Competing beside the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event on the grounds of the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, many current and former kart racers were in action as part of the CTMP Victoria Day SpeedFest weekend. As karting is the first stepping stone in the motorsports ladder, some of these drivers are fresh into their open and closed wheel racing careers while others continue to work their way up the ladder and post results.
A pair of kart racers even completed the double as Sunday Rotax DD2 winner Jeffrey Kingsley earned a third-place result in the F1600 Super Series Sunday race, while Stuart Clark, who was forced to miss his Saturday DD2 Masters Final to compete in his Canadian Touring Car Championship race, drove from the rear of the field to finish on the podium in Sundays race, to go along with his karting victory on Sunday.
Other results of former karters included: Scott Hargrove scoring a double-victory in the Porsche GT3 Cup division, Michael Di Meo winning in the Pirelli World Challenge, Chris Green finishing second in both Porsche GT3 Cup races, Zacharie Robichon on the F1600 podium on Saturday with a second-place finish, Rui Teixeiria earned two CTCC B-Spec podiums, and we can’t forget Ron Fellows winning the Friday Trans-Am race.
Other former karters on track and in action were: Stefan Rzadzinski (NCATS), Matt Pritiko (NCATS), Andrew Ranger (NCATS), Steve Matthews (NCATS), Noel Dowler (NCATS), Ryan Klutt (NCATS), Stefan Yasin (CTCC), Nick Witmer (CTCC), Chase Pelletier (F1600), Jayson Clunie (F1600), Olivier Bedard (F1600), Reid Arnold (F1600) and Michel LeGrand (F1600).
A couple other notables included Americans Spencer Pigot (Porsche GT3) and Tristan DeGrand (F1600). Both drivers took some time to visit the karting track and visit their friends in the paddock along with checking out the action. Degrand won both F1600 races while Pigot was on the GT3 Cup podium.