The winning streak for a Mini-Max racer continued at the second stop of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. Taking on the ICAR circuit in Mirabel, Quebec, Thomas Nepveu remained unbeaten in ECKC competition with a victory on Sunday morning under very tricky weather and track conditions.
Nepveu (PSL/BirelART) had a perfect day on Saturday, qualifying on the pole-position and sweeping the heat races ahead of Ben Cooper Racing teammates Dale Curran Jr. and Justin Arseneau, both who switched to TonyKarts this weekend.
On the grid for Final 1, every driver was on slick tires as a very light drizzle began to fall with the karts rolling onto the track.
There wasn’t enough rain to force any stoppage, thus the race was green flagged. Jumping out to the lead for the first time of the weekend was Curran timing the green flag well and overtaking before getting into turn one.
However his lead only lasted one lap before Nepveu returned to the point.
From there the race turned to the third position as Nepveu pulled away and Curren cruised in second by himself on the very slick track.
Racing for the final podium position was Gianluca Savaglio (Goodwood/Intrepid), Arseneau, Liam Rhodes (BCR/TonyKart), Ryland Duesburry (Energy Corse/Energy Kart) and Chloe Chambers (BCR/TonyKart). Savaglio held the spot through lap one, before Arseneau took his turn. A lap later Rhodes overtook his new teammate for the spot and held it for three laps until Arseneau retook the position.
As the race battling continued, Arseneau was able to break free and confirm his position on the podium behind Nepveu and Curran. Rounding out the top-five at the finish were Rhodes and Duesburry.
After the long weather delay, Mini-Max attempted to run their second Final but very heavy rain fell only a lap into the race, forcing officials to red flag the race and classify it as incomplete.