It took four races in the Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship, but we finally saw a different race winner in the Rok Senior division. Taking the Mosport Karting Centre for round two, Adam Ali (REM/Kosmic) had a flawless day of competition on Sunday to sweep all three competitive sessions, including a perfect run in the Final to pull away to victory, earning the Pfaff Senior Driver of the Day award with it.
Not to be left out, championship leader Patrick Woods-Toth (Prime/BirelART) had to fight hard on Saturday in the Final to score his third win of the year and extend his championship lead.
Saturday’s Qualifying session was one of the closest we’ve witnessed, with 28 karts lining up on the grid for the weekend. The top-seven posted lap times within two-tenths of a second, led by Dale Curran (PRO/CL Kart), with the Vortex Rok engines screaming around the Mosport circuit.
The Final was a scrappy one. Curran led the early laps after taking the lead from Prefinal winner Daniel Ali (REM/Kosmic). Woods-Toth and Ryan MacDermid (REM/Kosmic) kept within close striking distance of the race leader.
Curran’s early speed wavered and by lap seven, MacDermid pounced on his opportunity to gain the lead and Woods-Toth followed him through. After four laps on top, a little nudge going into the bowl upset Macdermid enough for Woods-Toth to move into the lead and Curran also slipped by.
MacDermid was able to fire back a lap later to get back by Curran, but PWT opened up enough of a gap that no challenge for the lead was possible and he scored his third MRFKC win of the season. MacDermid held on for second, but Curran’s pace was off and Daniel Ali, Adam Ali and Andrew Maciel (VSR/TonyKart) found their way by each lap before the finish.
MRFKC2 Rok Senior Saturday Final Results
|27||Rayden Persaud||2 laps|
|28||Justin Spence||14 laps|
From the pole position, Adam Ali led every lap of the PreFinal with Woods-Toth in chase. MacDermid moved forward from sixth on the grid to get into third, while a great Qualifying effort from Gianluca Savaglio (PRO/CL Kart) that had him start on the front row, turned into a fourth-place finish.
MacDermid helped push Ali into the lead at the start of the Final with Woods-Toth slotting in before. The trio quickly began to pull away from the rest, with plenty of action happening in corner three in the back half of the grid, ending the races early for a few drivers.
The front five remained relatively unchanged until the halfway mark. As Ali began to pull away with the lead, Woods-Toth took his shot at MacDermid in the hairpin with a deep braking pass. He stuck the apex and defended back up the hill, but this allowed Ali to open up even more of a lead. Behind, Daniel Ali worked his way by Cole Hooton (Prime/BirelART) for fourth.
Keeping a two-second gap to the finish, Ali celebrated his first MRFKC Rok Senior win on Sunday over Woods-Toth and MacDermid, while Daniel Ali and Robert Soroka (KGR/RedSpeed) completed the top-five after some fireworks on the final laps.
Talking to CKN after his big win, Adam Ali had a hard time putting it into words when the race finished.
“Usually I say something to myself in the kart after celebrating, but it wasn’t until I got to the team in the pits that it hit me. It feels amazing. I have won many Briggs races before but winning such a large race in Rok, with such a competitive field was a huge achievement for me and the team!”
The MRFKC is off for almost a month until round three at Innisfil, as racers gear up for the Canadian Karting Championships at Mosport in two weeks’ time.
MRFKC2 Rok Senior Sunday Final Results
|20||Mathieu Cousineau||6 laps|
|21||Tawfiq Najjar||7 laps|
|22||Dale Curran||11 laps|
|23||Matte Ferrari||13 laps|
|24||Daniel Fellows||14 laps|
|25||Matthew DeMarinis||14 laps|
|26||Owyn Thomas||16 laps|
|27||Laurent Legault||16 laps|
|28||Joe Crupi||16 laps|