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ECKC: Gianfranco Mazzaferro Shines in Mont-Tremblant

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

ECKC: Gianfranco Mazzaferro Shines in Mont-Tremblant

After a lunch break allowed the track to dry up, Rotax Senior switched back from rain to slick tires for their first final of the day at the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

In both wet and dry conditions on Saturday, Gianfranco Mazzaferro showed brilliant pace and on Sunday it continued with a pair of impressive victories.

A scuffle behind the pole-sitter allowed Mazzaferro to break way early while Cedrik Lupien and Justin Ovejero came together, moving them well down the running order on the first lap. Benefitting from it all was Nicholas Hornbostel who erupted with the second position after starting eighth. Davide Greco and Carson Kapica followed suit on the start but the scrapping began immediately.

Taking advantage of the battling, Samuel Lupien jumped up five spots on lap two to gain second place, and quickly breaking free from the dog fight behind him. Kapica, Greco, Cedrik Lupien, Marco Di Leo, Anthony Tolfa and Hornbostel all traded the final podium spot through the remaining laps in the 15-lap final with Cedrik Lupien joining his brother on the podium at the finish line after a great recovery from his opening lap incident.


Gianfranco Mazzaferro celebrates his second victory on Sunday in Rotax Senior (Photo by: Cody Schindel / CKN)

Final 2

Mazzaferro led the way again in Final 2 but after the long pursuit down the back straight, Ovejero dove to the inside and attacked the pole-sitter, taking the lead. Cedrik Lupien also made a move on Mazzaferro on the opening lap, moving him down to third before the opening lap was complete.

Under pressure from Cedrik, Ovejero managed the lead well early, but ultimately surrendered the top spot to the points leader and was shuffled back to fourth in the process as Mazzaferro and Samuel Lupien also worked by.

Gluing to the rear bumper of Cedrik, Mazzaferro pushed the leader away from the pack for a few laps but at halfway began battling for the lead. This allowed Ovejero, Samuel and Marco Di Leo, who started at the rear, back into the race.

But once he was back out front, Mazzaferro threw down some of his fastest laps of the race to break away leaving the rest to settled the second position.

It was an exciting final few laps that saw the Lupien brothers once again join Mazzaferro on the podium, this time with Cedrik second and Samuel third while Ovejero had to settle for fourth and Kapica fifth.

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