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November 05, 2011 News
eKartingNews.ca Rotax Max Team Canada Driver Profiles: Kyle Herder


In effort to showcase Canada’s top talent, eKartingNews.ca will be profiling each of the Team Canada drivers making the trip in November to attend the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals being held at the Al Ain Raceway in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Canada will be heading to the Grand Finals with their largest contingent of top-flight drivers to date, with a total of twenty-one vying for World Championship glory.

eKartingNews.ca's 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals coverage is brought to you by Pserra Racing, The Rotax Depot and Used Racing Products.



 

Kyle Herder will look to score some strong results in Al Ain (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Kyle Herder will look to score some strong results in Al Ain
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Rotax DD2 – Kyle Herder

Set for his third Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals appearance, and second at Al Ain, veteran karter Kyler Herder will look to build upon a solid 13th place finish the last time he was in the United Arab Emirates back in 2007. “Always a contender,” Herder is never one to leave out of the equation and believes this is his year to shine. Heading West and securing his Team Canada berth via the Western Canadian Championship, Herder was seen back in Ontario and Quebec turning wrenches and coaching Mini Max pilot Jeffrey Kinglsey to two major titles in 2011. Kingsley not only wrapped up a solid Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) series the overall points champion, Herder guided his young mentee to take the ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Mini Max title. As a past ECKC and Canadian National champion himself, the Ontario native reveled in earning the “Canadian Karting Champion Tuner” award in the Mini Max class and will also get to enjoy his international trip with Kingsley, who has been invited to join Team Canada in Al Ain.

Running a joint effort between Karts & Parts, GBR Karting and PSL Karting, Herder was able to take the WCC title on the strength of four wins and a third place podium finish. Locking up the championship in Round #5 in Calgary, the former #1 ranked eKartingNews.ca driver also mentored GBR / LH Kart teammate Daniel Burkett in the western series, with Daniel taking third in the overall standings but locking up his own Team Canada berth at the Pan American Challenge finale. With a broader goal of running successful team and training the next generation of drivers, what Kyle has accomplished both on and off the track speaks volumes of this Canadian karting standout.



BIO

Date of Birth: July 10, 1983
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Parents: Bev & Lon Herder
Height/Weight: 176cm, 65kg
Education: High School
Job: Karts & Parts – coach, mechanic, kart & engine tuner
 

Off the track, Herder turned wrenhes and coached Mini Max pilot Jeffrey Kingsley to a Canadian National Championship (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Off the track, Herder turned wrenhes and coached Mini Max pilot Jeffrey Kingsley to a Canadian National Championship
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

KARTING

Team: Karts & Parts – GBR Karting
Chassis: Lewis Hamilton Kart
Engine Builder: PSL Karting
Tuner: Lon Herder/ Karts & Parts
Sponsors: Karts & Parts, GBR Karting, PSL Karting, my family
Series You Compete In: Western Canadian Championship
Years Karting: 22 Years
How did you get started in karting? My father had raced before me, but I would tag along to all his karting races and eventually had my own kart to practice. I was horrible. It’s amazing how much one can improve with lots of practice!
What has been the high point in your racing career? 2010 Eastern Canadian Karting Champion DD2, 2010 Canadian National Champion DD2 & 2011 Western Canadian Champion DD2. I believe I am the first one to win all three major Canadian Championships.
What are your goals in racing? To run a successful karting team and train the next era of up and coming drivers. And maybe even win some races for myself alone the way.
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Always a contender.

GRAND FINALS

Your Ticket to the Grand Finals: 2011 Western Canadian Championships DD2
Previous Trips: 2007 Al Ain, UAE (13th position), 2010 La Conca, Italy (16th position)
2011 Goal: To have a clean run through all the races and position myself well for a good starting spot for final and hopefully if I have some speed, I will win this race!
Your Posse: My parents - Bev & Lon Herder
Your thoughts on being a member of 2011 Team Canada: Team Canada is always a strong contender at the Rotax Max Grand Finals. We prove that year after year. This year is my turn to score the results. I’m proud to be a member of Team Canada. Canadians should be proud of level of competition we have in Canada.

LIKES

Favorite kart track you’ve raced: Mont Joli, Quebec (Too bad it’s so far away for everyone to have an opportunity to race there).
Favorite race track in the world: Nurburgring Nordschleife – I hope one day I will one day have the opportunity to drive it.
Favorite professional driver: Ayrton Senna
Favorite kart driver: Pier-Luc Ouellette
Favorite website: gizmodo.com
Favorite movie: Fight Club
Favorite actor/actress: Edward Norton
Favorite music/group: Blink 182
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Whistler, BC
Favorite food: Pasta

THE REAL DEAL
 

Herder's Team Canada berth came thanks to four wins in the Western Canadian Championship (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Herder's Team Canada berth came thanks to four wins in the Western Canadian Championship
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

What do you do when not at the track? Road Cycling and Internet
What are your goals outside of karting? Live happily with my wife, Kristina and perhaps have a few racers of our own.
What type of street car do you drive? 2007 VW GTI
What type of street car would you like to drive? 2011 VW GTI
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? Lower the cost to entice new comers to the sport.
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? Karting is 4-wheel motorsports purest form. I really love to see a good battle in karting.
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