F1 Boston Winter/Spring Junior League Race Report: Round 9
Braintree, MA (May 22, 2012) – Round 9 of F1 Boston’s Junior League was held last weekend – great racing across all eight classes and just one round left to crown season champions and qualify for the Championship Final. Here’s a look at the round 9 highlights and the season leaders in each class:
Derek Creutz took top honors in Group 1AA with 26 points, powered by placing second in his first heat and third in the other two. Creutz is fifth in the series standings with 172 points. Kevin Manning and Nikolai Gabardi tied for second just a point off the pace at 25. Manning won his third heat and placed fourth in the other two, plus a fast lap bonus point. He remains the series leader with 198 points – 18 ahead of the field. Gabardi placed second, third and fourth in his heats as well as earning a fast lap point, he moves up to third in the points chase at 177. Jason Cheal – second in the standings with 190 points – placed fourth with 23, highlighted by winning his first heat and grabbing two fast laps. Three racers tied for fifth with 21 points – Nathan Laverdure (fourth in the standings with 174 points), Joe Acero and Dexter Czuba.
Group 1A delivered an entertaining round of racing with Jonathan Schores taking honors with 23 points – his best round of the season – powered by winning his first heat, placing second in the middle heat, plus a fast lap. Second went to Evan Phillips, earning 18 points by placing second in the middle heat and fifth in the final. Danny Rounds was next with 17 points powered by three top five results. Jake Yazijian and Luke Marcheski tied for fourth with 16 points. Yazijian’s round featured a win in the first heat – he’s tied for second in the season standings with Jakob Richardson at 175. Marcheski took second in the final heat and fifth in heat #1; he is fourth for the season with 167 points. Series leader Christian Rogers had 15 points for a season total of 203, a 28 points lead on the field. Ryan Haartz (15 points in the round/162 total) is fifth in the standings.
The deep field in Group 1B delivered a great round of competition ending in a three-way tied for first place between Brandon Haley, Deanna Horacio and Chris Pelletier, all with 30 points. Haley, who’s second in the season standings with 204 points, won his third heat while placing second and third in the others. Horacio (fifth in the standings at 190) won her first heat and placed third in the other two, plus two fast lap bonus points. Pelletier had his best round of the season, winning his middle heat and grabbing second and third in the others. Christian Abbate and Justin Rusko tied fourth, just a point back at 29. Abbate’s round featured wins in his first and final heats – he leads the points chase with 216, 12 ahead of the field. Rusko’s round was fueled by a victory in his final, second in heat #1 and fourth in the other, plus a fast lap – he’s fourth in the standings at 194. Kendra Levesque (23 points in round) is third in the points chase with 198.
In group 2AA, season-leader Matthew Stearns took top honors with 23 points fueled by placing second in the first two heats and third in the final, plus a fast lap. He has 189 points for the series and a 32-point cushion over the competition for the season title. Just a point off the pace was Ryan Kuhn, winning the final, placing third and fifth in the others, plus two fast lap points. At 147, Kuhn is fourth in the standings. Austin Cederquist took third with 21 points by winning the middle heat and placing fourth and fifth in the others – he’s tied for second at 157 points with Josh Melnick (18 points this round) for the season. Fourth place was a tie between Fiachra Quinn and Bruno Epstein at 19 points. Quinn’s round featured a victory in the final, while Epstein won his first heat. Dylan Villa (18 points in the round) is fifth in the standings with 144 points.
In Group 2A, Cameron Dunlap was the class of the field in round 9. He won his last two heats, placed second in heat #1 and grabbed two fast laps for a total of 30 points. Dunlap has 130 points for the season, placing him fourth. Michael Toner was second earning 24 points by winning his final, placing second and fifth in the others, plus two fast laps – he stays on top of the leader board with 210 points and a 15 point edge. Roee Meyuhas was third with 22 points including second place in the middle and final heats, plus third in heat #1. Meyuhas is second in the standings with 195 points. Fourth place was a tie between Evan Dawley and Ryan Locke at 16, both drivers finished top five in all three of their heats. At 151, Dawley is third in for the season, Locke is tied for fifth in the standings with Colin McMullen at 127.
Reagan Parent grabbed victory in 2B for the second consecutive round – earning 29 points by winning his first two heats, placing third in the other plus grabbing three fast laps. The win puts him in first place for the season at 204, just two points in front of Jack Bennett. Bennett tied for second place with Ethan Kmiecik at 25 points. Bennet won his first and final heats, took fifth in the other and earned a fast lap, while Kmiecik placed first, second and third in his races, as well as a fast lap. Raymond Parent was next with 23 points powered by winning one heat and placing second and fourth in the others. At 186, he’s third in the season-long points chase. Quinn Yardley rounded out the top five with 22 points, winning his middle heat, getting a third and fourth in the others, plus a fast lap. Yardley is fourth in the standings at 177, just 8 points in front of Hayden Duffy (18 points in the round/169 total).
In Group 3A, Alec Schmidt took top honors placing second in all three heats for 24 points – he also leads the points chase with 197. With 22 points each, Ronan Quinn and Egan Wong tied for second – each won a heat and placed top five in the others. In the standings, Quinn has 182 points and Wong has 71 points for second and fifth, respectively. Michael Pedro was next with 19 points highlighted by a win in the middle heat and a fast lap; he’s fourth in the standings at 133. Joey DeAscentis – third in the standings with 155 – rounded out the scoring with 11 points.
Danielle Lawton drove to victory in Group 3B for the second consecutive round. She earned 27 points by winning her first heat, taking second in the other two plus a fast lap – the victory moves Danielle into second for the season with 182 points. Ryan MacDonald and Aiden Jennette each scored 25 points for a second place tie. MacDonald, who leads the standings with 193 points, won his final, placed second and fourth in the others, plus two fast laps. Jennette won his first two and placed fourth in his final heat. Nehal Ramlukan was next placing second, third and fifth in the heats for 20 points. With 171 points, Ramlukan is fourth in the points chase. Russell Hamel rounded out the fast five with 19 points with top five finishes in each heat. Charlie Marcheski (14 points/173 total) is in third place for the series and Alyssa Abbate (12 points/139 total) is fifth.
Junior League competitors may enter as many rounds as desired – drivers competing for the season championships must attend at least 7 rounds. Points in each round are awarded to the by the top 10 finishers in descending order, with the drivers turning in the fastest lap in each race picking up an extra point. The top 6 drivers from each class will earn a spot in the Season Finale. Standing are updated after each event and 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.
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