Zachary Claman Demelo Defends Rotax Senior Canadian National Title
Defending Canadian National Champion Zachary Claman DeMelo (ZCD-Goodwood/Intrepid) got off to a great start in the Rotax Senior Final ahead of Kevin Monteith (REM/Birel) and Coltin McCaughan (SH Racing/FA Kart). McCaughan snuck by Monteith heading into the turn four hairpin on the opening lap to move in right behind DeMelo.
On lap three McCaughan drafted by DeMelo for the lead, but it didn’t last long as DeMelo fired back and shuffled McCaughan back to sixth falling behind Monteith, Olivier Bedard (PSL Karting/CRG), Tommy Lemaire Ouellet (PSL Karting/CRG) and Marco Signoretti (Energy Canada/Energy).
Bedard would soon take second away from Monteith allowing DeMelo to drive away in the distance. The move settled things down out front with DeMelo well in the lead, Bedard into second and Monteith leading a pack of four for third.
Monteith held third for most of the race and was followed by Lemaire as the two were posting identical laps through the middle stages.
McCaughan kept the podium battle alive first passing Signoretti with three to go and then Ouellet with two to go. Coming onto the last lap McCaughan passed Monteith into corner one to overtake third from Monteith, but Monteith would cross under on the exit to retake the position. Both drivers made contact entering corner two, ripping Monteith’s rear bumper off and giving McCaughan the position back as Monteith spun off in corner two.
But out front it was all DeMelo as the Intrepid driver cruised to yet another dominating victory. Bedard crossed the line in second and McCaughan third.
This win earned DeMelo another invitation for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain where he will compete as a member of Team Canada.