The opening round of the 2014 Coupe du Quebec was on track this past weekend at the SH Karting facility, just east on Montreal. Under beautiful blue skies and near perfect temperatures drivers and those in attendance were rewarded and in turn the action on track was equally exciting.
New for 2014 at the Coupe du Quebec is the reintroduction of the Briggs & Stratton Junior and Masters classes. Previously the drivers raced with the Briggs Seniors, but they have been granted their own race this year and in their debut weekend, both classes did not disappoint.
Briggs & Stratton Junior
Four of the five drivers present this weekend hailed from Eastern Canada as the PSL Moncton team continues to grow their racing program. Winning both the prefinal and Final was Kelsey Hann (PSL Moncton/CRG) as she broke through with a great drive all weekend long. Hann battled with Justin Beers (PSL Moncton/CRG) in both races and was able to break away and score the biggest victory thus far of her young career. Beers and William Gosselin (Zanardi) joined Hann on the podium while Fraser Murray was fourth. Graci Young was a contender for victory this weekend, but was the victim of a lost chain in the final forcing her to the sidelines to put it back one, only to return to the track and set the fastest lap of the race, including the Masters.
Briggs & Stratton Masters
In Briggs Masters it was a excellent battle between Guy Savard (FA Kart), Eric Beltrami (CRG) and Sylvain Coursol (Arrow). The trio enjoyed some very close racing that saw Beltrami top his competitors to take the win ahead of Savard and Coursol while Rob Jefferies (Birel) and Jean Beltrami (CRG) completed the top-five.