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June 20, 2012
Team News: SH Karting Victorious at Circuit ICAR

Steven Szigeti was the ECKC feature race winner in Rotax Senior at Circuit ICAR (Photo: Cody Schindel-CKN)
Steven Szigeti was the ECKC feature race winner in Rotax Senior at Circuit ICAR
(Photo: Cody Schindel-CKN)

MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, QUE. (June 20, 2012) - After an impressive start to the 2012 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship back in May, SH Karting continued their winning ways this past weekend in Quebec. Coming off a win and podium in Rotax Junior by Parker Thompson, as well as three podium finishes in Rotax Senior thanks to Steven Szigeti and Jesse Lazare during the season-opener at Goodwood Kartways, the SH Karting team took on the demands of Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec for Round 3 of the ECKC, as well as Round 3 of the Coupe du Quebec series this past weekend. The permanent karting facility on the grounds of the now closed Mirabel International Airport posed its challenges for the talented squad, as a concrete surface and high grip levels put drivers and tuners to the test, with SH Karting rising to the challenge. Ten SH Karting and three SH Ontario team drivers took to the track for the doubleheader event weekend, with Lazare taking the Coupe du Quebec win on Saturday, and Szigeti and Thompson scoring wins in ECKC action on Sunday.

After taking the win on Saturday in Coupe du Quebec action, new team recruit Lazare started his ECKC Round 3 campaign off with pole position in the ultra-competitive Rotax Senior category. Teammate Szigeti clocked the third best time in the morning qualifying session with his Supertune USA engine, setting up two inside starting positions for the green Tony Kart machines for the first wheel-to-wheel action of the day. The two maintained their starting positions during the prefinal race, laying the groundwork for the 20-lap feature race. Avoiding the carnage through the first corner after the green flag, the SH Karting duo was able to quickly pull a gap on the field, with Lazare leading Szigeti. By the halfway point, Szigeti was able to make his move for the lead, passing Lazare through the turn one braking zone. Holding the point from there, Szigeti went on to take a one second victory, with Lazare making it a one-two finish for SH Karting.

Marc-André Lévesque added a solid fifth place result to the SH Karting tally, while Maxime Couturier's eighth place qualifying result did not yield the final finish he had hoped for. SH Ontario's Arika White also took on the demands of the Rotax Senior class. After a solid 11th place in qualifying, White went on to post an unfortunate DNF in the prefinal, but then bounced back to finish 17th in the final.

Parker Thompson took his second Rotax Junior ECKC win after a brilliant last lap pass (Photo: Cody Schindel-CKN)
Parker Thompson took his second Rotax Junior ECKC win after a brilliant last lap pass
(Photo: Cody Schindel-CKN)

Red Deer, Alberta's Thompson was also victorious in his Circuit ICAR effort. Getting accustomed to the track Saturday, Thompson earned a third place podium finish in the Coupe du Quebec action before turning the wick up Sunday for the ECKC. Missing out on pole by just 0.036, as SH Karting teammate Tommy Lemaire-Ouellet posted the pole time, Thompson's effort put him third on the grid for the prefinal race. Taking the win in the 12-lap heat, Thompson looked to come out on top for the day's final. Falling back to second on the first lap of the final, Thompson made his bid for the lead working lap three. As Thompson and his nearest competitor battled it out for the top spot with the laps winding down, the west coast kid went for a brilliant first corner, last lap pass to take his second victory in the ECKC series. Lemaire-Ouellet recovered from a DNF in the prefinal to finish an impressive seventh in the final, while Alexandre Lacroix and Alexandre Couturier finished 14th and 15th respectively. SH Ontario's Cameron Morrison caome home with a 12th place run in the ECKC final, while Taegan Poles suffered an unfortunate DNF after her strong showing at Goodwood.

In Mini Max, SH Karting pilot Charles Robin just missed the podium in Coupe du Quebec action with his fourth place finish in Saturday's feature race. Back on track Sunday, Robin posted the eighth quickest time in the ECKC qualifying session for Round 3. Improving to fifth in the prefinal, Robin ended his efforts with a seventh place result in the final. Running just the Saturday Coupe du Quebec event, Charles Deschênes finished in ninth.

SH Karting will next take on Rounds 4 & 5 of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship on June 29-July 1, at the Mosport International Karting facility in Bowmanville, Ont. Coupe du Quebec action will resume July 15, for Round 4 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

SH Karting is the exclusive Canadian importer of Tony Kart and Kosmic kart chassis, as well as Vortex and ROK engines. In addition, SH Karting offers a selection of specialized products for recreational and competitive karting including Rotax, Sparco, Bridgestone, Alfano and Tillett. For more information on SH Karting, please call 450.584.3843 or toll free 1.866.584.3843, email orders@shkarting.com or visit them online at http://www.shkarting.com
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