Victories in Chilliwack
Stars of Karting Event
ICA qualifying session was run in the wet and saw a four-way battle
for the pole between Italian Motors drivers David Jurca, Tyler Dueck,
Colby Jenn and Tony Kart’s Joel Miller. Miller led the early
portions of the session until the Italkarts moved to the front with
Jurca taking the point. The excitement came at the end of the session
with the checkered flag flying as Miller crossed the stripe with
a 1:02.853 second lap to take the provisional pole. Two karts later,
Jurca tripped the lights 0.1 seconds faster and won the pole for
the day. Miller joined him on the front row. Dueck ended the session
third while Giebler was in fourth. Rounding out the top five was
The opening laps of the ICA Prefinal saw a trio of Italian Motors
drivers- Jurca, Dueck and Jenn running in the top three. They were
putting some space on the field while Miller and Glover were battling
for fourth. Near the halfway point, Jurca dropped out with an undisclosed
mechanical problem. That left Dueck the win by nearly eight seconds.
Glover and Miller continued their battle and eventually overhauled
Jenn. Glover went on the finish second with Miller in third. Jenn
crossed fourth and Justin Anfinson (Tony Kart) finished in fifth.
In the final, Dueck had built a big lead with Miller second. Jurca
was coming through the field and moved into fourth and began stalking
his teammate Jenn. Eventually, the Federal Way Washington-based
driver got to second, making easy work of Miller and Jenn. It was
clear by this point that his TM-powered Italkart was the fastest
kart on the track. With about three to go, Jurca pulled the trigger
and took the lead. Over the final laps, he built a 2.5 second gap
over Dueck. At the checkers, it was an Italian Motors 1-2 with Miller’s
Tony Kart third. Cole Whitt (Italkart) had a strong run to fourth
and Jenn crossed in fifth. It was an impressive performance as 5
Italkart's powered by IM Tuning all placed in the top 6.
After starting in 11th place, Jurca picked his way through the field
and once by White, set his sites on Speed and then Funakoshi. The
laps would run out for Jurca as he set the fastest lap of the race
by nealry half a second. It was an imprssive drive for Jurca as
his pace would get quicker and quicker as the race went on. Jurca
would go on to finish second as a driver would be disqulified for
being under weight.
IM's Jake Thompson (Italkart) had a great showing as well. After
nearly a 3 month lay off from karting, Thompson was able to jump
back in and battle his way to a very respectable 4th place position
With clear skies and a dry track, the ICA times came down significantly
and tightened the field as the top 12 drivers were separated by
only a second. Leading the way in the early portions of the 15-minute
session was Joel Miller (Tony Kart) but yesterday’s winner
David Jurca (Italkart) and the rest of the Italian Motors team sat
waiting until later in the session. Once they hit the track, Jurca
quickly headed to the top of the charts. After setting the quick
time, he bested his own pole time on a couple of occasions.
Miller stayed on the track trying to find the speed he needed to
retake the pole but was unable to mount a challenge. Jurca’s
50.255-second lap stood and he would line-up P1 for the Prefinal,
beside him on row one would be Miller. Row two saw Tyler Dueck (Italkart)
and Kevin Glover (CRG) lining up for the Prefinal. Rounding out
the top five was Cole Whitt, another Italian Motors driver.
After a few attempts to start the pre final, the third time was
a charm and Jurca took the lead over teammate Dueck with Miller
in third. There would be no changes in the order although Miller
made several attempts to get around Dueck. Jurca took an easy win
with Dueck in second and Miller third. Grant Hebner (CRG) finished
in fourth while Phil Giebler (Intrepid) finished in fifth after
being involved with a first lap incident with Nicholas Tonkin (Birel).
After the race, Jenn was penalized for causing a collision and was
sent back behind Glover.
The ICA Final was comlpetely dominated by Italian Motors driver
Jurca. Leading off the line from the drop of the green, Jurca's
Italian Motors tuned TM and Italkart were never seriously challenged.
On the final lap, Dueck held second but Miller was looking for
a way by. Dueck was defensive in every corner allowing Miller to
get better exits off the turns. In turn eight, Miller dove under
Dueck and took second. Jurca took his second win of the weekend
followed by Miller and Dueck. Rounding out the top five were Hebner
and Matt Johnson (KRT).
Once on the track, Mandarino went to the top of the charts but his
time there did not last long as Italian Motors' David Jurca (Italkart)
took the pole position in the headline class with a 49.216-second
lap. Gary Carlton (Trackmagic) continued to run well as he has all
season with the second fastest time, just .06 seconds off of Jurca.
Mandarino settled for the third fastest time while reigning National
Champion Alex Speed was fourth. Rounding out the top five was John
The ICC drivers put on the best show of the day in the Final as
drivers were dicing right from the drop of the flag. Mandarino got
the holeshot and Carlton was aggressive off the line moving to his
right in front of Jurca for second. Those three checked out on the
field and began to build a serious gap before they began dicing
for the lead.
At the halfway mark, all the action happened at nearly the same
time. Jurca pulled the trigger and moved to the lead.
From there, Jurca cruised to the win while Carlton was able to
get by Mandarino for second. Jaskol was fourth and Bowles salvaged
a fifth place for the weekend. As was the case yesterday though,
the race wasn’t decided when the checkered flag fell. Once
in the tech shed, the motors were given a thorough review by Scott
Evans and Jurca was disqualified for a spark plug protrusion issue.
This moved Carlton into the win with Mandarino second and Jaskol