2013 CKN Year in Review Awards: Race Team of the Year
Looking back at the successful year that 2013 was, we here at Canadian Karting News decided to create our own set of awards, all pertaining to categories we feel worthy. Throughout the final weeks of 2013, we will highlight an award for categories such as Junior and Senior driver’s of the year, helmet design of the year, Canadian event of the year, best appearing kart among many others.
While these are all the opinion of CKN, you can let us know who you think deserved each award. Using the comments below each article, let us know who you feel was worthy of the award and a short blurb why you believe so.
*Race Team of the Year*
Winner: PSL Karting
– IPK North America/Goodwood Kartways
– Italian Motors
– KMS North America
– Maranello North America
– PSL Karting
Canada continues to develop some of North America’s most powerful karting teams and 2013 was no different. Canadian race teams claimed victories and titles outside the country at major events such as the Florida Winter Tour, SKUSA Pro Tour, including SuperNationals 17, Rotax Pan American Challenge
and Rotax Can-American Challenge, all while maintaining focus back home at the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Western Canadian Championship, Coupe du Quebec and ASN Canadian National Karting Championship.
Setting themselves apart this year was PSL Karting of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The CRG factory supported team displays a trackside image that is currently unmatchable in the industry, all while attracting international drivers and supporting Canadian talent at events North America wide. It was a rare sight to see less than 20 karts under their massive PSL tent at any given event, always covering every category offered at each event. At the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in New Orleans, USA, PSL Karting was trusted to support the CRG brand, the official chassis for the Rotax DD2 class and looks destined to be another CRG #1 distributor award winner.
In 2013 PSL Karting claimed the Canadian title in Rotax DD2, Rotax Junior title at the SKUSA SuperNationals and the Rotax DD2 Masters Championship at the Florida Winter Tour. They even had a strong support in the Briggs & Stratton four-cycle program, with a Canadian Vice-Championship and an ECKC Vice-Championship in Briggs & Stratton Senior. The team also claimed three titles in the Coupe du Quebec, as well as the Western Canadian Mini-Max Championship.
No matter the event or category, PSL Karting showed their support for it in 2013 and had success doing it, and that makes them our 2013 Race Team of the Year.
While the silly season looks to be complete and our view of what Canadian teams will be on what chassis in 2014, it appears to be another manufacturer shootout in Canada with solid support for the Birel, CRG, Energy Kart, FA Kart, Kosmic Kart, K&K Kart, OK1, Praga and TonyKart brands in both the two-cycle and four-cycle divisions.