The ASN Canada FIA National karting championships always gives us an exciting event and this year was no exception. Because the 2010 event was held on a new circuit, which only opened two weeks prior to the event, not one competitor could claim home track advantage here. Adding the fact that competitors must face every type of weather conditions, drivers and mechanics must adapt quickly and do it well.
The largest field of Arrow competitors was in the Rotax Max class with Jean-François Lafontaine, Christophe Boisclair, Zacharie Richard-Robichon, Philippe Arbour, Chris Glover, Benoit-Philippe Rondeau, Mario DiFeo, Daniel Burkett and Thomas McGregor amongst 48 drivers. In the qualifying session, Boisclair was the best of them with a 5th place, two tenths of a second behind the pole siter but only seven hundredths behind second place. Lafontaine qualified 15th, five tenths behind pole and Arbour, 17th were also in the top 20.
In the qualifying heats, Christophe Boisclair got the best results with a 3rd place and two 5th place finishes. Jean-François Lafontaine had two 5th place and one non-finish. Zacharie Richard-Robichon was starting 14th in each heat and got a superb 4th place finish in his last heat to be able to qualify directly to the pre-final as well as Chris Glover who, despite a 13th place on each qualifying heat grid, drove with a lot of constancy, gaining several places in each heat to qualify directly for the final round.
In the prefinal race, none of the Arrow drivers where able to score big but in the final race, Boisclair, Lafontaine and Richard-Robichon had very good results. Boisclair, who started 7th, got a very good start and was leading the race after two corners while Lafontaine and Richard-Robichon gained respectively 4 and 5 spots in the first lap. After loosing the lead to Marc-André Lévesque for three laps, Boisclair retook the lead from lap 4 to 11 before being passed by the winner Philippe Gélinas. Boisclair finished second and qualified for the Rotax Max Challenge world finals. Behind him, Lafontaine finished 6th, a gain of 8 places from where he started and Richard-Robichon finished 13th, a gain of 7 spots. Chris Glover finished 14th.
In Junior Rotax Max, one of the favorites was Arrow driver Olivier Bédard, with teammates Zacharie Scalzo, Nicolas Doré, Lucka Barbeau, Marie Genest and Sara McGregor. Bédard started strong, qualifying on pole in this class where the competition was sometimes a bit to eager. We had proof of this in the qualifying heats where only three drivers, amongst 36, where able to finish with good results in all heats. In the prefinal race, Bédard (7th) and Barbeau (9th) where able to get in the top 10. The final race was a sort of demolition derby, just take a look at the number of penalties given in this race, and the Arrow squad wasn’t able to avoid trouble. Bédard got the best result with a 12th place finish. Zacharie Scalzo was 15th, Sara McGregor was 23rd, Marie Genest 27th, Lucka Barbeau 31st and Nicolas Doré 35th.
In Rotax Mini-Max, Allan Moreau and Richard Rozmarynowicz were registered in this class under Arrow colours. Rozmarynowicz had the best qualifying session with the 10th fastest laptime. Moreau improved is position in every heat race while Rozmarynowicz was unable to complete a lap in the first two heats. They both had a good result in the prefinal race compared to their starting position when Rozmarynowicz finished 6th and Moreau 7th. They got a similar result in the final race when they finished 6th and 8th.
In the Rotax DD2 class, William Lalonde was the only driver on Arrow. A difficult qualifying session complicated his quest in the qualifying heats but with a good results in the last two heats, he improved his rank quite a bit for the prefinal race. In the final race, he started 14th and took 3 spots at the beginning of the race but the battle was tough in the middle of the pack and he finished 13th. In the DD2 Masters class, Antoine Masson and Sébastien Lafond where running on an Arrow kart. This event was only their second race in this class for both drivers. In the qualifying session, Masson got 9th but Lafond couldn’t complete a lap. In the heat races, Masson was good with 4th and 5th place finishes but Lafond, who always started from the last row, had to work very hard. Unfortunately, none of them couldn’t finish the final race.
Nine drivers registered in the Micro-Max class, including Jeff Fulham from British-Columbia on Arrow. This category is fairly new in Western Canada and Fulham was impressed by the level of competition in this class. He finished 8th in the final race.
In the Canada Senior class (Honda), the KDM Arrow team was comprised of Amélie Lafontaine, Vincent Cyr, Shawn Dos Santos and Marc-Olivier Rouleau who qualified, in the same order, 5th, 6th, 14th and 20th. Cyr had the best heat races with two 3rd place and one 6th place finish. In the prefinal race, Cyr ran in second place almost all race before he passed the leader two corners before the checkered flag to start the final race on pole.
In the same race, Dos Santos finished 7th and Lafontaine 8th. In the final race, Cyr had a good start but couldn’t resist to Pearce Herder and later to Dalton Kellett. In the last lap, he was going to finish third but Tommy Lavoie passed him on the last straight and Cyr finished 4th. Shawn Dos Santos finished 9th, Améline Lafontaine 12th, and Marc-Olivier Rouleau 18th.
SRA Karting would like to thank all of these drivers who proudly represented the Arrow kart during the 2010 ASN Canada FIA National Championships.