The Western Canadian Championship returned to Warburg Kart Track for the final day of competition. SuperSunday lined up every class for their championship final to crown this years Western Canadian Champions as well as award eight tickets to join Team Canada for the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, held later this year in New Orleans, USA.
The 1.2km track southwest of Edmonton has hosted some great racing this weekend and Sunday was no different. With sunny skies welcoming everyone to the track on Sunday morning, clouds did roll in during the lunch break, but the wet weather held off allowing everyone to stress just a little less when deciding on a setup.
This weekend, Jeffrey Kingsley (TonyKart) has been the class of the field in the dry conditions. The Ontario driver topped every dry session, while finishing third in the lone wet heat race on Saturday. On Sunday, the prefinal was much of the same, with Kingsley cruising to the finish to earn the pole-position for the Final. Keeping in touch with Kingsley was Coltin McCaughan (Apollo/TonyKart) as he managed his distance to the leader while staying away from the rest of the competition in the prefinal.
The Championship Final hit the track with everyone anticipating an exciting race. The grandstands were full and those in attendance were ready for the action. The green flag waved to start the Final with McCaughan getting the jump, a healthy jump, entering turn one. Kingsley would fall to third as Nolan Vogel (TonyKart) moved by the pole sitter. But it didn’t take Kingsley to move back into second on lap two, but at the same time McCaughan has built an early lead.
However, Kingsley’s impressive pace that he had displayed all weekend was suddenly equaled and even outpaced by McCaughan. Behind the front two, Vogel was doing the best he could to hold the third position, but contact with Jeff Fulham (Kevin Glover Karting/LH Kart) allowed both Jordan Redlin (FA Kart) and Gianfranco Mazzaferro (TonyKart) by.
Up front, it was all McCaughan to the finish posting multiple fast laps and pulling away from the field. Kingsley would cross in second while Redlin completed the podium. Vogel rebounded to finish fourth while Mazzaferro capped the top five.
With the victory, McCaughan is the first Rotax Junior driver named to Team Canada for this years Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in New Orleans, USA.