The 2013 ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships presented by Canadian Tire hit the track for Championship Sunday at Goodwood Kartways, just north of Toronto, Ontario. The final day of competition meant nine new Canadian Champions would be crowned in their respective classes, while 10 drivers would join Team Canada for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, held this year in New Orleans, USA. It was a beautiful day at Goodwood, aside from a brief rain shower during podium presentations. The action on track was tense, exciting and everything it was expected to be as Canada’s best battled for National supremacy.
The Briggs & Stratton Junior class has witnessed many different drivers lead the way this weekend and the Championship Final was no different. Polesitter Roman DeAngelis (Birel) got out to an early lead with Tyler McCullough (Praga) hot on his heels while the rest of the class duked it out for third. This action allowed the front two to break away and settled the race on their own. Matteus Makos (Birel) held the point in third with Andre Fiorini (K&K Kart), Ryan Mohan (EA Kart) and Jordan Latimer (K&K Kart) hounding him for the position. The foursome traded the position many times through the mid-points of the race but a mistake by Latimer lost him the draft and the race became between three.
Up front, McCullough and DeAngelis each took turns leading knowing that the race could easily be won with a couple laps to go. With the laps winding down DeAngelis went to the lead into corner with two to go, but McCullough fought back in turn five and retook the lead. From there he went into defensive mode and though DeAngelis tried everything except the chrome horn to get by, it was an impressive drive by McCullough to take the win and his first National Championship. DeAngelis settled with second while Ryan Mohan won the battle for third.
While no trips to races around the world were up for grabs for the Briggs & Stratton divisions, the racers were loaded with incredible prizes and awards as many teams, products and supporters jumped on board for the event to help continue the growth of the Briggs & Stratton program.