Courtesy the Russ Bond Agency, www.russbondagency.com
MOSPORT, ONTARIO Marco Di Leo drove home his championship in the Bridgestone Academy F2000 series with three wins on the final weekend of racing. “This is a great win for our Sunoco team,” Di Leo said. “It has been a great experience for me. I have to thank Ron, Sunoco, Lee Bentham and David Empringham for all their help this year. I know Matt and I learned so much, and to finish one two is the best we could have done with this opportunity. Hopefully I will take what I have learned into next year.”
Di Leo won seven of nine races, giving him a point total of 191. Teammate Matt Pritiko finished with 145 points and the David Preston Sportsmanship award. “This has been a great experience,” Pritiko said. “I want to thank everyone for all their help. It has been a big learning experience for me, and I am happy we were able to uphold the honour of the Sunoco Team Ultra 94 team.”
The two drivers have enjoyed some great help during the year. Lee Bentham coached the two in the first two weekends, and David Empringham provided coaching for the final weekend. “First; this was a great experience for me, to come back to my roots here at the Bridgestone school,” Empringham said. “Both drivers did fantastic jobs this weekend. Marco stood out with his natural ability, and made some great moves during the weekend. Matt showed strong determination, and showed his ability to perform.”
Team leader Ron Fellows took in the final race which featured a bit of a twist. Bridgestone Academy head instructor Ugo Provencher took to the track for the final race, and it turned into a great battle between him and new series champ Di Leo. “It has been a very good year,” Fellows said. “Both drivers did a great job. Both are very talented drivers. Today’s last race with Ugo was a good learning experience for Marco.”
The Sunoco Ron Fellow Karting Championship will hold its annual Evaluation Day on October 7, to decide who will be the Sunoco Team Ultra 94 drivers for 2006.