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2016 ASN Open Canadian Karting Championships – Class Preview Part 2

ASN Canadian Karting Championships

2016 ASN Open Canadian Karting Championships – Class Preview Part 2

The final major event of the Canadian season is here and it’s the biggest of them all, the ASN Open Canadian Karting Championships held in the exquisite region of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. The name may have changed a bit but it is still our National Championships and we are beyond excited to be trackside this week at the Jim Russell Karting Academy to bring the readers of the CKN Nation all the action.

So, based on the pre-entry lists we have received, we will break down the list of entries competing this weekend in each category as mention a few of the notables along with it.

Practice for the event kicks off Wednesday and Thursday followed by Qualifying action on Friday. Heat races also begin Friday and roll through Saturday to set the grids for the all-important National Championship Finals on Sunday. At the end of it all, eleven drivers will be crowned champion and etch their name into the Canadian karting history books.

In case you missed part 1, featuring Junior Briggs, Junior Rotax, Masters Briggs and Rotax DD2/DD2 Masters, click here. 

Briggs & Stratton Senior

We are so excited for the Briggs & Stratton Senior racing this week, we don’t even know where to start in our previews. While the numbers are a little smaller than we expected, we’re hoping that will change with some last minute registrations this week. However, all the major players this season are here, we will break it down by chassis and team as we expect most of these drivers to work in tandem with a teammate.

The defending Junior and Senior Briggs Canadian champions are teamed up on Intrepid Karts this weekend as Tyler McCullough and Jonathon Treadwell will be on the hunt for another title.

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Anything and anyone in Briggs Senior is capable of the title this weekend (Photo by: Cody Schindel / CKN)

Pearce Herder has western driver Sam Gerlof as his teammate this weekend on Awesome Karts.

Energy Karts have been fast this year with Marco Signoretti and Alex Da Silva earning big race wins already this year.

There is also the Ricciardo Kart contingent that includes Austin Bisschop, Kyle Edgar and Stephen Oliver. Zach Boam is the lone Maranello this weekend, as is Charlotte Lalonde for Margay Karts and Sebastien Laviolette for CRG.

Logan Cusson and Nathan Gilbert lead the Kosmic brand while the following will try to put BirelART back on top at the Canadian Championship: Gerald Caseley, Alex Murphy, Tom Cadieux and Charles Regimbal.

Two notable absences are Jean-Francois Lafontaine and Jeff Kingsley, who have both decided to focus on one category this weekend, Lafontaine in Shifter and Kingsley in Rotax Senior.

Driver Chassis
Tyler McCullough Intrepid
Alex Murphy BirelART
Sam Gerlof Awesome Kart
Sebastien Laviolette CRG
Pearce Herder Awesome Kart
Gerald Caseley BirelART
Simon Belanger FA Kart
Nathan Gilbert Kosmic
Kyle Edgar Ricciardo Kart
Austin Bisschop Ricciardo Kart
Jonathon Treadwell Intrepid
Charles Regimbal BirelART
Zach Boam Maranello
Simon Jobin
Jamie Hynes Ricciardo Kart
Alex Davidson
Brandon Stephens Ricciardo Kart
Stephen Oliver Ricciardo Kart
Logan Cusson Kosmic
Samuel Lupien
Tom Cadieux BirelART
Charlotte Lalonde Margay Kart
Marco Signoretti Energy Kart
Alex Da Silva Energy Kart

Rotax Senior

It’s another relatively small grid of drivers in Rotax Senior this weekend but that doesn’t reflect the talent level that will be on display. Cedrik Lupien and Gianfranco Mazzaferro will continue their head-to-head battle for the top in the category while Marco Di Leo is hoping to defend the National title he earned a year ago. Coltin McCaughan, Jeff Fulham and Ben Maxfield have arrived from the west to take on the eastern regulars while Justin Ovejero, Taegen Poles, Nicholas Hornbostel and Anthony Tolfa will be in the hunt as well.


Mazzaferro (313) and Lupien (330) are two of the contenders this weekend in Rotax Senior (Photo by: Cody Schindel / CKN)

The big news this week is that Rotax DD2 regular Jeffrey Kingsley has shifter down a gear and will race Rotax Senior this weekend. He ran the class last year at the ECKC finale and faired out well, so he’s another driver capable of taking home the National title.

Hopefully a few more drivers will arrive as last minute additions and the class can exceed 20 drivers this weekend.

