The second round of the 2013 Coupe du Quebec hit the track this past weekend at SRA Karting International as drivers and teams entered the beautiful facility north east of Montreal. The second race of the fifth race championship sets the tone for title contenders and pretenders and this weekends action was exciting. The weekend started out with bright sunny skies for Satuday’s official practice, and the sun resumed Sunday morning but for a short time. Clouds rolled in as the first round of heat races hit the track and just as round two was on grid the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down for the remainder of the day. The conditions at SRA are very challenging to begin with, but the heavy rain made for some tense moments as drivers navigated the 1.2km track.
In Rotax Micro-Max, it was Tommy Nepveu (SH Karting/Zanardi) and Marc-Antoine Joseph (PSL Montreal/CRG) topping the charts in the inverted heat races. Nepveu had the pace in the dry, while Joseph handled the wet without issue. In the Pre Final, Nepveu led early on only to spin on lap five and surrender the lead to William Chayer (KMS North America/Birel). Nepveu would recover to finish second while Chayer cruised to victory.
In the final, it was Chayer leading flag-to-flag to earn his first victory of the season and his first race back aboard a Birel kart. Joseph would hold off Alexandre Légaré (SH Karting/Zanardi) to take second while Matthew Burke (SH Karting/Zanardi) and Xavier Dorsnie (CRG) completed the top-five.
Round three of the Coupe du Quebec happens July 13 and 14 at Karting Grand-Mere and will be the final event at the facility. A special ceremony will be held in part to celebrate the many years at Karting Grand Mere.
CKN will have a full photo gallery from the event online on Tuesday.
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