The 2013 ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships presented by Canadian Tire hit the track for Championship Sunday at Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto, Ontario. The final day of competition meant nine new Canadian Champions would be crowned in their respective classes, while 10 drivers would join Team Canada for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, held this year in New Orleans, USA. It was a beautiful day at Goodwood, aside from a brief rain shower during podium presentations. The action on track was tense, exciting and everything it was expected to be as Canada’s best battled for National supremacy.
The Rotax DD2 class was dominated this week by Pier-Luc Ouellette (PSL Karting/CRG). The driver from the province of Quebec was undefeated entering Sunday’s final events and the two-time Rotax Grand Finals World Champion displayed why he deserved to have another shot at another title by simply dominating the Championship Final. After getting away early, PLO simply drove away from his competition, en route to an impressive 8.4 second victory.
Behind him, a great battle between Marco Di Leo (IPK/Praga) and Brendon Bain (Maranello NA/Maranello) ensued in the opening laps. However contact between the two exiting corner one ended Bains chances at a podium as he went off spinning in the grass. This moved Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL Karting/CRG) up into the final podium position, but a late race charge by Fred Woodley (Maranello NA/Maranello) would move him onto the Championship podium, bittersweet after a very challenging weekend for Woodley. Bizzotto would cross the finish line in fourth, his best drive of the year, while Pearce Herder (Karts & Parts/LH Kart) claimed the fifth position in his first race of the season since the Florida Winter Tour.
The win earns Ouellette a position on Team Canada for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, joining Ben Cooper and Di Leo. One final DD2 driver is guaranteed to join the Team Canada via the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, which concludes in three weeks in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
Following his victory, CKN sat down with Pier-Luc and will have the video interview as well as race highlights on the site this week. You won’t want to miss it.