The KMS North America Racing Team completed their first season of Canadian racing action last weekend at their home track; The Jim Russell Karting Academy as it played host to the season finales for the Coupe du Quebec and the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.
Coupe du Quebec:
William Chayer went into the last round of the CduQ with a strong chance of taking the championship. After a good qualifying session which put him 2nd William would go onto finish 2nd in the Pre Final with his main championship rival lining up on Pole. After a tough opening 2 laps William continued his on track rivalry with Mathew Latifi which allowed championship rival Nepveu to pull out a comfortable lead. William would move up and down battling away for 2nd place, but would eventually finish 3rd and learn some valuable racing lessons.
Jeremy Tallon qualified 10th in a very tight session that 1/10th of a second would have moved him up 4 places. After some tough races in the final JT went on to finish 10th and 10th.
Our new driver for the weekend Xavier Dorsnie showed some great pace in the practice sessions and went on to qualify 7th which was a fantastic effort in only his third ever race. He went on to finish 9th and 8th in the finals.
In Jnr Rotax Natael Cantin would take his first pole position in his Jnr Rotax career, but would struggle at the start of the pre final and would go onto finish 10th. In the final he would show his fighting spirit and drive through the field to finish 3rd and take his maiden podium in the Jnr Rotax category.
Our other two drivers Jeff Fulham and Christophe Rizk would both finish inside the top 10 in qualifying and finals.
Olivier Bedard would come into the last round of the CdQ leading the points, but a DQ in qualifying for being underweight would lead to a difficult day for Oli. Starting from the back of the pre final Oli would make it up to 10th and would then finish 8th in the final. These results were enough for Oli to take the CdQ title in his first year of Snr Rotax.
Ben Cooper would only elect to race in Sundays ECKC and completed only one lap in qualifying. Starting from 11th in the pre final Ben would come through to take the win on the last lap. In the final Ben would drive away on his home track to finish with over a 5 second lead. This wrapped up Ben`s 2nd consecutive ECKC DD2 title.
A tough start to qualifying for Jeff Fulham and Christophe Rizk would mean that both were unable to complete a lap in qualifying forcing the both of them to start at the back of the grid. Both drivers would struggle in the finals and would finish 9th and 10th respectively.
Natael would continue his strong run on his favourite track and qualify 3rd followed by 2nd in the pre final after some excellent racing at the start of the race. In the final Nat would make a good start but would make a mistake going for the lead in turn 1 and would drop back to finish 7th.
In Snr, Olivier Bedard started the day off well qualifying 3rd and finishing 3rd in the pre final. The final would be a struggle for Oli as a bad start would push him down the field. Oli would fight back to 7th which would be enough for 2nd in the championship and the world final ticket.
In Micro Max our 3 drivers would qualify 2nd 4th and 6th respectively. A great effort from William Chayer to put it 2nd and Jeremy Tallon to put it 4th in his best qualifying effort of the year. The same would go for Xavier Dorsnie who would be 6th in his best qualifying of his young career.
In the pre final Will would pursue the leader all the way until the last lap, last corner to make his decisive move to win the race. Jeremy Tallon would have a great race to finish 5th as well as Xavier Dorsnie to finish 7th.
A tough start to the final would see Jeremy drop to the back of the field, but would fight back to 8th place which would secure his ticket to the grand finals. Xavier would finish in the same place as the pre final in 7th. A great way to finish his first weekend with the team and we look forward to working with this great young prospect.
William would fight hard through the whole race, but would go onto finish 2nd in a truly entertaining race. This would be enough to put William 2nd in the ECKC championship. A great year for William which has seen him take 2nd in both the ECKC, CdQ and the Canadian National Championship.