The 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hits the track this weekend for the first of four stops in 2013. Entering it’s fourth year of competition, the ECKC is Canada’s largest racing series and draws drivers from Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Eastern provinces of Canada and a few of our American friends. This year the series will kick off at Mosport Interntional Karting which is part of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the first time as the previous three years have started at Goodwood Kartways. Promising great racing, big grids and plenty of future motorsports talent, the ECKC is the place to be for premier kart racing in Canada.
CKN is if the official media partner of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and has put together it’s official previews to air all this week. Following each event, CKN will have their own version of a Power Rankings for the Rotax Junior, Senior and DD2 classes. Each event, CKN will also select one Junior category and one Senior category driver as their respective ‘CKN ECKC Driver of the Weekend’, earning an article on the website about their weekend.
Kicking off the list is the Rotax Micro-Max category. Tracking down as many of the entries as possible, CKN presents it’s preview as well as threats and drivers to watch.
CKN will have a Live Chat operating during the ECKC rounds this weekend at Mosport. Tune in and join the conversation at http://canadiankartingnews.com/live
Twelve drivers have been confirmed to compete in the youngest category available at the ECKC. Growing from 2012, it is great to see new faces and youngsters in the sport and the series. After strong winter campaigns in Florida, Matthew Latifi (Ferrolati Corse/TonyKart) and Xavier Harris (IPK North America/Praga) should pace the field to the green flag at Mosport. The two drivers are entering their second year in Micro-Max, with Latifi the defending class champion, while Harris earned a very impressive pole-position at the Florida Winter Tour in the category. The two also were the class of the field at this past weekends MIKA vs TRAK combined club race at Mosport.
A strong start at the Coupe du Quebec puts Thomas Nepveu (SH Karting/Zanardi) as another threat in the category. The youngter is also in his second year of Micro-Max competition and should bring a great pace to race up front at the ECKC all season long.
Drivers to watch:
Jeremy Tallon: Tallon also raced at the Florida Winter Tour and has been running under the radar thus far this year. A breakout at the opening rounds of the ECKC could set him up for an excellent year.
William Chayer: Switching to a CRG kart for 2013, Chayer enters the year with alot of unknowns. But after getting a couple races under his belt, it wont be long before he is up front and racing for victories.
Alex Lagare: Giving his teammate a run for his money in the Coupe du Quebec, Lagare is another driver running under the radar.
CKN Unofficial Micro-Max Entry List:
|Matthew Latifi||Ferrolati Corse||TonyKart|
|Matthew Barry||IPK North America||OK1|
|Joshua Cunha||IPK North America||OK1|
|Xavier Harris||IPK North America||Praga|
|Jeremy Tallon||Praga Racing Ontario||OK1|
|Christopher Chanko||Praga Racing Ontario||OK1|
|William Chayer||PSL Karting||CRG|
|William Michaud||PSL Montreal||CRG|
|Patrick Woods Toth||PSL Montreal||CRG|
|Alexandre Lagare||SH Karting||Zanardi|
|Thomas Nepveu||SH Karting||Zanardi|
|Maximilian Horbik||Summit GP||TonyKart|
**If you are competing and not on the list, be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get added.
Who do you think will win the ECKC Micro-Max Championship?
- William Chayer (55%, 47 Votes)
- Matthew Latifi (26%, 22 Votes)
- Xavier Harris (14%, 12 Votes)
- Other (4%, 3 Votes)
- Alex Lagare (1%, 1 Votes)
- Thomas Nepveu (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jeremy Tallon (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 85