This years Canadian Karting Championships has featured some of the best Mini-Max racing Canada has ever seen! Fifteen drivers have simply put on a show, as drivers from the front to the rear of the field have all had a shot to run up front.
Sunday’s Championship finale saw Devlin Defrancesco (Defrancesco Racing/CRG) take the lead from the outside front row into turn one, as he squeezed pole-sitter Gianfranco Mazzaferro (Ferrolati Corse/Zanardi). Right away a front group of five was built as JP Hutchinson (TonyKart), Thierry Cote (PSL Karting/CRG) and Natael Cantin (SRA Karting/Birel) joined the front two. Lap after lap, Mazzaferro and Defrancesco traded the top position as Mazzaferro would pass down the long back straight, and Defrancesco would counter in the infield.
Hutchinson held the second position at lap five when he was able to take advantage of Mazzaferro, but it did not last long. By the halfway point, Mazzaferro made his move to the lead once again down the back straight, but this time did not allow Defrancesco to recover in turn one. From there, Mazzaferro posted continuous fast laps to gap away from Defrancesco en route to victory, and his first Canadian National Karting Championship. Defrancesco held on for second, while Hutchinson pulled off track on the final lap with a mechanical failure, allowing Stephan Bachalo to step up the final podium position.