Top Five Finishes in Three Stars of Tomorrow Races
Photo Courtesy of Sean Burr www.goracingmagazine.com
British Columbia September 12th -14th 2003
Rounds five and six of the Champ
Car Stars of Tomorrow Series were held in beautiful Britsh Columbia
in mid September. The Italian Motors/ItalKart team were out in full
force contesting the headline ICC class.
Qualifying for Saturday's race
went well, with David Jurca braking the track record at a time of
48.881. Second and third would be Italian Motors' Chevy Almond and
Jordy Vorrath with Lorenzo Mandarino lining up fourth. The prefinal
ended with an Italian Motors 1-2. Jurca would start pole, Vorrath
off pole, and Mandarino third. The final race was down to a heated
battle between Jurca and Mandarino. Jurca led from laps 1-17 with
Mandarino making a move for the lead on lap 18. Four laps later
and with only two laps to go, Jurca regained the lead. In the following
corner, Mandarino's front nose cone would hit Jurca's left rear
tire sending him flying off the track and out of contention for
the win. Jurca rebounded with a second place finish and Kevin Glover
would finish third. The race ended under protest, but the results
were upheld to much disapproval.
Sunday's race brought in some
tricky conditions. Qualifying was held in the rain and David was
unfortunately in the first group that got the majority of the wet
weather conditions. After qualifying ninth, Jurca was already up
to fourth halfway through the prefinal. After making a pass on Trackmagic's
Kyle Martin, Martin rebounded with an attempt in the next corner.
The inside line was damp and Martin went wide at the apex making
contact with Jurca's nosecone which sent it flying off. Under the
Stars of Tomorrow rules, the nose cone is required so Jurca was
forced to retire. Starting in the 26th position, Jurca would make
a charge through the field and finish an impressive third behind
Mandarino and Vorrath.
October 31st, November 1st - 2nd 2003
Due to the fire hazards near
the Fontana area, The Stars of Tomorrow Grandnational finale was
moved to the Moran Raceway for October 31st and November 1st - 2nd.
Sixty eight drivers would appear in the ICC class from across North
America, South America, and Europe.
Struggling with carburetor problems
throughout the weekend, Jurca qualified 9th. The problems got even
worse in the heat races and David would start 12th in the final
event. After a great start, Jurca managed to make it up to 5th and
would close in on the battle for third with Speed and Rahal. For
Jurca, the 23 lap race was just not long enough to make up the ground
he lost in the opening laps to battle for the third position.