The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship is celebrating its fifth season of competition in 2014 and it is looking to be one the best seasons to date. The first of four rounds hits the track this weekend at Mosport International Karting and the CKN will be trackside as part of the CKN Summer Tour. The championship class structure remains the same for 2014 with Rotax Grand Finals Invitations up for grabs in Rotax Junior, Senior, DD2 and DD2 Masters once again. For the ever-growing Briggs & Stratton classes, Florida Winter Tour prize packages are available with more prizes to be announced.
ECKC Officials added Tim Hannan over the off-season as the new Series Director as he intends to grow the numbers on track and the presence of the series across North America. With over 150 drivers expected at Mosport, the series is off to a great start and we hope to see the numbers remain throughout all four events in 2014.
As the official media partner for the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, CKN has prepared class by class previews for this weekends event along with the championship perspective. With over 150 participants expected at Mosport this weekend it will surely be an action packed event!
Wednesday will feature previews for: Rotax Senior, Rotax Mini-Max, and Briggs & Stratton Jr.
Thursday will feature previews for: Briggs & Stratton Senior, Rotax Junior and Rotax Micro-Max.
Friday will feature previews for: Rotax DD2, Rotax DD2 Masters and Briggs & Stratton Masters.
For those who cannot attend this weekends event, CKN will be covering the event online via our CKN Live page where viewers can watch live timing, see results, view updates, and ask questions to the CKN panel all weekend long. Daily race reports will also come with photo galleries and video interviews from the event.
Briggs & Stratton Junior
The Briggs & Stratton Junior class continues to grow as there will be many fresh faces in the category who will be eyeing a potential championship in Mont-Tremblant come September.
Returning contenders in the class include championship rivals from last season Braxton Terry and Tyler McCullough, both of whom missed out on the title to Jordan Latimer, who has moved up to stock car racing this year and will not be competing in Mosport. Last year’s part time ECKC racers Roman DeAngelis and Austin Bisschop are favourites for this weekends races, with DeAngelis pulling double duty as he will also compete in Rotax Junior. Another heavy hitter on the entry list is Andre Fiorini, if he can have luck on his side Andre could be a spoiler for both wins and the championship.
Two young four-cycle talents will be making there ECKC debut’s this weekend as Joshua Conquer and Zachary Latimer suit up to start a new chapter in their karting careers. Conquer participated in the opening weekend of the MIKA championship and showed great pace throughout the weekend. Latimer however has had limited running at the beginning of the season but hopefully with a little guidance from the K&K/Venom Racing Solutions crew he will be up at the front.
CKN Championship Contenders:
Braxton Terry: Last year Braxton and his dad were running as privateers in the championship and stood on the podium numerous times throughout the year but never earned a victory. This year however, changes have been made as they joined the VRS/K&K operation headed by the Treadwell family and look to use their expertise and translate that to a championship.
Tyler McCullough: Tyler McCullough had a tough start to the season last year, but turned the heat up in July with a win at Le Monaco round and backed that up with a win at the Nationals in August. This year the pressure is on McCullough if he wants to defend his National title, and there is no better way to do that then by starting the year with a win at the opening rounds of the ECKC Championship.
Austin Bisschop: Austin Bisschop is probably the most consistent junior four-cycle karter in Canada right now. With a limited budget Austin has managed to win club and regional championships whilst leaving his closest competitors in the dust. Last year in his sole ECKC appearance Austin brought home two dominating wins from the Goodwood round. We know Austin can handle pressure well and is a very smart racer making him the true favourite to win the championship.
CKN Dark Horse Selection:
Joshua Conquer: Joshua conquer has a lot of potential being very young and having a father, Dave, who has been in the sport for many years grooming him into a top four cycle karter. If Joshua can focus on improving every time he takes the wheel we don’t see why he can’t make a few podium appearances throughout the summer.
CKN Unofficial Briggs & Stratton Junior Entry-List: