Race eleven is up next as the focus for the rest of the year turns to some good old Club Racing! Back to our standard Long Track configuration. The format for this week is ‘Reverse Order Heat Racing’ which is sure to provide some great racing action. We are looking forward to another great event!
Years ago, when I started racing CRKC with Daniel, there were things I loved about the series and things I hated. Being at the track with my young son and watching him compete for wins, that was top of the list. Daniel quickly became a podium threat every weekend, winning dozens of races and several championships in the process.
But the inconsistency and honestly poor condition of the karts brought the whole experience down. It was the biggest motivating factor in getting Daniel out of CRKC and into TRAK with his own kart.
Personally, I tried to ignore it and just enjoy racing. But this Friday’s CRKC race reminded me of the good and bad simultaneously.
I spent some of Friday evening with the Montano family. It’s wonderful to see a young kid like Miggy go from rookie to race winner. He tries so hard, filled with confidence, and is on the podium (unless someone wrecks him) every week. And I enjoy seeing friends and racing rivals like Kasper, Damiano, Andy and Paul. But they’re no substitute for my own family. TRAK racing is much more family oriented, where Daniel and I work together with our team to get results.
When I got out on track, I was immediately quick, but when it came time to qualify, I lost a second a lap. Anyone who’s raced CRKC will knows the built-in excuse “I got a bad kart” is easy to say. But when a racers fly by you on the straightaway, it’s not your cornering that’s to blame. The karts are just so unequal. And it’s totally beyond your control.
It doesn’t even feel like real racing.
Last week, when Daniel was racing in Sutton, it felt like real racing. We rolled in to the track on Tuesday, set up our tools and practiced all week. Daniel learned the track, I tried different gears and fine-tuned the kart. By Thursday night we decided on the set-up we’d run all weekend. Friday morning, we bolted on the race motor, then on Saturday we slapped on a new set of slicks. Each step, Daniel lowered his lap times, and in qualifying he wheeled the No. 412 to his fastest laps of the weekend. It was all within our control, so long as we were willing to put in the effort.
I guess you could say that as I’ve gained experience, I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with how little is within my control in CRKC. It’s as if my driving had little to do with the final result. I don’t even check where I finished in my race.
The 130R Racing Series is the brainchild of Mr. Dale Goz. Two years ago, he developed the the fun, competitive, monthly racing series at K1 Speed in Toronto. Although US locations’ racing series are organized by K1 Corporate, Canadian locations aren’t so fortunate. Goz’s efforts filled a void.
The first season lasted a full year, but not many racers could compete in all 12 events. For the second season, the 130R Racing Series was shortened to six months, wrapping up in April. The fifth event ran in March … then ‘the virus’ shut everything down.
Now, six months overdue, season two of the 130R Racing Series at K1 Speed is coming to an end. The “Season Finale” will take place on Monday, September 28th at 8:00 PM.
Chris Demaras hopes for a strong Top-5 finish (but would be satisfied if he could hold onto a Top-10 against these speed merchants) while Daniel Demaras aims for the overall championship.
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.
I’ve heard people talk about 3-S Go Karts for years. A track that so many people in the paddock had grown up at and have nothing but fond memories of. Despite its storied past and famed history, it had been a while since any big races went down at Sutton. That was, of course, until it was announced that they would be hosting the final round of the KartStars Canada series on two weeks notice.
There were many questions that I and many others had about Sutton’s addition to the calendar. What was the state of the track like? How prepared were they for the large fields? More than anything, how do I drive this track?
Learning a new track is never easy. Every circuit has its own unique quirks and challenges, and this is exceptionally true for Sutton. The track is incredibly high speed, with only one real braking zone. Every corner on the track other than the grid corner is either flat out or almost flat out, which makes the circuit quite unique. Grid corner, so named because it is right in front of the grid, leads into one of the most important but challenging parts of the circuit. An interesting characteristic of Sutton is its flow. Every corner sets up the next corner, sometimes the next sequence of corners, and the conventional racing line is often not the right approach.
For a circuit this complex, it was a tall order to get up to speed by the weekend. The first thing to do was to figure out the layout, where to turn left and where to turn right, and how not to throw it off the track. After gaining a baseline understanding of the track, it was time to figure out how to find speed. Pushing the limits and trying new things on track, I realized that Sutton is a much more challenging circuit than I thought. “Slow in, fast out” was very much real, and simply carrying a ton of speed into corners wasn’t the fastest approach. A more methodical line, setting up each section three corners at a time. With the help of New Speed Motorsports’ cast of 3-S veterans Anthony Simone and Max Preston, I was able to use their knowledge of the circuit to improve my driving.
