The sun continued to shine as the Rotax Senior class hit the track for their official qualifying session at the Jim Russell Karting Academy for the 2012 ASN Canadian Karting Championships.
The TonyKart trio of Steven Szigeti, Jesse Lazare and Marc-Andre Levesque dominated the time sheets through official practice, and come qualifying were once again found up front. With the ever changing track conditions, Jesse Lazare was able to post his fastest lap on his out-lap to score the all important pole-position, while Levesque followed suit in taking second a mere 0.056 seconds behind. Splitting up the TonyKarts, Kieran Oxley (REM/Birel) and Austin Milwain (Energy Kart Canada/Energy Kart) earned the third and fourth position with Szigeti completing the top-five.
In the first heat race, Lazare was able to capitalize from a good start to pull an early lead, with Levesque also breaking away with him. Behind, the pack began to stack up, with Milwain and Luke Chudleigh (Prime/Maranello) coming together in corner 8, ending the race for Chudleigh, and ultimately Milwain as he was removed for cutting the track to resume racing.
Tyler Wheeler was on the move from his eighth place starting spot, moving into third by the halfway point. Battling through the melee, Szigeti was able to climb back to fourth after passing Marco Di Leo (Praga North America/Praga) in the closing laps.
Unfortunately for Levesque, an issue in technical scrutineering following the heat race has removed him from the heat results and force him to start heat two from the rear.