TRAK 10 / MRFKC 9

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 daniel@mosportkartways.com 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!

TRAK Race 4 / MRFKC Race 1

The inaugural round of the MotoMaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship (MRFKC) was held on Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th at Goodwood Kartways. The most competitors and the highest temperatures of the year meant the racers were in for two days of close and challenging racing.

Before title sponsor MotoMaster came on board this year, the event was billed as the Ron Fellows Karting “Challenge”. It’s an accurate name. The event challenges the driver’s skills, the tuner’s ability, and the team’s finances.

Daniel went out for free practice on Saturday morning, but on turn one of lap one, hard contact from a competitor sent Demaras spinning into the wall, ending his session. Daniel’s kart pierced the Tek-Pro barrier, sending a river of accumulated rainwater across the track. Some expected a red flag at the high-speed corner. Daniel was bruised, but not beaten.

Replacement of the axle caused Demaras to miss the second free practice session, but Andrew had the kart repaired, realigned and ready to go in time for the final practice session. PRO is a team, and Nick, Mike and Curtis helped every step of the way.

Unfortunately, Daniel struggled to get to grips with track conditions in qualifying, which was interrupted by a red flag. Despite strong starts, including overtaking several drivers, Daniel lagged behind in the pre-final, then had to avoid a multi-kart crash at turn 5 in the final, ruining his race.

“We’re better than this! We should be up there.” stated Andrew Waring, as he pointed to the front of the grid. His body language said it all.

Frustrated with the poor performance, Andrew suspected an engine issue. Data analyst Gianmarco compared Daniel’s FP3 times to his lap times in the Finals, and confirmed that despite Daniel’s driving improving (higher minimum speeds in the corners) the engine was not accelerating as hard, nor reaching the same top speeds on the straights. After a long night of work on the top end of the engine, the valves were perfect, power restored.

On Sunday’s morning practice, Daniel felt a thump going into turn four, thought he had been hit from behind, then saw chunks of metal flying ahead of his kart. The issue with the motor became glaringly obvious, as there was a massive hole in the block where the internal components exited the Briggs LO206. Failures on the rock-steady, dependable Briggs & Stratton motor had everyone at team PRO puzzled. Chris pulled the practice engine out of the garage, and Andrew bolted it to the kart for qualifying. Daniel didn’t even finish the out lap when his chain fell off, having chewed the side of the gear to the point of failure. The challenges continued.

After the pre-final, Andrew sat down with Daniel for a serious discussion. Changes needed to be made to the setup of the kart, and more importantly to Daniel’s driving, for any shot at improvement on the day. The torsion bar was removed, the ride height lowered, and other tricks of the trade to make the kart loose and fast.

In the Sunday final, a good start, and keeping out of trouble, saw Daniel finish in 20th position, seven places up from his starting position. It’s difficult to get excited about results like this. Even finishing higher than an old friend from Milton on track didn’t make Daniel smile. But Daniel and Andrew never quit.


“Overall not a great weekend, but this is all part of learning. Daniel is a rookie when it comes to regional racing. He grew a lot this weekend and is willing to learn.”

Andrew Waring,
PRO

MRFKC Round 1

Daniel Demaras is READY to compete in Round 1 of the MotoMaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship double-header race this Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Goodwood Kartways.

MOTOMASTER

The CRFKC (Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge) has been renewed and renamed the MRFKC, the MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship. MOTOMASTER is Canadian Tire’s private-label brand, and has been selling affordable, quality spark plugs, tires and auto parts since 1934.

In honour of the momentous change, Chris Demaras, senior driver of the Demaras Auto Racing Team, went straight to Canadian Tire and bought a can of MOTOMASTER Moustache Wax.

Aside from being the unofficial store for karting tools and supplies, Canadian Tire owns Mosport Kartways (and the big track at CTMP) and is a strong supporter of amateur racing, including karting, in Canada.

“Canadian Tire is a proud supporter of the development of young racers in Canada, and we are excited to extend our support to the MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship. This series, along with the MOTOMASTER ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Championships, will be the cornerstones of youth driver development in Canada, and we look forward to seeing young drivers develop in a healthy and competitive environment.”

Andrew Davies,
Senior Vice President, Automotive at Canadian Tire Corporation.

For the whole story, read Cody Schindel’s article on CKN.,