PSL Powered Drivers Earning Top Finishes in Nearly All Classes
Team PSL Karting pushing drivers to their best at the third round of the Coupe du Quebec
Team PSL Karting had another busy weekend at the third round of the Coupe du Quebec at SRA Karting in Montreal. With their always-full team tent, the program had drivers making top finishes in almost every class the series has to offer. After posting impressive finishes at both the previous two rounds, the powerhouse CRG distributor continues to make strides in the regional karting series.
The four-cylinder Briggs & Stratton classes are popular and competitive. PSL Moncton’s Justin Beers finished in first place in his Briggs & Stratton Junior prefinal, following that up with a second place in the main event. Teammate Kelsey Hann finished just behind Beers in third place to put two PSL/CRG drivers on the day’s podium.
In Briggs & Stratton Masters, it was yet another one-two finish in the main event for CRG, as powered ACM Karting drivers Serge Boivert and Jean Beltrami claimed the top two spots.
In the exciting Briggs & Stratton Senior classes, Team PSL Karting drivers Tommy Lemaire-Ouellet and Kevin King both but in good efforts for the podium. In the prefinal, King had a solid win, with Lemaire-Ouellet in third and teammate Mathieu Demers in fourth. The final race however proved more difficult for the drivers. King made a small mistake in the last three laps, pushing him back to fifth place before he climbed back up into third for a podium finish. Lemaire-Ouellet, however, struck bad luck and had to fight with a broken exhaust, slowly working his way into third place before sliding back into fifth on the last lap. Demers would end his day with a top-ten, coming home seventh overall.
William Michaud, Justin Arseneau and PSL Montreal’s Patrick Woods-Toth and Louis Charles Gelinas made up PSL’s field of Rotax Micro Max drivers. Michaud finished in third place for both his qualifying and prefinal. However, he and Arseneau made a mistake to learn from in the main event, crashing each other. Woods-Toth worked the field to make his way from his fifth place qualifying into a third place podium finish in the final. Arseneau would be scored fourth, with Michaud and Gelinas both placing sixth and eighth respectively.
In the Rotax Mini Max class, Mexican driver Sebastien Alvarez and Alexandre Legare dominated the day, posting one-two finishes in each event. The fast lap of the prefinal was posted by Legare, while Alvarez, who was making his Canadian racing debut, made fast lap in the final by six tenths en route to his 2.8 second victory.
While Maxime Taillefer and Dominic Legrand were the only two DD2 drivers on track, with Taillefer ultimately grabbing the win after Legrand’s engine seized, the DD2 Masters class showed some exciting competition. Dany St-Hilaire, having qualified in third, took second place in the main event after an unfortunate finish put him at the back of the pack in the prefinal. Following him was Laurent Boivin in third place. Prefinal winner Michel Legrand finished his race in fourth place.
The Rotax Senior final would see another Team PSL Karting driver on top of the podium, as Tommy Lemaire-Ouellet scored a flag-to-flag win in his second race of the day. Fighting off teammate Christophe Paquet, who took the win in round two at KCR, in the prefinal, Lemaire-Ouellet was victorious as Paquet would be out of contention in the final early with an issue. PSL’s Luis Costa added a fifth place result for the team.
With two rounds remaining of the series, Team PSL Karting drivers will see action during the doubleheader event weekends as the Coupe du Quebec runs in conjunction with the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship in Trois-Rivieres and Mont-Tremblant.
Team PSL Karting will be trackside in 2014 at the SKUSA Pro Tour, the United States Rotax Grand Nationals, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Coupe de Quebec and the Canadian National Championships. Team PSL Karting is associated with CRG, Maxter Kart Engines, Rotax, Tillett Racing Seats, Sniper, Unipro, Douglas Wheels, Vega, MG Tires, Arai, Freem, Alfano, D.I.D. Racing Chains, Briggs & Stratton, KG and ORG.