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ECKC: Sean McPhee Gambles Big and Wins in Briggs & Stratton Senior Final

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ECKC: Sean McPhee Gambles Big and Wins in Briggs & Stratton Senior Final

Drivers and teams returned to Mosport International Karting for race two of the 2013 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. The weather was very much the same as Saturday’s competition where a mixture of rain and sun and heavy winds played havoc on everyone in attendance.

Aaron Kennedy (CRG) was on pole in Briggs & Stratton Senior ahead of Saturday fast qualifier Zach Boam (GP Kart) and podium finisher Mathieu Demers (CRG). Mark Stehle had a good result as he improved on Sunday taking fourth ahead of Saturday winner Jonathon Treadwell.  Greg Jewell was the quickest in the Masters division as they joined the Seniors on track.

The Pre Final would see Kennedy as the leader but was chased by Treadwell and his teammate Stehle. Although Treadwell would move into the lead with a lap to go, contact with Kennedy would cut a tire on his K&K Kart and he would limp home third while Kennedy won and Stehle second.

The wild weather at Mosport saw a fast drying track as the Briggs Seniors getting ready to go. A handful of drivers took a very last minute risk and opted for dry tires knowing the track would dry, but they would need to hold on in the early stages. But before the Final was even underway, heartbreak for pole-sitter Kennedy as he would be stuck with a dead kart in turn four on the pace lap.

Stehle would grab the lead as the Briggs barrelled into turn one, but with him on slicks he overshot turn two up the hill and would fall down the order. This moved Boam into the lead, but it wouldn’t last long as Treadwell would take over the point in turn five, as David Patrick (Birel) would get by Boam as well. However the trio on rain tires would be no match for Sean McPhee (CRG) who really started to track down and then pass the leaders as a dry line began to form.

As the laps wound down, the drivers on slicks really picked up the pace and with McPhee checked out, Charlotte Lalonde (Margay) moved into second with two to go passing Jeff Forsey and that is how they would finish. Stehle would rebound from an early race spin to take fourth with Treadwell in fifth, the first kart on rain tires.

In the Briggs & Stratton Masters race within a race, it would be Martin Coursol taking the victory holding off Tyson Stevens at the finish with Jamie MacArthur completing the podium.

The series now shifts to Goodwood Kartways on June 28-30 for races three and four. As Goodwood is the host for the Canadian Championships, there should be another great turnout of karters as many will utilize the time to prepare.

Click here for Race Results for ECKC Race #2

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