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August 12, 2004

Italkart Dominates Stars Chilliwack



Jordy Vorrath (Italkart/Italian Motors TM) qualified on the ICC pole with a time of 49.402. Chevy Almond joined Vorrath on the front row, as Ryan Yop, Ron White and Seth Ingham rounded out the top five. Vorrath went on to dominate the ICC pre final by a couple of seconds over the two championship hopefuls, White and Alan Sciuto. From the symbolic drop of the green in the final, Vorrath was unstoppable, and though White and Sciuto pursued him, they were unable to mount a charge in the final. Italkart driver's James Mugge and Brett Blankers placed a respectable seventh and ninth.  Jake Thompson and Dane Cameron had mis-fortunes in the final that would eliminate Thompson and send Cameron to the back of the field.  Sunday would be a different story as both drivers would turn there weekends around.

This was only the second time this season that Vorrath has contested in the ICC class with his primary focus on ICA. Vorrath has all but crashed the party for White and Sciuto.



Jordy Vorrath (Italkart/ Italian Motors TM) qualified on the Snap-on ICA pole, but he, along with the fourth place qualifier Tyler Dueck (Italkart/Italian Motors Parilla) were DQ�d for supplemental parts in the airbox. Later, Stars would realize the airbox used was actually legal and was an OEM part from KG.  Joel Miller moved up to become the pole sitter, and went on to win the heat race, over Kevin Glover. Vorrath had a great run up in the heat race, finishing in third, but his chance for a fifth straight win ended on lap four with a stuck motor in the final. Helmut Sanden had a fine start, quickly gaining the lead, one that he held for the entire twenty-three-lap final. Sanden had this one in hand from the beginning, and although Miller, Dueck, Chris Carmody, Glover, and Colby Jenn (Italkart/Italian Motors Parilla) fought it out for second place, Sanden really never came under pressure after the first few laps. Dueck recovered from his qualifying DQ to finish an amazing second, over Miller, Jenn and Glover. 

Despite Vorrath�s DNF in the final, his current standing in points will secure the championship despite how he finishes today or who wins. The race today will determine who will land in second and should be between Dueck and Sanden who are separated by only seven points. A wild card; however, sits in the picture and with the stars aligned just right, it could be Miller�s day who sits in fourth with 60 points to Dueck�s 85 and Sanden�s 78. 


Michael Hogg had his best run of the year.  The rookie JICA driver qualified third and battled for fourth place position in the final.  It was a great result for the up and coming driver.

Daniel Jenn suffered more mis-fortune as he did not start the pre-final.  Despite coming from the back of the field, he would place seventh in the final.



Saturday�s winner Jordy Vorrath (Italkart/Italian Motors TM) sat on pole again in the ICC class, taking the track record with a time of 48.684. White, Sciuto, Gary Carlton, and John Zartarian rounded out the top five in qualifying, but things heated up in the pre final. White held down the lead in the heat race until a rare motor failure ended his day on lap seven, leaving Vorrath and Sciuto alone for the win.

With the hole shot in the final, Sciuto sped off to an early lead dogged by Vorrath, Carlton, and Jake Thompson (Italkart/Italian Motors TM). By the start of lap three, Vorrath had moved around Sciuto, and White had moved up from 17th into the top ten. White�s forward climb ended with one lap to go in a battle for third position with Carlton. White got inside of Carlton under braking in turn three, but Carlton slammed the door, and the two collided, ending Carlton�s day, and White's championship hope for CRG and Pavesi. An uncharacteristic bobble in turn one by Vorrath, allowed Sciuto to sneak by on the last lap.  Vorrath finished a disappointed second, while his teammate Thompson had his best run of the year, finishing in third. Italkart drivers James Mugge placed fourth and Dane Cameron placed sixth.  It was an impressive showing for the Italkart/Italian Motors TM package as they sat 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th at the end of Sundays final.

ICA - Vorrath Clinches ICA West Championship

Jordy Vorrath has been the king of the Snap-On ICA class all year, and he and two of his Italian Motors teammates held down the top three championship spots coming into their home track this weekend in the 14-entry class. Vorrath put his #96c on pole with a time of 50.319, but nine drivers ran laps in the sub 51 second range. Vorrath, Tyler Dueck, and Kevin Glover were the top three finishers in the pre final after Helmut Sanden was docked out of third for improper driving. Glover and Sanden both had great starts falling in behind Vorrath, and dropping Dueck back into fourth. 
The lead trio started to pull away from the pack, but Glover began to fade, leaving Vorrath and Sanden to battle it out. With three laps to go Sanden drove it in deep in turn one on Vorrath, and completed the slide-job to take the lead. The lead lasted only a few feet as Sanden�s motor went dead in the water. Vorrath, a seasoned veteran at 23, ran up over the back of the wounded Sanden, but managed to keep it on track, finishing the remaining laps, and taking his fifth ICA win of the season. Attrition was high in the final, but a great drive by Devon Sandeen landed him second place. Mathias Calderon drove up to finish third after starting in the back, and surviving a brutal contest between himself, Chris Carmody, Glover, and Colby Jenn.


Daniel Jenn's bad luck streak continued on through Sunday where he would only complete a total of two racing laps. 

Michael Hogg suffered a similar fate as he was involved in the same accident as his teammate Jenn.


Hayden Ritter drove to his first top five finish of the season in the Stars series.  Ritter battled early with the lead pack but fell back after an incident with another driver. 

Photo's courtesy of Go Racing Magazine and Gerry Frechette

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