While it wasn’t officially secured entering the weekend, Jeffrey Kingsley was well in control of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship Rotax DD2 Championship entering the final round at Mosport Kartways on the weekend. But that didn’t stop him from continuing his reign on the category that he has dominated for the past two seasons, although it wasn’t that easy at the track he calls home. With Kingsley already qualified to represent Canada at the Rotax Grand Finals this year, all eyes were on the race for the runner-up position between Tyler Kashak and Alessandro Bizzotto.
On Saturday Kingsley had his hands full with PSL Karting teammate Bizzotto. Pressuring early in the Final, Bizzotto took the lead on lap three in the turn five hairpin, simply out-braking Kingsley. Kingsley trailed for the majority of the race that followed, keeping Bizzotto honest until a small hiccup allowed Kingsley to slide on by with three laps left.
Regaining his momentum, Bizzotto came back and on the final lap he made a very late braking move going up the hill into corner six that he came so close to pulling off. But Kingsley prevailed through the final corners and scored the victory, padding his championship lead while Bizzotto closed in on Kashak, who finished eighth, for the vice-championship race for the ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals.
Kashak put his game face on and delivered the pole-position lap in Qualifying and he backed it up with a dominating run in the PreFinal.
With changing conditions and rain lingering in the distance the Final rolled off and Kashak was out front early with Kingsley and Bizzotto in tow. The three broke free as karts slowly began to fade behind them.
Leading all the way to two laps to go, Kashak was in control, but Kingsley made a nice move on him in corner five and Bizzotto got a run on the exit and drag-raced Kashak up the hill to six where Kashak ran out of room and had to lift.
That was all Kingsley needed to score another win while Bizzotto held off Kashak on the final tour to finish second. However it wasn’t enough of a gap in the points for Bizzotto to overtake Kashak in the championship meaning Kashak will join Kingsley and Marco Signoretti on Team Canada at the Rotax Grand Finals.
It was a relatively easy weekend for Paul Carvalho in the Rotax DD2 Masters race as he scored both race wins at Mosport and successfully defended the ECKC title. He too will join Team Canada for the Rotax Grand Finals in Italy.