~ by Daniel Demaras ~
After a couple days of practice, I was prepared for the weekend.
Over two days and twelve sessions, I had plenty of time to improve and better understand the circuit, all while going wheel to wheel with other drivers. As I gained more experience, I started taking more risks on overtakes, and defended my positions with more confidence. To cap off the weekend, I snatched a podium on the last lap of the final with a tight overtake at grid corner to finish third by less than a tenth of a second. With the help of my team, I was able to go from having zero experience of the circuit to fighting at the front within the span of a week.
Despite taking up the event on two week’s notice, 3-S Go Karts was packed to the brim with drivers, the event bringing in over 140 entries. People were thrilled to be returning to one of the best and most beloved circuits in all of Canada. The action on track was fierce and exciting, and off track, everyone seemed glad to be back.
After the weekend’s activities came to a close, I got the chance to walk around the grounds of 3-S Go Karts. There isn’t a single part of the facility that doesn’t have a story to tell, and I had the chance to see that.
Inside the barn is a snapshot of karting history, with DD2’s, KZ shifters and many other chassis and designs not seen on track anymore. Inside the house were the 3-S Go Karts yearbooks from years past, showing pictures of drivers like Daniel Di Leo, Curtis Fox, Anthony Simone, Julianna Chiovitti and so many more early in their careers, as they fought for the chance at racing glory. A quote in one yearbook likens Sutton to Silverstone, Monza and Indianapolis, calling it a “shrine” in Canadian Karting. A legendary circuit with a storied history, 3-S Go Karts is now imprinting it’s legacy on the next generation of Canadian karting.