Season finale at the Mosport Celebration weekend doesn’t disappoint.
Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Overall and Master’s Championships were both clinched by Michael Iamundi (#35) and Kevin Deevey (#25) respectively, and Andrew Waring (#22) needed just a couple respectable finishes to lock up the rookie points. This was however the weekend selected for the Vallis Cup. Wipe the slate clean for all and it’s a three race shootout for the Cup.
Qualifying was significantly shortened when a car went into the tires in turn two, so the remainder of the field got under 10 minutes to put in a fast time. In the end, Spencer Todd (#18) came out on top, closely followed by Iamundi, Kevin Kepelke (#55), and Phil Wang (#73). Right on the start, a three car breakaway took off including Todd, Iamundi, and Wang. About 6 seconds back after the first lap would be rookie contenders David Taylor (#5) and Waring. Kepelke would lose touch with the leaders, falling off pace and settling in for 6th. With the top three battling it out, Taylor and Waring would stay right in line all the way around the track, working together and eventually catching the lead pack making it a 5 car battle. With just a couple laps to go, Wang would tail right off, leaving the top four to battle for the finish. The lead came down to the final lap, as Iamundi just edged out Waring at the stripe. Todd would get inside of Taylor in turn 10, and the two came into contact, both cars getting airborn. Todd would skip across the finish line in the grass, with Taylor stopping just before the stripe unable to continue.
Race two on Sunday morning would prove to be the most challenging race weather wise for the competitors. At temperatures sub 10 degrees celsius, and a strong downpour, it was set up to be a race of least mistakes. Right off the start, the front row of Iamundi and Waring would take off, and they wouldn’t look back. The duo quickly separated from the rest of the field, keeping each other in check through the entire race. Half way through the race, the leaders would have close to 30 seconds on Kepelke in third, with another 10 seconds to Todd. Swapping the lead multiple times through the race, Waring would make the final move on Iamundi in turn 9, winning by just 0.6 seconds across the line. Todd would end up closing the gap on Kepelke and taking the 3rd spot on the final lap, some 52 seconds behind the leaders.
The final race would be the determining race for the Vallis Cup, between Iamundi and Waring. The top finisher between the two would take it. Right off the start of the race, there would be 7 cars jockeying for position in the lead pack. Todd and Taylor would lose touch with the front and would battle between themselves for 6th. The top group would consist of Iamundi, Waring, Kapelke, and Wang who had to come from the back after a mechanical issue in the previous race, with Bill Mitchell (#58) closely in check. In typical F1200 fashion, the race would come down to the final lap. Heading into turn 8, Waring would get outside of Iamundi. As the two went into turn 9, Iamundi would squeeze Waring as tight as he could. Giving everything he had, Waring would have a slight bobble, backing out and pushing out wide, handing the win to Iamundi. He would be closely followed by Wang and Kepelke, with the top four finishing within a second across the line.
Congratulations to Michael Iamundi for a fourth consecutive championship, Kevin Deevey for winning the Masters Championship, and Andrew Waring for winning the Rookie Championship. A very exciting 2011 season of Formula 1200 driving, all will now be looking forward to the start of the 2012 season. All drivers are encouraged to attend the BARC banquet on November 19th, where the championship awards will be presented.