It was another beautiful day at Goodwood Kartways as the fourth race of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hit the track. Officially the largest entered event in ECKC history, it is great to see the series continue to grow, especially in the Briggs & Stratton divisions. With a more sunshine blazing down on the track, the action also heated up with many shake ups on the championship standings when all was said and done.
Pier Luc Ouellette (PSL Karting/CRG) took his second Pole-position of the weekend in Sunday’s Rotax DD2 Qualifying session ahead of Brendon Bain (Maranello North America/Maranello), and Ben Cooper (KMS North America/Birel) who was on track for only the last half of the session. Marco Di Leo (IPK North America/Praga) qualifed fourth, after having a tough final on Saturday, just edging out Fred Woodley (Maranello North America/Maranello) who completed the top five.
PLO took the early lead in the DD2 Pre Final ahead of Bain, Cooper, Di Leo and Woodley. In turn nine at the end of the opening lap Cooper and Di Leo both got by Bain for second and third. Next time by Bain and Di Leo would battle for third as Bain would retake the position. The battle wasn’t over yet as a few laps later Di Leo would get past Bain in corner five and started to gap the Maranello driver. Cory Cacciavillani (CF Racing/CRG) inherited the fifth position from Woodley as he would spin out in corner four creating another disappointing Prefinal for the DD2 sophomore. Back at the front of the field Pier-Luc would have a 1.5 second lead over Cooper at the finish with Di Leo and Bain both trailing further behind.
In a very uneventful DD2 Final, PLO took the holeshot into the turn one while Di Leo snuck under Cooper for second. Not wasting any time, Cooper overtook Di Leo in corner nine and did everything he could to track down Ouellette. But the two would match each others lap times, lap after lap with Ouellette taking the victory and returning to the top of the podium. Cooper held on for second while Di Leo this. Maranello teammates Bain and Woodley completed the top-five.
The series now shifts to the province of Quebec for remaining races. Round three will be held in conjunction with the Coupe du Quebec at Le Monaco de Trois Rivieres on August 1-4. This street race is a not miss for everyone.