Campbell, Choquer and Thompson to the Worlds!
6 August 2012
Third and final round of the Western Canadian Championships was presented this weekend in Calgary, Alberta. Perfect conditions for this last round gave very tight battle for the wins and for the championship standings.
Done deal for Scott Campbell who secured his 9th participation to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. 2010 DD2 Masters world champion is now qualified for the DD2 class by winning the 2012 Western Canadian Championship in the DD2 class. It wasn’t an easy weekend for Campbell with the win of Daniel Burkett on Saturday. Point standings suddenly became very close. The title was decided at the finish line of the last race. Austin King is the runner-up, only 20 points behind the champion while Burkett finished 3rd.
In the Rotax Max class, Bryce Choquer had way less pressure as his strongest competitor for the championship, Chris Glover, didn’t race this weekend. It was still possible for Kevin King to win the title but Choquer with a third and a second place finishes closed the door and won the title to get his ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals. For the championship, Kevin King finished 2nd and Tyler Wheeler, with a perfect weekend, finished 3rd even if he missed the first round.
Parker Thompson had a comfortable lead for the championship title in the Rotax Max junior class before the weekend. He almost had a perfect weekend, just missing the pole on Saturday, to win the title and to go to the Worlds for the second year in a row. “Last year wasn’t my best event in U.A.E. but this year, I am determined to have a good one in Portugal” said Thompson. Jordan Redlin, 2nd, and Matthew Moniz, 3rd, also climbed on the championship podium.
In the Mini-Max class, Garrett Gulenshyn didn’t have his best weekend of this championship but the lead he had when in arrived in Calgary and his second place on Saturday were good enough to become the 2012 Mini-Max champion. Thus, he also won the invitation to race at the 2012 ASN Canada National championships and 2000$ to help him to cover this expenses to get there. Behind him, the point standings were very close. Nolan Vogel and Jeff Fullham finished 2nd and 3rd.
A second place on Saturday and a win on Sunday secured Griffin Dowler title in the Rotax Micro-Max class. Throughout the year, these young drivers fought very hard and always gave exciting races. Sebastian Mercado, with a win on Saturday, finished 2nd in this championship while Marco Kacic finished 3rd.
In the Rotax Max Masters class, Mike Peltier just missed a perfect season when he finished 3rd in the first pre-final race of the season and without surprise, he won the championship. Stephen Orton is the runner-up and Peter Sammon is third in this championship.
The Briggs and Stratton classes gave exciting races this season in every classes. In Junior 1, the championship seemed easy for Dylan Waller because he just missed a perfect season when he finished 2nd on the last race, 0,017 second behind the winner. But Waller had to fight hard every round to obtain this success. Christina Dezall was the only one who to beat Waller this season and she finished 2nd in this championship. Graham Haggerty took the third place.
In Junior 2, Alan Haggerty won the title by 10 points over Aaron John Morrison. With a win on Saturday, Haggerty took the lead of the championship and Morrison tried hard, with a win on Sunday, to win the championship but with his 2nd place on Sunday, this secured the title for Haggerty. Christophe Richter finished 3rd. In Briggs & Stratton Senior, Skylar Dunning almost had a perfect season but John Kwong beat him by 2 tenths in the final race. For the championship, Dunning won the title over Ty Campbell and experienced driver Carlo Triolo.
The complete results for race # 5 & 6 and Championship standings are available on Mylaps.com:
Championship standings: http://www.mylaps.com/championship/index.jsp?id=153035
Picture: Scott Campbell (DD2), Bryce Choquer (Rotax Max), Garrett Gulenshyn (Mini-Max), Parker Thompson (Junior Max) and Patrick Moreau (credit: Michel Boisclair)