Braintree, MA (June 16, 2014) – The third round of F1 Boston’s Summer Junior League took place last weekend and as the season approaches the mid-point the competition is heating up. The 7-round League features 7 classes, organizing 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:
Ryan Hartz took bragging rights in Group 1AA with 29 points and the victory. He won the middle heat, placed second in heat #1, fourth in the final and a fast lap – Hartz takes over the lead in the season-long standings with 72 points. Jake Yazijian landed second with 26 points highlighted by winning the first heat, placing third in the final, fifth in heat #2 plus a fast lap. With 69 points, Yazijian claims second place for the season. Dimitri Berardi grabbed third place with 21 points featuring a win in the final and fifth in heat #1 plus a fast lap – he’s third for the season as well with 67 points. Christian Abbate was next with 20 points including second in the final and fourth in heat #2. With 64 points he’s fifth in the standings, just a point behind Austin Nelson for fourth place. Nelson was fifth in the round with 19 points powered by second place in the middle heat and third in heat #1.
In Group 1A Hugh North had a strong round and the victory with 30 points earned by winning the middle heat, taking second in heat #1 and third in the final. The victory puts North at 77 points in the standings and jumps him into first place. Ben Amado grabbed second with 19 points that featured a victory in the final – he’s second for the season with 70 points. Dimitry Gentile and Cole Shaefer landed in a third-place tie at 14 points. Gentile’s round featured a second place result in the final plus a fast lap and Shaefer won the first heat and scored a fast lap. With 63 points Gentile is tied with Logan Kress for third in the standings; Shaefer is fifth with 57. Kress was tied with William Gunn at 13 to round out the top five – Kress placed third in heat #1 and fifth in the final, while Gunn’s performance included a second place result in heat #2 plus a fast lap in his first round of the season.
Thomas Biggs landed on top Group 1B for the second time this season earning 28 points with a win in the first and final heats and fifth in heat #2. Biggs regains first place in the standings with 84 points. James Tringale grabbed second with 23 points highlighted by winning the middle heat and placing fifth in heat #1 plus two fast laps – with 48 points he’s fifth in the standings. Jack George took third with 22 points powered by placing second in heat #1 and third in the middle run plus a fast lap. George has 79 points for the season, just five points off the lead. Quinn Yardley was next with 20 points by taking second in the final and fourth in heat #1, he’s third in the standings with 75 points. Nolan Prince was fifth with 17 points featuring third place finishes in the first and final heats. Kyle Cipullo (8 points in the round)is fourth in the season-long points chase with 59.
There was a 28-point tie at the top in 2A between John Webster and Ethan Kmiecik; each competing in their first round of the season. Each driver won two heats, placed third in another and earned two fast laps. Cody Dowler grabbed third place by taking second in his first and final, third in heat #2 and a fast lap – with 66 points he’s second for the season, trailing leader Sebastian Correa by a single point. Hunter Johnson was next with 21 points powered by winning his final after placing third in and fourth in the first two heats, respectively. Correa was fifth with 20 points after placing second in his first and final, fifth in his middle heat. Joe Melo (10 points) is third for the season with 40 points; Dillan McCullough (14 points) is fourth with 39 and Aiden Jennette rounds out the top five with 38 points.
In Group 2B, Mia Ignoto made it three straight victories – this time earning 27 points powered by winning her first two heats, placing fourth in her final while collecting two fast lap bonus points – off to a fast start, Ignoto is in first place at 87 with a 27-point cushion. Casey Jordan grabbed second by winning his first heat, taking second in the final and fourth in heat #2 plus two fast laps to earn 25 points. Henry Prussman was third with 20 points as he got faster with each heat – fifth in heat #1, third in heat #2, then winning his final. With 47 points Prussman is fifth in the standings. Benjamin Dias and Alexa Gilbert each earned 17 points in a fourth place tie. Dias was second in his first heat, fourth and fifth in the others respectively, while Gilbert’s round included second place in her final and third in heat #2. Masson Tessier (15 points) is second in the standings with 60 points; Bridget Duffy (16 points) is third with 56; and William Hopkins (18 points) fourth with 50 points.
Group 3A’s Giorgio Giglio took top honors with 24 points earned by winning the first heat, placing fourth in heat #2 and second in the final plus a fast lap – with 74 points he remains atop the leader board. Adrian Michael was a point back at 23 and got faster in each leg of the round – winning the final, after placing fifth and second in the first heats, respectively. Michael has 66 points for season – just 8 points off the lead. Joe LoCiero was third with 20 points highlighted by winning heat #2 and landing fourth in the others – he’s third in the standings with 65 points. Sean Kelly was next with 19 points after taking second in heat #1, third in heat #2 and fifth in the final plus a fast lap – with 46 points he’s fifth in the standings. Bradley McCafferty was fifth with 13 points highlighted by taking third in the final. McCafferty is fourth for the season at 52.
Xander Correa claimed victory for the third consecutive round in 3B by winning the first and final heats, placing fifth in heat #2 to compile 24 points – he leads in the standings with 88 points and a 25-point cushion. Cooper Peigh was next with 23 points after winning heat #2, grabbing second in the final and fifth in heat #1 plus a fast lap – with 63 points, he is also second for the season. Christian Chiusolo was third with 21 points including a second place result in heat #1, third in the middle run and fourth in the final plus two fast laps. With 47 points, Chiusolo is also third in the season-long points chase. Jon Hanlon was next with 20 points earned by taking second in heat #2 and third in the others – he’s fourth for the season with 35 points. Jaden Iantosca rounded out the racing with 14 points in his first round of the season.
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/racing-and-leagues. 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.