This time is finally here, the 2013 ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships are officially under way at Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto. After months of preparation and weeks of practice, Friday represented Canadian Tire SuperPole Qualifying day at the Nationals, where all nine classes hit the track for qualifying and their first of three heat races.
Rotax Micro-Max saw William Chayer (KMS North America/Birel) better his season-long rival Matthew Latifi (Ferrolati Corse/TonyKart) to take the pole-position in Qualifying. Chayer edged his competition by over a tenth of a second with Thomas Nepveu (SH Karting/Zanardi), Matthew Barry (Praga) and Xavier Harris (IPK North America/Praga) completing the top-five.
Lots of action in the first heat race saw drivers bouncing off each other all heat long. Latifi did eventually take the heat win with Barry second. Nepveu moved up to third as Patrick Woods-Toth took fourth and Chayer fifth after a spin with only a couple laps left.
The action resumes tomorrow as the Micros have two more heat races left. With lots of action in heat one, things should get interesting tomorrow as drivers look for as few points as possible before Sunday.