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Sullivan seizes Inaugural Grand Prix victory

Zach Sullivan’s name will go into the Canadian eMotorsports Network history books.

Sullivan ran his number 65 North Border Racing Ferrari toward the front of the pack the entire way, finding an extra bit of speed late to win the Inaugural Grand Prix of the Formula 1 Series at the virtual Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

The victory was part of a banner night for the American as he picked up a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:26.772, then shared the podium with his North Border teammate, Don Kasza, who put his number 22 car in third, an impressive achievement after qualifying in 12th.

Darcy Ford split the North Border cars with a second-place finish in his number 64 Ares Racing Ferrari.

Three Rivers Racing scored a double points performance with Jayson Maluchnik (car number 21) finishing fourth and Lee Campbell (car number 42) coming home in ninth.

519 E-Racing also had both cars finish in the points as the Rampage Coffee Co.-sponsored Bugattis of Jason MacQuarrie (car number 66, seventh) and Jason Butler (car number 28, eighth) turned in solid performances, while Michael Dimitroff made it a double points night for Alpha Flow Honda sponsored by Centennial Auto Sport & Tire, grabbing 10th place from the number 75 Silver Hornet Mercedes of Darcy Cudmore in the final corners to complement Daniel Cudmore’s (car number 2) sixth-place finish.

Mike Marini rounded out the points-paying positions, finishing fifth in his number 42 True North Racin’ Renault.

Cody Cudmore swiped pole position from Sullivan in his number 15 Silver Hornet Mercedes after the qualifying timer expired, and he had a good run going until a spin on Lap 23 ended his night.

Sullivan grabbed the lead from Cody Cudmore in the opening few corners, though Cudmore would regain the lead after an early spin from Sullivan.

Strategies changed after Mark Cox crashed his MCRaceLab Honda to trigger a safety car on Lap 5. Sullivan made his lone pit stop of the evening under the safety car, opting to put on medium tyres while making adjustments to ensure he could make them last through the end of the race.

Two more safety cars slowed the middle third of the race considerably, but on Lap 15, Kasza, who was running soft tyres, jumped four cars running hard tyres off a restart to go from sixth to creating a North Border 1-2, which held until Lap 22, when Ford got by Kasza on the Walker Straight into Turn 1.

Lap 22 would prove to be Ford’s fastest lap, as he was within a tenth of a second of catching Sullivan. However, Sullivan would immediately respond with his fastest lap of the race, and he wouldn’t look back from there.

Next up, the series will head to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Centennial Auto Sport & Tire Spanish Grand Prix, which will go next Thursday beginning with the pre-race show at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Network, please visit hollandcollege.com/esports.

Here are the official results from the Inaugural Grand Prix in Australia on September 3. 

Position

Number

Name

Team

Qual.

Points

1

65

Zach Sullivan

North Border Racing

2

26

2

64

Darcy Ford

Ares Racing

6

18

3

22

Don Kasza

North Border Racing

12

15

4

21

Jayson Maluchnik

Three Rivers Racing

7

12

5

42

Mike Marini

True North Racin’

8

10

6

2

Daniel Cudmore

Alpha Flow Racing

5

8

7

66

Jason MacQuarrie

519 E-Racing

14

6

8

28

Jason Butler

519 E-Racing

9

4

9

60

Lee Campbell

Three Rivers Racing

13

2

10

19

Michael Dimitroff

Alpha Flow Racing

11

1

11

75

Darcy Cudmore

Silver Hornet Racing

15

0

12

67

Ivan Reynolds

Ares Racing

17

0

DNF

15

Cody Cudmore

Silver Hornet Racing

1

0

DNF

71

Colin Doran

Hurricanes eMotorsports

18

0

DNF

80

Corbin MacAulay

Hurricanes eMotorsports

3

0

DNF

98

Mark Cox

MCRaceLab

4

0

DNF

83

Ryan Gibson

I-B-PRO-FUN Motorsport

19

0

DNF

25

Seth McLuckie

True North Racin’

10

0

DNF

81

Alan Doucette

MCRaceLab

16

0

DNS

88

Blake Bernard

I-B-PRO-FUN eMotorsport

DNS

0

 


For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Friday, September 04, 2020