ECKC: Antonio Serravalle Dominates Mini Max on Saturday
The 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship finally got under way as a record turnout of drivers filled the grids at Mosport International Karting, just north of Bowmanville, Ontario. The weather kept everyone on their toes as it switched from dry to rain, back to dry, back to rain, and then dry to complete the day. Regardless of the weather, the racing action was intense in nearly every class and those who stayed to watch got a great show.
Antonio Serravalle (Pserra Racing/TonyKart) was the fastest qualifier in the Rotax Mini-Max class and the only driver to crack the one-minute mark but he elected to the start the Pre Final from the rear. This would move Tommy Simard (TonyKart) to the pole position for the heat with Samuel Lupien (CSL Racing/Zanardi) accompanying him on the front row. Thierry Cote (PSL Karting/CRG) and JP Hutchinson (Pserra Racing/TonyKart) rounded the top five but would fill row two.
It didn’t take long for Serravalle to work his way though the ten kart Mini-Max field in the Pre Final as the youngster who has also been competing in Italy showed off his improving race craft. Hutchinson advanced up to second in the heat with Joe Soranno (Karts & Parts/LH Kart) third.
The Final would see Serravalle slot into the lead as the field travelled up the hill in turn two. A great battle would ensue for second as Cote, Sorrano, Lupien and Simard would all trade some rubber through the twelve lap race. However contact between the group would see a breakup of the action with Soranno and Simard falling down the order. Serravalle would however cruise to victory, with Cote crossing in second and Hutchinson third. However a post-race penalty to Cote for contact would move Hutchinson to second and Lupien to third.