Braintree, MA (September 25, 2014) – The first round of F1 Boston’s Fall Junior League is in the books and the season is off to a competitive start with strong fields in all classes. The 7-round League features up to 8 classes, grouping competitors according to age, size, ability and experience. Points from each driver’s top 6 rounds count towards crowning series champions; the top 6 drivers in each class also qualify for a season-ending Championship Finale. Each round includes a practice session, followed by three heats. Here’s a look at the highlights:
In Group 1AA Jonathan Schores took top honors in the round with 33 points fueled by winning both the final and middle heat, after placing third in heat #1 plus a fast lap bonus point. Dimitri Berardi landed second with 28 points earned by winning his final, taking second in heat #1 and fourth in the middle heat. Jake Yazijian was third with 25 points highlighted by grabbing second in the final two heats. Three drivers – Brandon Haley, Luke Marcheski and Eamon Whitmore – tied at 24 to round out the top five.
Jonathan Zunitch prevailed in Group 1A with 29 points earned by winning the first heat, then placing fourth and second in the final heats, respectively plus a fast lap. Lucas Wessel was two points back in second after winning heat #2, landing second in the final and fifth in heat #1. Jack George and Jason Henrique tied for third at 24 – George’s highlight was winning his second heat, Henrique took second and third in heat #1 and #2. Thomas Briggs and Quinn Yardley earned 22 points and a fifth place tie with Briggs placing second in heat #1 and second in heat #2, while Yarley won the final and landed fifth in heat #2.
Cody Dowler dominated 1B by winning all three of his heats and taking three fast laps as well to lay down a perfect score of 39. Tucker Olen was second with 28 points earned by placing second in his final two heats and third in heat #1. Sebastian Correa was next with 27 points on a second place result in his first heat followed by third place finishes in the final two plus a fast lap. Thomas Marsden was fourth with 25 points highlighted by winning his first heat and landing third in heat #2. Hunter Johnson and Dillan McCoulough earned 24 and a share of fifth – Johnson won his middle heat and McCoulough placed second in his first heat, fourth and third in the others, respectively.
Only three competitors took the track in 2A as Charlie Marcheski and Egan Wong each earned 28 points – Marcheski won the final after taking second in the first two heats plus two fast laps, while Wong won heats #1 and #2 and finished second in the final. Michael Pedro earned 19 points including a fast lap to round out the scoring.
In Group 2B, Nehal Ramlukan earned the victory with 29 points fueled by winning his first two heats, landing third in the final plus three fast laps. Adrian Michael took second by winning his middle heat taking second in the final and third in heat #1 plus a fast lap to earn 25 points. Third went to Billy Bedard with 23 points after winning his first heat, then placing fourth and second in the final two respectively. Alexander Ginter was next with 19 including second in the final and third in heat #2 plus a fast lap. Alexa Gilbert and Blake Jafari earned a tie for fifth at 18 – Gilbert won her final, while Jafari’s highlight was second in heat #1 and third in his final.
Group 3A’s Sean Kelly landed on top with 26 points powered by winning his first and final, grabbing third in heat #2. Joe Locicero was second at 23 powered by winning the second heat, placing third in the others plus a fast lap. Giorgio Giglio was a point back for third – he was second in the first and final heat, fifth in heat #2 plus two fast laps. Andrew Kupovich was next with 18 points highlighted by second in heat #2. Xander Correa rounded out the scoring with 13 points.
Ireland Nordstrom had a strong performance to take Group 3B; she won her first two heats, grabbed second in her final plus three fast laps to earn 31 points. Willem Hofeldt was second earning 29 points by winning his second and final heats, placing second in heat #1 and a fast lap. Paul Luongo grabbed third at 17 with a second place result in his final after going fourth and fifth in the first two respectively. Ezekiel Liwerant and Darren Long finished in a fourth-place tie at 17 – Liwerant was fourth in the first and final heats, fifth in the other while Long’s highlights included second his first heat and fourth in heat #2.
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.