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Summerton Wins at Mosport

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 31, 2009 at 10:41 am Atlantic Championship, hard charger

Mosport Podium

(photo: AtlanticChampionship.com)

The Atlantic Championship returned to Mosport last weekend after a 15-year absence from the track.  The last time the series ran at Mosport International Raceway was in 1994.  Greg Ray, of IRL fame, won that event.

This past weekend, another American found his way to the top spot… Jonathan Summerton won Round 10 by 1.122 seconds over teammate and fellow American John Edwards.  Summerton’s victory marked his third of the season and fifth of his career in the Atlantic Championship. The 21-year-old Florida resident has been remarkably consistent this year, finishing on the podium in 70% of his race starts.

John Edwards, as mentioned above, finished the race in a close 2nd.  Edwards started the race in fourth, earning him the hard charger title for improving the most positions during the race.  He also set the fastest lap of the event with a 1:11.541.  The 18-year-old standout has been another mark of consistency— finishing 70% of his 2009 race starts inside the top-two.  He is yet to have a third place finish this season.

Belgian rookie, Frederic Vervisch made a nice run to the podium… his fourth of the year.  I’ve been very impressed with Frederic this season and I have a feeling that we will see him have a break-out race soon.  He is yet to win an Atlantic Championship race, but he has managed to find his way to the podium in 40% of his starts.  He currently leads the “Rookie of the Year” standings.

FIA Formula 2 front runner, Robert Wickens made his return to Atlantic competition this weekend with Genoa and finished the race in 4th.  Last years champion, Markus Niemela finished the race in 5th.  Current championship leader, Simona De Silvestro faced her first DNF of the season but retains her championship lead… albeit a much smaller one.

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