Team News: Goodwood Kartways Canadian Nationals Race Report
Goodwood Kartways had an excellent showing at the recent Canadian National Karting Championships as the team put a driver in the top five of every class, save one, and in that one actually had the second quickest time in qualifying! Darryl Timmers, Gianluca Savaglio, Tyler McCullough and Zachary Claman DeMelo were the drivers to climb the podium steps while Xavier Harris, Max Preston and John Cariati finished fourth and Dave Anderson finished fifth.
“The team fought hard all week and really did well,” said team Manager Marco Di Leo. “The Intrepid karts were consistent all week long across the range of classes, and it was great to leave Tremblant with the Canadian Championship in Rotax Senior and a number of other podiums as well. It once again shows the strength of our program, and bodes well for our return and the ECKC finale later this month.”
Happiest of the bunch was surely Claman DeMelo, who claimed his third Canadian National Championship and made it back-to-back in Rotax Senior. ZCD also has a national title in Rotax Mini-Max from Mont-Tremblant, and with his win this year he qualified for Rotax Max Team Canada for a fourth time. After qualifying on the front row in the Canadian Tire Super Pole session, the second-year senior never left it in running 2-1-2 through the heat races to earn pole for the Final, and won it in convincing fashion – well over two seconds up at the final flag.
“I had no idea how the race was going to unfold, I really just handled everything as it came in the Final,” DeMelo said afterward. “When I passed to the lead I was hoping I could get a gap and it worked out that way so I was really happy about that! It feels really good to win Nationals again and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We worked at it all year and I’m just so happy and thankful that everything paid off!”
Also fighting at the front over the week was Gianluca Savaglio. After posting P5 in the SuperPole session the Goodwood/Intrepid driver came through the heats 4-2-3 to qualify P3, then upped one spot in the Final, leading multiple times. Tyler McCullough’s route to second in the nation was much different, as he came through the heats 5-3-25 in Briggs & Stratton Junior, started the Final in P9, then ran forward to the second step of the podium in a great drive. Darryl Timmers was almost equally good in his return to the seat, as after starting P8 in an epic Briggs & Stratton Senior field, he came forward to finish third in the nation.
Others who nearly made the podium steps were Xavier Harris in Mini-Max after starting sixth and finishing fourth, Max Preston in DD2 after running from eighth to fourth in the Final and John Cariati, who posted his best result of the meeting when he posted fourth in DD2 Masters. The Briggs & Stratton Masters field was also an impressive gathering, as the top seven of twenty-eight drivers qualified within two-tenths, and after posting P2 in the opening session Goodwood/Intrepid driver Dave Anderson earned Canadian Tire SuperPole by 0.045 seconds! From there he ran 6-2-1 in the heats to maintain top spot, and in an incredible final crossed fifth after some the best in the country settled matters over a wild final lap. Full team results from Nationals can be seen below.
The Season for Goodwood/Intrepid resumes September 20/21 as the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship concludes at the Jim Russell Karting Academy in Mont-Tremblant. For more information on how Goodwood Kartways can assist you there in Rotax or Briggs & Stratton classes, please contact Team Manager email@example.com and visit goodwoodkartways.com
Goodwood/Intrepid Driver Results – Canadian Nationals, Mont-Tremblant
Briggs & Stratton Junior
Tyler McCullough – 2nd
Nicholas Hornbostel – 10th
Gavin Saunders – 14th
Briggs & Stratton Senior
Darryl Timmers – 3rd
Briggs & Stratton Masters
Dave Anderson – 5th
Gianluca Savaglio – 3rd
Xavier Harris – 4th
Christopher Chanko – 8th
Jordan Slipacoff – 13th
Zachary Claman DeMelo – 1st, National Champion
Marco Di Leo – 6th
Max Preston – 4th
Tyler Kashak – 6th
Rotax DD2 Masters
John Cariati – 4th
Joe Crupi – 8th
Elvis Stojko – 15th
David Nevin – 16th
*Team Facts: Goodwood Kartways is in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. The Goodwood Kartways race team annually represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Canadian National Championships and SKUSA SuperNationals.
It has also had drivers contest the Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Goodwood Kartways operates in conjunction with Intrepid S.r.l. in Verona, Praga Kart, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats and Vega Tires.