Two drivers broke free from the pack in Briggs & Stratton Junior on the weekend, competing in the second round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship at ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec.
With a good turnout of 15 drivers, the racing was close, especially mid-pack where racers duked it out sometimes three-wide down the straightaways. But out front, two drivers, Mackenzie Clark (Maranello) and Joshua Conquer (TonyKart) maintained control.
Clark blistered off the fastest lap in qualifying and scored the first heat race win. Conquer won heats two and three and therefore earned the pole-position for the Final.
Under wet conditions for the first time of the weekend the group rolled out for Final 1 as the rain really started to fall.
Immediately Conquer and Clark broke free as the group fought hard for third place and allowed the two to create a gap. Knowing any battling could allow the group to close back in, Clark tucked in behind Conquer and pushed the leader until it was go time.
Unfortunately that strategy didn’t quite pan out for Clark as the Conquer made no mistakes in the tricky conditions and at halfway began to pull away, eventually cruising to a three-second victory over Clark, who was still well ahead of the rest.
In the race for third Jordon Prior (Maranell0) and Tyson Wassink (TonyKart) had their own little party until a mistake by Prior ended his chances of a trip to the podium. A spin in the rain sent him well down the order and left Wassink all alone to take the final step of the podium, his first in ECKC competition. Max Wright (TonyKart) and Megan Gilkes (BirelART) completed the top-five.
Unfortunately for the group, they were unable to complete Final 2 as torrential races forced ECKC officials to cancel many of the afternoon Finals.