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Canadian Karting Championships: Ben Cooper Erupts with victory in Rotax DD2!

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Canadian Karting Championships: Ben Cooper Erupts with victory in Rotax DD2!

Sunday’s final day of competition kicked off with a bang as the Rotax DD2 class lined up on the front straightaway for the opening ceremonies.

Leading the way into turn one was pole-sitter Zacharie Richard-Robichon (SRA Karting/Birel), with Pearce Herder (Karts and Parts/LH Kart) slotting into P2. Excitement erupted on lap two when Nicholas Latifi (Ferrolati Corse/CRG) was nudged into a spin in corner 15, sitting idle in the middle of the track until Fred Woodley (Prime/Maranello) made heavy contact, ending both of their finals.

Up front, Herder took advantage of Robichon to take the lead on lap three, as a 3-kart race began up front. As the three diced for position, Ben Cooper (SRA Karting/Birel) was on the move and by lap eight was passed Daniel Morad (Prime/Maranello) and into third. Dismissing Robichon on the following lap, Cooper set his eyes on the leader of Herder.

To the inside of corner 14, Cooper made his move and gained the leader with Herder in hot pursuit, and Robichon, Morad, and Brendon Bain (Prime/Maranello) in tow. However Herder would fall five places only three corners later when he was passed by Robichon in corner one and went wide.

All this action up front was just what Pier-Luc Ouellette (PSL Karting/CRG) wanted to see as he was charging from his 25th place starting spot, as he was up to seventh and was posting many fast laps in the process. Also coming through the field was Darren White (SH Ontario/TonyKart) as he broke into the top-ten by lap fourteen.

On lap fifteen, Bain made his move into third, as he brought PLO with him, with Morad eventually falling to ninth.

Herder’s day came to a crashing end when contact in corner fourteen ended his race in lap seventeen, but up front it was all Cooper and Robichon. Cooper took the checkers, his first Canadian Karting Championship, with Robichon crossed second making it an SRA Karting 1-2, and was enough to earn his first ticket to the Grand Finals, as Cooper has already qualified. Bain would complete the podium, with Ouellette and Daniel Burkett (GBR Karting/LH Kart) rounding out the top five.

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