Canadian F1 drivers to race with American licenses

For the first time ever, two Canadians will compete simultaneously in Formula 1. Williams F1 driver Nicholas Latifi and former Williams 1 driver Lance Stroll (who now races with his father’s F1 team) will both compete in the full 2020 Formula 1 season.

This will mark the first pairing of Canadians racers in Formula 1 since Eppie Wietzes and Al Pease participated in the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport.

But as Ontario kart racers know only too well, the resignation of ASN Canada FIA as the governing body for motorsports in Canada has caused turmoil ahead of the 2020 season.

Kart racers who competed in the Florida Winter Tour who would normally have applied for an international racing license through Paul Cooke and Roger Peart have found their Oakville office closed. Just like the kart racers, Formula 1’s Canadian drivers will race under American racing licenses issued by ACCUS (Automobile Competition Committee for the United States).

The FIA’s appointment of a new Autorité Sportive Nationale is expected on April 1st, 2020, but that’s far too late for Latifi and Stroll, who’ll be competing at the Australian Grand Prix on March 15th, 2020. Drivers will still have their Canadian nationality recognized during driver introductions and the unlikely event of a Canadian podium finish.

2020 MRFKC Dates

The Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship (MRFKC) is happy to share initial dates for the upcoming 2020 season!

The MRFKC team here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has planned a 10-race schedule spread over five weekends. Prizing and format along with rules and regulations are being finalized, but you can count on five outstanding events for the MRFKC season.

The 2020 dates are as follows:

  • Round 1 – May 22 to 24, Mosport Karting Centre CTMP
  • Round 2 – June 5 to 7, Canadian Mini Indy Hamilton
  • Round 3 – July 31 to August 2, Location TBD
  • Round 4 – August 28 to 30, Canadian Mini Indy Hamilton
  • Round 5 – September 18 to 20, Mosport Karting Centre CTMP

Be sure to save these dates in your calendars! Full series details, registration, prizing, and other info coming soon.

Photo by Cody Schindel.

Quebec Karting

Below is a press release from Club de Karting de Montreal. While neither the Demaras Racing team nor the PRO team race at the Quebec tracks, some of the snarky language in the press release shows the tension between Ontario and Quebec regional tracks and organizations.

Important information about kart numbers and racing licences

We have received questions regarding the announcement by Kartstars Canada that they has created a “national registry for kart number”s. Please be advised that this registry can only apply to Ontario and not to Quebec for the same reasons that we have been unable to use the ASN Canada registry for the past two years.

This is because the known electronic equipment management software (tires, engines, chassis) are all based on the fact that a number can only be used by one competitor in the entire event to avoid equipment assignment errors. Since organizations in Ontario do not use this electronic equipment, there is no need for them to follow the single number rule, which is very important to us.

For the Coupe de Montréal, we will still use the single number system managed by Auto Sport Québec. For drivers who wish to keep the number they had in 2019, please note that this number is reserved for you until March 31st. You can keep your number if you apply for a license before this deadline. After March 31st, the “first come first served” policy will apply. If you come from outside Québec and raced at the Coupe de Montréal in 2019, you can secure your number by sending an e-mail to Auto Sport Québec before March 31st. If you come from outside Québec and wish to race in Québec in 2020, you will have to wait until April 1st to contact ASQ and ask for a number.

Reminder to all karting competitors. This year the licence application will be done to Auto Sport Québec online or by paper. Competitor’s number must be reserve with the licence application.

With a LICENCE LOISIR (“leasure licence“) you will be able to race in:

  • Club championships (Coupe de Montréal, SC Performance, Série Karting Tour Québec)

With a LICENCE PROVINCIALE (“provincial licence“) you will be able to race in:

  • Club championships
  • Québec Championship (constituted of 3 races)
  • All regional races in Canada
  • At the Florida Winter Tour and SKUSA Championship (arrangements taken for 2020)

To apply for your racing licence to AUTO SPORT QUEBEC:

  • Membership card from an affiliated club.
  • Licence application form:
  • Medical: if under 50 y.o. medical self-declaration
  • Medical: if 50 y.o. or over, medical form
  • Annex 1 – If driver is a minor: Annual parental consent
  • Annex 2 – Class and number application
  • Picture (JPEG) – head & shoulder, without hat, cap or sunglasses
  • Payment with Paypal or by cheque made out to Auto Sport Quebec

For any question related to the Club de Karting de Montreal membership, please contact Patrick Moreau at (514) 312-1711 ext 223. For any question related to the racing licence of kart numbers, please contact Auto Sport Quebec at (514) 252-3052.

