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CKN ECKC Preview: Rotax Senior

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CKN ECKC Preview: Rotax Senior

The 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hits the track this weekend for the first of four stops in 2013. Entering its fourth year of competition, the ECKC is Canada’s largest racing series and draws drivers from Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Eastern provinces of Canada and a few of our American friends. This year the series will kick off at Mosport Interntional Karting which is part of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the first time as the previous three years have started at Goodwood Kartways. Promising great racing, big grids and plenty of future motorsports talent, the ECKC is the place to be for premier kart racing in Canada.

CKN is if the official media partner of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and has put together it’s official previews to air all this week. Following each event, CKN will have their own version of a Power Rankings for the Rotax Junior, Senior and DD2 classes. Each event, CKN will also select one Junior category and one Senior category driver as their respective ‘CKN ECKC Driver of the Weekend’, earning an article on the website about their weekend.

Next up is the Rotax Senior category, possibly the biggest class of the weekend. Tracking down as many of the entries as possible, CKN presents its preview as well as threats and drivers to watch.

CKN will have a Live Chat operating during the ECKC rounds this weekend at Mosport. Tune in and join the conversation at http://canadiankartingnews.com/live

Rotax Senior

This just in, Marco Di Leo will not win the opening rounds of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship in Rotax Senior for the first time ever! Di Leo was unbeatable in the three previous years, albeit at Goodwood Kartways, but with his switch to Rotax DD2 it opens up the flood gates for the rest of the Rotax Senior drivers.

2011 Canadian Champion Steven Szigeti (SH Karting/Zanardi) is back for another year and he is the perennial favourite to take over the top spot, but it will not be easy. A trio of  IPK North America drivers look to keep IPK on the top of the box as Tyler Kashak (IPK/OK1), Zachary Claman De Melo (IPK/Praga) and Artem Korolev (IPK/Praga) will bring a force, with De Melo making his debut of a Praga chassis. Another driver that is always fast at Mosport, Kevin Monteith (REM/Birel) has a strong supporting cast under his Racing Edge Motorsports banner, while locals Johnny Flute (PSL Ontario/CRG) and Kenneth O’Keefe (PSL Ontario/CRG) will enjoy mixing it up with Canada’s best.

From the Quebec region, Zacharie Scalzo (Summit GP/TonyKart) should be interesting to watch after a strong FWT campaign, while Marc-Andre Levesque joins powerhouse PSL Karting for 2013. Olivier Bedard (KMS/Birel) will also be another driver to keep an eye on as he campaigns his rookie Senior year as will 2012 Canadian Rotax Junior Champion Tommy Lemaire-Ouellet (SH Karting/Zanardi). Andrew Palmer (J3 Competition/Kosmic) flies the American Flag as he comes to Canada for the competition and track time.

All in all, like Rotax Junior, the fences will be full when Rotax Senior hits the track at Mosport and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top!

Drivers to watch:

Steven Szigeti:  After toying around in the four-cycle ranks, Szigeti gets back into his familiar Rotax machine and looks add another Mosport victory to his resume.

Zachary Claman De Melo: A switch that many didn’t see coming, De Melo joined IPK North America after racing the beginning of the season with the CRG Factory in Europe. It will be interesting to see how quick he gets up to speed, but we all know he will be mixing it up at the front.

Kevin Monteith: Pulling double-duty, Monteith has done an incredible job developing his Racing Edge Motorsports team, while still keeping on his toes in a kart. He is always a threat to win and is a Championship favourite.

Bryson Schutte: In another surprise move, Schutte traded in his Intrepid machine that he has valued for many years for a TonyKart. He was quick this past weekend at Mosport, but we will see if he can carry the speed this weekend.

Andrew Palmer: Palmer enjoyed mixing it up last year at ECKC and he’s back for more this year. The talented American is always in a position to win and will throw a curveball into the mix this weekend.

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There was a strong turnout this past weekend at Mosport and it appears 30+ Rotax Seniors should hit the grid for ECKC action.
(Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

CKN Unofficial Rotax Senior Entry List:

Driver Team Chassis
Stefan Semeraro Innsifil Indy GP
Chad Campbell Innsifil Indy GP
Tyler Kashak IPK North America OK1
Max Preston IPK North America OK1
Michael Mungy IPK North America OK1
Zachary Claman De Melo IPK North America Praga
Artem Korolev IPK North America Praga
Aleki Liverant IPK North America Praga
Andrew Palmer J3 Competition Kosmic
Olivier Bedard KMS North America Birel
Daniel Nunes Praga Racing Ontario OK1
Michael Kundakcioglu Prime Powersports Maranello
Bryson Schutte Pserra Racing TonyKart
Juliano Romagnuolo Pserra Racing TonyKart
Marc Andre Levesque PSL Karting CRG
Johnny Flute PSL Ontario CRG
Kenneth O’Keefe PSL Ontario CRG
Kevin Monteith Racing Edge Motorsports Birel
Taylor Gates Racing Edge Motorsports Birel
Braydon Sebarras Racing Edge Motorsports Birel
Kieran Oxley Racing Edge Motorsports Birel
Rui Teixeira Racing Edge Motorsports Birel
Steven Szigeti SH Karting Zanardi
Tommy Lemaire Ouellet SH Karting Zanardi
Maxime Couturier SH Karting Zanardi
Zacharie Scalzo Summit GP TonyKart
Arika White Summit GP TonyKart
Matthew Peralto Summit GP TonyKart

**If you are competing and not on the list, be sure to email info@canadiankartingnews.com to get added.
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CKN Poll:

Who do you think will win the Rotax Senior ECKC Championship?


  • Steven Szigeti (30%, 28 Votes)
  • Zachary Claman De Melo (23%, 21 Votes)
  • Other (23%, 21 Votes)
  • Kevin Monteith (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Tyler Kashak (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Marc Andre Levesque (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tommy Lemaire Ouellet (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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