The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship hit the halfway mark of it’s 2014 campaign with the completion of race #4 on Sunday at Goodwood Kartways. It was another hot and sticky day at the facility just north of Toronto, Ontario with high grip levels challenging all competitors.
An excellent field of 16 Briggs & Stratton Masters were on track at Goodwood with the two drivers who won at the series opener back at it again battling for the wins.
On Saturday it was all Keith Barrick (K&K Kart) as he was able to sweep the race day, qualifying on the pole-position, winning the prefinal, then capping off the Final with a leg up fist pump at the finish line to celebrate his win.
It was a close run though as Corey Walsh (CRG) came with a tenth of a second at the finish line after trading the lead with Barrick throughout the Final race. The two have run in tandem all season long and it doesn’t appear that is going to change. Steve MacVoy (K&K Kart) completed the podium with Shane Findlay and Scott Jefferies (REM/Birel) finishing fourth and fifth.
A pair of Masters joined the race for the win on Sunday as Jefferies led from the drop of the green flag with Walsh, Barrick and Greg Jewell (DMR/FA Kart) in check. Barrick went to work on lap three moving into second, then gained the lead on lap four as Jefferies would fall to fourth.
Barrick would hold the lead until the final lap when Walsh went on attack. An over under move didn’t work into corner four, but he would capitalize on Barrick getting up on two wheels in corner five to take the lead. With Jefferies also trying to squeeze by, Walsh was able to roll on to the win. Barrick held off Jefferies at the line with Jewell fourth and Kyle Aulenback (K&K Kart) fifth.
However, some issues in tech tent would see Walsh disqualified as well as Jefferies, moving Barrick to top of the podium for the second straight day, Jewell up to second and Aulenback onto the podium.
With just over a month until the next ECKC event, drivers have plenty of time to prepare for the very challenging streets of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec as the temporary street circuit hosts races five and six on August 1-3.