The Canadian Open National Championships were held at Jim Russell karting in Mont Tremblant, Quebec last weekend with Ben Cooper Racing drivers in the thick of the action.
Coming into the weekend BCR was undefeated in the last three Micro Max national championships. As BCR’s sole competitor in the category, Georgie Zouein came into the event as the favourite to win the race. From the drop of the green flag Zouein dominated the weekend, setting fastest lap times in both Qualifying and Super Pole, then going on to win all three heats. In Sunday’s final he drove a flawless race, taking the checkered flag and bringing home BCR’s fourth consecutive national championship in the category with I five second win.
In Briggs & Stratton Senior Samuel Lupien dominated his first ever race weekend in the category after being a late entrant for the team. Lupien drove a smart race in Sunday’s final and managed to hold of some of the best four cycle racers in the nation after leading from the drop of the green flag to the checkered. Joining Sam was Simon Belanger, who had showed great speed but due to a first corner accident in the final he was forced out of the race early.
American driver Chloe Chambers put and exclamation point on her season after finishing fifth in Sunday’s final. The young American struggled through out the heats but managed to come out of the weekend with a top five result. Justin Arseneau and Dale Curran were both quick throughout the weekend, however contact at the start of the final took both drivers out of the race.
In Rotax Max Junior, ECKC Champion Ryan MacDermid led BCR’s charge at the front of the field. During the Heats MacDermid had some up and down results which made him start the final from fifth position. The fifteen year old went to third at the start of the final following the leaders into turn one but find a gap to pass the karts infront. Patrick Woods Toth ended his Junior Rookie season with a fifth place finish after winning the last year’s Mini Max National title. Completing the junior line-up for BCR were Emma Delattre and Tommy Simard who finished tenth and eleventh respectively.
In Briggs & Stratton Junior, Xavier Dorsnie came home in eighth after sitting out most of the season due to an injury. Joining Dorsnie was Brandon Itzcovitch who had tough luck through out the heats and unfortunately didn’t make the main.
In Rotax Senior, Cedrik Lupien had a very unlucky weekend, but when the dust settled he came home with a fourth place finish. Rotax DD2 driver, Didier Carre finished fifth in his race while DD2 Masters driver Normand Lord ended his first national race with a sixth place finish.
Ben Cooper, BCR Team Manager:
“All the hard work and effort has paid off after a great weekend at the Canadian Nationals. We came away with 2 National titles with Sam in Briggs and Georgie in Micro which extends our winning streak to 4 years in the Micro class. That’s a huge achievement as it shows that our hard work with the younger drivers is really paying off.”
With the Canadian Season over Ben Cooper Racing will be shifting their focus to the US Open Season finale in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino from November 1st – 4th. BCR still has some BirelART arrive and drive opportunities for all categories available for the event for those interested in competing in one last race this season.
Ben Cooper Racing is a karting team based out of Mont Tremblant and Mirabel Quebec. In 2016 the team will be competing in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Coupe de Montreal, ASN Canadian National Championships and the US Open Championship. For those interested in joining Ben Cooper Racing please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.