With the first race of its 2011 season just over a week away, the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship has finalized its line-up of Race Event Officials. Joining the aforementioned Race Director Bill Oakman and Chief Steward Norman Jennings are Technical Director John Motley and Race Steward Denys Beaudin. Each has gained enormous levels of experience through years of involvement in motorsports, and are sure to aid the ECKC in maintaining the highest levels of professionalism when competition begins next week.
New to the group is John Motley, a veteran of nearly 40 years in karting and an individual that has seen the sport from every possible angle. Born in New York and introduced to karting at Batavia, Motley now calls California home and will travel to the Ontario rounds of the 2011 Championship, a fact that has him very excited about the week ahead.
“The Eastern Canadian Championship is a very well respected and professionally run series that is headed to some great tracks,” Motley said this week. “All the folks that have been there have given it rave reviews, and I’m honoured to be asked to be a part of it.”
Along with being a high-level karting official, Motley has been a kart racer, kart dad, shop owner, club president, and chassis importer. He has been National Technical Director for SKUSA for the past seven years, and has also been Technical Inspector for the Florida Winter Tour, Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, Championship Karting International, Stars of Karting and the International Karting Federation. He is a member of the IKF and WKA Technical Committees, making his levels of Technical Experience and expertise hard to match in North America.
When asked of the keys to being a good Technical Director, Motley quickly expressed views that should make him a perfect fit with the Series: “Impartiality, technical knowledge, common sense and a sense of humour,” he said. Be sure to introduce yourself next week.
Returning for a second ECKC season is Denys Beaudin of Trois-Rivieres, yet another individual that has racing experience others could only hope for. Along with karting roles that will follow, Beaudin has been on the organizing committee with Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres for over 30 years in a number of roles. He helped with Champ Car in Canada for five seasons, overseeing the pit lane and race incidents, and also serves in a similar capacity with the Sports Car Club of America’s World Challenge Series when it comes to Canada.
Beaudin is a Steward, Race Director, Marshal and Race Development Vice-President with FSAQ, a representative of ASN Canada FIA that regulates and sanctions racing competitions in Quebec, and also serves in a number of capacities in karting. Along with being the ECKC Race Steward last season, Beaudin is the Karting Quebec Race Director, and the ASN Canada FIA Grid Marshal. He certainly adds to the powerful line-up of Officials, a group that is perhaps second to none.
As previously released, Bill Oakman is returning as Race Director, and Norman Jennings will govern events as Chief Steward. For those new to Canadian karting, there is no man in the country more familiar with the ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Regulations, as Jennings wrote the book - literally! Recruited in 1997 as the first-ever National Karting Steward after his competition days were done, Jennings was the author and editor of the karting rule book that helped shaped the sport in our country, and has held his National position ever since. He has officiated every Canadian National Karting Championship, and helped guide events with the OKRA, CIK-FIA, and the famed Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. Without a doubt, the 2011 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship is in good hands.
Online Registration continues this week, as drivers continue to take advantage of the $25 savings available and the ability to speed up their race weekend. The 2011 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship alternates between Ontario and Quebec. After beginning at Goodwood Kartways May 7-8 with races one and two, Karting Trois-Rivieres hosts race three on May 29. Races four and five are slated for June 25-26 at Mosport International Karting - a race run in conjunction with the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge - and for the second straight season the finale will offer a preview of the Canadian National Championships as Le Circuit Karting Mont-Tremblant hosts drivers on Sunday, July 17. For more information, please visit eckc.ca