It was almost deja vu in Rotax Senior at Goodwood Kartways as this weekends Eastern Canadian Karting Championship race looked very similar to the excitement we were delivered a year ago in the same event. While a couple of the names had changed, the main three were still the same as Marco Di Leo, Gianfranco Mazzaferro and Cedrik Lupien battled hard for victory all weekend long.
Di Leo (Goodwood/Intrepid) topped the times in Qualifying but Mazzaferro (PSL Karting/BirelART) gained control in the PreFinal.
Cedrik Lupien (Ben Cooper Racing/FA Kart) got the jump when the green flag waved to lead the way early on with Mazzaferro and Di Leo hot on his heels. Anthony Tolfa (BN Racing/TonyKart) and Samuel Lupien (Ben Cooper Racing/FA Kart) were also in the mix at the start.
Tolfa also took advantage of Di Leo for third and a few laps later Mazzaferro gained the lead, even pulling a few lengths on Lupien as the race cruised on. The race for third continued with Di Leo regaining the spot and Samuel Lupien also taking advantage of Tolfa in the first half of the Final.
Out front, Cedrik Lupien was able to close the gap and made his move for the lead with four laps to go, disposing Mazzaferro in corner five and never looking back from there, earning his first victory of the season. Di Leo took third ahead of Samuel Lupien with Tolfa hanging on to fifth.
Sunday was Cedrik’s day again but this time he was just in a zone of his own. Qualifying on the pole-position, with his brother alongside, he also cruised in the PreFinal.
Under attack early in the Final, Cedrik first had his hands full of Di Leo then Mazzaferro with the ladder taking the lead on lap two. But Cedrik regained the lead on lap four, courtesy of a nice move in corner nine, and thanks to some battling behind him he was able to break free.
Full Results from the weekend
Tolfa hounded Mazzaferro throughout the first half of 18-lap Final until Samuel slid into third and took his turn at Mazzaferro. A tight move into corner six allowed Samuel to sneak by Mazzaferro with Di Leo also sneaking through as they navigated the tight turn seven, relegating Mazzaferro off the podium with only a few corners left.
As the checkered flag flew, it was a Lupien 1-2 with Di Leo completing the podium. Mazzaferro and Tolfa completed the top-five.