WCC: Thomas Nepveu Crowned Western Canadian Micro-Max Champion
The Western Canadian Championship returned to Warburg Kart Track for the final day of competition. SuperSunday lined up every class for their championship final to crown this years Western Canadian Champions as well as award eight tickets to join Team Canada for the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, held later this year in New Orleans, USA.
The 1.2km track southwest of Edmonton has hosted some great racing this weekend and Sunday was no different. With sunny skies welcoming everyone to the track on Sunday morning, clouds did roll in during the lunch break, but the wet weather held off allowing everyone to stress just a little less when deciding on a setup.
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In the Rotax Micro-Max division, Thomas Nepveu (Zanardi) has been the class of the field this weekend. After qualifying on the pole-position, Nepveu was flawless in the heats, winning two of three. And Sunday was no different, starting the pole-position in the Prefinal, Nepveu led flag-to-flag setting himself up nicely for the Championship Final. Behind, Jordan Novota (BBR/Birel) drove a nice Prefinal to join Nepveu on the front row while Marco Kacic (CRG West/CRG) slid to third while Angelia Amorim and Ryan Dezell completed the top-five.
The Championship Final hit the track after the events opening ceremony that included the national anthem. Rolling onto the track, Nepveu led the way to green. Slotting into the early lead after a nice push from Kacic was Nepveu, while Novota looked to have something for the front two, the Birel driver struggled to keep up in the opening laps as Kacic trailed Nepveu. But Nepveu’s pace was just too much for Kacic in the 15-lap Final and Nepveu would build a large gap as the laps wound down. Taking the checkers, Nepveu scored the honour of 2013 Western Canadian Champion in the Micro-Max category. Kacic would cruise to finish second while Novota took third.
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The podium trio earned tickets to New Orleans, to be part of the Micro-Max Invitational at this years Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.