2012 F1 Boston Summer/Fall Junior League: Round 6 Report
Braintree, MA – Round six of F1 Boston’s 2012 Summer/Fall Junior League is in the books and with five rounds to go, the race to crown series champions is tight in many classes and the margin for error is getting slim. Here’s a look at the highlights:
Once again there was a tie at the top in Group 1A Elite with Nicholas Gadardi and Nathan Laverdure each collecting 24 points. Gabardi took second in his final heat and third in heat #1 plus two fast laps, while Laverdure placed fourth in his heat #1 and third in the others, plus earning two fast lap bonus points. With 158 points, Garbardi remains first in the season standings and Laverdure is just 4 points back in second. Five racers created a logjam for third place at 21 points – Christian Abbate, Simon White, Justin Rusko, William Shames and Luke Marcheski. Abbate keeps the third spot in the standings with 136 and White is fifth with 117. Jake Yazijian, who earned 17 points in the round, is fourth with 130 points.
In yet another highly competitive session, six racers were all within 3 points of the lead in Group 1A. Christopher Francis took top honors with 25 points powered by placing third in his first heat, winning heat #2 and snagging a fast lap bonus point. Michael Toner and Simon Steele deadlocked at 24 for the second spot – Toner placed third, fourth and second his heats and Steele won his first heat and was third in the final. With 126 points, Toner is fourth in the standings, just two points out of third place. Eamon Whitmore was fourth with 23 points earned by taking second in his first heat and third in the final. Whitmore is in a dead heat for the series lead at 132 with Jonathan Schores. Deanna Horacio and Evan Phillips tied for the fifth spot at 22 – Horacio’s highlight was winning her middle heat, placing fifth in the others and Phillips won his first heat while grabbing two fast lap bonus points. Roee Meyhaus (20 points) is third at 128 and Kendra Levesque (21 points) is fifth with 124 points in the standings.
Group 1B enjoyed another highly competitive round, with the top five racers were separated by just 3 points. Dylan Amerena grabbed the victory with 28 points – he got better with each heat, placing fifth in his first heat, second in the heat #2 and winning his final, plus a fast lap. With 189 points, he’s 79 points out in front of the field in the standings. Josh Melnick scored 27 points for second place by winning his final and placing second and fifth in the others. Abner Lora, Ben Amado and Ben Rioux all shared a piece of third place at 26. Abner and Rioux each won a heat and Amado placed second, third and fourth in his heats. Terrell Hayes, with 17 points in the round, is second in the points chase with 110. Jonathan Zunitch (21 points) is third with 93; Patryck Edgarton is fourth with 83 and Nick Friend is fifth in the standings at 77.
In Group 2A, Jack Bennett prevailed with 26 points, placing second in all three heats and grabbing two fast lap bonus points. With 72 points, he’s fifth in the season standings. Ethan Kmiecik and Shane McCullum tied for second place with 21 points each. Kmiecik gained ground in each progressive heat, placing fourth in the first, third in the middle run, then winning the final plus a fast lap – he’s on top of the leader board at 115. McCullum took fourth in heat #1, won the second heat and took third in the final – with 105 points, he’s second for the series. Bruno Epstein scored 18 points to land fourth, winning the first heat and placing fifth in the others. With 16 points, Thomas Briggs came in fifth with top fives in all heats – with 74 points he is third for the season. Raymond Parent is fourth in the standings just a point back of third place.
The large 2B field saw a clean sweep by Quinn Yardley – winning all three of his heats as well as a fast lap bonus point in each for a perfect score of 33. Yardley leads in the season-long standings with 159 points. Hayden Duffy took second place earning 25 points by winning his middle heat, taking second in his final and finishing fourth in heat #1, he also grabbed two fast laps. With 158 points in the season standings, Duffy is just a point shy of leader Yardley. Eric Phillips was third with 22 points, placing second in his first and final heats; third in heat #2 – he’s fourth in the standings at 99.
There was a three-way for fourth place in 2B by Marissa Morgan, Jake Gibson and Lucas Wessel, each with 20 points. Morgan won her first heat and placed fourth in the others – she’s third on the leader board with 117 points. Gibson’s round was highlighted by winning his first heat and taking third in his second heat, and Wessel placed second in his heat #2 and third in the others. Egan Wong, with 21 points in the round, is fifth in the standings with 90 points.
Just a couple racers hit the track in 3A, Nehal Ramlukan won the heats and earned two fast laps for 32 points and Charlie Marcheski grabbed 25 points including a fast lap. Ramlukan is first in the standings with 174 points and Marcheski is next at 87.
In Group 3B Ido Meyuhas took top honors for the fourth time this season by winning the first and final heats, second in the middle run plus two fast laps. Meyuhas takes over first place in the standings with 139 points. Second place was a tie between Aiden Jennette and Alyssa Abbate, each with 24 points. Jennette finished first, second and fourth in his heats plus a fast lap and Abbate placed first, second and third in hers. With 134, Jennette is just 5 points off the lead pace in the season standings while Abbate is third with 100 points. Fourth place went to Mia Ignoto with 23 points, highlighted by taking second in her last two heats and fourth in heat #1, plus two fast lap points – Mia is fourth for the season at 81. Jack Rounds was fifth with 20 points in the round, including a win in his final heat. Sebastian Correa, 17 points in the round, is fourth in the standings with 43 points.
Round 7 is slated for October 6 and 7. The complete standings are updated after each event and can be found at www.F1Boston.com/league_results.htm. The 11-round League features 8 classes, grouping competitors according to age, size, ability and experience. Points from each driver’s top 8 rounds accumulate to crown series champions with the top 6 drivers in each class qualifying for a season-ending Championship Race. 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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