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August 29, 2012
Team News: Seven Podiums and a National Title for SRA Karting/Birel at Canadian Karting Championships

Ben Cooper led SRA Karting-Birel to victory lane in the DD2 National Championship race at Mont-Tremblant (Photo: Gregory Lussier - babelphotos.ca)
Ben Cooper led SRA Karting-Birel to victory lane in the DD2 National Championship race at Mont-Tremblant
(Photo: Gregory Lussier - babelphotos.ca)

ST-ROCH-DE-L’ACHIGAN (August 28, 2012) - Team SRA Karting/Birel had a fantastic event at the 2012 ASN Canada National Championship, winning the title in Rotax DD2 and grabbing seven podiums. The event took place last weekend in Mont-Tremblant, Qué., were nine new champions were crowned.

In the first final on Sunday, SRA/Birel driver Ben Cooper won the title in the Rotax DD2 class, followed by his teammate Zacharie Richard-Robichon. For Cooper, this is his third championship this year, after winning the title at the Florida Winter Tour and the Eastern Canadian Karting Championships. Because Cooper was already qualified for the Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal, Richard-Robichon won the invitation for this international race.

In the Rotax Max Junior class, Team SRA/Birel was on fire, taking three of the four top spots in the final race. Olivier Bédard, Nicolas Doré, and Jeffrey Kingsley respectively finished behind the winner Tommy Lemaire-Ouellet. Cedrik Lupien finished 19th and Allan Moreau 22nd.

Bryce Choquer climbed on the podium in the Rotax Max class with a third place. This result is very satisfying for Choquer, because he had to start in the 14th spot on the grid for every heat race. Philippe Arbour finished 11th after a bad start in the event when he couldn’t set a time in the qualifying session.

In the Micro-Max category, William Chayer put his SRA/Birel in second place after a very tight race against the winner Matthew Latifi and Matthew Barry. Thomas Simard finished fifth.

The battle was simply unbelievable in the Mini-Max class. Very good event for Nataël Cantin, despite his result in the final race. He took pole in qualifying and started on pole for the prefinal. Victim of the tough battle in the pre-final, he started ninth in the final race and finished 11th. Samuel Lupien got the best result amongst the SRA/Birel drivers when he finished 10th. Adams Lessard finished 12th.

In the last race of this championship, the spectators had an exciting race, especially on the last lap with a 'Hollywood' style finish. SRA/Birel Jean-François Lafontaine lead the first half of the race and lost the title by 93 one-hundredth of a second behind Gerald Caseley.

SRA Karting would like to thank all the SRA/Birel drivers for their excellent results during the 2012 ASN Canada National Championships.
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