Saturday: 2021 TRAK Race 6 / KartStars 2

Back at the track, 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Some racers rolled in to the track on that morning, after a four hour drive from the GTA, but for Daniel and New Speed Motorsports, all the preparation from Friday was sure to pay off. The skies were overcast, and the temperatures high.

After a brief morning warm-up, Demaras lead the field to qualifying. Two or three corners in, the rain started to fall, making driving with new slicks treacherous. Multiple karts spun out, and several were off the pace as their dry setups did not produce the grip needed. Some experienced drivers anticipated this by running a wet set-up (rained axle, widened spindles) with dry tires. The No. 412 was not set up for these conditions.

Daniel was frustrated with qualifying. One of the Friday practice sessions was on a damp track with slicks on. But now that the sessions counted, he only managed a P7 in quali. The team made the decision to switch to rain tires and the wet weather continued.

Then, while pushing the No. 412 kart to the grid for the first heat race … the sun came out.

Sensing an opportunity for a strategic advantage, Max, Xavier and Chris made the last second decision to pull the rain tires and go out on slicks. The kart was still on the stand with the wheels off when the starter gave the 1 minute command to fire up the engines. A rival shouted “Hey NSM…this ain’t NASCAR!” as the crew scrambled, but it was too late. All the racers had left the starting grid. By the time the tires were bolted on, Daniel started the race in last place, several seconds back of the pack.

Demaras caught the tail end of the field, made two passes, then spun on the wet concrete in Turn 3. Regaining his footing, and some positions, he crossed the line nearly 30 seconds back of the lead pack who stayed on wet weather tires. The strategy call didn’t work out, but the racing gods do have a sense of humour. The race leader misunderstood the flag man, and entered the pits before the end of the race, abandoning his win. The second place driver was DQed upon entering the pits for not fastening his helmet!

One of the benefits of running Masters is that it gives Demaras a chance to watch his friends race in other classes. Shoulder to shoulder with Anthony, Daniel cheered on Chad Webster in the Briggs Senior race. NSM teammates Cayden and Rocco were having their own struggles to overcome, but the attitude was positive.

Daniel lined up for the Pre-Final in P6 and was determined to get to the front to fight his championship rivals. He belonged there. With motivation and coaching from experienced racers Max and Xavier, Daniel was ready.

Sometimes, a racer just wants it too badly. He demands success, and nothing short of a podium is even worth talking about. Daniel felt he was out of position so deep in the pack, and aggressively moved forward. But these guys aren’t pushovers.

The unlucky timing of a passing attempt on Levon for 4th place resulted in contact, which ripped off Daniel’s front bumper (and Levon’s rear bumper) and sent the parts scattering across the track. The result was a DQ for both drivers…banished to the back for the Final.

The team did everything it could to help get the No. 412 to the front of the grid. Daniel drove aggressively, over-aggressively, to overcome the disadvantage of his starting position. But this time, reaching the podium from so far back was too much to ask.

One bright spot for Demaras was his mom Alice and sister Michelle joining him at the track for the big race. The photograph of Daniel on the left speaks volumes about how he felt after KartStars Round 2 at PPKC.


PPKC Friday

A peaceful night in the hotel, plus an early breakfast prepared the NSM team for Friday practice at a brand new track. None of the current drivers have ever seen Point Pelee before, but team tuner Glenn Butler ran there back in the day. To eliminate any ‘home track advantage’ the event organizers arranged to run the track clockwise, opposite to every other race weekend.

Established 25 years ago, Point Pelee has a distinctly old school feeling to it. The place looks friendly with it’s landscaping, racing flags and rental karts. It’s perfect for people vacationing at the nearby National Park. But this weekend would be serious business.

Six controlled-practice took place between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, giving racers the chance to familiarize themselves with the layout. The reversed configuration, plus some miscommunication, created near-misses at the pit entry as racers slowed down off line, then cut across the front straight. Jeepers!

With some coaching from NSM boss Anthony, under the watchful eye of event organizer Dan Di Leo, Demaras got up to speed quickly. The challenges of racing Stehle, Beaudin, Yanko and other KartStars podium finishers lay ahead.

Once the sessions were over, the young lions had some fun with a four-wheeler. Rocco got a chance to hit the jumps, while Leo got a double-ride with one of the older kids. After a while, the boys realized they could go faster by cutting the corners, and running through the grass.

At the end of a productive day, Daniel took the rural atmosphere to heart by riding in the back of Anthony’s pickup truck on the way back to the hotel. Once the helmets were put away, it seemed like being on vacation again.


