FLASHBACK 2003: Series first time at Sutton!
Here’s an interesting article written by Russ Bond 17 years ago. The Ontario based “travelling regional series” was scheduled to race at one track … that plan fell through … and the replacement race was moved to Sutton! How timely!
“Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship” presented by Toronto Star Wheels heads to Sutton
MAY 30TH, 2003 – TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship makes its inaugural visit to 3S Go Karts’ Sutton, Ontario facility this weekend, May 31-June 1, 2003
The event was originally scheduled to take place at Innisfil, but technical problems with the Innisfil track forced a change in the venue earlier this week. Enzo Chiovitti, along with the other members of the Ontario KartSport Development Group were able to secure the Sutton facility so the championship could proceed as scheduled.
3S Go Karts is the home of the 3S Birel Racing team and many of the team’s members are happy to be racing at their home track.
“It is too bad we couldn’t race at Innisfil. But I am very excited about this weekend because it is my home track, and I will have a new sponsor, Pfaff Motorsport for the rest of the year.”Mike Roth, Formula Senior points leader
While Roth hopes to keep his success going in Formula Senior, the same could be said for PTK’s Robert Wickens who leads the Formula Junior points on the strength of winning both opening rounds at Mosport. Also looking to keep winning streaks alive are PTK’s Justin Mascoll in World Formula, Gold Kart’s Pearce Herder in Canada Junior and Rob Oakman in Canada Senior. The RotaxMax class will have a first time winner at Sutton because Mosport winner, First Kart’s James Hinchcliffe, will have to miss the Sutton rounds due to a conflict with his Bridgestone/Firestone F2000 commitments.
Practice and qualifying will kick off at 9:00 am on both days and racing for both the Ontario KartSport Development Group classes and the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels classes will get underway at 1:00pm. As with all SRFKC events, the public is admitted free of charge on both days.
For a complete schedule of the event, visit http://www.asncanada.com or for directions to Sutton visit http://www.simcoekartclub.com. Future events will be The Grand Prix of Barrie on June 20-22 2003, Sutton on July 5-6 2003, Hamilton on July 19-20 2003 and the series finale will go at Goodwood on September 27-28 2003.
The objective of the SRFKC is to help foster a professional environment for kart drivers; help create a positive attitude towards appearance, conduct and discipline; help foster the employment of the best practices for the safe and fair running of competitions; and help kart drivers to move up the racing ladder to automobile racing. At the end of the season, eight drivers will be selected from the series, plus two drivers from the ASN Canadian National Championships. They will be invited to a one-day evaluation test at the Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy at Mosport, provided they are 16 years of age prior to the date of the test. Out of those 10 drivers, two will earn a full scholarship to the 2004 Bridgestone / FormulaCar Magazine F2000 Racing Series.
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