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June 08, 2009 News
EKN.ca Trackside: Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship Round #2 Sutton - Sunday Report
Overnight rain showers greeted kart racers arriving at 3-S Go Karts for Sunday action. With TaG Junior and TaG Senior pulled from the days racing schedule, it would be an all four-cycle race day under challenging conditions for the ninety-six drivers taking part in day two action. Full wet conditions were the order of the day for the practice rounds, with the track showing some signs of drying as the morning progressed. Clouds and cool temperatures slowed the drying of the track and made for nervous moments in the paddock. As competitors prepared for a full round of qualifying, series officials were faced with their own set of challenges. A terminal malfunction of the Timing and Scoring computer system completely shut down all electronic scoring and the AMB transponder system. After repeated efforts to resuscitate the down system a call was made to go manual scoring. This meant a change in format as the field would now race two heats and a feature to determine bragging rights. The order for heat one was a random order set by the system for qualifying before it crashed. The second heat would be an inverted field with the final order seeing drivers lined up in points order combined from heats one and two. The folks in timing and scoring did a great job keeping track of race results and tabulating the scores. All the results were scored by hand and all grids written out and run over to the grid by a dedicated and resourceful crew. Hats off to the BSRKC Officials for getting the event completed under tough conditions.
 

Avoiding all lap karts, Scotty Nagel scored his second victory of the weekend in Jr. Light (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Avoiding all lap karts, Scotty Nagel scored his second victory of the weekend in Jr. Light
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

Round one of racing was optional for drivers to use wet or dry tires. Before the second round, series officials would declare a dry condition track. Here is your full field rundown of the final events:

Novice
The novice final was a dazzling affair as Clay “Junior” Van Eerd went wheel to wheel with Austin Bisschop for the entire 15 lap feature event. From pole Van Eerd would take point with Bisschop pursuing from the drop of the green. Van Eerd needed to be mistake free to keep a hard charging Bisschop behind him. At half way it was Van Eerd over Bisschop, with Andre Fiorini and Cole Smith-Ledson in tow. At the line, the nod would go to Van Eerd by a scant 0.233 over second place Bisschop, followed by Fiorini and Smith-Ledson.

Junior Lite
After two rounds of beatn’ and bangn’ the Junior Lite field would take to the track for the final. It was Trevor Rancier on pole with Grant Quinlan (Birel) along side to make up the front row. Out of corner one it was Rancier with the holeshot over Scotty Nagel, Quinlan, Matteus Makos and Nicholas Ledson. The field settled in quickly as drivers paced for position with Nagel taking point, followed by Rancier, Quinlan, Ledson and Makos in tight pursuit. At half distance it was Nagel with a big lead over Rancier, who had also gapped the chase pack. In the closing stages Quinlan would mount a charge on Rancier and move to P2 with three to go. A hard charging Ryan Mohan pressured Ledson for fourth only to be retired with a lost nose cone. At the stripe it was Nagel by 4.222 seconds over Quinlan followed through by Rancier, Ledson and Makos to round out the fast five.

Junior Heavy 

After taking the lead early, Tristan Gill never looked back in Jr. Heavy (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
After taking the lead early, Tristan Gill never looked back in Jr. Heavy
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The senior of the junior classes would take to the track with a 12-kart field. It was Tristan Gill sharing the front row with Julius Makos. Max Preston and Reid Arnold would make up row two. At the start Makos would get the holeshot as the field streamed into the corner. Gill would go to point on lap one and Preston would go to P2 on lap two. Gill quickly pulled a gap on the field as Preston led a chase pack of Makos and Arnold. On lap eight Arnold would move to P3 as he attacked each lap looking to chase down the leaders. Artem Korolev (Intrepid) would move into fifth spot by the halfway point picking up pace with each lap. Just passed half, Gill pulled out to a two second lead as the field pursed. Arnold, the current Canadian National Junior Honda Champion, continued his march forward taking second from Preston in the closing stages. On lap 17 Gill would run wide exiting turn one but held on to maintain his lead. On the last lap Korolev and Ryan Klutt would move past Makos as the #33 machine struggled with a mechanical issue. At the stripe it was a big win for Gill over a fast closing Arnold, with Preston rounding out the podium. Korolev and Klutt rounded out the fast five.

