With a strong winter season complete Maranello North America is back on home soil and ready to battle for some of Canada’s most prestigious trophies. Kicking off a very busy summer season, the team has twelve drivers lined up to contend in this weekends Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event at Goodwood Kartways. The largest contingent of Maranello drivers ever competing at an ECKC event, the brand will be represented across six of the nine official classes and has their eyes on the top step of the podium.
Powered by Prime Racing Engines, Maranello has been one of the strongest in recent years in the Rotax DD2 categories and four drivers will contend two-speed categories. Fred Woodley and Ethan Simioni will lead the charge in Rotax DD2 while Stuart Clark is seeking a return to the top of the Rotax DD2 Masters championship podium alongside Elvis Stojko. All four of whom competed in Florida this past winter and are itching to get on track following a very positive pre-season test for the team.
Justin Luik, Jason Shewchuk and Nico Siebert will power Maranello Karts in the hotly contested Rotax Junior category. All three got their feet wet with ECKC competition last season and will utilize those experiences at Goodwood.
A pair of Liam’s will take on the Mini-Max category with Liam Rhodes joining Team Maranello after a successful year in Micro-Max in 2014 and Liam Ortlieb continuing his progression up the Rotax latter.
In addition to the Rotax Max drivers, three Maranello North America team members will contend in the very popular Briggs & Stratton LO206 classes. Hunter Gibson and Ryan Kimber will bring their club racing experience from Hamilton to Goodwood and take on the Senior division while Raul Mercier will compete with the Masters.
Throughout the month of May Maranello North America has been busy with pre-season testing at Goodwood Kartways and Mosport Kartways and team manager Trevor Wickens feels very confident for the opening round of the ECKC. DTM driver Robert Wickens joined the squad for testing, providing advice to the younger drivers while helping test the new Rotax EVO upgrade kits.
Trevor Wickens, Maranello North America Team Manager:
“Maranello North America has been working hard during the FWT and ECKC gap. The team has been spending copious amounts of time preparing new materials and prepping, testing and dynoing the new EVO kits. In conjunction with the technical side of the sport we have also been working hard at continuing to strengthen the foundation of the company with constant upgrades and additions to the team. This year we will focus on championships with our veteran drivers but equally as important will be continuing to develop the talents of the younger and inexperienced drivers who will one day take their positions at the top of the podium for Maranello.”
Interested in joining Maranello North America? Arrive and Drive opportunities and Prime Power Racing Engines are available. Contact Trevor Wickens by email today, firstname.lastname@example.org.