The first day of racing action kicked off as Le Monaco de Trois-Rivieres on Saturday. The day was full of excitement as drivers tried to tame the very fast, yet tight Le Monaco configuration.
Here is our roundup of the support classes.
Rotax Micro Max
Thomas Nepveu (SH Karting/ FA Kart) was once again dominant in the Micro Max Category as he swept the day in the category. In the Final Patrick Woods-Toth (PSL Montreal/CRG) managed to gain second place over Justin Arseneau (PSL/CRG). Nepveu’s Championship rival Jeremy Tallon (KMS/ Birel) had a bad day as he stopped on track before the start due to a technical failure.
Rotax Mini Max
Ryan Macdermid (TonyKart) was another driver who swept the day in Trois Rivieres, also becoming the first Canadian driver to win a race in the championship this season. Macdermid’s win didn’t come easy as he had a race long battle with Mexican Sebastian Alvarez (PSL/CRG), who lead for majority of the Final but wasn’t able to keep a determined Macdermid at bay. Alexandre Legare (PSL /CRG) finished the final in third position and built a bigger gap in his Coupe du Quebec Championship.
Briggs & Stratton Junior
Tyler McCullough charged back in the closing stages of the Junior Briggs Final to not only catch, but also overtake the lead duo of Austin Bisschop and Roman DeAngelis. Bisschop was swallowed up in the closing laps, while DeAngelis held on for second and Nicholas Hornbostel finished third.
Briggs & Stratton Masters
Dave Anderson returned to the top step of the podium in Briggs & Stratton Masters after a ten year hiatus from competing in go-karts. Corey Walsh made a last lap move on Keith Barrick to take second in the Final and more importantly took points away from Barrick in the championship as well.
Rotax DD2 Masters
Dany St. Hilaire (PSL/ CRG) dominated the DD2 Masters category on Saturday after qualifying on pole and winning both the Prefinal and the Final. Francis Mondou (SH Karting/Intrepid) was second in the Final after starting from the rear, ahead of Paul Carvahlo (PSL Ontario/ CRG) who was running second right behind St. Hilaire at the beginning of the race but made contact with the barriers five laps in and nursed the kart home for a podium finish.
Notably, Stuart Clark and Etienne La Salle were removed from the event and not allowed to start their Final race on Saturday due to an incident following the PreFinal race. The two-time defending class champion announced following the day that he will not take part in the Final ECKC event of the season after the events that occurred.
Jean Francois Boyte (CRG) won the Open Honda final after passing Francois Bellemare (CRG) in the closing stages of the race. Felix Antoine Berthiaume (CRG) finished in third, four-seconds behind Bellemare in second. Defending Champion Sylvain Clair (PSL/ CRG) had a great start to the day but unfortunately he was forced to retire in the Final and wasn’t able to take home back to back wins at Le Monaco.
Zachary Shearer (Innisfil Indy/ GP) was the winner in the Pro Shifter category after inheriting the lead from Jean Francois Lafontaine (SRA /Birel) who had a break failure seven laps into the Final. Chad Campbell (Innisfil Indy/ GP) had a strong showing in the category after pulling triple duty bringing home a third place finish.