ECKC Heads to Season Four Finale
The Canadian National karting calendar reaches its conclusion this week as the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship contests its season finale in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Teams and drivers are headed to the picturesque Jim Russell Karting Academy alongside famed Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the fourth and final round and class championships are on the line, along with trips to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals as members of Team Canada. Official action gets underway Friday, with the final flag falling on Sunday, September 15th.
While sporting regulations regarding race drops and total points prevent any title from officially being claimed prior to the finale, three drivers have things very much in hand with one race to run. In DD2 Masters, Stuart Clark (Maranello) has had a perfect run through the Finals to date going five-for-five through Mosport, Goodwood and Le Monaco, and piled up 1235 points. The newly minted Canadian Champion is on the cusp of his third ECKC title as well, and has already been confirmed as a member of Team Canada. This means the DD2 Masters ticket will fall to second in the standings, a spot currently held by Francis Mondou (OK1). The IPK Quebec driver has a 70 point cushion over Martin Verville (Haase) with a drop applied, and is on the cusp of qualifying for the Grand Finals for the first time.
It is a similar situation in DD2, where Ben Cooper (Birel) has won four of five and compiled 1225 points in the process. The KMS North America Team Manager has all but secured his second consecutive DD2 title, and has also already qualified for the Grand Finals through the season opening Florida Winter Tour. The same is true of second-in-points Marco Di Leo (Praga), as the IPK North America Team Manager has 1022 points and previously qualified for Grand Finals through the FWT as well. That brings the battle for a Grand Finals ticket to third, one that has been hotly contested between Maranello North America teammates Brendon Bain and Fred Woodley all season long. While Woodley was second in the season-opening run at Mosport, Bain was second in his latest start at Le Monaco and currently holds the spot by 85 points over his teammate. The finale on Sunday will determine who joins Cooper and Di Leo in DD2 at New Orleans.
15th Sept 2013