Under dark and gloomy skies in Chilliwack, British Columbia drivers from the Rotax CAN-AM ProKart Challenge invaded the Greg Moore Raceway for the final round of the 2014 championship. With tickets to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals on the line in three classes, there was still plenty to race for entering the weekend in Chilliwack.
Seventeen karts lined up in Rotax Junior with a handful of drivers from last weekends Western Canadian Championship sticking around for the Can-Am.
In qualifying Austin Versteeg (RPG/Kosmic) of Utah and Sting Ray Robb (BBR/Kosmic) of Idaho were well ahead of the competion with Versteeg’s fastest lap over a half-second quicker than drivers from third place back.
The two displayed great pace in the in the races as well as immediately both drivers were able to check out on the competition and settle things on their own.
Robb got the better of Versteeg in the PreFinal, giving him the pole-position for the Final. A spirited battle in that Final saw the two trade the lead often, until the final two laps. With Robb advancing to the lead with two laps to go, Versteeg just couldn’t make a return move as Robb hit all his marks en route to victory. Versteeg settled for second and Kyle Wick (RPG/Kosmic) from Washington earned the third step on the podium, holding off Annie Breidinger (Kosmic) and Jessica Dezall (Dezall Dynasty/Kosmic) in the closing laps.
For Versteeg, he now has the championship in the bag, but with him already having an international ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals, Sunday’s race between Robb and Wick will be what counts for the all the marbles.