Round number one of the 2015 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship is in the books after a superb weekend of racing at Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto, Ontario. Over 170 competitors took the track amongst nice classes, displaying some of the best racing we have ever seen at the ECKC.
A good mix of drivers Briggs & Stratton Masters drivers came to Goodwood to do battle at the opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.
Steve MacVoy (BirelART) took the pole in the Briggs & Stratton Masters qualifying session Saturday morning only three thousanths of a second ahead of Kyle Aulenback (K&K Kart) in second and MacVoy went on to take the Prefinal win ahead of David Anderson (Intrepid) and Michael Rogers (K&K Kart).
The final was quite the show as Macvoy took the lead at the start of the race until Rogers took the point on lap three. Behind Rogers, Marc Stehle (BirelART) followed his former rival from the Honda Senior division to take second with MacVoy close behind. With five laps to go Stehle and Macvoy worked by Rogers for the top two, setting up a great end of race show down. Once the last lap bored came out, all gloves were off, as Macvoy made a bump and run move on Stehle in turn five and while Stehle did all he could to regain the lead, MacVoy crossed the finish line first. Anderson watched patiently in the background for the entire race after losing the draft of the leaders and he capitalized from the Stehle and Rogers battle for second to take the spot ahead of Stehle. Aulenback completed the top five behind his K&K teammate Rogers.
There was another name in the mix on Sunday as Scott Jefferies (Kosmic) posted the fastest time in Qualifying ahead of MacVoy and Anderson. However it MacVoy and Stehle who dominated the Prefinal, getting out front and Stehle remaining on the bumper to checkers. Anderson and Rogers finished a second behind the two PPKC drivers.
The Final worked out just like Saturday with Macvoy taking the lead at the start ahead of Stehle and Rogers. Rogers made his way up to the front on lap four with Macvoy and Stehle close behind. On lap ten MacVoy would return to the lead with Stehle right on his bumper and the two broke away from Rogers. With two Laps to go Stehle went to the lead but MacVoy came right back on the final lap to score his second victory of the weekend. Stehle finished second followed by Rogers, Aulenback, and Anderson. Fast Qualifier Jefferies had a rough race coming home in seventh behind Corey Walsh.