Round 4 of the KartStars Canada series at 3-S Go-Karts in Sutton was the conclusion of the 2020 regional racing season for many competitors. With championships on the line, New Speed Motorsports was up for the challenge.
Here’s how the team did.
No. 412 – Daniel Demaras
Daniel Demaras competed on Saturday and his hard-fought 8th place finish gave him the points needed to secure 3rd overall in the KartStars Senior championship. Then on Sunday Daniel shrugged off a formal protest by one of his rivals by setting a qualifying time 0.01 seconds off pole position. Demaras ran at the front, was crashed out and relegated to the back for the final … but put on a recovery drive to snatch a podium finish with a last corner pass. Demaras doubled-up taking 3rd overall in the Briggs Masters championship.
No. 511 – Max Preston
Team boss Max Preston jumped in the kart (a shifter kart no less) for his first race of 2020 and just missed the podium, finishing 4th. More significantly, he motivated his young team, showing them the fast line around the track, and the hidden treasures around it.
No. 44 – Elijah Joshi
Young Elijah Joshi ran double duty, competing in Briggs Cadet and KartStars Junior, earning Top 10 finishes in both. Totally impressive finish for a young racer in his first season of club racing.
No. 117 – Santiago Ramirez
Mini ROK standout Santiago Ramirez brought home a podium finish in KartStars round 4, ending his championship run in fourth place overall.
Leonard D’Arrigo & Liam Rhodes
Liam and Leonard put down the wrenches just long enough to jump into karts (Briggs and VLR) to turn some laps at a track they both consider very special to both of them.
Anthony Simone & Rocco Simone
NSM’s father and son duo Anthony and Rocco raced together this weekend, each ending up on the podium. While Anthony took the win in Rok VLR Masters, Rocco finished 3rd in Briggs Cadet (1st in Mini Briggs) and finishing the overall Briggs Cadet championship in 2nd (and 1st in Mini Briggs). This was a special moment, as 3-S Go-Karts is Anthony’s childhood home track … a place he hasn’t raced at in 20+ years.
A groundbreaking ceremony on August 20 2020 kicked off construction of a 500,000-square-foot Canadian industrial facility that will combine a business park with a motorsport road course and testing facilities. The Automotive Innovation Park Oro Station project — expected to bring 700 full-time jobs upon completion — will be home to automotive engineering, education, service, supply and manufacturing businesses. It’s also expected to provide 1,800 construction jobs.
Oro Station will be home to a 4.1-kilometer motor circuit — planned for completion in 2022 — for performance testing, training, research and commercial use. In partnership with Georgian College, Oro Station will provide opportunities for students to engage with the automotive industry as it functions as a center for new auto technologies being developed in Ontario.
Construction of commercial and industrial buildings is slated to begin in 2021.
“We make some of the best cars anywhere in the world here in Ontario, there’s no reason why we can’t make our province the top destination for auto innovation and this project will help us maintain our position as leaders in the sector across North America.”
Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario.
Geoffrey Campbell, Managing Partner of Oro Station, said the Automotive Innovation Park began as a concept that was born from a passion to preserve the automotive past while looking to an innovative future with education at its core.
The 4.1 km circuit layout and masterplan was conceived by Driven International through a series of site walks, drives and hand sketches with the designers pin pointing interesting sections of the property.
These plans have since been digitized, engineered, and simulated, culminating in a track layout that utilizes the rolling topography of the site, and winds its way through the natural landscape.
Oro Station Motor Circuit will be a signature track for Canada, distinctly recognizable with the hallmarks of a traditional European circuit, designed specifically for modern GT and vintage racing. The circuit will be a venue that both amateurs and enthusiasts can enjoy, and professional drivers will continue to try and master.
4.1 km | 16 corner
The full Oro Station Motor Circuit is the layout to be homologated by the FIA, with run-off areas and barriers designed in line with FIA grade 3 guidelines.
SPLIT CIRCUIT OPTION 1
North Circuit | 1.5 km | 8 corners South Circuit | 2.3 km | 10 corners
Link sections connecting the two parallel straights enable two shorter configurations to be driven simultaneously. This creates a North Circuit and South Circuit. The longer version of the South Circuit uses the north link, and the long sweeping variation of T10.
SPLIT CIRCUIT OPTION 2
North Circuit | 1.7 km | 8 corners South Circuit | 1.9 km | 10 corners
The shorter version of the South Circuit uses the south link which re-joins at the hairpin variation of Turn 10, feeding back into the main circuit shortly afterwards. The North Circuit becomes slightly longer in this format.