Aug 122011

Rest of the field catching up to the dominant Iamundi / Wang combination

Coming back to Mosport had a hungry group of drivers all chasing Michael Iamundi (#35) who had pulled out a 60 point lead after two weekends.  The 15 car field would see Bamford at the front of the field for the second straight weekend, alongside Andrew McMurray (#16), putting Iamundi off the front row for the first race of the year.  Qualifying would show 6 drivers within 1.8 seconds of the lead.  This set up a fantastic start, with a 6 car breakaway off the start of the race.  Having engine problems, McMurray would be forced to retire early.  At the front of the pack for 4 of the first 5 laps across the line, Bamford would lose it in turn 2, spinning in front of the lead pack, but staying on the track.  Andrew Waring (#24) would be forced off the track because of the spin, pushing him out of the lead group, and into the clutches of the 4 car second pack.  In line for a easy victory with three of the lead pack out of contention, Iamundi would have issues of his own, and was forced to retire with 4 laps to go with engine issues.  That would leave Phil Wang (#73) all by himself, as he would cruise to victory.  In a tight second pack finishing within 2.4 seconds of each other would have Bamford, David Taylor (#5), Andre Bonaldo (#92), Bill Mitchell (#58), and Spencer Todd (#18) from 2nd to 6th.

Race two would be the a three horse race with Bamford fending off Iamundi and McMurray who were coming from the back of the pack.  Wang, starting the race from the front, would fall back to 9th after lap 1, and would not be able to catch the front pack again. A heated battle would finish by seeing a fist pumping Iamundi cross the finish line only 0.5 seconds ahead of McMurray, and Bamford in pursuit not far behind.  Another intense second pack battle had 6 cars within 3 seconds across the finish line, with Wang leading Todd, Bonaldo, Waring, Mitchell, and Taylor.

Set up for a thrilling third race, there would be a quick 6 car breakaway with McMurray, Iamundi, Wang, Bamford, Waring, and Todd.  They would continue as a train running within inches of each other lap after lap, swapping positions every turn.  In a nail biting affair, and some very impressive driving by all, Bamford would end up taking the victory, narrowing out McMurray, Iamundi, Wang, and Waring.  Also in last lap heroics, the veteran Mitchell would get by both Todd and Bonaldo to finish 6th.

Coming out as the top points getter for the weekend, Bamford took over the 2nd points spot, and narrowed the gap to 43 points away from Iamundi, and closely followed by Wang, just 9 points back.  Maintaining the rookie points was Waring, with now just 25 points separating him to Todd and Taylor.  Taking 2nd in all three races for Masters, Kevin Deevey (#25) increases his lead over Frank O’Hanlon (#87) to 125 points.