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FWT: Patricio O’Ward Speeds Away with Rotax Junior Sunday Race

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FWT: Patricio O’Ward Speeds Away with Rotax Junior Sunday Race

While the championship point leader Pedro Cardoso (PSL/CRG) elected not to run the Final to ultimately secure the title, the remaining 39 Rotax Junior drivers duked it out on track.

From the pole-position, Mexican Patricio O’Ward (SH Racing/FA Kart) escaped a nasty first corner with the lead, but race officials elected to restart the race as drivers were about to complete lap two.

Regrouped, the second wasn’t much different as another accident claimed many victims in turn two.

O’Ward and Saturday winner Luis Forteza (J3/Kosmic) were able to break away from Trenton Estep (TonyKart), Canadian Gianfranco Mazzaferro (Ferrolati Corse/TonyKart) and Austin Versteeg (RPG/Kosmic) right away.

Like he did in the Prefinal, O’Ward was then able to pull a gap from second place and from there was set his cruise control to the finish as the Mexican scored the win for the Canadian SH Racing team, after some bad luck in his first three starts.

Forteza held on for second while David Malukas (Top Kart) completed the podium after a final lap exchange saw Versteeg moved out of the way by Estep, who finished fourth, with Mazzaferro fifth.

Nataël Cantin (KMS/Birel) enjoyed a great drive to finish eighth. Austin Riley (Energy Kart) was very impressive to finish 15th, the best finish of his FWT campaign. Roman DeAngelis (Koene/TonyKart) was 21st, Clay Van Eerd (TonyKart) was 28th, while Samuel Lupien (SH Racing/FA Kart) was a DNF.

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