The Order of Canada

For the first tiime since the Order of Canada was founded in 1967, a member of the Canadian motorsport community has been included; Ron Fellows.

The the Order of Canada website:

“The Order honours people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities.The contributions of these trailblazers are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

Mr. Fellows is being honoured for the excellence of his multidisciplinary career in motor racing.”

He began his career in karts, which led to Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000. Fellows competed in the Players-GM Series, the SCCA Trans-Am Series, helped develop the C5-R for Corvette Racing while winning the overall Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2001, the 2003 American Le Mans Series GTS championship, three 24 Hours of Le Mans GTS class victories and two 12 Hours of Sebring GTS class wins. Fellows holds the record for most wins by a non-American driver in NASCAR’s top three series with six wins. He runs a Corvette Driving School outside Las Vegas and his Ron Fellows Driving Experience at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, formerly Mosport Park, the track which he and partner Carlo Fidani bought and proceeded to turn into a world class motorsport facility where IMSA and NASCAR trucks race…right next to his karting facility.

Photo by Cody Schindel

Fellows name has been associated with karting as the all-important first rung on the motorsports ladder through series variously named the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship, Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge and MotoMaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship.

Demaras Racing proudly congratulates Mr. Ron Fellows for his untiring work for the betterment on Canadian motorsports.

PRO at Formula Kartways

Sunday, January 5 2020, was the annual Indoor Karting Day at Formula Kartways for the racers and mechanics from team PRO. Everyone on the team knows Darryl Timmers was Canadian Karting Champion in Briggs Masters not long ago, and Curtis Fox took a win at Grand Nationals in Newcastle last year against top-tier talent. But those new to the team may never have seen experienced and decorated racers like Eric Gerrits, Chris Proietto, Spencer Todd and Andrew Waring on track…ever. Those guys didn’t disappoint. Their battle was ferocious!

Daniel had a chance to continue the year long competition against fellow Briggs Sr drivers Chad Webster and Logan Ploder, while PRO Jr and cadet racers showed their skills on the slippery indoor circuit.

Chris Demaras even strapped on his helmet to compete against other dads like Tony Ploder and Stephan Maskovskis as they tried to keep up with Briggs Masters standout Kevin Adams.

When the racing was complete, a team meeting outlining plans for the 2020 racing season took up several hours, and many racers were interested in developments between ASN Canada, Goodwood and Mosport. Exciting details will become public in the next few weeks … just wait for the press release!

ASN Canada FIA

Big news from the FIA meeting on December 6, 2019:

At the Annual General Assembly on December 6, 2019, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) ended its relationship with ASN Canada (Autorité Sportive Nationale) cutting off the Ontario-based organization’s national sporting authority.

It is rumored that leadership of the ASN will leave their current positions on December 31, 2019. Other rumors suggest a ‘transitional period’ until March 31, 2020, with the new national sporting authority entering into power to deal with licenses and other approvals effective April 1, 2020.

What does this mean to kart racers like Demaras Racing? To get a better perspective, a bit of background:

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is an association established in 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for auto racing events, but the FIA also promotes road safety around the world. The FIA recognizes two motoring delegates within each country; one for touring (in Canada, the CAA) and one for sporting.

In 1951 CASC was founded (Canadian Automobile Sports Clubs) to promote Canadian motorsports beyond Saturday night stock cars and dirt track racing. The goal was to organize competitions in Ontario and eventually, Canada, and in 1967 CASC was recognized by the FIA as the governing body of motor sport in Canada and became a full international member.

In 1990 there was a reorganization of motoring activities in Canada. The CAA remained the FIA delegate for touring, but a new sporting delegate was selected. CASC was run primarily by a group of volunteers, and the FIA’s argument was that a dedicated organization was needed to run the professional side of Canadian motorsport. The organization was ASN Canada FIA.

