Another impressive season for the long running Karts & Parts race team. Karts & Parts has been in business since 1983 and the 2015 season was like many past years; successful! Our strong line-up of drivers under the team tent this year, coupled with the dynamic performance of the revised 2015 Awesome Kart chassis, proved to be a winning combination this year.
Racing the Karts & Parts-produced Awesome Kart in the stacked LO206 Senior category was the Herder brother duo of Kyle & Pearce Herder, alongside Dylan Brady and American Derek Wang. The LO206 Senior field would prove to be the most competitive category in recent Canadian karting with at total of 61 unique driver entries in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC). With full grids at every race, Kyle would prove the success of the 2015 chassis by winning its very first pre-final, and scoring a podium finish in the day’s final race. This was quite a remarkable feat, given the chassis had only arrive 2 days prior, offering very limited track time in advance of the competition. With such a strong start the ECKC championship, Kyle would definitely be one of the favourites for the remainder of the season. Kyle would go on to four more pre-final wins, as well as 2 final-race 1st place wins throughout the tough season. The championship was nearly Kyle’s, but an unfortunate mechanical issue forced Kyle’s early retirement from the lead position in the championship-deciding final race. Kyle would go on to finish as the ECKC’s runner-up in this incredibly challenging category after a 4 year hiatus from the driver’s seat. Very impressive and still to be recognized as a huge feat.
Pearce Herder was not to be missed in the LO206 Senior category, scoring 2 Pole Positions and emotional race win after recovering from contact which pushed him to mid pack in the opening lap. Always a pleasure to watch Pearce work his magic when the time arises. In the end, Pearce scored several well-earned podium finishes and a ECKC championship 5th place overall.
With 2nd and 5th place finishes in the ECKC championship, the Awesome Kart holds the best overall finishes amongst all the kart brands in the elite LO206 Senior. Not to mention Awesome Kart is the most winning brand in the same category, winning 3 of 8 races in the championship. If that wasn’t enough proof of this Awesome Kart’s capabilities, Kyle also won the Super Pole Qualifying at this years ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships at the amazing new Mosport Kartways facility. Super Pole Qualifying is quite unique in karting as it relies so much on the raw speed of driver and machine in a completely solo run on track. No traffic, no team mates, no drafting. A true test of raw speed.
In Mini Max, stepping up the plate this year was Stefano Lucente, with his break out year! After running with Karts & Parts for the past two years, Stefano would come out of the gate strong in only his third karting season. With the help of his mechanic and coach, Mike Goodyear helped lead Stefano to score many major Mini Max victories, as well as three championships, including much coveted ECKC Mini Max Championship. Stefano’s strong results this year came despite suffering some major set-backs, which makes his victories even more impressive. He was able to come back strong after a mechanical DNF during the first ECKC race, as well as a broken chassis during the final round of the championship. He never gave up, even when the odds were against him, and we applaud his resilience and determination. Stefano would also go on to sweep the TRAK and Champion Ron Fellows Championship, making it a true dream year. Congratulations on your successful season and scoring a perfect Hat-Trick! This is Karts & Parts’ 2nd ECKC Mini Max Championship victory in recent years, and we look forward to many more.
Karts & Parts youngest competitor, Adam Moor, competed in the Micro Max category once again this year. Adam’s highlight was making the cut for Super Pole at the Canadian National Karting Championships, in which he qualified 3rd. Adams race craft has significantly improved throughout the 2015 season, and will continue to make further improvements in the future season.
Once again Karts & Parts shows that our dedicated team with a complete package of Awesome Karts and Awesome Engines can certainly produce results with 11 podiums and 5 pole positions including 1 championship and 1 runner-up in just the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship!
What’s in store for you in 2016? We have already secured great drivers for next year, and we look forward to showing you how we can be your race-winning partners in 2016.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!
2015 Karts & Parts Palmares
Eastern Canadian Karting Championship
3rd Place ECKC R1 Goodwood B&S LO206 SR. K. Herder
1st Place ECKC R2 Goodwood Mini-Max Lucente
3rd Place ECKC R3 ICAR B&S LO206 SR. P. Herder
2nd Place ECKC R3 ICAR Mini-Max Lucente
1st Place ECKC R4 ICAR Mini-Max Lucente
2nd Place ECKC R5 ICAR Mini-Max Lucente
1st Place ECKC R5 Mosport B&S LO206 SR. K. Herder
Pole Position ECKC R5 Mosport B&S LO206 SR. P. Herder
1st Place ECKC R6 Mosport Mini-Max Lucente
1st Place ECKC R6 Mosport B&S LO206 SR. K. Herder
Pole Position ECKC R7 Mont Tremblant B&S LO206 SR. P. Herder
1st Place ECKC R7 Mont Tremblant B&S LO206 SR. P. Herder
3rd Place ECKC R8 Mont Tremblant Mini Max Lucente
4x 1st Place Pre-Final race wins ECKC Championship B&S LO206 SR. K. Herder
2x 1st Place Pre-Final race wins ECKC Championship Mini-Max Lucente
Champion ECKC Mini-Max Lucente
2nd Place – Runner up Champion ECKC B&S LO206 SR. (61 entries in category) K.Herder
5th Place – ECKC B&S LO206 SR. (61 entries in category) P.Herder
ASN Canadian National Karting Championships
2nd Place – Runner up Champion Canadian National Championships Mosport Mini-Max Lucente
1st Place Super Pole Canadian National Championships Mosport B&S LO206 SR. K. Herder
2x 1st Place Heat wins Canadian National Championships Mosport B&S LO206 SR. K. Herder
3rd Place Super Pole Canadian National Championships Mosport Micro-Max Moor
1st Place Champion Ron Fellows Championship Mini-Max Lucente
1st Place TRAK Championship Mini-Max Lucente