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eKartingNews.ca Driver Rankings – Rotax Senior as of May 31, 2011
 


A recent Federal election saw some surprises come out of Quebec and the first eKartingNews.ca Driver Ranking for Senior Max has racers from Quebec showing the way. Known for a love of all things racing, (and poutine) racers from Canada’s second largest province are no strangers to the top of the Rankings. While there is not a lot of change at the top as we saw in both Junior and DD2, the sheer number of talented drivers making noise at the top is staggering. The Ranking system rewards large fields and strong grids with lots of top 25 drivers in the mix. With a plethora of great tracks, well-established teams and die-hard commitment to karting, Quebec has a strangle hold on the top ten.

The May 2011 Rankings Report has 117 drivers on the list, up from the September 2010 report that had 110 with two or more starts. However in September 2010, that list accounted for 631 starts for an average of 5.74 starts while this May its 602 total starts with an average of 5.15 starts per driver. This is partly due to taking out ten races from May of 2010 and adding back in only seven races, but may also be a sign that drivers are being more selective where they chose to compete. The top race runner in the May Report is SRA Karting’s Christophe Boisclair at 15 races with SH Karting’s Steven Szgeti in at 14 races. Amazingly PSL Karting's Pier-Luc Ouellette is inside the top five in the rankings with only five starts to his credit.

Grid sizes are another big story in the May EKN.ca Senior Max Ranking Report. Four of the seven races had over over thirty drivers on the grid. Looking at all seven events run so far in May, only one had under twenty competitors with the average field being 29 karts. The Western Canadian Championship has exploded in the Senior ranks having 35 racers in the field both days at the Chilliwack, BC opener. The event was a Pan Am qualifier round and did attract a couple of US frontrunners in Joey Wimsett (Intrepid) and Stepnova Nekeel (Tony Kart), both of whom have run the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals for Team USA.

Boisclair (Birel) stays on top with a solid margin over second. In second is now retired former National Champion Phillipe Gelinas (Tony Kart) who moves up one placement. Up three spots, the biggest mover inside the top ten, is Jean Francois Lafontaine (Birel) who now sits third. 2009 National Senior Champion Hugo Ouellette (CRG) stays in fourth place while older brother Pier-Luc (CRG) drops three steps to sit in fifth place. Kevin King (CRG) is back one spot to hold onto sixth place while Massimo Scotti (CRG) and Marc-Andre Levesque (Tony Kart) remain in the seventh and eighth places respectively. Rounding out the top ten is 2011 FWT DD2 Champion Michael Vincec (CRG). Top from the west is Chris Glover (Lewis Hamilton) in twelfth place. A couple of newcomers from last season are making their presence known as Dalton Kellet (Intrepid) is up six places to sit in 13th and Kevin Monteith (Birel) is up eight to hold the 14th position. Biggest mover in the Ranking Report is PSL Atlantic driver Nathan Kelly (CRG) who jumps from 81st to 39th, a 44 point move.

Rotax Senior Top Ten - as of May 31, 2011
May-11Sep-10ChangeDriverRacesScore
1.1.N/CChristophe Boisclair154932
2.3.1Philippe Gelinas94871
3.6.3Jean Francois Lafontaine134843
4.4.N/CHugo Ouellette84775
5.2.-3Pier-Luc Ouellette54759
6.5.-1Kevin King124745
7.7.N/CMassimo Scotti124727
8.8.N/CSteven Szgeti144694
9.9.N/CMarc-Andre Levesque124684
10.10.N/CMichael Vincec84643


For the complete Rotax Senior Driver Rankings, click HERE


 

Rotax Senior Number 1, Christophe Boisclair (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Rotax Senior Number 1, Christophe Boisclair
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Rotax Senior #1 - Christophe Boisclair
Terrebonne, Quebec

Not much more can be said about the quiet driver from just north of Montreal. Boisclair has been a big part of the sport for over a decade and has been to more World Finals than just about anyone else. Boisclair has been part of the potent Team Canada contingent on a staggering seven occasions. His smooth, unassuming style tends to sneak up on the field as he is always there at the end. A big change for 2011 for Boisclair saw the SRA Karting outfit moving from the Arrow chassis to the Birel program. It’s one thing to change chassis colours from one Italian designed kart to another, but Boisclair has made the move from the very unique Australian-designed and built Arrow, one which brought him much success, to the cutting edge European-designed Birel platform. The change doesn’t seem to have slowed down Boisclair has he continues to lead the way and earn his place at the top of the karting ranks. Along with a busy Winter Tour season, the now 20-year-old driver and University of Lavalle student just completed his freshmen year as he now turns his focus to a hectic summer of karting.

Point Breakdown
RaceRank FinishPoints
2010 Coupe de Montreal #284894
2010 Coupe de Montreal #482991
2010 ECKC #681971
2010 Canadian National Championships1021172
Quebec Championship #285904


Inside the Stats
Average finish: 2.8
Average points: 986.4
Total points: 4932


 

Luke Chudleigh (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Luke Chudleigh
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Luke Chudleigh
Milton, Ontario

Making his debut in the EKN.ca Senior Rankings as the top rookie, is 16-year-old Luke Chudleigh (CRG). The Prime Powersports driver has been building a solid resume under the guidance of top tuner Trevor Wickens. The pair have developed a great program that had Chudleigh running in both the Rotax class and Formula Kart class in the 2011 Florida Winter Tour. The result was a second place in TaG Junior and top finishes in Rotax Junior. The great results earned Chudleigh the top spot in the combined weekends securing him the Skip Barber Racing Award and a $25,000 scholarship to the Skip Barber Racing. Chudleigh will run in Senior Max for the entire Eastern Canadian Karting Championship along with running in TaG Senior in the SKUSA Pro Tour. With an excellent crop of new drivers to the Senior ranks, look for Chudleigh to fight hard through out 2011 to stay ahead of the pack.

Point Breakdown
RaceRank FinishPoints
ECKC #187857
ECKC #2826684
Quebec Championship #289867
ECKC #3815803


Inside the Stats
Average finish: 14.3
Average points: 802.8
Total points: 3211
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