| Jesse Lazare remains third in the ECKC Rotax Senior title chase after a runner-up finish in Round 5|
(Photo: Cody Schindel-CKN)
BOWMANVILLE, ONT. (July 4, 2012) - Jesse Lazare was back in action last weekend in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event at Mosport International Karting. The 15 year-old was looking to make a charge for the championship before the final event later this year.
"It is important that we not only do well here, but win," Lazare said before the event. "We need to make up ground, and to do that we have to win. It is very tight at the top of the class, so it is tough to make up ground without winning."
Saturday's event was going well for Lazare until contact sent him off the track in the final.
"That pretty much ended our chances," a disappointed Lazare said. "I have to focus on tomorrow now, and try to salvage something out of the weekend."
Sunday, with a chassis change, brought new hope for Lazare. After qualifying fourth, Lazare moved forward to take the win in the pre-final.
"This is what we needed after yesterday," Lazare said.
In the final, a race long battle saw Lazare lead most of the way before being passed for the win.
"It was difficult because where I was faster it was hard to pass, but where I was off a bit, he could pass me and I couldn't defend against it."
Lazare had to settle for second place and remains third in the Rotax Max Senior points championship.
Jesse Lazare is a 15 year-old kart racer from Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., and he is the current Coupe de Montreal Rotax Max Jr Champion. Lazare's meteoric rise up the karting ranks has been nothing short of amazing. In 2006, as a Cadet, he was second in the Coupe Vega. In 2007, as the youngest driver in Mini Max, he was the Champion in both the Coupe Vega and Coupe de Montreal. Lazare set new records in 2008 by starting out as vice-champion in the Florida Winter Tour, then winning both Honda Jr and Mini Max in both the Coupe Vega and Coupe de Montreal. He was also Canadian National Champion in Mini Max. In 2010, Lazare won the ECKC Rotax Junior championship and the Coupe de Quebec Rotax Max Jr Champion. He also was runner-up in the Coupe de Montreal championship.
Away from the track, Lazare enjoys skiing and hockey, and he attends Lindsay Place High School, (Pointe Claire, Que.). For more information on Jesse Lazare, visit http://www.jesselazare.com