ECKC: Last lap heroics vaults Marco DiLeo to victory in Rotax Senior
It may be his home track, and he wasn’t able to crack the top three in qualifying or the pre-final, but sitting on the grid for the Final, the Marco DiLeo (Intrepid North America/Intrepid) that many know from his younger years was ready for the challenge. Starting from the fifth position, Di Leo had his work cut out for him if he wanted to continue his ECKC winning streak at his second home.
The first race start was aborted after a turn one incident required some attention and a complete restart. Once going, pole-sitter Steven Szigeti (SH Karting/TonyKart) led the way into turn one, while Jesse Lazare (SH Karting/TonyKart) slotted into P2, with Austin Milwain (SH Ontario/TonyKart) and Luke Chudleigh (Prime/Maranello) slotting into third and fourth ahead of Di Leo.
The front five would shake up over the next few laps with everyone peeking at the lead at least once. By halfway, Chudleigh had pulled a slight lead, while Di Leo worked his way into second, breaking apart the TonyKart trio. Muscling his way to the rear bumper of Chudleigh, Di Leo peeked under in turn one with a handful of laps remaining, but no pass was completed as the top bobbled to stay to track. On the final lap Di Leo made a last chance dive to the inside of turn four. Contact was made, with Chudleigh running wide on exit, also allowing Szigeti to get by. DiLeo scored the victory, his third ECKC win a row at Goodwood, with Szigeti and Chudleigh completed the podium.