Mother Nature added a twist the final day of competition for the 2014 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Coupe du Quebec. Heavy rain was forecasted for the afternoon but a dry morning had everyone in limbo as to what conditions they would be competing in with ominous clouds hovering all day long at the Jim Russell Karting Circuit in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
Once again Briggs & Stratton Senior topped the number of entries this season, entering 27 drivers for Saturday’s competition, including Rotax Senior National Champion Zachary Claman DeMelo for a one-off appearance.
Both Saturday and Sunday featured wet weather finals as championship rivals Jonathon Treadwell (VRS/K&K Kart) and Michael Glaze (DMR/FA Kart) were set to settle the score.
National Champion Jean-Francois Lafontaine (KMS/Birel) got out to an early jump in the Saturday Final while DeMelo and teammate Marco Di Leo (Goodwood/Intrepid) traded the second position, taking advantage of each other whenever they could. This battle held up the group behind as Lafontaine pulled out to a huge lead and the war for second continued.
Many drivers attempted to overcome both DeMelo and Di Leo but ultimately the two regained to take the final two podium positions with Treadwell edging out Glaze at the finish line for fourth. However officials deemed his block too excessive, giving Glaze the position and closing the championship gap by a small margin.
Sunday saw the arrival of Kevin King (PSL/CRG) to the mix while DeMelo opted to sit out.
An opening lap scrap saw King, Lafontaine and Di Leo exchange the lead while Maxime Couturier (SC Performance/TonyKart) was holding off Kyle Edgar (Birel) and Glaze for fourth.
But once again Lafontaine worked his way out front and was able to create a gap over his competitors. DiLeo and King continued to wage their war right up to the finish line where Di Leo claimed the spot. In the championship chase, Glaze finished fourth and Treadwell eighth, but it was not enough to overtake his rival as Treadwell successfully defended his ECKC title, while Di Leo finished third overall even after missing the first two races.
In the Coupe du Quebec overall championship, Lafontaine added another title to his trophy shelf this season over Tommy Lemaire-Ouellet (PSL/CRG) and Couturier.
Check out a Hyperlapst video below of the Briggs & Stratton class roaring around Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in the rain.