For Canadian kart racers there is no bigger week on the schedule than the ASN Canadian National Karting Championships and that week is finally here! Racers from across Canada are making their way to Mosport Kartways near Bowmanville, Ontario to compete for Canada’s ultimate title and the glory of being a National Champion. The week long event on the tricky 1.2KM track will be a true test in all categories where high speeds, deep braking zones and plenty of passing will keep drivers on their toes.
The event officially kicks off on Friday with Pfaff SuperPole Qualifying. From there drivers will race in two heat races and a PreFinal before returning on Sunday to compete in the Canadian Championship Finals. It’s going to be an exciting week and for those who cannot attend, stay tuned to CKN all week long for full event coverage!
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To kickoff our coverage of Canada’s premier event, we will break down all ten classes competing this weekend, noting some of the favourites, dark horses and special appearances.
Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior (Sponsored by: Le Circuit Quyon)
Defending Canadian Champion: Jean-Francois Lafontaine (Competing)
Over the past four years the Briggs & Stratton Senior category has both shocked and impressed us with massive grids, incredible talent and unpredictable results. Drivers from all racing disciplines have entered their names into the ring with intentions to become Canadian Champion in Canada’s current most popular category, but for the past two years no driver has been able to replace Jean-Francois Lafontaine from the top of the podium.
With an already impressive Pre-Entry list of drivers to choose from we really don’t know where to start with so many drivers showing the ability to race up front and chase the podium throughout the year so far. The likes of Kyle Herder, Jon Treadwell and Kyle Edgar along with Lafontaine all have big wins this season already in ECKC competition while Alex Murphy, Simon Belanger, Charlotte Lalonde, Pearce Herder, Zach Boam, Michael de la Plante, Michael Glaze, and Kevin King has all been in contention. Gerald Caseley has arrived from the east coast to throw his name in the hat as well and Darryl Timmers is back hoping to stand on the National podium again in another one-off appearance.
There is so much potential already entered in the category that we have acquired the predictions of six CKN panelists to give our best averages for a selection of drivers. Having some fun, here is how the predictions ranked. Reminder, these are just for fun, however you may submit your top-10 using the comments below.
|Driver||Pick 1||Pick 2||Pick 3||Pick 4||Pick 5||Pick 6||Average|
|Michael de la Plante||11||11||10||10||11||11||12.8|
**Drivers not selected in a panelists top-10 received a point score of 11.
It is very interesting to see that our panelists have all selected Kyle Herder to do well this week with him narrowly edging out Lafontaine for the lowest average. Kyle Edgar has proven he can run with the leaders with all but one selecting him finish fourth, while Jon Treadwell received one nod to win and in the final driver to receive a pick by all six panelists, a feat only reserved for the top-four.
Behind, Simon Belanger, Darryl Timmers, Pearce Herder, and Gerald Caseley managed averages below 10.
Unofficial Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Entry List:
|701||Jean Francois Lafontaine||QC||BirelART|
|703||Dylan Brady||ON||Awesome Kart|
|724||David Miller||ON||FA Kart|
|725||Michael Yanko||ON||FA Kart|
|731||Pearce Herder||ON||Awesome Kart|
|733||Kyle Herder||ON||Awesome Kart|
|740||Michael De La Plante||ON||Ricciardo Kart|
|766||Jonathon Treadwell||ON||K&K Kart|
|773||Zach Boam||ON||GP Kart|
|774||Chad Campbell||ON||GP Kart|
|790||Jordan Latimer||ON||K&K Kart|
|799||Simon Belanger||QC||FA Kart|
Stay tuned to CanadianKartingNews.com all week for full coverage of the 2015 ASN Canadian National Karting Championships.