CKN ECKC Preview: Rotax Mini-Max
The 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hits the track this weekend for the first of four stops in 2013. Entering it’s fourth year of competition, the ECKC is Canada’s largest racing series and draws drivers from Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Eastern provinces of Canada and a few of our American friends. This year the series will kick off at Mosport Interntional Karting which is part of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the first time as the previous three years have started at Goodwood Kartways. Promising great racing, big grids and plenty of future motorsports talent, the ECKC is the place to be for premier kart racing in Canada.
CKN is if the official media partner of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and has put together it’s official previews to air all this week. Following each event, CKN will have their own version of a Power Rankings for the Rotax Junior, Senior and DD2 classes. Each event, CKN will also select one Junior category and one Senior category driver as their respective ‘CKN ECKC Driver of the Weekend’, earning an article on the website about their weekend.
Continuing the list is the Rotax Mini-Max category. Tracking down as many of the entries as possible, CKN presents it’s preview as well as threats and drivers to watch.
CKN will have a Live Chat operating during the ECKC rounds this weekend at Mosport. Tune in and join the conversation at https://www.canadiankartingnews.com/live
Hoping there are more drivers show up on the race weekend, CKN could only confirm seven drivers in the Rotax Mini-Max class. Struggling to find entries not only in Canada but around North America, it appears many drivers are making the leap to Rotax Junior as quickly as they can.
Nonetheless, the seven drivers are all top-notch and will surely put on a show at Mosport. Antonio Serravalle (Pserra Racing/TonyKart) competed in the Florida Winter Tour as well as an Italian Championship race thus far in 2013, while Joe Soranno (Karts & Parts/LH Kart) also took in three rounds in Florida over the winter. The two bring the most experience into the category and should find themselves up front. Soranno scored a victory at Mosport in last seasons ECKC race and will hope to add another this weekend.
Drivers to watch:
Thierry Cote: Cote was very quick in the opening Coupe du Quebec round at SH Karting and with the support from PSL Karting he could easily snag a win or two this weekend.
JP Hutchinson: After a short season in 2012, Hutchinson has confirmed all four ECKC events on his schedule for 2013 and should bring some fire power as he competes in his final year of Mini-Max.
Samuel Lupien: Lupien snuck onto the podium at SH Karting two weeks ago and will be looking for more when he hits the track this weekend. Also, competing in the Florida Winter Tour gave him some off-season practice and he is ready for ECKC.
CKN Unofficial Mini-Max Entry List:
|Joe Soranno||Karts & Parts||LH Kart|
|Stefano Lucente||Karts & Parts||LH Kart|
|Antonio Serravalle||Pserra Racing||TonyKart|
|JP Hutchinson||Pserra Racing||TonyKart|
|Thierry Cote||PSL Karting||CRG|
|Jeremy Neilands||PSL Ontario||CRG|
**If you are competing and not on the list, be sure to email email@example.com to get added.
Who do you think will win the 2013 ECKC Rotax Mini-Max Championship?
- JP Hutchinson (39%, 39 Votes)
- Joe Soranno (38%, 38 Votes)
- Antonio Serravalle (17%, 17 Votes)
- Thierry Cote (3%, 3 Votes)
- Samuel Lupien (3%, 3 Votes)
- Other (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 101