. Sunday will see a full slate of four cycle classes headlined by Senior Lite.
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