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eKartingNews.ca Driver Rankings - Rotax Senior as of September 30, 2011

Storming to the top of the eKartingNews.ca Driver Rankings with a ten position jump is veteran Intrepid Canada driver Marco DiLeo (Intrepid) as he just nips Quebec standout Steven Szigeti (Tony Kart). Szigeti himself leapt an impressive six spots to secure second in the Rankings. The duo battled for the top spot at the Nationals in which Szigeti took the crown, but that was not enough to eclipse a solid Eastern Canadian Karting Championship for DiLeo. In third place is Jean Francois Lafontaine (Birel) down one marker from second in the July report. Climbing into the top ten for the first time is rookie Luke Chudleigh (CRG) who is up 12 positions to take over fourth. Kevin Monteith (Birel) switched to Birel for 2011 and worked his way up ten spots from 15th to sit in fifth. Reid Arnold (Intrepid) continues to quietly impress as he jumps up 14 steps to sit in sixth, thanks to a stellar run at the Canadian Nationals where he took fourth. Kevin King (CRG) holds station in seventh while Dalton Kellett (Intrepid) enters the top ten moving four spots to secure eighth. Michael Vincec (CRG) falls five spots to remain in the top ten in ninth spot. Marc-Andre Leveque (Tony Kart) stays in tenth to round out the top ten. Half of the top ten are new making for some very interesting changes. Most significant is the resurgence of the Ontario drivers. In July only one driver from Ontario was in the top as Quebec dominated with nine. Clearly a wake up call, the Ontario contingent stormed back to even out the inter-provincial rivalry.

Chris Glover (Lewis Hamilton) and Christophe Boisclair (Birel) are tied for eleventh place with Austin King (PCR) up an impressive 12 spots to sit in 13th to close out 2011. The biggest mover near the top was Phillippe Harbour, up 26 places to sit 18th from 44th in July. Further down the rankings there were several drivers jumping more than 30 spots as events from 2010 are cleared out. The prize for most races goes to Szigeti at 13 followed by Boisclair and Simon Lauze (CRG) at 11. There were 35 new names added to the Senior Rankings, now up to 365 records to close out 2011. The final edition of the Rankings for 2011 are at 98 drivers with two or more starts, down 11% from 110 at the end 2010. The drivers in the Rankings ran a total of 486 starts for an average of 4.96 races per driver in 2011 compared to 631 for an average of 5.73 to end 2010. Nearly half, 46 out of 98, had fewer than five starts with 38 racers showing just two starts in 2011. While the West grew and grids were strong, there is some work to be done to increase the number of racers taking in the major regional races.

Rotax Senior Top Ten - as of September 30, 2011
1.11.10Marco Di Leo94848
2.8.6Steven Szgeti134837
3.2.-1Jean Francois Lafontaine84730
4.16.12Luke Chudleigh94715
5.15.10Kevin Monteith94711
6.14.8Reid Arnold94707
7.7.N/CKevin King94648
8.12.4Dalton Kellett74610
9.4.-5Michael Vincec94603
10.10.N/CMarc-Andre Levesque84593

For the complete Rotax Senior Driver Rankings, click HERE


Marco DiLeo (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Marco DiLeo
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

NEW Rotax Senior #1 - Marco DiLeo
Stouffville, Ontario

Formerly ranked #1 in TaG Senior on our sister site eKartingNews.com, Marco DiLeo puts his stamp on Canadian soil as the new #1 in Rotax Senior Max. Buoyed by a stellar start to the year, taking the win on both days at the opening round at his home track of Goodwood Kartways, DiLeo was the man to beat in 2011. He took the title in the ECKC to make a return to Team Canada. That was followed by an excellent Canadian Nationals, that had him on the podium in second place. DiLeo then went on to to win the Pan Am Challenge Finale in Senior Max adding another trophy to his impressive resume and another spot for Team Canada at the Grand Finals. As the president of Intrepid Canada, DiLeo’s efforts off the track have been as impressive as on the track. Now taking over the Intrepid brand for all of North America, along with building one of the largest teams in karting worldwide, DiLeo is winning on track and in the board room.

Point Breakdown
ECKC #1 – Goodwood81911
Quebec Cup #2 – Pointe du Lac82933
ECKC #3 – Pointe du Lac82924
Quebec Cup #4 – Tremblant82935
Canadian Nationals – Tremblant1021145

Inside the Stats
Total: 4848
Average: 969.6
Finish: 1.8


Steven Szigeti (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Steven Szigeti
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Rotax Senior #2 - Steven Szigeti
Longueuil, Quebec

In 2011 Steven Szigeti realized a long-standing dream of a Canadian National title. It wasn’t a question of if, but merely a question of when the talented teen would realize that dream. Just missing out on a Junior title in 2009, Szigeti made the move to Senior in 2010 and has rocketed up the grid, fighting for wins at every stop along the way. This year in Mont Tremblant, his second Nationals as a Senior, Szigeti produced a near flawless performance, taking the National Championship title from a field of very seasoned veterans, cementing his name in the Canadian record books. Now back on Team Canada, look for Szigeti to show his stuff on the world stage. Steven and his father are a pair of the most committed and dedicated kart racers in Canada showing that can you can win on a budget and determination. Just so no one questioned his speed and accuracy in a kart, Szigeti took the top spot in the last three major events of the 2011 campaign.

Point Breakdown
Quebec Cup #2 – Pointe du Lac84914
ECKC #1 – Pointe du Lac83915
ECKC #5 – Mosport81927
Quebec Cup #4 – Tremblant83925
Canadian Nationals – Tremblant1011156

Inside the Stats

Total: 4837
Average: 967.4
Finish: 2.4


Jean-Francois Lafontaine (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Jean-Francois Lafontaine
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Rotax Senior #3 - Jean Francois Lafontaine
Terrebonne, Quebec

A change in colour was good for Jean Francois Lafontaine as he used his new Birel red rocket to power him to the front of the field in 2011. All five of his best point tallies came in races in Quebec with Point du Lac being the high point weekend as he took first place in both rounds of the double header weekend. A solid run at the Nationals kept him near the top of the heap as the season closed out. Expect this young charge to be making a bid for the top spot in 2012. By adding some consistency to his is fantastic finishing average, expect this racer to see number one before long.

Point Breakdown
Quebec Cup #1 – ICAR84851
Quebec Cup #2 – Pointe du Lac81942
ECKC #5 – Pointe du Lac81933
Quebec Cup #4 – Tremblant85906
Canadian Nationals – Tremblant1061098

Inside the Stats
Total: 4730
Average: 946.0
Finish: 3.4
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