It was a great month of July for Patrick Woods-Toth (Prime/BirelART). When the month started, he was at Mosport Kartways for MRFKC3 and scored a race win as well as a runner-up finish that helped him leap into the points lead in Rok Senior. Two weeks later he was celebrating victory at the Canadian Open and ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals and on the final weekend of the month, he extended his points lead in the MotoMaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship after sweeping the Finals back at Mosport Kartways.
On Saturday it was a perfect day for Woods-Toth, as he secured the fastest lap bonus of 25 points in Qualifying and led every lap of the Final. He was pressured by Nicholas Hornbostel (REM/Kosmic), his championship rival, but Woods-Toth kept enough distance between the two that no pass could be made. Dale Curran was the third driver on the podium, displaying another great performance since moving up to the Senior division in round three. Chris Chanko (VSR/TonyKart) and Matthew Miles (KGR/Exprit) were fourth and fifth, escaping the intense action that built up in the battle for sixth.
Hornbostel made a great move going up the hill at the start of Sunday’s Final to catch Woods-Toth a little off guard and take an early lead in the race, but Nolan Bower (VSR/TonyKart) got the benefit and took the lead by the time the group made it to corner three. Hornbostel slotted into second, followed by Cole Hooton (Prime/BirelART) and Woods-Toth.
Woods-Toth recovered to third before the lap was complete and then set his sights on the leaders. Bower’s lead lasted only one lap as Hornbostel went to the point and Woods-Toth followed him through. On lap five, Woods-Toth jumped to the lead with the support of Hooton, moving Hornbostel back to fourth by the time he settled into line.
From there, Woods-Toth was off to the races, pulling out to a two-second victory. Hornbostel recovered to finish second keep his points loss at a minimum. He actually came out scratch with the 25-point bonus for qualifying first in the morning. In the race for third, Bower held off Hotton for a step on the podium, while Mark Davis (KGR/Exprit) completed the top-five.
The spread is 240 points between Woods-Toth and Hornbostel heading back to Goodwood and it’s going to be a great showdown for the title and the ticket to the Rok Cup SuperFinal in Italy.
Championship leaders Gianluca Savaglio (REM/Kosmic) and Andrew Maciel (VSR/TonyKart) ensured they stay atop the standings after round four with both scoring a victory on the weekend. Heading into the weekend, the top-8 were separated by less than 200 points, meaning the championship was wide-open. With their wins, Savaglio and Maciel separated themselves just a bit from the pack, and that could be all the difference heading into the finale in just over a months time.
Saturday’s Final looked to be in control by newcomer Justin Arseneau (REM/Kosmic) as he held a small advantage over Savaglio and Nicky Palladino (KGR/Exprit). But with five laps to go, Arseneau’s kart slowed going up the hill through corner two and surrendered the lead to Palladino. Savaglio amped up his pace while Arseneau was able to continue, albeit in third. The three condensed into a pack on the final lap, where Savaglio pressured the leader enough to get him loose heading into the bowl section and overtaking on exit. Arseneau slipped through too but wasn’t close enough entering the final section to have a look as Savaglio scored his second MRFKC Rok Junior win of the season.
Early in the race, Maciel and Marcello Paniccia (REM/Kosmic) made contact entering the hairpin, resulting in both spinning out and falling behind. They were only able to recover to ninth and tenth.
It was a much smoother run on Sunday for Maciel. From the pole-position, he jumped out front early. Savaglio pressured him early but wasn’t able to pull off a pass until lap ten. Maciel quickly returned the favour the next lap to regain the lead.
The final lap saw Savaglio defending Palladino for second instead of going for the lead, and that ended with both drivers spinning into the grass with only three corners remaining. Benefitting was Arseneau, who slipped through to take second again, and Pannicia, who set the fastest lap of the race for the second Final in a row. Savaglio limped home in fourth, while Palladino was accessed a penalty and was scored eighth in the final results.
It was a near-perfect weekend for Joshua Conquer (VSR/TonyKart) at Mosport. The MotoMaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship Rok Shifter points leader swept the two Finals and added his advantage.
While his drive on Saturday was rather uneventful, passing Dante Lerra (Intrepid Kart) on lap one and then checking out on his competition, it was the drive on Sunday that was much more challenging.
A heavy rain shower hit the Mosport Kartways facility halfway through the Finals and when it was time for the Shifters to take the track, the track was drying, but ever so slowly. Half the grid opted for slicks, while a trio upfront, including Conquer, stayed put with their decision to run rain tires.
Off the line, the rain tires were much quicker and Conquer followed Lerra into the first corner, followed by Lucio Masini (GP Kart), while the others tip-toed around the track.
Lerra built up a lead in the early laps but by lap four, Conquer was closing in, quickly. A flat front tire was the culprit for Lerra, ending his chances on the spot. Conquer easily drove by, as did Masini a lap later before Lerra called it a day.
By halfway, the drivers on slicks were driving much faster laps than the leaders on rain tires, but the gap was so big that Conquer was out of reach. Justin Luik (Prime/BirelART) and Zachary Shearer (Prime/BirelART) closed in on Masini with only a couple laps left. Luik was able to sneak by, but Shearer spun while trying to follow him through and he had to restart his kart in order to resume. In an impressive charge, he caught Masini on the final lap and completed the pass before the finish line to score the podium result.