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2018 VMB Scholarship and WSM Rising Star Award Nominees Announced

Posted on November 30, 2017  Milazzo  Posted in Formula Car ChallengeFormulaSPEEDOpen WheelUncategorizedVMB Driver Development

For over 20 years the World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Award has provided a test to young racers looking to move up the open-wheel racing ladder. Starting in the 2014 season, the Rising Star Award added a new component, a scholarship into a FormulaSPEED provided by VMB Driver Development.

It was announced today that four young racers have been awarded the 2017 World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Award, and one of them will be moving up into the GEN2 FormulaSPEED class of the Formula Car Challenge for 2018.

Introducing this year’s nominees:

Rayce Dykstra – 14 Years Old – Karting / Spec Miata Champion

Bryson Lew – 14 Years Old – Karting Champion

Paul Jourdain – 21 Years Old – Karting /Formula PanAm/ NASCAR Mexico

Jason Pettit – 17 years old – Karting Champion

The Test Day:
Each of the selected drivers will be scored on driving ability, technical feedback, and communication with the WSM/VMB team members. Staff from World Speed Motorsports will discuss the merits of each driver, and provide a complete report on all drivers to VMB Driver Development. VMB will then select the scholarship winner to pilot the VMB Academy FormulaSPEED for the 2018 season. The driver testing will take place at Thunderhill Raceway Park in December. The racers will be tested on the track for their driving skills, and in the garage for their technical understanding of the sport and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.

2017 Champion, Jr. ROK, Sanzaru Games Karting Championships

At the Annual Banquet Sanzaru Games Karting Championship Annual Banquet, Bryson Lew was awarded a first place trophy for the 2017 racing series.  He also won the Rising Star Award. 

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Sanzaru Games Karting Championships, Race #9

November 4-5, 2017

Junior ROK Class

A solid group of drivers made up the field with Bryson Lew, just back from his ROK International Finals appearance, took the pole ahead of Brendan Ruzbarsky 2nd and his best ever qualifyinging effort followed by Brennan Stammer 3rd. In the heat race, Bryson got away in front of the field and started to pull away. Right behind, there was hard dicing between Brendan, Brennan and Bijoy Gard allowing Bryson to open up a 3 second lead at the end of the 10 lap race. Bryson thus took the win, Bijoy worked his way into 2nd, Stammer 3rd and Ruzbarsky 4th. In the 15 lap main, Bryson and Bijoy would battle for the front spot for the entire way with William Ferguson working his way to 3rd late in the race. Bijoy fell back late in the race with Bryson holding the front spot just ahead William. Coming out of the last turn on the white flag lap, William was right on the rear bumper of Bryson and for the third race of the day, William used the draft to sling shot past Bryson at the line to take the win. William takes the win, Bryson 2nd, Stammer 3rd, Ruzbarsky 4th and Christopher Martin 5th. In the class Championship, Bryson Lew takes the class crown with William Ferguson 2nd and Christopher Martin 3rd.