The final round of F1 Boston’s Summer Junior League took place last weekend wrapping up an exciting season of competition for our up and coming junior racers. The Junior League, open to drivers (ages 7 to 17) who have completed an F1 Boston junior racing academy, features seven classes that organize competitors according to age, size, ability and experience. Points from each driver’s top six rounds count towards crowning series champions, the top six drivers in each class also qualify for a season-ending Championship Finale, slated for September 6 – 7, on F1 Boston’s joint track configuration. Here’s a look at the highlights:
In Group 1AA Christian Abbate posted an impressive round to take his second victory of the season – he won all three heats plus a fast lap to score 37 points. His 127-point total earns him fifth in the final standings and a spot in the Finale. Eamon Whitmore took second with 22 points by taking second in the final after going fourth and fifth in the first two heats, plus a fast lap. Ryan Haartz and Dimitri Berardi shared third place with 20 points each. Haartz, who claims the series crown with 160 points, landed second in heat #2 and fifth in the others. Berardi’s round was powered by a third place finishes in the final two heats – he ends the season in second place with 136 points. Simon White was fifth with 18 points highlighted by grabbing second in heat #1 plus a fast lap. At 134, White is third in the standings. Jake Yazijian finishes the season in fourth place at 131; Austin Nelson (15 points in the round) closes at 125 to earn the final qualifying spot for the Finale.
Jason Henrique won his first round of the season in 1B by amassing 30 points after winning the first heat, placing second in the middle heat and third in the final – with 77 points he’s fourth in the standings. There was a 20-point second place tie between Logan Kress and Ben Amado – Kress took third place in the first two heats; Amado was second in heat #1 and fourth in heat #2. Kress leads in the season standings with 112 and Amado is third at 100. Fourth place went to Hugh North with 16 points fueled by winning the final heat and gathering a fast lap – with 103 points he standings in second for the season. William Gunn was fifth including a fourth place result in the final and fifth in heat #1. Dimitry Gentile is fifth in the standings with 75 points.
Michael Panico scored his first victory of the season in a large Group 1B field. He earned 29 points by winning the first and final heats plus a fast lap in only his third round of the series. Dimitry Gentile took second at 27 by winning the middle heat, landing second in heat #1 and fifth in the final – he takes the fourth spot for the season with 102 points. Ben Amado was third with 18 points earned by placing second in the final and fifth in heat #1 – with 134 points he’s second in the standings. Hugh North and Logan Kress each scored 15 to earn a fourth place tie. North’s round featured fifth and fourth place finishes in the last two heats to wrap up the season crown with 140 points. Kress’ round featured a second place result in heat #2 as he completes the season with 133 points and the third place in the standings. Zack Martin (8 points) and Cole Shaefer (5 points) earned the final two spots in the Finale with 93 and 89 points, respectively.
Evan Prince took top honors in Group 1B for his first victory of the season, bagging 32 points by winning the last two heats and taking fourth in heat #1 plus two fast laps. The high round earns him the sixth and final spot in the joint track Finale with 111 points. Kyle Cipullo was second with 26 points earned by placing second in heat #1 and third in the others. Ethan Kmiecik landed third with 22 points including second in the final and third in heat #1 plus a fast lap in only his second round this season. Kyle Apuzzo was next with 19 points featuring the win in the first heat and fourth in the final. Jack George was fifth with 18 points highlighted by second in heat #2 and fifth in heat #1 – with 137 points he finishes the season in second place. Thomas Briggs (12 points) wins the season-long points chase with 150; James Tringale lands third with 129 points. The other Finale qualifiers include Nolan Prince and Quinn Yardley, each with 123 points and a share of fourth place for the season.
Sebastian Correa earned the victory in 2A with 26 points earned by winning the first and final, landing third in the middle heat plus two fast laps. With 144 points, Correa claims second place for the season – just 4 points off Cody Dowler’s crown-winning 148 total. Joey DeAscentis was second with 24 points after winning the middle heat, placing second in heat #1 and fourth in the final plus a fast lap – he takes fifth for the season at 105. Hayden Purcell landed third with second place results in the first two heats and fourth in the final. Purcell sneaks into the Finale at sixth with 97 points, just a point ahead Dillan McCullough, who finished fourth in the round with 19 points. Aiden Jennette claimed the fifth spot with 17 points including third place results in the first and final, fourth in heat #2 – Jennette ends the season with 111 points and fourth place. Hunter Johnson (16 points) was third for the season with 113 points.
In Group 2B, Mia Ignoto won her fifth round of the season by prevailing in the first two heats, taking second in the final plus two fast laps for a 30-point tally. She easily earns season-long bragging rights with a 166-point total – a 28-point cushion. Henry Prussman was second by scoring 22 points, featuring a win in the final, second in heat #1 and fifth in the middle heat – with 124 points he winds up third in the standings. There was a three-way tie for third at 21 between Masson Tessier, Bridget Duffy and William Hopkins. Tessier won his final, after taking third and fifth in the others, respectively – he lands second in the standing at 138. Duffy, fourth for the series with 113, took second in the final two heats, fifth in heat #1. Hopkins won his first heat, then placed third and fifth respectively, plus a fast lap – he finishes the season in fifth place with 105. Casey Jordan rounded out the qualifiers with 84 points for the season.
Adrian Michael and Joe LoCicero tied at the top in Group 3A at 23. Michael won the second heat, then finished second in the final plus a fast lap – he ties for the season crown with Giorgio Giglio (19 points in the round) at 146. LoCicero won the first heat and took second in heat #2 plus a fast lap. With 88 points, LoCicero lands fourth in the final standings. Bradley McCafferty was third by winning the final, placing third in heat #2 and fourth in heat #1 to earn 21 points – he’s third in the standings with 127. Sean Kelly rounded out the scoring with 15 points; he earned 99 for the season to take fourth place.
In Group 3B Christian Chiusolo won his third consecutive round, this time with 28 points fueled by winning the first and final, placing third in heat #2 plus two fast laps. The strong finish to the season earns him third in the standings with 131 points. Xander Correa landed second with 21 points highlighted by winning heat #2 and placing fourth in the others plus a fast lap – with 167 Correa claims the series title by a 36-point margin. Ireland Nordstrom scored 19 points to land third in his only round of the season by scoring second, fourth and third in the heats, respectively. Andrew McLaughlin and Austin Pelletier tied at 15 for fourth place, each placing second in a heat and fifth in another – McLaughlin claims sixth in the standings to earn a spot in the Finale. Cooper Peigh (13 points) was third in the season standings at 95; Jaden Iantosca was fourth with 55; and John Hanlon fifth with 35 points.
Junior League competitors may enter as many rounds as desired – drivers competing for the season championships must attend at least 6 rounds. Standings can be found at www.F1Boston.com/league_results.htm. The League is open to all drivers with F1 Boston Junior Competition License that have completed an F1 Boston Junior Novice Racing Academy or Camp.