|EKN Constructors’ Championship - 2011 Final Standings
The 2011 eKartingNews.com Constructors’ Championship has wrapped up for the season after 35 rounds of racing. Last month, the running of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XV in Las Vegas closed out the year and prior to that, the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix was added to the 2011 totals for all the brands that finished in the top-five for the selected categories. A diverse number of chassis brands scored points throughout the season and with the final tally calculated, Tony Kart has earned the EKN CC title for the 2011 season.
Trailing Arrow for most of the year and heading into October down by 24, Tony Kart scored 33 unanswered points in the final two events of the year to secure its first title. TK’s first 18 points to cut into that gap came from the SOLGP as five drivers placed in the top-five in four categories, including a surprise win from Nathan Seegrist (TaG Junior). At the SuperNationals, four drivers scored in four categories as two wins came from Nick Neri (S2) and Bonnier Moulton (S4). A consistent amount of points score in all five categories of the EKN CC program helped keep Tony Kart in the hunt throughout the year and the late push propelled them to the top of the standings to close out the season.
Arrow, who led the standings throughout the year, ended the season with three blanks on the scoreboard (including the Pan American Championship event). Nearly 60% of the brands points came through the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series five events on the year. Lacking a strong showing in the SKUSA, Rotax, and One-off columns, there is no doubt the group at KartSport North America will focus on improving results in those areas in 2012.
Placing third for 2011 is Birel as they held off a late charge by CRG to score the position by one point. Much like Arrow, Birel scored the majority of its points in WKA where they earned their fourth Manufacturers Championship Trophy for most wins in the series. CRG came through at the end of the year with the top score in the final two events of the year (19 at SOLGP and 25 at SuperNationals). With the three distributors for North America now set - PSL Karting, CRG America, and CRG-USA - there is no doubt CRG could find its way back to the top as they were through 2006-2008. Capping off the top-five is the 2009 champion Top Kart. A lack of points in SKUSA, Rotax and the Winter events (Challenge of the Americas and Florida Winter Tour) kept the brand from challenging for the title in 2011.
One brand that will look to continue climbing the standings heading into 2012 is Intrepid. Jumping two spots to six in the final rankings, the Intrepid North America operation is focused on expanding the brand even further in the upcoming season. Kosmic closes out the year in the seventh position, lead primary by the J3 Competition stable. Merlin fell from sixth to eighth in the final tally, nearly all of the points coming from the group in the WKA program, led by the Franklin Motorsports operation. GP held on to ninth with FA Kart rounding out the top-10.
| Nick Neri was one of many drivers to help Tony Kart earn the EKN Constructors' Championship|
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Inside the Numbers:
6, 10, 11, 13, 13
Average number of brands scoring points at each event (order: Rotax, WKA, One-off, Winter, SKUSA)
Gap between first and second / Gap between fifth and eighth
Highest total number of chassis brands to score points at one event (Rock Island Grand Prix)
Highest total at SKUSA SuperNationals XV (CRG)
Highest event point total of the season - Arrow (WKA Kershaw)
EKN Constructors’ Championship Guidelines
The EKN Constructors’ Championship calculation process includes the top-five finishers in each recognized class (Senior-Junior classes). Those finishers will be awarded points with first place earning five (5) points down to fifth place earning one (1) point. A minimum of 10 starting entries is imposed for each class for the results to be included.
EKN Constructors’ Championship - 2011 Final Standings