The final races of the Canadian Tire Eastern Ontario Go-Karting Championships ran at the Lombardy Karting Association track outside of Smith Falls, Ontario on Sunday, September 17. Two separate sets of races were crammed into a full day of competition to make up for a weather canceled event earlier in the season. Three classes of drivers battled through a total of 18 races; two heats and a feature for each event.
The first class to run was Novice, ages 7-11, with Linkin Stevens of Perth, Ontario holding off Jake McNeely from Kinburn, Ontario to win the first feature race of the day. Wyatt McNeely came third. In the afternoon feature, Jake McNeely drove to a convincing win over Stevens even though Stevens posted the fastest lap of 39.7 seconds on the 850-metre-long track. Wyatt, the younger McNeely came third again.
In the Senior Spec Class, Todd Ceasar from Perth, Ontario was the man to beat all morning, winning both heat races. In the 18-lap feature, Ceasar spun early but recovered and hauled in the field for the win. James Smith, also from Perth, was second. Trevor Ceasar of Perth came third. During the afternoon feature, Todd Ceasar spun again and had to retire the kart. James Smith won followed by Trevor Ceasar.
A full field of ten racers provided exciting action in the Junior Class, ages 11-15. The front-runners were dominated by Zander Stevens of Perth, Ontario. Denver Craig from Carp, Ontario and Alex Gutkneckt of Greely, Ontario. The three finished the first feature in that order. Craig set the fastest lap of the day for his class at 37.8 seconds but was unable to compete in the afternoon feature due to another commitment. Gutkneckt won that race ahead of Stevens. Harry Kirton from St. Lazare, Quebec placed third.
Thank you to series sponsor Canadian Tire for the trophies and prizes for these races and to everyone who came out to race or cheer on the drivers.
The Canadian Tire Eastern Ontario Go-Karting Championship Season Winners will be crowned at the Lombardy Karting Association Banquet on October 14, 2017.
For more information about the exciting sport of competitive go-karting, check out: www.lombardykarting.com.