Article By: Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada
Photo By: Cody Schindel, Autosports Media Group
The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship travelled to Quebec a week ago to contest the third round of the 2011 Championship and once again Intrepid drivers produced an incredible weekend feat. At the opening round doubleheader, Intrepid drivers produced a podium run in six different classes, and at Karting Trois-Rivieres they did the exact same thing - despite having just one ECKC race day, and nearly hit the podium in all seven classes in action!
“It really is a testament to the full line of Intrepid chassis that we are able to consistently accomplish top results across the full range of Rotax classes,” said Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada Team Manager Marco Di Leo. “Intrepid Canada has worked closely with the Intrepid factory team to help create the ideal 2011 chassis line-up, and even closer with Nigel Horner from HRS Racing Engines. I am confident that we have the fastest Rotax packages on the market, and the results so far certainly speak for themselves.”
Two of seven total podiums came in Masters DD2, where Intrepid Quebec drivers Francis Mondou and Dany St-Hilaire dominated the day. The pair were 1-2 in all three sessions, had fastest lap both times in race action, and left little room for any other competitor as after crossing right together they were over eleven seconds clear of third. The pair have been incredibly strong in Masters DD2 since taking to the track in new Intrepids, and have now scored nine podiums between them in just five race starts. Mondou put the first Intrepid Quebec win on the board in Saturday’s Quebec Championship race, and St-Hilaire put the second on the board with a win on Sunday. To say the least, Mondou is very happy with his new race team, and the Intrepid race packages his drivers have under them.
“It’s been even better than I had hoped for,” he said in summarizing the year-to-date for Intrepid Quebec. “The chassis is easy to adjust and you don’t get penalized if you are on the wrong setup when conditions change. We have been fast in rain, half rain, and in the dry. We were close to winning at Goodwood and ICAR, but we really found our peak on Sunday at Trois-Rivieres. One-Two on the podium, you can’t ask for better!”
Also on the podium in dominating fashion was Rotax Junior driver Jesse Lazare. After comfortably taking pole in a twenty-six-kart field, Lazare was forced to start from the back row owing to the way his radiator was taped up for wet conditions. The move just delayed the inevitable, as the driver long known as a master of wet conditions was back to the front in short order. He sliced his way forward to third in a twelve-lap prefinal - reaching the top ten in just two laps - and after slotting second at the start of the final, waited for his Chapman-tuned Intrepid to come in before taking the lead and running free. He set his best lap on ten, took the lead on eleven, and was a second clear when checkers waived at fourteen. Fellow Junior Artem Korolev was doing much the same, as after breaking a chain before turning a lap in qualifying he, too, was starting at the back. Korolev was the ninth kart across the line in the prefinal, and was fighting for a podium spot when he was forced to retire on lap thirteen.
Other podium runs came from Marco Di Leo, who maintains his Rotax Senior championship lead as he bids for Team Canada 2011, Reid Arnold in DD2, Jacob Ewaniuk in Mirco-Max, and Alexander Mankovski in Rotax Masters. Full team results can be seen below. The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship resumes with races four and five June 25th at Mosport International Karting.
Goodwood Kartways / Intrepid Canada Driver Results
Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Karting Trois-Rivieres
Rotax DD2 Masters
Dany St-Hilaire - 1st * Intrepid Quebec
Francis Mondou - 2nd * Intrepid Quebec
Rotax Max Masters
Alexander Mankovski - 2nd
Reid Arnold - 3rd
Cory Luciano - 5th
Bryson Schutte - 13th
Rotax Max Senior
Marco Di Leo - 2nd
Reid Arnold - 10th
Chris Ernst - 24th * Intrepid Quebec
Rotax Max Junior
Jesse Lazare - 1st
Artem Korolev - 19th
Karter Hickling - 5th
Jacob Ewaniuk - 3rd
Russell Boyle - 5th
*Team Facts: Intrepid Canada is based at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. Home to the Arrive & Drive Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters club program, the Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada race team represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Canadian National Championships.
It has also had drivers contest the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Canada operates in conjunction with Intrepid Kart Technology, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats, VPD, Chapman Racing Services and Intremax.