This time is finally here, the 2013 ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships are officially under way at Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto. After months of preparation and weeks of practice, Friday represented Canadian Tire SuperPole Qualifying day at the Nationals, where all nine classes hit the track for qualifying and their first of three heat races.
Pier Luc Ouellette (PSL Karting/CRG) was the quickest drive in Rotax DD2 Qualifying as the two-time Rotax Grand Finals Champion posted a lap time of 35.258 seconds. Marco Di Leo (IPK North America/Praga) put his machine in second, just over a tenth of a second off Ouellette. Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL Karting/CRG) had a great run in qualifying taking third ahead of Enrico Menotti (CRG) and Max Preston (IPK North America/Praga).
The first heat race featured a great battle between Ouellette and Di Leo, whole Bizzotto, Menotti and Preston stayed close to the leaders. At the line Ouellette held on with the remainder of the top-five going unchanged from Qualifying. Notably, Maranello North America pilots Brendon Bain and Fred Woodley struggled on the day qualifying sixth and seventh, with Bain holding sixth in the heat, but Woodley scoring a DNF with issues on the first lap.
Saturday will see each class run two more heat races to determine their starting order for Sunday’s prefinals.