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May 10, 2012 News
EKN.ca One-on-One: WCC Manager Patrick Moreau

Patrick Moreau has had a busy off-season organizing the 2012 edition of the Western Canada Championships (Photo: Western Canada Championships)
Patrick Moreau has had a busy off-season organizing the 2012 edition of the Western Canada Championships
(Photo: Western Canada Championships)

The month of May is not only big in Indianapolis, thanks to the plethora of events surrounding the Indy 500 Festival, but its also the unofficial kick-off to the Canadian karting season thanks to the launch of both the Western Canadian Championships in Chilliwack and the Eastern Canadian Karting Championships at the newly-repaved Goodwood. eKartingNews.ca will be working with both series to provide event previews and post-race reports, and well be following up the races from both programs with special editorial highlighting the drivers who excel at each stop. Were going to try some new things on EKN Canada this year, and we hope you enjoy them.

To begin our coverage, weve lined up time with the series managers for both the WCC and the ECKC. We recently connected with Patrick Moreau, the Canadian Rotax Max Challenge Manager and the Series Coordinator for the Western Canadian Championships.

EKN.CA Patrick, thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us today. The Western Canada Championships (WCC) are getting ready to begin the season on May 18-20, in Chilliwack, British Columbia. To get this interview started, how are all the plans and preparations going?

PATRICK MOREAU - In my mind, when you take the responsibility to organize something, you must put your best efforts into the project and this is the way I work in the WCC project. Most of the people in West know me as the Canadian RMC Manager, but they dont know that I have a lot of experience in race organization, including regional and local events, national championships, and international events such as the 1999 North American Karting Championships and 2001 World Karting Championships, which took place at our track at SRA. Organizing a series such at the WCC requires a lot of time, because there are many details to take care of. Of course, when an event goes well, no one realizes what has been done to achieve such result. And if something goes wrong, a good organization will have a plan B and be ready to face any problem.

Speaking of the WCC, I had the chance to work with people in West and all of them shared information, gave input when required and participated a lot in the organization. Our ASN gave me a good hand as well. This was really helpful.

Up to now, things have gone well and on our side, we are ready for the first round. But to be honest, by the questions I received recently, it seems that I will face the same problem at the WCC that we have in East. People dont read anything and Im a bit afraid that Ill be hearing the no one told me line frequently at the first round, even though the series regulations have been online since April 14. As an example, I negotiated a special discount at the official hotel of the first round, and the races had until May 4 to take advantage of it. Many will have missed this chance, Im sure. Heres another example. This year, regular registration closes one week before the event. Late registration will be possible on-site until Friday at noon with an obvious penalty. The reason is simple, we need to have a pretty good idea to the number of competitors that we will have because this will gives us one week to do modifications (ie. schedule) if necessary. New for this year, we will have timed practices on Friday afternoon. We need to prepare the timing system and the electronic equipment control system and this cannot be done at the last minute. If you dont have experience in race organization, you probably dont understand why those little things are important. I hope people will understand it to make the series event better.

EKN.CA I know its not funny, but it is a little comical how racers like to wait until the last minute to get entered. It certainly sounds like the topic for an editorial column, because as you said, pre-entry is crucial to series organizers in preparing for races. We talk to all the major organizers, and I think that registration issues are very common. I guess we just need to keep educating the racers. That said, all the information for the race is online, so please give us the direct links so our readers can go there immediately if they have not already. That said, the West has some strong shops and some great racers, what classes do you expect to be the most hotly contested?

MOREAU - First, here are the links:

General info and Series Regulation on WCC - http://www.maxchallenge.ca/wcc/
Chilliwack Info and Registration - http://www.maxchallenge.ca/wcc/chilliwack/

Again this year, competition will be very strong in Rotax MAX Senior and MAX Junior. The level of competition in West is as good as we see in East in these two classes. Mini-Max entries increased last year and Micro, which is pretty new in West, should continue to grow. My biggest wish is to have a bigger field in DD2. Canadian drivers are strong in DD2 and we had very strong battles last year in the WCC, but the field should grow. Last year, entries were disappointing for a class where you can qualify directly for the World Finals, but I hope more drivers will take advantage of this opportunity. Regarding Briggs & Stratton, I am curious to see what will happen. The LO206 made its proof and competitors are very satisfied with it. There is no question of $3500 4-stroke engines anymore. I am in a hurry to see this develop in the West, as in many markets like Quebec and Maritimes, the LO206 has been able to bring back some drivers and they are very happy because driving skills and chassis tuning are the key.

EKN.CA Patrick, I think were all pretty excited to see how the WCC kicks off in Chilliwack. Were all expecting Team Canada to be very strong for this years World Finals, and it will be very interesting to see who steps forward to grab the positions from the West. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us.

MOREAU - I was a pleasure. One last thing, the WCC will broadcast live timing this year (if we can avoid internet connection problems), so if you cannot attend the event, you will be able to follow the action through the live timing which will be available on http://www.maxchallenge.ca/wcc/live-timing

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