2012 F1 Boston Summer/Fall Junior League: Round 7 Report
Braintree, MA – F1 Boston’s 2012 Summer/Fall Junior League completed Round 7 with another strong event as the racers gear up for a 4-round spirit to the season-ending Championship finale – the top six drivers in each class qualify for that final event. Here’s a look at the highlights:
There was an unheard of third straight tie at the top in Group 1A, with Nikolai Gabardi and Christian Abbate each earning 26 points. Gabardi placed second in his first and final heat plus a fast lap, while Abbate got faster in each heat – placing fourth, third and then winning his final. Garbardi retains his lead in the standings with 184 points, and Abbate takes over second place with 162. Justin Rusko was just a point back at 25 earned by winning his first heat, placing third and fourth in the others plus a fast lap. At 138, he’s in sixth place for the season. Dimitri Bernardi and William Shames tied at 24 to claim a piece of fourth place. Shames won his middle heat while taking third and fourth in the others, and Bernardi took home second, third and fourth place results. In the season long points chase Nathan Laverdure has 154 for third, Jake Yazijian (22 points in the round) is fourth with 152 and Simon White is fifth at 139.
There was also a tie for the victory in Group 1A between Jonathan Schores and Micheal Toner, each earning 29 points. Schores won his first heat, took fourth in the middle run and second in the final, plus a fast lap point. Toner placed third in his first, second in both of the others and a fast lap. The two competitors are first and second in the season standings, at 161 and 155 respectively. Danny Rounds was next, placing second in his first heat and third in the others as well as snagging a fast lap bonus point. Kendre Levesque was fourth with 23 points with a win in her middle heat and fifth place in the other two, plus a fast lap; her sister Karlin grabbed fifth with 20 points fueled by winning her final, taking fifth in heat #2 and a fast lap. With 147 points, Kendra moves from fifth to third in the season-long points chase. Roee Meyuhas (16 points) is fourth at 144, Eamon Whitmore is fifth with 132 and Christopher Francis (19 points) is sixth at 130 on a very tight leader board.
Group 1B enjoyed another highly competitive round, with the top five racers were separated by just 4 points. In his best round of the season, Josh Melnick grabbed the victory with 29 points by placing second in his first two heats, third in the final plus a fast lap. He moves into third place in the standings at 102. Ben Amado also had in best round of the year, finishing just a point back in second place fueled by winning his first heat, taking second in his final, fifth in the middle race plus a fast lap – at 97, he’s in fifth place for the Series. At 27 points Ben Rioux was next, winning his first, placing second in his final and a fast lap. Fourth place featured a tie between Terrell Hayes and Dylan Villa – each scored a victory and place third and fourth in the others. Hayes is second for the season with 136 points. In the standings, Dylan Amerena is still far ahead of the field with 189 points, Patryck Edgarton (17 points) is fourth at 100 and Jonathan Zunich is sixth with 93.
In Group 2A, Bruno Epstein won his first round of the season, grabbing 23 points highlighted by winning the middle heat, landing second in the first, fifth in the final and a fast lap bonus point. Thomas Briggs was next placing second in heats #2 and #3, fourth in the first plus a fast lap – he’s third for the season with 96 points. Ethan Kmiecik was a point back in third by getting the win in the final, third in the second heat and fifth in heat #1 as well as the other fast lap. Kmiecik is leading in the standings with 136 points. Jack Bennett was fourth at 19 with a victory in the first heat and top five in the others, he has 91 points for the season, putting him in fourth place. Shane McCullum rounded out the top five with 17 points earned by place fourth twice and fifth in the middle heat – he’s second for the series at 122.
In Group 2B, Quinn Yardley once again took victory by winning his first two heats, placing second in the final and collecting three fast laps for 31 points - it’s the fifth time he’s either won or shared the top spot in a round this season. Yardley is the leader in the standings with 195 points. Hayden Duffy took second place earning 27 points – he also won his first two races, then placed third in the final and grabbed a fast lap. With 185 points, he’s second and within striking distance of the top spot. John Webster grabbed 22 points for third place powered by winning his final heat, taking second in the middle race and a fast lap. Marissa Morgan and Alec Schmidt shared fourth place, each with 20 points. Morgan got faster with each heat placing fourth, third, then second plus a fast lap, while Schmidt won his middle heat, placed third and fifth in the others with a fast lap. Morgan and Schmidt are third and fourth in the standings with 137 and 101 points respectively. Egan Wong (10 points) is fifth, just point back at 100 and Eric Phillips is right on his tail at 99.
Group 3B’s Aiden Jennette matched his best round of the season, racking up 30 points by winning his last two heats, taking second in heat #1 and grabbing two fast laps. Jennette is second in the standings, just a point off leader Ido Meyuhas at 164. Meyuhas was second in the round with two wins and two fast laps. Mia Ignoto was next with 22 points powered by taking second twice and third once. At 103, Ignoto is fourth in the season-long points chase. Sebastian Correa and Jack Rounds tied for fourth place at 17 – Correa is fifth in the standing with 60 points and Rounds is sixth at 53. Alyssa Abbate rounded out the scoring with 16 points and is fourth in the standings at 116.
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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