The second half of the double-header weekend at Mosport International Karting featured much nicer weather conditions for the opening round of the 2014 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. With the rumble of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series roaring by on the CTMP track, Sunday was full of octane at the entire Mosport facility including excellent kart racing.
Competing in his first Canadian race of the season, Jeffrey Kingsley is already looking like a seasoned vet in Rotax DD2 after moving up to the division at the beginning of the year. A successful campaign at the Florida Winter Tour helped developed him into a ECKC champion threat. Not scoring the result he wanted on Saturday, he returned
on Sunday with some unfinished business.
Qualifying on the pole-position was a good start to the day as Kingsley nipped Tyler Kashak (Goodwood/Intrepid) by 0.064 seconds with Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL/CRG) a mere 0.006 seconds back of Kashak and Dante Lerra (Energy Kart Canada) only 0.017 off Bizzotto placing the top-four karts within a tenth of a second and the top-seven within a tenth and a half!
Kingsley controlled the prefinal as Milan Dontje (PSL/CRG) from the Netherlands advanced up to second and Italian Alessandro Bressan (J3 Competition/TonyKart) finished third.
Dontje had a great start to take the the lead from Kingsley up the hill through corners one and two but Kingsley fired back on lap two, diving to the inside of corner nine and catches Dontje off-gaurd. Quick reaction from Dontje forced him to miss the corner and run through the grass as Kingsley gained the lead.
From there, Kingsley stretched out a safe lead on Dontje and Bizzotto, who had his hands full of Saturday winner Bressan, to take the win as the front four did not change position at the finish.
Following the Final, Kingsley raced over to the CTMP car track to compete in his second Formula 1600 race of the weekend where he earned his second podium finish of the day with a third-place result.
Round two of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship will be held at Goodwood Kartways near Stouffville, Ontario on June 27-29.