EKN Constructors Championship – October 18, 2013
A near lock-up for Tony Kart heading into SuperNationals XVII
Just one more event remains in the 2013 eKartingNews.com Constructors Championship program – the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVII. In year’s past, the top brand was decided in the Rio parking lot, but this year, it may be decided already. It’s been well documented throughout the season how the OTK chassis have dominated the numbers throughout the paddock at a number of the major karting events in North America – led by the premiere Tony Kart brand. Over the season, Tony Kart has established a 331 point advantage going into the last event of the EKN CC program.
Tony Kart is the only brand on the season to earn points at every single EKN CC event in 2013, and likely to continue that at the SuperNationals. The past two month, Tony Kart earned points and was among the top three brands at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and the Rotax Pan-American Challenge. One of the big factors throughout the year is the success of the Ocala Gran Prix program in the Rotax Max Challenge. Their Senior and Junior Max contingent have been among the best all season, and helped to propel the Tony Kart brand to the top once again in 2013.
Holding the second position is CRG. The shifterkart and DD2 models for the Italian manufacturing have been the backbone for the brands success here in the Untied States. CRG was the top point earner at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix – thanks to the EKN #1 Stock Moto driver Fritz Leesmann’s victory and the results from the CRG-USA contingent. Top Kart jumped back into the top-five, which will go down to the wire with second through sixth separated by 180 points. The #rollblue program showed well throughout the season at the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, earning the series Manufacturer Trophy for most wins on the year.
Dropping from third to fourth is the Arrow brand. The Aussie manufactured chassis, which won the EKN CC standings in 2010 and 2011, still holds a strong program in the United States against the many Italian brands. Top points at the Rock Island Grand Prix, thanks to four victories from the ‘Emperor’ Gary Lawson, Arrow saw its streak of earning points at every event come to an end at the Rotax Pan-American Challenge. Birel brand drops to fifth this month, still showing strong despite a decrease in numbers at the Senior level. The MRP Motorsport Junior drivers and 3G Kart Racing shifterkarts in Texas have helped to keep Birel in the top-five on the season, earning a second place overall at the WKA race in Pittsburgh. Kosmic, an OTK chassis, rounds out the top six after earning points at three of the last six events.
All four OTK brands, including FA Kart and Exprit are in the top-10. FA Kart remains sixth, thanks to the growth on the east coast under the KartSport North America operation. Exprit sits 10th as DB Motorsports and Brian McHattie can be credited for a large portion of the points garnered on the season. Intrepid remains eighth, and is primed for a big comeback next year as Champion Racing is planning a strong assault on the big races in 2014. Haase moves into the top-10, riding on the strong contingent of drivers at the Mike Doty Racing team on the east coast.
Inside the Numbers:
Number of brands scoring points in all 22 events – Tony Kart
Number of brands over 100 mark
Number of brands scoring less than 100 points
Number of brands to score points
Highest event point total of the season – CRG (SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals)
EKN Constructors Championship Guidelines
The EKN Constructors Championship calculation process includes the top-five finishers in each recognized class (Senior-Master-Junior classes). The SKUSA Pro Tour, US Rotax Grand Nationals, and Pan American Challenge will earn points with the following structure; 1st=20 points, 2nd=16 points, 3rd=12 points, 4th=8 points, 5th=4 points. The remaining events will continue to be awarded with the previous ranking system; with first place earning five (5) points down to fifth place earning one (1) point for each category. There is a minimum of 10 starting entries for the class points to be counted toward the season total in the EKN CC standings.
EKN Constructors Championship – as of October 18, 2013