So what does this mean for motorsports in Canada? You can rest assured that there will still be kart racing in Canada in 2020, and all the big racing events will go on an planned. There’s too much money at stake to mess with that. There will be a new head of motorsports in Canada, who will promise a bright future. Time will tell how well those promises are kept.


The annual Goodwood Night Race. It’s a favourite at Demaras Racing bcause it’s such a unique event. Race day starts at noon, rather than 7:30 am, which is luxurious by racing standards.

The PRO tent was at capacity as racers from Mosport and Goodwood lined up their karts for the last big event of the year.

In FP1, Daniel ran a 47.519 sec. lap, as the track was green from overnight rains. His times improved to 46.748 sec. in FP2 and down to 46.586 sec in final practice, shaving nearly a second off his times.

In qualifying, Daniel struggled to get a clean lap without traffic. As drivers pushed hard, some spun, bringing out yellow flags. But Demaras set a personal best time of 46.580 sec.

The pre-final was one of those “what could have been” moments for the No.12 kart. Light rain had fallen, making the track slick and treacherous; conditions Daniel thrives in. While he started 17th, Demaras was up to 13th place by the end of the first lap, made up another position on lap two, and was running in 10th at the start of lap three.

The collision on the final lap went unnoticed by officials, but Daniel was furious. Briggs racing is pack racing, and getting pushed wide by someone dive-bombing the apex often results in a train of karts following past. Daniel finished the race a frustrated 17th.

As daylight disappeared, Chris Demaras strapped the LED lights to Daniel’s kart, preparing the No.12 PRO racing machine for battle in the darkness.

Starting from so far down the pack, Daniel felt relived. It couldn’t possibly get any worse. But the racing gods have a sick sense of humour, and despite PRO mechanic Chritopher Proietto’s insistence to Daniel to warm up the tires on the outlap, cold temperatures caught Daniel out. Trying to avoid the customery collission at Turn 4 of the opening lap, Daniel went off track, spun, and found himself last.

But there’s no giving up in this young racer.

Daniel put on a recover drive, catching the pack, making a number of passes, including an epic move going into the slick chicane. He ended the day in 15th position against some of the toughest racers and most difficult conditions of the season.

PREVIEW: TRAK Race 10 / MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship Round 5

Goodwood Kartways is set to host a spectacular day of racing this Saturday, September 7th, 2019, as the championship finale of the MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship comes to town. Known as one of the more popular events on the schedule, large grids are expected as racing is scheduled to run under the lights and into the early evening!

Introduced back in 2009, the Goodwood Kartways Night Race has always created an electric environment for the whole family to enjoy and this year’s edition promises to build on that reputation. With MRFKC Championships still up for grabs, an action packed day of racing will be followed by a spectacular complimentary fireworks show for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

Briggs and Stratton Engine Clinic

Briggs & Stratton will host a free engine clinic this Friday, August 2 at Mosport Kartways. The clinic will take place from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, immediately following the practice day.

This course will be great information for the ‘newbie’ kart racer as well as for experienced competitors, helping everyone to shorten their learning curve of the Briggs 206 engine platform and get up to speed that much faster.

Some of the topics to be discussed are:

  • What every 4-cycle racer needs to know
  • Conformance to tolerances and rules
  • Spec exhaust pipe, wrapping and support to avoid DNF’s
  • Carburetor fuel delivery and efficiencies
  • Ignition timing and effects of performance
  • Cylinder head checks
  • Finding the optimum RPM ranges for different track configurations
  • Understanding engine torque curves

Those interested in attending the clinic must RSVP. Contact to add your name to the list.

King Nico

Daniel and Chris Demaras made the drive up to Goodwood Kartways to pick up the No. 12 PRO Intrepid Briggs & Stratton racing kart. Who do they find parked next to Garage K-12; Mr. Nico Hines!

Nico competes at K1 Speed in the 130R Racing League, Mosport CRKC and even Goodwood CRKC. Nico is a machine! Chris got in on the action, jumping into pit lane to check the pressures on Nico’s tires before the start of the final!

King Nico put on an incredible display of racing prowess, passing the pole-sitter at turn 4, lap 1, on route to VICTORY!