Round two is upon us as drivers and teams file into Goodwood Kartways for this weekends Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. Round one at Mosport was very successful boasting the largest entry count ever for an ECKC event, but number appears to be broken this weekend as many new faces are expected at Goodwood. Add in the chance to test for the 2013 ASN Canada FIA National Karting Championships that will also be held at Goodwood and it’s going to be a busy weekend.
Breaking down the results from the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship races thus far, CKN has created a power rankings section. Based on results from qualifying all the way to the Final, drivers were ranked on consistency and results to create our power rankings.
Here is CKN’s Power Rankings of Rotax Senior drivers and who to watch this weekend.
|1||Kevin Monteith||–||Monteith had a breakout weekend at Mosport, dominating the competition and winning both Pre Finals and Finals. As the series shifts to Goodwood, his home track, he will once again be a threat with a chance to really break away from the competition in the Championship standings.|
|2||Olivier Bedard||–||Starting off the weekend with the Pole Position, Bedard is enjoying a steady rookie campaign in the Senior category and finished the weekend off with a second-place podium effort. Like Monteith, Bedard was consistent all weekend and stayed within the top-seven in every session. He enjoys the Goodwood track too making him a player this weekend.|
|3||Steven Szigeti||–||Although he may be lacking the qualifying pace, Szigeti steadily improved in every race session throughout the weekend, capping it off with a podium on Sunday at Mosport. He has been runner-up at Goodwood many times in the past and he will be looking to change that this weekend.|
|4||Johnny Flute||–||A great race day on Saturday that saw him duke it out with Monteith for the lead was ruined by a tough day on Sunday. Although he did rebound to finish sixth in the Sunday final, passing 22 karts in the process. It will be interesting to see how Flute can manage the weekend at Goodwood and keep himself in the Championship hunt.|
|5||Tyler Kashak||–||Kashak made the best of the weekend when it counted, it the Finals, scoring two fifth-place finishes at Mosport while managing to stay inside the top-ten all weekend. He has been very quick at Goodwood so far this season and will be one to watch, rain or dry.|
|6||Maxime Couturier||–||Courturier went unnoticed all weekend at Mosport, and snuck into the top-five on Sunday with a fourth place finish. He is another Rookie Senior enjoying a good start to the season.|
|7||Michael Kundakcioglu||–||Surprising many on Sunday, Kundakcioglu raced up front all day and has shown that his pre-season preparation is paying off.|
|8||Andrew Palmer||–||The only American driver in the class was very quick on Saturday at Mosport, but struggled on Sunday in the wet conditions. He’s back for Goodwood and will be mixing it up at front.|
|9||Zachary Claman Demelo||–||A less than stellar weekend by De Melo saw him stand on the podium on Saturday, but a DNF on Sunday really hurt his score. After getting accustomed to his new team and chassis, he should be quick this weekend.|
|10||Artem Korolev||–||Back on Canadian soil, Korolev didn’t take long to get back into the thick of things as the Russian driver enjoyed two top-ten finishes.|
Drivers to watch at Goodwood:
Pier-Luc Ouellette rejoins PSL Karting for the competition this weekend and adds to the depth of the class. Also joining the action is BC’s Bryce Choquer as he lines up with KMS North America. After showing pace but recording dismal finishes at Mosport, drivers Zachary Scalzo, Taylor Gates and Marc-Andre Levesque will all be looking to rebound at Goodwood.
**Note: These rankings are the opinions of CanadianKartingNews.com based on the results at 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship races and do not reflect the actual ECKC championship standings. Enjoy.