For the second year in a row we present the CKN Year in Review Awards. We here at Canadian Karting News decided to create our own set of awards, all pertaining to categories we feel worthy and throughout the final weeks of 2014, we will highlight an award for categories such as Junior and Senior driver’s of the year in both the Rotax Max and Briggs & Stratton divisions, helmet design of the year, Canadian event of the year among many others.
While these are all the opinion of CKN, you can let us know who you think deserved each award. Using the comments below each article, let us know who you feel was worthy of the award and a short blurb why you believe so.
**2014 Briggs & Stratton Junior Driver of the Year**
2013 Winner: New for 2014
– Austin Bisschop
– Joshua Conquer
– Roman DeAngelis
– Xavier Dorsnie
– Andre Fiorini
– William Gosselin
Winner: Roman DeAngelis
With the growth of the Briggs & Stratton Junior category exploding in 2014 it was time for us to add the category to our CKN Year in Review awards. While we hope to see the Briggs program expand to include a common Novice program developed in 2015 to give us more drivers to choose from this inaugural year the award is focused around the Junior Briggs class the was focused mainly in Eastern Canada.
This years winner was none other than Windsor, Ontario’s Roman DeAngelis. The youngster has been competing in the division for a couple years now and that experience helped him claim not only the National title in Mont-Tremblant, but also victories and the title in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.
Although younger than some of his competitors, DeAngelis utilized his Rotax experience to gain as much track time as possible each race weekend and it came to his advantage when it came to race time. DeAngelis scored victories at each ECKC round en route to the title while his performance at the National Championships was legendary, never losing control and making the right moves at the right times as if it was an orchestrated game of chess.
At this point we hope to see DeAngelis back in Briggs & Stratton action in 2015 but it appears his focus will shift to his Rotax Max program where he has his eyes set on competing at the Rotax Grand Finals as a member of Team Canada.
To all the Briggs & Stratton Junior drivers across the country, we can’t wait to see you rumbling around the track in 2015!