Driver Chassis
Taegen Poles Kosmic
Justin Overjero Maranello
Cedrik Lupien FA Kart
Gianfranco Mazzaferro BirelART
Jeffrey Kingsley BirelART
Coltin McCaughan Kosmic
Ben Maxfield TonyKart
Anthony Tolfa TonyKart
Nicholas Hornbostel TonyKart
Jeff Fulham Kosmic
Michael Sputore TonyKart
Jackson Neilands FA Kart
Marco Di Leo Intrepid

Open Shifter

Back for the second year in a row is the Open Shifter category at the Nationals. A new champion will be crowned as Pier-Luc Ouellette is absent this year, opening up the door to someone new.

The GP contingent of Frank Launi, Chad Campbell and Zachary Shearer will be quick, while rookies Joe Soranno and Austin Riley could quietly make their way to the front. Sam Guerin and Dominc Legrand will be quick too, as will JF Lafontaine, who is a last minute addition to the category with Team VSR.

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Standing starts are back at the Nationals courtesy of the Open Shifter category (Photo by: Cody Schindel / CKN)

There are also a few Open Shifter Masters competing amongst the group including Michel Legrand, Dany St-Hilaire and Cameron Nabert.

Driver Chassis
Ryan Monteiro
Joe Soranno Praga
Dany St-Hilaire BirelART
Austin Riley Intrepid
Frank Launi GP Kart
Tony DeMarco TonyKart
Chad Campbell GP Kart
Michel Legrand BirelART
Zachary Shearer GP Kart
Sam Guerin BirelART
Dominic Legrand BirelART
Cameron Nabert Ricciardo Kart
Jean-Francois Lafontaine TonyKart

Rotax Mini-Max/Micro-Max

Micro and Mini-Max have a few extra entries this weekend and these youngsters are all excited the race to become a Canadian National Champion.

In Micro-Max Austin Boyle, Marcello Paniccia and Anthony Sardellitti have been quick this season. Georgie Zouein has arrived from Dubai for another crack at the title in his home country, while Joseph Launi, Silas Gershman and Lorenzo Morsillo are aiming for the podium too!


Can Nepveu be stopped in Mini-Max? (Photo by: Cody Schindel / CKN)

The big question in Mini-Max is if anyone can knock Thomas Nepveu from the top of the podium. A perfect season in ECKC competition earned him the title and the lead candidate to take home the title this weekend. Regulars Dale Curran, Justin Arseneau and Chloe Chambers have been almost as fast at Nepveu this season and will be contenders for sure, with Ryland Duesburry, Adam Moor and Gianluca Savaglio also having the potential to be in the mix.

Jason Leung, a speedy driver from British Columbia, has made the cross-country trip for another Nationals opportunity while American Jak Crawford has joined PSL Karting this weekend with the potential to crash to Canadian party and take the title home to the USA.

Driver Chassis
Silas Gershman
Austin Boyle Intrepid
Marcello Paniccia Maranello
Joseph Launi GP Kart
Lorenzo Morsillo
Georgie Zouein BirelART
Anthony Sardellitti Intrepid
Ryland Duesburry Energy Kart
Adam Moor Maranello
Thomas Nepveu BirelART
Dale Curran TonyKart
Chloe Chambers TonyKart
Justin Arseneau TonyKart
Jak Crawford BirelART
Jason Leung Gillard
Gianluca Savaglio TonyKart

Briggs & Stratton Novice

There is one additional category competing this year at the Canadian Championships as a Briggs & Stratton Novice class is on the schedule. For young drivers just getting started in their career, Novice is a great starting point and it appears the class will crack ten drivers this week.


Alec Drummond is one of nearly a dozen drivers in the new Briggs Novice category (Photo by: Cody Schindel / CKN)

We don’t know a lot about these young guns, however that should change come Sunday. Alec Drummond, an ECKC and CRFKC race winner this year, has stepped down from Junior Lite to Novice to compete. Ayden Ingratta has been quick at the CRFKC races we’ve seen and theres a trio of quick drivers from east who have made the trip, including William Lowther, Callum Baxter and Myah Knickle.

Welcome to the National Briggs & Stratton Novice, we’re happy to see you here!

Driver Chassis
Ayden Ingratta Ricciardo Kart
Jacob Leblanc
Zander Stevens
Alec Drummond Intrepid
William Lowther
Jesse King
Callum Baxter
Nick Gilkes Ricciardo Kart
Myah Knickle

Live timing for the event can be followed on CKN, along with daily reports and photo galleries, starting Friday.

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