Round three of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hits the track this weekend at the popular Le Monaco de Trois Rivieres in Quebec. The street race is held on the grounds of the GP3R street circuit that one week after kart racers invade the area, will host a car race with the likes of Nascar Canada, F1600, Canadian Touring Car and more. The Coupe du Quebec will run the show on Saturday this weekend with ECKC taking over for Sunday’s event making it only one points scoring race for ECKC competitors.
CKN has racked up the results after round two at Goodwood Kartways and have prepared our second edition of our 2013 ECKC Power Rankings. In some classes there is a major shakeup, while in others things have stayed pretty much the same. Nonetheless, drivers are still rewarded for consistency throughout every race and qualifying session and finishing every race could make or break their ranking.
Here is CKN’s Power Rankings of Rotax Junior drivers and who to watch this weekend.
|1||+4||Nicolas Dore||Building off his victory in the first round at Mosport, Nicholas Dore did very well at Goodwood to stay inside the top-5 all weekend, with the exception of Sundays prefinal where he finished sixth. Dore is showing that consistency is how you win an ECKC championship and will be a threat this weekend at Le Monaco.|
|2||+6||Gianfranco Mazzaferro||The biggest mover on the charts, Mazzaferro was also very consistent and he too was in the top-five all weekend at Goodwood with the exception on Sundays prefinal. He has been gaining experience all over the world this year and it is showing in his ECKC results. A good weekend at Monaco should give him a good shot at the championship.|
|3||+6||Natael Cantin||Cantin’s weekend at Goodwood got off to a rocky start, but he battled back on Sunday and just missed the podium. The rookie Junior is having a great year and will be seeking another solid result this weekend back in his home province.|
|4||-3||Anthony Tolfa||Our ranking leader had a less than stellar weekend at Goodwood. His home event looked very promising entering the weekend, but Tolfa only managed one session inside the top-10 all weekend and will be looking to rebound this weekend in 3R.|
|5||-1||Jeffrey Kingsley||Kingsley falls one in our rankings after what could have been an incredible points haul, but an accident in Sundays final put him 26th in the results. After finishing second last weekend at the Western Canadian Championships in Alberta, he will be hungry for a victory at Le Monaco.|
|6||+1||Tyler Ripani||Ripani’s weekend at Goodwood got off to a good start as he just missed Saturday’s podium. Sunday was a little less memorable for Ripani but two solid events still has him inside our top-six.|
|7||-1||Gavin Reichelt||Our American friend will be absent this weekend as he competes in the US Rotax Grand Nationals, but Gavin Reichelt struggled to really get up to pace at Goodwood. He should be back for the ECKC season finale at Mont-Tremblant.|
|8||+3||Taegan Poles||Taegan Poles is putting together the results when she needs to and that is in the Finals. Two sixth-place results at Goodwood shows she isn’t giving up even if her weekend gets off to a rocky start.|
|9||+6||Alexandre Lacroix||A dominating day on Sunday helped move Alexandre Lacroix into our top-ten. He was flawless on Sunday even after a mediocre Saturday performance. He will be looking to carry his Sunday victory at Le Monaco.|
|10||-8||Christophe Paquet||Two disappointing finishes at Goodwood pushed Paquet down our rankings after a good weekend at Mosport to start the season.|
Drivers to Watch:
This weekends event at Le Monaco will be an interesting one with a mixture of weather expected. With no International drivers expected it will be an all-Canadian weekend and drivers such as David Greco, Tyler Rushton and Adam Martin will be looking at rebounding after Goodwood. On the flip side, Alexandre Couturier and Cedrik Lupien will be looking to build off their good runs at Goodwood. But all we know is it’s anybodies race on the streets.
**Note: These rankings are the opinions of CanadianKartingNews.com based on the results at 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship races and do not reflect the actual ECKC championship standings. Enjoy.