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July 28, 2012 News
Four Drivers will Join Team Canada this Weekend

The final round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championships takes place this Sunday in Trois-Rivières, Qué., at Le petit Monaco street race event. At the end of the day, four drivers will be invited to join Team Canada and race at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals next November in Portugal. This will set the number of qualified drivers to six because Nicholas Latifi (DD2) and Zacharie Scalzo (Max Junior) already qualified through the American winter series.

In DD2, the battle for the Championship includes three drivers. Pier-Luc Ouellette leading the standings over Ben Cooper and Christophe Boisclair. When taking the joker race in consideration, Cooper lead over Ouellette and in both cases, Boisclair in not far behind. Because Cooper is already qualified for the Grand Finals, he can win the championship but not the invitation. The real battle for the spot in Team Canada is between the actual DD2 world champion Ouellette and Boisclair.

In DD2 Masters, the title should be decided between Stuart Clark and Marc-André Bourgeois but former Rotax Masters world champion Luc Sauriol is still in line for the title.

In Rotax MAX, the battle will probably be decided in the last corner between the standing leader Marco DiLeo and current Canadian Champion Steven Szigeti with only a 10 point difference (after joker applied). With 250 points for a perfect day, Jesse Lazare is close enough to have a chance for the title.

In the Junior Max class, Parker Thompson, from Alberta, is leading over Zachary Claman-DeMelo but Claman-DeMelo missed an event. Taking the joker in consideration, Claman-DeMelo has a 41 point lead over Thompson. Olivier Bédard and Jeffrey Kingsley still have chances for the title.

Saturday being a race of the Coupe du Québec championship, this will give us a good idea of what could happen on Sunday.

You can follow the action through the live-timing on the Canadian Rotax Max Challenge website at http://www.maxchallenge.ca/wcc/live-timing/ or on your smartphone (Race-Monitor application required).

Next weekend, three additional drivers will join Team Canada with the final round of the Western Canadian Championship in Calgary, Alb.
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