Team News: Goodwood Kartways ECKC Mont-Tremblant Report
Goodwood Kartways produced a solid end to its Canadian campaign a week ago as eight team drivers made the trek to Mont-Tremblant and the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship 2014 season finale. Once again winning in both Rotax and Briggs & Stratton classes, Goodwood had five different drivers combine for seven trips up the weekend podium, along with three more up the championship podium when the final points were tallied.
“We’re really pleased with how the weekend went, and how the entire ECKC calendar went overall,” said Team Manager Marco Di Leo, back on home soil for the TRAK Championship finale over the weekend. “We were a force in both Briggs and Rotax, and spread wins and podiums across a number classes and in all conditions. The return of Intrepid has gone really well, and though the home season has ended, we’re still looking for more as Pan-Am and SuperNats are right around the corner. Then before you know it we’ll be right back at it in 2015!”
The stats certainly support the statements, as Goodwood/Intrepid had thirteen different drivers go up ECKC podiums, fifteen times total in Briggs & Stratton and nineteen in Rotax! The team scored multiple wins at every round of the championship, and wins in both Rotax and Briggs classes at every track but one – it’s home track Goodwood Kartways! Nicholas Hornbostel, Tyler McCullough, Dave Anderson, Zachary Claman DeMelo and Xavier Harris were winners for the team, while Gianluca Savaglio, Tyler Kashak, Joe Crupi, Francis Mondou, Gavin Saunders, Christopher Chanko, Max Preston and Di Leo himself scored additional podium results.
Xavier Harris added his name to the winners’ list after a dominating drive in the rain at the Mont-Tremblant finale. He qualified on the front row for the final day, maintained the spot through the PreFinal and took control quickly in a wet Final en-route to a decisive win, his third overall in ECKC competition. Dave Anderson was the other weekend winner for Goodwood, taking the opening run at Tremblant and adding it to his win from Trois-Rivieres in Briggs & Stratton Masters. After finishing second a day later, Anderson had produced four straight podium results. Marco Di Leo and Zachary Claman DeMelo were also on the blocks, Di Leo running two-two in Briggs Senior and Claman DeMelo scoring both a third in Briggs and a second in Rotax Senior.
After the final flag, Claman DeMelo was confirmed as the 2014 Senior Champion, defending his title from a year ago and giving him five consecutive titles, one in every season of ECKC existence: 2010 Mini-Max, 2011 Junior, 2012 Junior, 2013 Senior and 2014 Senior. ZCD now joins the Team Canada Roster for the upcoming Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Spain. Also reaching the Championship podium despite not racing at the opening events were both Di Leo, third in Briggs Senior, and Anderson, third in Briggs Masters. Tyler McCullough and Nicholas Hornbostel finished the season fourth and fifth in Briggs Junior, Christopher Chanko and Harris were fourth and fifth in Mini-Max, and Max Preston was fifth in DD2. Full team results from Mont-Tremblant can be seen below.
The Season for Goodwood/Intrepid resumes October 15 with the Pan American Challenge in Mooresville, North Carolina. For more information on how Goodwood Kartways can assist you there, please contact Team Manager firstname.lastname@example.org and visit goodwoodkartways.com
Goodwood/Intrepid Driver Results – ECKC Finale, Mont-Tremblant
Briggs & Stratton Junior
Tyler McCullough – 7th, 9th
Briggs & Stratton Senior
Marco Di Leo – 2nd, 2nd
Zachary Claman DeMelo – 3rd, 23rd
Briggs & Stratton Masters
Dave Anderson – 1st, 2nd
Xavier Harris – 7th, 1st
Christopher Chanko – 6th, 6th
Zachary Claman DeMelo – 2nd, 5th, ECKC Champion
Max Preston – 5th, 8th
*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.