The final round of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hits the track this weekend in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec at the beautiful Jim Russell Karting Circuit. The final major event of the Canadian season see’s the ECKC paired up with Coupe du Quebec, setting up for a major championship weekend.
Following the third round of the series that saw race #5 completed at the popular Le Monaco de Trois-Rivieres, we reflect on the results and set the tone entering the Championship finale in our ECKC Power Rankings. While some drivers have put themselves in great position for their class championships, our rankings may see things a little different in the classes with tight championships, rewarding those who continue to finish races.
The entire top-ten in Rotax Senior shook up after Le Monaco, as the class continues to provide exciting racing and an incredible championship battle.
|1||+3||Olivier Bedard||The current championship point leader enjoyed a great race with Pier-Luc Ouellette in Trois-Rivieres, and came home with the victory, vaulting him to the top of our rankings. Another solid weekend will secure the championship and put Olivier back on Team Canada for the Rotax Grand Finals, this time as a Senior.|
|2||-1||Zachary Claman DeMelo||It was an interesting weekend at Le Monaco for DeMelo, that saw him all over the track and the results. Coming off a victory at the Canadian Championships, DeMelo hopes to take the ECKC championship, but needs another dominating performance to do so.|
|3||-1||Maxime Couturier||Couturier’s consistency almost moved him into the top spot of our rankings. After qualifying second and finishing second the Prefinal at Le Monaco, Couturier could only manage a fifth place in the Final, but is still in the championship hunt this weekend.|
|4||+2||Kevin Monteith||After his disastrous weekend for races 3 and 4, Monteith rebounded with a podium in Trois-Rivieres. The championship is wide open entering this weekend, and Monteith is hoping some luck could earn him the title and a ticket to New Orleans.|
|5||-2||Steven Szigeti||Szigeti had a weekend to forget at Le Monaco and fell two positions because of it. He has always been fast at Mont-Tremblant and that could favour into his chances this weekend as he enters with an outside shot at the championship.|
|6||-1||Johnny Flute||Flute has switched to a Kosmic Kart for the season finale at Mont-Tremblant with his team Mosport International Karting changing from CRG to Kosmic. He will be looking to finish his season strong after a dismal weekend at Le Monaco.|
|7||+1||Tyler Kashak||A fourth place run at Trois-Rivieres moved Kashak up one spot in our rankings. The rookie senior driver has been getting faster all season long, and after his performance at the Nationals, Kashak could just walk away with a victory this weekend in Quebec.|
|8||-1||Zacharie Scalzo||Scalzo is currently riding the most exciting roller-coaster of results this season and Trois-Rivieres was that unexpected drop as he just couldn’t get up to speed with the leaders.|
|9||+1||Michael Kundakcioglu||Moving up one, Michael Kundakcioglu is enjoying the best season of his young career. His work with Trevor Wickens of Maranello North America has helped push him at every race and score solid results every time he hits the track.|
|10||+2||Marc-Andre Levesque||Sneaking into our top-ten, Marc-Andre Levesque moves up two spots and will hope to end his season on a high note at a track that he has been very quick at.|
Drivers to watch:
With the championship battle so close, all eyes will be on the top-five this weekend. With DeMelo already on Team Canada that may relieve a little pressure on him, and that leaves four other drivers to duke it out for the ticket to New Orleans.
**Note: These rankings are the opinions of CanadianKartingNews.com based on the results at 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship races only and do not reflect the actual ECKC championship standings. Enjoy.