The cat is out of the bag. Pier-Luc Ouellette is set to defend his Canadian Rotax DD2 title, however it will not be aboard the familiar black and orange PSL/CRG machine that we are used to seeing him race.
Ouellette, a two-time Rotax Grand Finals DD2 Champion, has informed us that he will compete with powerhouse KMS North America aboard a Birel chassis for the Canadian Championships in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
“I am very excited to come back late in the season to have a chance to defend my Rotax DD2 title of last year at the Canadian Nationals,” stated Ouellette when contacted by CKN. “It’s been very busy Winter and Summer and our business is growing fast. We built a brand new building and I’m also building a new home this summer for me and my girlfriend and our baby is suppose to arrive in a few days.”
Once Ouellette decided that he was going to race, he had to decide who he was going to race with. Ultimately choosing KMS, it is a bit of a homecoming as PLO raced with SRA Karting before joining PSL.
“I really missed racing and my focus was not there earlier this year. But it was too hard to resist and I had been thinking about it for a month or two and I was really not sure who I was going to race with. I chose KMS because of a lot of little things and also my new building is next to SRA karting. So to work during the day and do a couple a laps at the end of the day, it was something that I thought also.”
Always up for a challenge, Ouellette is gunning for the win and another trip to the Rotax Grand Finals as part of Team Canada.
“It’s been a great five years of racing with PSL Karting with multiple championships; Florida Winter Tour, Canadian Nationals, Grand Finals, and now I have new challenge with Peter, Ben and KMS. It will not be easy as I’ve been away for nine months from the track but I will try to prepare myself for it and we will try to have spot on the Canadian team for the World Finals.”
The 2014 ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Championships takes place at the Jim Russell Karting Academy in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec on August 20-24.