Senior Lite 

Marco Dileo cruised to victory in Sr. Light (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
Marco Dileo cruised to victory in Sr. Light
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The most anticipated race of the day, the largest field of karts took to the track to settle the score and grab some bragging rights. It would be Marco DiLeo (Intrepid) on pole sharing the front row with Michael Glaze (GP Kart). Row two see Pearce Herder line up beside Johnathon Treadwell (Tony Kart). The field would restart after the first green start as four drivers, including half the front row, were pushed out in turn one. Officials would move Herder to the back of the field for the second attempt. On the start it was DiLeo with the advantage out of turn one followed through by Gary Klutt, Glaze, Jamie Riberdy and Treadwell. On lap one Herder would make up half the distance moving into ninth from his 18th starting spot. On lap five DiLeo pulled a big lead as the field battled for position. Treadwell moved into P2 followed by Glaze, moving Klutt back to fourth. At the half way mark DiLeo cruised out front with a huge lead, followed by Treadwell with Glaze in tow as the two tried to hunt down the leader. A great battle for fourth erupted between Melissa Glaze, Herder, Klutt and Riberdy. In the closing laps Glaze would turn his attention from catching DiLeo to passing Treadwell. On the last lap Treadwell would run the defensive line holding off Glaze until the esses. Glaze slipped through to take P2 with one corner to go before the final straight. Further back Melissa Glaze would get demoted to fifth only to fight back past Klutt to take fourth spot back in the next corner. At the line it was DiLeo by 4.251 seconds over Michael Glaze, Jonathan Treadwell, Melissa Glaze and Gary Klutt.

Senior Heavy
For Senior Heavy it was Alex DiFrangia on pole with Michael Glaze (GP Kart) making his second front row start of the day. The second row would be Kris Martin (Birel) and TJ Marshall (Birel), the feature winner from round one. Off the start Glaze took point followed by DiFrangia and Marshall. Martin would get caught up in contact and get rolling again at the back of the pack. Glaze would pull out a big lead as Marshall began to work over DiFrangia for second. By half distance Marshall was able to hunt down a fading Glaze and pull to within a couple of kart lengths. DiFrangia would retire on lap 16 with a mechanical issue allowing AJ Emms and Cory Walsh (Tony Kart) to move forward in the order, along with Martin who would recovered from earlier contact. On lap 18 it was Marshall making the move on Glaze into turn one. Glaze would counter and take back P1 in turn three. Not to be denied Marshall made it past Glaze in the esses with only one corner left to defend. At the line it was Marshall over Glaze by 0.164 with Emms, Walsh and Martin rounding out the top five. In tech Martin would be bounced from the finishing order for a broken component, moving Brian Walsh up to fifth spot.

Masters 

TJ Marshall in two-for-two in Sr Heavy action (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)
TJ Marshall in two-for-two in Sr Heavy action
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

The Masters class took to the track with 16 drivers looking to prove that age and enthusiasm know no bounds. The field would see Jake Collison (Birel) on pole looking to keep his winning streak in tack. Out of corner one the field would file into order, with Collison leading Jamie McArthur, Paul Draganac and Shawn Gardner. The field spread out quickly as battles and passes took place throughout the field. Collison used the action behind to pull out a gap and settle into cruise mode. Gardner would continue to press McArthur and for the third spot. At the end of 20 circuits of the 3-S Go Karts track it was Collison ahead of Draganac, McArthur, Gardner and Joseph Reia, who squeezed past Randy Packham in the closing laps to take fifth spot.

The next round of the BSRKC is set for Mosport International Karting on June 26th to 28th located at Mosport International Raceway just north of Bowmanville, Ontario. The newest dedicated karting facility in the province, drivers will be treated to varying terrain, the Ron Fellows corner and billiard smooth surface.
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