As rumours swirled around the paddocks at both the Coupe du Quebec and the Mosport International Karting events this past weekend, we have finally been able to confirm that Longueuil, Quebec’s Steven Szigeti has departed from the SH Racing team. The departure comes as a bit of a shock as Szigeti was a long time member of the SH organization, racing with the team for eight seasons, winning multiple races and championships with the team.
With a short time frame before the first major karting events of the season, Szigeti opted to sit out the Coupe du Quebec event at SH
Karting last weekend and even considered sitting out of the opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship at Mosport this weekend. But a deal was been struck with Florida based Team BENIK and Szigeti will be in action this weekend taking on Eastern Canada’s best Rotax Senior drivers aboard a TonyKart with Supertune engine support. A lethal combination given that Szigeti earned his Canadian championship aboard a TonyKart with Supertune power in 2011.
Returning to the OTK product line was important to Szigeti, and even though SH Racing made the switch to the FA Kart chassis for 2014, an OTK product, things just weren’t working for Szigeti and a change of scenery was needed.
“It’s a last minute deal, but I am very excited to race this weekend with Team BENIK on a TonyKart at Mosport,” explains Szigeti when contacted by CKN. “I’m confident in the material and familiar with the Supertune product as their engines powered me to win my Canadian Championship, so I know I have a package that can win.”
Szigeti will arrive at Mosport to meet up with the Team BENIK crew and get accustomed to his new chassis and team. Curtis Fox, a well known member of the karting industry as both a driver and a tuner, will be turning the wrenches for Szigeti this weekend.
With a solid group of racers expected for this weekends ECKC event, Szigeti has his work cut out for him but with everything in order, he intends to be racing for victory on Saturday and Sunday.