Eastern Canadian Karting Series will be an Official Rotax Max Challenge qualifying series
Just as karting re-enters the National consciousness and quests for Rotax Team Canada begin in earnest, four Canadian karting entities have united to create what may just prove to be the most exciting news coming from the sport this decade - formation of an Eastern Canadian Rotax Max Challenge.
Born of a partnership between SRA Karting International, Goodwood Kartways, PSL Karting and Mosport International Karting, the Eastern Canadian Karting Series will be an Official Rotax Max Challenge qualifying series contested over six races at four famed Canadian racing venues. The series will debut at Goodwood Kartways, home of the 2009 ASN National Karting Championships, and proceed to Mosport International Karting, the Legendary Home of Canadian Motorsports; SRA Karting International, host of the 2010 ASN National Karting Championships; and conclude at the Monaco de Trois-Rivières, an event that has undoubtedly established itself as the crown jewel of Canadian karting. The two Ontario events will provide double race days while rounds in Quebec will spread a single event over a pair of days. All four events will be completed prior to the National Championships in August, and those involved are rightfully excited and proud to have the news released to the karting public.
“I am ecstatic to be a part of this program, working alongside the other parties involved,” said Daniel Di Leo, president of Goodwood Kartways. “Looking at the group of people already behind it, this program gets me very excited about the long-term direction in which it is headed. Each of the parties involved carry with them a remarkable reputation within the sport and are looked upon as industry leaders. United we can offer a level of karting in Canada previously unseen. For years we have seen great drivers develop their skills in their respective provinces. By creating an inter-provincial championship, the competition will be fierce and will ultimately lead to drivers reaching a new level of skill. Looking at the venues, and with a schedule maximizing track time, I believe we have something that the participants are really going to enjoy. ”
Patrick Moreau, Canada’s National Manager of the Rotax Max Challenge Program, is equally optimistic, both for what the championship will offer Rotax competitors in Eastern Canada and those looking to prepare for Nationals in August. “One of the major positive elements of the Rotax Max Challenge is that you can go anywhere to race and the rules are basically the same,” he said Monday. “This helps competitors when they travel to compete in major events, and it also helps organizers like those in the Eastern Canadian Rotax Max Challenge. This series is not in competition with any other RMC and just gives another opportunity for Rotax racers, making the RMC even more complete as a racing program. Additionally, SRA will use the same layout at its Eastern Canadian round as it will at the 2010 ASN National Championships. This will give competitors the opportunity to learn the track and test in race conditions!”
Mosport International Karting has been a blossoming venue with Ken Flute at the helm, and being a part of the new championship is something that will allow him to showcase a brilliant facility as a new era begins in Canadian karting. “When you truly believe a decision is best for the sport and for the business that you are in, even tough decisions feel right,” he said over the weekend. “I had the opportunity to have Mosport become an integral part of developing and building a series for the elite driver, as well as having the opportunity to work with those in the upper echelon of karting, and I took it. In my opinion, the format and venues involved are the best of the best, and I relish the opportunity to work with and learn from those within this group. As it grows, this series will bring exposure to the Academy track and the entire Mosport facility, and on behalf of all those who race and put time and effort into Mosport International Karting, I couldn’t be more proud. We can now take a karter from their first arrive-and-drive race right to Team Canada, and even send them to road course or oval racing right on the property. It’s simply a great time for Mosport, and we can’t begin soon enough!”
Last summer saw the Monaco de Trois-Rivières take a major step with an extended layout through the streets of the Quebec city, and its inclusion as the finale in the inaugural schedule promises to elevate the event once again. “Last year we definitely stepped up the Monaco, big time,” said PSL’s Dominic Labrecque. “We almost doubled the size of the track with all-new pavement and we will keep improving it for this coming year. Last year we had around twenty drivers from the United States and some from other countries as well. Already for this year we know more American drivers are planning to attend, and stars like Gary Carlton and Fritz Leesmann have already confirmed their entries. Being a part of the Eastern Canadian Karting Series schedule will bring many more drivers from Ontario as well, and if the weather cooperates, I can tell you that when teams and drivers arrive in July, 25 000 spectators will be waiting!”
The Eastern Canadian Karting Series will have consistency in the form of travelling officials. The championship will contest five Rotax Max Challenge classes: DD2, Senior, Junior, Mini and Micro-Max, plus three support classes specific to each event, selected to suit the region by the host venue. Prefinal and Final races will be scored for points, with competitors dropping one Main event total.
With event one less than four months away, planning is well underway. “At Goodwood Kartways we continue to strive to raise the bar in hosting events and it will be with great pleasure we welcome the first round of the championship,” Di Leo concluded. “Setting the standard for the series is an honour we do not take lightly. We learned a tremendous amount about hosting major events with the National Championship last season, and participants can rest assured that the same level of commitment is being put into the Eastern Canadian Karting Series. Come May, Goodwood will be dressed to impress!”
2010 Eastern Canadian Karting Series
May 7 - 9, Goodwood Kartways www.goodwoodkartways.com
May 28 - 30, Mosport International Karting www.mosportinternationalkarting.com
June 18 - 19, SRA Karting International www.srakarting.com
July 24 - 25, Le Monaco de Trois-Rivières www.monacokarting.ca