In a continuing effort to promote four-stroke racing and develop its three Briggs & Stratton classes, the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship is excited to announce further support and additional changes today with the opening event now on the horizon. Racers will now find it less expensive to get on the grid, and the Master class can even do it packing a few more pounds!
A combined sponsorship package from C2 Kart Supply and Briggs & Stratton has been directly transferred to racers and allowed for a registration reduction in all Briggs & Stratton classes. Karters can now enter ECKC competition for just $75 per event, the same rate many pay when racing in their local club championships. An additional change has also been announced for Masters, where the required minimum weight has been increased to 375 pounds.
“The goal here is to raise the awareness of the Briggs LO206 program and show people that karting is both competitive and affordable at this level, and that Briggs has developed a product that can be club raced one weekend and the same engine can be competitive the next weekend at the regional level,” said Gord Costello, a partner in C2 Kart Supply with Rick Clark. “We’re hoping with the changes and additional support, the ECKC will become more attractive to the average karter to participate in. I think they are great events for a racer to experience, both to see how larger National events are run and to experience the different tracks all at the cost of an average club race.”
C2 Kart Supply has been a supporter of the Briggs & Stratton LO206 since its inception, and by taking the step to support it at the regional level, Costello believes the program will take the next step in its development.
“We have worked very hard over the years to develop the Briggs program locally at Lombardy Karting and have had great success with it,” Costello continued. “So last year when it became part of the ECKC, we were very disappointed at the low turn out at some events. We knew at the time there wasn’t enough Briggs racers to take the jump to a regional series, and the situation wasn’t aided by its class structure or cost. We’re hoping now that by supporting the series and creating reduced entry fees, more drivers will be enticed to compete and the program will continue to grow.”
The 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship opener at Mosport International Karting hits the track at the end of May. For all the latest news and information, please visit www.eckc.ca regularly.
2013 EASTERN CANADIAN KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 1 – Mosport International Karting, Bowmanville, Ontario
Friday, May 31, Practice
Saturday, June 1, Race One
Sunday, June 2, Race Two
Round 2 – Goodwood Kartways, Stouffville, Ontario
Friday, June 28, Practice
Saturday, June 29, Race Three
Sunday, June 30, Race Four
Round 3 – Le Monaco de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Friday, August 2, Practice
Saturday, August 3, Coupe du Quebec*
Sunday, August 4, Race Five
Round 4 – Jim Russell Academie de Karting, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Friday, September 13, Practice
Saturday, September 14, Coupe du Quebec*
Sunday, September 15, Race Six