The most anticipated Canadian karting event of the year has finally arrived. This week the 2013 ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships hit the track for the 15th version of the race, for five days of intense action, all to determine our nine 2013 Canadian Champions. Seeking the glory of a National title, the countries best kart racers have their way to Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto, with Rotax drivers also seeking invitations to join Team Canada at this years Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, while the Briggs & Stratton drivers have a full array of prizes on the table. A large amount of pre-entries predicts a very successful event as the Nationals returns to Ontario after three years in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
CKN will be trackside for the entire event, with our usual Live Blog for those at home, as well as results as they happen on social media and posted to our competitions page when available. Video interviews will also be on tap as we highlight each days successors. Be sure to check out https://www.canadiankartingnews.com/live to follow the action beginning with Canadian Tire SuperPole Friday.
With views on predicting who should fare well in working toward those goals, Canadian Karting News has prepared unique class previews for this year’s National Championships, with staffers Cody Schindel, Neelan Nadesan, Parker Thompson and Jason Holland submitting predictions for each class. Taking into account results from this year in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Western Canadian Championship and Coupe du Quebec; last year’s performances in Tremblant, and their general track record, drivers were ranked by the CKN panel. Then, taking the average of the four ballots, an unofficial class ranking was created. Drivers that were not listed on all four ballots were issued a score of 6.
Rotax DD2 Masters
The Rotax DD2 Masters class has quickly become the Stuart Clark show in 2013, and it shows on our predictions. All four CKN panelists picked “Stumacher” to top the blocks. Currently he is undefeated in ECKC action this year, and even tried his hands racing with the big boys in Rotax DD2 at Le Monaco. Looking to secure another trip to the Rotax Grand Finals, Clark will be closely monitored throughout the week as the rest of the class looks to gain every inch they can.
A tie for second sees Luc Sauriol and Francis Mondou the closest rivals to Clark for this years National title. Sauriol is a past Rotax Grand Finals champion and can never be left out, while Mondou has been the closest driver to Clark all season. Mondou also holds the second spot in the ECKC Championship entering the final round in a few weeks time in Mont-Tremblant.
In his first season in Rotax DD2, Elvis Stojko is impressing many and even one of us from CKN thinks he will stand on the podium this week. Stojko did top top the blocks last week at the TRAK club race at Goodwood, utilizing the extra time to prepare for this weeks Nationals. He was also very quick at the ECKC round at Goodwood, so could this be Stojko’s breakout weekend?
Capping the top-five in our predictions in Martin Verville. He too was very quick at the ECKC rounds at Goodwood, even leading a couple laps ahead of Clark in the Sunday Final. Putting all his pieces together could result in a great battle up front and even a podium appearance.
We are hoping to see more than a dozen DD2 Masters at Goodwood as new faces Dean Cotton and Keith Miller join the class, and hopefully a few others come out of the woodwork for the special event.
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– These are strictly predictions offered up for CKN readers, and not any type of formal ranking.
– With no official pre-entry list, predictions were based strictly on those who are qualified through the ECKC, WCC and Quebec Cup.
– These are just for fun, read and enjoy!
Who do you think will win the 2013 ASN Canadian National Karting Championship DD2 Masters Title?
- Stuart Clark (45%, 62 Votes)
- Elvis Stojko (25%, 34 Votes)
- Luc Sauriol (12%, 17 Votes)
- Francis Mondou (11%, 15 Votes)
- Martin Verville (6%, 8 Votes)
- Other (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 137