FANTASTIC RACING! Montreal, August 14, 2005 -- The Canadian Karting Championships Presented by Encan Direct H. Gregoire were held today on SRA Karting International's track in St-Roch de l'Achigan, Quebec. The six finals were staged on dry...
Montreal, August 14, 2005 -- The Canadian Karting Championships Presented by Encan Direct H. Gregoire were held today on SRA Karting International's track in St-Roch de l'Achigan, Quebec. The six finals were staged on dry pavement despite some dark clouds. More than 200 drivers and 1500 spectators enjoyed the thrilling show.
NOTE: The results stated below were still provisional as several penalties were given throughout the day. Officials results will be available later.
ROTAX MAX JUNIOR CATEGORY (Rotax Max FR125 engine, 12 to 16 years old)
Christophe Boisclair scored a well-deserved victory on his home track. After a short but intense battle with Jean-Francois Lafontaine, Boisclair powered into first place and pulled away from the rest of the field. Lafontaine fought hard to remain in second place but slipped down the field with just five laps to go. Boisclair crossed the line in first place followed by Maxime Pelletier, Samuel Charland and Olivier Sirois. "We experienced a few problems during the qualifying heats yesterday but we never surrendered," said Boisclair. "This is my home track and I knew I was able to win. Once I was in first place I pushed a little harder to pull away from my pursuers. I am extremely happy to represent Canada to the Rotax World Finals in Malaysia."
ROTAX MAX SENIOR CATEGORY (Rotax Max FR125 engine, 15 years old and above)
The two race favourites, Hugo Ouellette and his older brother Pier-Luc collided with Scott Campbell early in the race and all three drivers were forced to retire. Eric Gerrits, who started the final from pole position, slipped into the lead. At the mid-race point, Gerrits enjoyed a four-second lead over the rest of the field. He crossed the line in first place ahead of Marco DiLeo, Kyle Herder, Devin Cunningham and Jean-Francois Valour. "This is just fantastic!" said Gerrits. "It was a perfect race for me. Since I started racing karts my objective has been to become a Canadian Champion. I am extremely proud to represent Canada at the next Rotax World Finals."
FORMULA SENIOR CATEGORY (125cc shifter, 15 years old and above)
Philippe Gelinas sliced through the field during the early moments of the final but collided with race leader Daniel Morad on the penultimate lap. Morad, Gelinas and Jan Velez Walter fought hard out in front all race long until Gelinas' passing manoeuvre failed. Morad finished in first place ahead of Jeffrey Petriello, Velez Walter and Jonathan St-Laurent. "Philippe Gelinas was extremely fast today. Luckily, I managed to stay ahead," said Morad. "For me, this is a sweet revenge over last year's Canadian Championships when I was forced to retire on the last lap of the race."
FORMULA CANADA JUNIOR CATEGORY (HondaGX-160 engine, 11 to 15 years old)
Justin Holtom took the start of the final in 16th place and sliced through the field to take a stunning victory. Alex Labbe finished second ahead of a Nicholas Campbell and Greg Rempel.
FORMULA CANADA SENIOR CATEGORY (HondaGX-200 engine, 15 years old and above)
Marc Stehle drove a stunning race to cross the line in first place. Berhind him, action raged all race long with several passing moves. Dale Bonnam arrived home in second place followed by Dave Patrick and Pearce Herder.
INVITATION: CADET CATEGORY (WTP engine, 8 to 11 years old)
Alexandre Fortin and Tommy K. Beshro fought fiercely until Beshro spun when he collided with Fortin. Fortin continued unchallenged to win the race. Beshro recovered quickly and crossed the line in second place ahead of Reggie Bois.