PPKC Thursday

~ by Chris #16 Demaras ~

Time for the first ‘away race‘ of the 2021 season. Daniel and I jumped into my dad’s Subaru Forester XT turbo for a quick drive to Leamington. The Invidia dual exhaust played the songs of our people as we sped across the 401.

Fast forward a couple hundred kilometers, and we’re on a regional road just off the highway. Daniel and I decide to switch drivers for the last stretch into town, so we randomly pull into the first parking lot we could find. It’s just a dusty old garage with Sparky’s on the hand-painted sign.

Through the garage door we could see a mechanic working away under a rusty 1969 Mercury Cougar. We walked in just to say hi. After all, he was nice enough not to greet us with a rack of the 12-gauge and a “…the sign says private property, city slicker…” like we expected.

What a surprise we found.

Inside were a pair of 1957 fat-fender GMC pickups and a 1963 Continental with suicide doors. Sparky was nice enough to let us wander through his shop, and I almost expected to find three Piston Cups on the shelf. The map may say Sparky’s is located at 6295 Kent Rd 1 in Tilbury, but there’s so many classics in the shop, you’ll think you wandered into Radiator Springs.

We said goodbye to Sparky, and prepared for the last leg of the tip to Point Pelee Karting. In the parking lot out front in the sunshine was the top dog. A 1970 Dodge Challenger in Sublime neon green paint. I played tourist one more time, and posed for a picture, as Sparky asked if I was was interested in trading the Subaru station wagon for a real car.


KartStars Round 2 Friday Schedule

Friday July 23rd 2021


Practice Schedule

  • 8:00 am – Gates Open
  • 10:00 am – Briggs Senior, Briggs Masters
  • 10:15 am – Briggs Cadet
  • 10:30 am – Briggs JR Lite, Briggs Junior
  • 10:45 am – Rok Senior, VLR Masters, Rok Shifter
  • 11:00 am – Mini Rok, Rok Junior
  • 11:15 am – Briggs Senior, Briggs Masters
  • 11:30 am – Briggs Cadet
  • 11:45 am – Briggs JR Lite, Briggs Junior
  • 12:00 pm – Rok Senior, VLR Masters, Rok Shifter
  • 12:15 pm – Mini Rok, Rok Junior

Lunch Break (12:30pm – 1:00pm)

  • 1:00 pm – Briggs Senior, Briggs Masters
  • 1:15 pm – Briggs Cadet
  • 1:30 pm – Briggs JR Lite, Briggs Junior
  • 1:45 pm – Rok Senior, Rok Masters, Rok Shifter
  • 2:00 pm – Mini Rok, Rok Junior
  • 2:15 pm – Briggs Senior, Briggs Masters
  • 2:30 pm – Briggs Cadet
  • 2:45 pm – Briggs JR Lite, Briggs Junior
  • 3:00 pm – Rok Senior, Rok Masters, Rok Shifter
  • 3:15 pm – Mini Rok, Rok Junior
  • 3:30 pm – Briggs Senior, Briggs Masters
  • 3:45 pm – Briggs Cadet
  • 4:00 pm – Briggs JR Lite, Briggs Junior
  • 4:15 pm – Rok Senior, Rok Masters, Rok Shifter
  • 4:30 pm – Mini Rok, Rok Junior
  • 4:45 pm – Briggs Senior, Briggs Masters
  • 5:00 pm – End of on-track activities
  • 6:00 pm – Gates Close

TRAK Race 6 / KartStars Round 2 Details

Just a reminder, on-line registration for TRAK Race 6/ KartStars Canada Round 2 will close tomorrow July 20th at 8pm. Fees are discounted for those of you taking advantage of the on-line registration process. As promoted, further discounts on Tires, Fuel and Oil are available only through the pre-register process. Logistics for this event are unique. The Tuesday deadline is important as our trucks will leave packed from Goodwood Wednesday afternoon. Your prompt attention is greatly appreciated.

Here is some information for our TRAK Club members:

1. TRAK Race #6 will be held this weekend as part of the KartStars Canada event. It is important to note that eligibility is granted to any drivers who holds a valid Club license. A National license is NOT required. As a TRAK Member you are all set.

2. This is a two-day event featuring a unique format depending of which class you race. Briggs classes are single day events with some taking place on Saturday and others on Sunday. Rok classes compete throughout the weekend.

