It was a ferocious day of racing at Goodwood Kartways on Saturday as a doubleheader race day meant drivers not only had plenty of time on the track but also the chance to race for the Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge classes championships. Entering the day, the standings were tight and anything was possible as the sun went down and the lights turned on for the Final races of the day.
While most of the two-cycle classes were enjoying their own race for Vortex Rok prizes, the Briggs CRFKC classes were business as usual.
The evening finals kicked off with the young guns hitting the track, Briggs Cadet. Just like he did back in May, Ayden Ingratta drove brilliantly and simply pulled away from his competition to not only take home the race win, but also the CRFKC championship. It’s been a busy year for Ingratta, who undoubtedly enjoyed racing at Goodwood, where he brought home many victories.
Scotty Watkins delivered his best drive of the year to finish second just ahead of Daniel Ali, Jordan Di Leo, and Carson Bartlett.
Briggs Junior Lite
The two front row started in the Briggs Junior Lite Final lead the way, all the way. Nicholas Christodoulou enjoyed the early advantage but just past halfway, Anthony Boscia went to the point and then held on to the checkered flag to take a much-needed win for his championship hopes. With Connor Pritiko crossing in fifth, it appeared to be enough but unfortunately, it didn’t end there.
After trying to regain his starting position on the formation lap of the Final, Boscia actually returned to his spot too late and was penalized three positions. On top of that, Christodoulou was penalized for three seconds for jumping the start. Moving up to the top of the podium would be Steve Navratil, who scored his first big win. Jake Cowden took second with Pritiko moving up to third and earning the championship in the process.
A great start launched Jordan Prior to the early lead in the Briggs Junior Final with Kai Dalziel hot on his heels. The two leaders stuck together until lap five when Dalziel was overtaken by Gabriel Savoie, who had won the TRAK race earlier in the day. Savoie then closed in on the bumper of Prior and two laps later he went to the lead. Prior managed to led Savoie be the only kart that got by and on the final lap, he tried his best to get back around. But he was unable to and even in a drag race to the finish he came up 0.087 seconds short. Khloe Drummond grabbed the final podium step.
However, his second place finish was enough to confirm Prior as the 2017 CRFKC Champion.
Taylor Gates secured his second CRFKC victory of the year in Briggs Senior at Goodwood Kartways and he did by leading from flag-to-flag. It was completely dark when the Seniors rolled out on track and tackling a cool and slick surface under the lights was a challenge.
Michael Glaze stuck with Gates throughout the entire race, but he was unable to make a clean move to get by and had to settle for second while Marco Di Leo completed the podium, giving him enough points to take home the CRFKC Briggs Senior title, impressively without scoring a win this year.
Just like Gates did in Senior, David Anderson was lights out in Briggs Masters. He led every lap of the Final in the darkness and drove home the top honours not only for the day, but also the CRFKC championship. Darren Kearnan and Marc Stehle completed the podium.
Rotax Mini-Max & Rotax DD2
In Mini-Max, Marcello Paniccia waited until the final lap to make a pass on race leader Austin Boyle and drive to victory lane. But unfortunately for Paniccia, he was accessed a 3-second penalty for being out of his starting lane before the green flag and had to surrender his win as well as the championship. With Boyle on the top of the podium, he scored enough points to be crowned CRFKC champion for the second straight year. Ryland Duesburry was third.
Rotax DD2 was controlled all day long by Tyler Kashak who kept Justin Luik behind him to sweep all four rounds of the CRFKC and take home the title.
CRFKC Pfaff Motorsports Drivers of the Day
For their impressive performances and efforts throughout the day, Steve Navratil and David Anderson were awarded the CRFKC Pfaff Motorsports Junior and Senior Drivers of the Day awards. Navratil scored his first victory in Briggs Junior Lite while Anderson scored a big win and the championship in Briggs Masters.
As mentioned last week, the CRFKC will return in 2018 with an addtional race date as the regional series will host five events at three different facilities in Ontario.