The 2013 Monaco de Trois-Rivieres, a very popular race in the city northeast of Montreal finally displayed some racing on Saturday for the fans on hand. Utilizing a portion of the GP3R street circuit, the go-karts navigate through the 1km track with almost no room for error. To stand on the podium at Le Monaco means more than just being fast, but being able to minimize even the slightest of errors, but with the tricky weather added in from Mother Nature today it made things just a little more difficult.
Ben Cooper (KMS/Birel) took the lead in the DD2 prefinal ahead of Fred Woodley (Maranello), Bain (Maranello) and Marco Di Leo (IPK/Praga). Cooper would gap the trio of karts behind him as they would start to battle around the track. Past halfway Woodley started to struggle as Bain would mount severe pressure on the young driver. At the line Cooper would take the win followed by Woodley, Bain and Dileo.
The start of the Final saw Woodley out-brake Cooper for the lead as the drivers entered the tight turn six hairpin. However Cooper wouldn’t sit in second for long and within a lap had returned to his familiar position. Woodley slotted into second while DiLeo held third with Bain all over his bumper. As the laps wound down, Cooper pulled away with Woodley cruising in second. Bain would overtake DiLeo at halfway and the front four would remain that way to the finish. Completing the top-five was Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL Karting/CRG).
The DD2 Masters Prefinal winner was Luc Saurial (PSL Karting/CRG) after he had a great battle with Dany St-Hillaire (PSL Karting/CRG) throughout the heat. Francois Bellemare (CRG) and Martin Verville (Hasse) were third and fourth as John Cariati (Intrepid) completed the top five.
In the Final, Sauriol and St-Hillaire were running neck and neck in the early stages of the race. The two broke away and looked to settle it on their own, but with the laps winding down, Sauriol pulled a gap and was no match St-Hillaire. Running by himself in third was Bellemare.