3. This is a TRAK points race and as such TRAK points will be awarded based on your overall finishing position within your class. We will then rank the total points scored between TRAK members only and the TRAK member who scored the most points in their respective class will be awarded 1st Place Championship points. The TRAK member who scores the second most combined points in that same class will score 2nd place championship points. So on and so forth.

4. Transponder assignment will be done on site during registration hours only.

5. Remember pre-registration saves you money, makes you eligible for further discounts on consumables and closes TUESDAY night at 8pm!  

6. For those who don’t take advantage of pre-registration, on-site Registration will be open:

  • Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and again between 4:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Saturday morning from 7:15am to 8:15am.
  • Sunday morning from 7:15am to 8:15am

To Register Now: Click HERE
To view the Friday Practice Schedule: Click HERE
To view the Saturday and Sunday Race Schedule: Click HERE

For more information on the KartStars Canada program and complete event details please isit www.kartsportcanada.ca

See you at the track!


Point Pelee Information

The “spec” fuel for 4-stroke classes at KartStars Canada Round 2 is 91 octane and must be purchased from:

Circle K
2 Seacliff Dr W
Leamington ON N8H 2L4

Point Pelee Karting Club Thrilled to Host KartStars Round 2 This Weekend

Originally Published on: CKN

The venture down the 401 to one of Canada’s best circuits will be worth it!

~ by Emily Billings ~.

As Covid-19 Restrictions ease this summer in the city of Toronto and businesses try to recover, we find ourselves not only busy with work but also freer to do what we enjoy. As for the only karting race club in Windsor-Essex County, the hustle n’ bustle has been no different.

Just 3.5 hours southwest of Toronto, is Leamington, Ontario which is home to nearly 28,000 individuals, some of them being our friends at Point Pelee Karting Club (PPKC). The establishment managed by Jason Papp has catered to some of our finest Canadian Karters Since 1997 and as PPKC enters their 25th year of operations next year, they’re home to a number of well-known faces, including a couple of KartStars 2019/2020 successors. Christian Papp (Novice winner KartStars 2019, third place in Briggs Cadet final 2020), Nathan Dupuis (Briggs Junior Lite fifth place runner-up finalist 2020), and our local boy Ayden Ingratta (landing third place for Rok Junior 2020) all harnessed tremendous strength on the track and set an enticing bar in last year’s championship, as we now look forward to the upcoming KartStars Round 2 for 2021.

With PPKC welcoming Ontario drivers to the track, practices are already underway while the home crowd and racers are rumbling with pride as they will be hosting our upcoming KartStars Canada Round 2 on Saturday and Sunday, July 24th and 25th running the Suzuka East circuit.

We will see Point Pelee Karting showcase a windy 3⁄4 mile track including a 690ft straightaway that lays 28ft wide for our KartStars racers. The track has six different course layouts and was designed with Formula One-style entry and exit curbs to provide the ultimate outdoor driving experience. You will see a wide range of the racers participating as they start as young as seven in the Cadet class working all the way to Briggs Masters (30+). The karting track offers unlimited practice memberships to all members who span across Southwestern Ontario, many of which will be making their way over to prepare for the big event.

KartStars Canada Round 1 Winners:

  • Briggs Cadet: Christian Papp (Intrepid)
  • Briggs Junior: Michael Ing (Awesome Kart)
  • Junior Lite: Stefano Pincerno (Exprit)
  • Briggs Senior: Jonathan Treadwell (BirelART)
  • Briggs Masters: Daniel Demaras (New Speed Motorsports / Intrepid)
  • KartStars Junior: Gavin Goldie (Intrepid)
  • KartStars Senior: Jonathan Treadwell (BirelART)
  • Mini Rok: Jensen Burnett (Energy Kart)
  • Rok Junior: Ayden Ingratta (Redspeed)
  • Rok Senior: Nolan Bower (Exprit)
  • VLR Masters: Cayden Goodridge (New Speed Motorsports / Intrepid)

After the Race

Committed racers arrive at the track days before an event. Practicing, trying different gears, new clutches, anything to give them a competitive advantage. But eventually the race is over. The tents are folded up and the trailers all roll out. What does a racer do for fun? Where do they go when they leave the track?

For Demaras Racing it was a a trip to the Stardust Drive-In movie theatre in Newmarket to keep the automotive-themed weekend going. . This weekend the double feature was Boss Baby 2: FAMILY BUSINESS plus a midnight showing of Fast & Furious 9: IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY.

When racers aren’t racing, they’re watching Dom Toretto’s flashback scenes of his dad driving a racecar.