With the convenience of two major events being held on back-to-back weekends, we are back in beautiful Chilliwack, British Columbia again this weekend, this time to support the Rotax CAN-AM ProKart Challenge. With a couple days off in-between events for us here at CKN to check out the countryside in BC, we return to the track on Thursday to take in our inaugural Rotax CAN-AM event and continue the CKN Summer Tour.
As a four-race series in the Pacific North West, the CAN-AM caters to a unique crowd of talented karters. While most of the competition comes from the USA, Canadian drivers have made an impression this season through the likes of Bryce Choquer, Ryan Dezall, Marco Kacic, Kellen Ritter, John Buzza and Jessica Dezall.
The series will wrap up season two this weekend in Chilliwack where the class champions in Rotax Junior, Senior, DD2 and DD2 Masters will earn tickets to the Rotax Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain.
Although he is in a position to potentially take the championship, BC’s Bryce Choquer has informed us that he will sit out this weekends event and give up his current second position in the Rotax Senior championship to help his ribs heal before next weekends Canadian Championships. With Choquer securing his ticket last weekend at the WCC, we don’t blame him for this. This leaves California’s Jake Craig and Oregon’s Luke Selliken to duke it out for the title. Selliken scored a pair of WCC wins last weekend, giving him a jump start on Craig, but Craig holds the championship lead heading into Chilliwack.
There is also a three-way battle in Rotax Junior for the title, with Utah’s Austin Versteeg leading Washington’s Kyle Wick and Idaho’s Sting Ray Robb, who races out of the Canadian BBR Karting outfit. Robb holds the wildcard with small drop in comparison to his competitors, and with Versteeg already qualified for the Grand Finals, this will come down to Wick and Robb on Sunday afternoon.
Also on track this weekend will be Micro and Mini-Max, Rotax DD2 and DD2 Masters, along with an array of SKUSA Shifter classes and a pair of Briggs LO206 classes.
Practice runs Thursday and Friday to prepare drivers for two complete race days, one on Saturday and one on Sunday to wrap up the championship and announce the class champions.
CKN will be trackside all weekend, providing coverage, reports and photo galleries. Tune in!