Round two is upon us as drivers and teams file into Goodwood Kartways for this weekends Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. Round one at Mosport was very successful boasting the largest entry count ever for an ECKC event, but number appears to be broken this weekend as many new faces are expected at Goodwood. Add in the chance to test for the 2013 ASN Canada FIA National Karting Championships that will also be held at Goodwood and it’s going to be a busy weekend.
Breaking down the results from the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship races thus far, CKN has created a power rankings section. Based on results from qualifying all the way to the Final, drivers were ranked on consistency and results to create our power rankings.
Here is CKN’s Power Rankings of Rotax Junior drivers and who to watch this weekend.
|1||–||Anthony Tolfa||Tolfa couldn’t be happier that Goodwood is here as he is seeking redemption after losing a race he had in the bag. The rookie mistake may haunt him, but two second place finishes did leave him with the points lead exiting Mosport. Still searching for that first win, he will be fighting hard for it at Goodwood.|
|2||–||Christophe Paquet||Standing on the podium on Saturday, Paquet continues to do his business and score quality results. Bringing momentum from a Quebec Cup victory two weeks ago, look for Paquet up front at Goodwood.|
|3||–||David Greco||Possibly the biggest surprise of the Rotax Junior class at Mosport was David Greco. Bursting onto the scene, he finished fourth on Saturday and then one better on Sunday to get on the podium. He will need to improve his qualifying pace if he wants to win though.|
|4||–||Jeffrey Kingsley||Already acknowledging that he cannot make any more errors if he is going to have a shot at the Championship, Kingsley set Saturday’s finish behind and swept the day on Sunday in convincing fashion.|
|5||–||Nicolas Dore||The surprise Saturday winner made two brilliant moves in the final five corners to score the victory. But on Sunday he struggled in the rain. Utilizing last weekends TRAK race as a test Dore is ready for Goodwood.|
|6||–||Gavin Reichelt||Reichelt flew under the radar at Mosport. With so much talent in the field many forgot about the American and he left with two top-five finishes in his pocket. Reichelt was on the podium last year at Goodwood, so he knows what he has to do this weekend.|
|7||–||Tyler Ripani||Ripani kicked off the weekend with an impressive pole-position, but he just wasn’t able to hold onto it in the races. He will need to step up this weekend.|
|8||–||Gianfranco Mazzaferro||The rookie Junior had the pace at Mosport, just not the luck. But after testing last weekend at Goodwood, Mazzaferro feels ready to challenge for the lead again.|
|9||–||Natael Cantin||Another rookie driver showing great pace, Cantin continues to improve as he challenges the tough Junior class. Having the support of a teammate this weekend could help vault him into the top-five.|
|10||–||Tyler Rushton||Rushton finds himself right in the thick of things in Rotax Junior and on the cusp of being a consistent top-ten driver. If he can to avoid trouble, the results will continue.|
Drivers to Watch:
There are a couple new faces in Rotax Junior this weekend, making it potentially the class with the most depth. Antoni Ptak (Poland) and Devlin Defrancesco (Canada/USA) bring plenty of International competition to the class, while there could be a couple Goodwood local drivers mixing it up at the front. It is tough to predict this one, so we will just have to wait and find out this weekend.
**Note: These rankings are the opinions of CanadianKartingNews.com based on the results at 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship races and do not reflect the actual ECKC championship standings. Enjoy.