Round number one of the 2015 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship is in the books after a superb weekend of racing at Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto, Ontario. Over 170 competitors took the track amongst nice classes, displaying some of the best racing we have ever seen at the ECKC.
With a dozen karts in the class, Rotax DD2 featured many familiar faces of last season, including those up front. Initially mixed up with DD2 Masters, a gap in lap times divided the two back up when it came time to race.
Powering a new PSL Karting BirelART setup, Jeffrey Kingsley wasted no time this weekend showing that he wants to return to Team Canada for the Rotax Grand Finals later this year.
Kingsley was lightning fast when it counted most, dominating in both Finals at Goodwood. On Saturday it took him a few laps to work by teammate Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL Karting/BirelART) and local shoe Tyler Kashak (Goodwood/Intrepid), but once in the lead, he never looked back taking the win over Fred Woodley (Prime/Maranello) and Kashak, with Bizzotto and Max Preston (Goodwood/Intrepid) fourth and fifth.
Sunday featured even more domination by Kingsley as he was the only driver to break the 35-second barrier in qualifying, cruised in the PreFinal and made it look easy in the Final as he rolled past the start/finish line at 110KM/Hr lap after lap until the checkered flag flew.
Enjoying spirited driver and a personal best ECKC finish, Preston came home in second with Woodley third. We expected Woodley to be more of a threat at Goodwood, but his performance was sub-par in comparison to last season. Kashak and Bizzotto completed the top-five, with Didier Carre, Arron Attard, Dante Lerra, Enrico Menotti and Dev Gore finishing out the top-ten.
With ICAR in a couple weeks time, it will be interesting to see if anyone can catch up to Kingsley and make a race out the championship.