2020 has been a tough year for K1 Speed Canada. Initial plans to launch a second GTA location in Mississauga did not materialize. The worldwide impact of ‘the virus’ resulted in their Toronto facility closing on March 17 for nearly 5 months before re-opening in August.
With the Ontario government announcing on Friday that certain types of businesses in Toronto would go into lockdown, the writing was on the wall. K1 Speed is a non-essential business where large numbers of people gather in an indoor setting. A phone call to K1 Speed tonight confirmed that the facility will close on Sunday 22 November at 9:00 pm. Although the government mandated closure is set for four weeks, the representative on the phone hinted that K1 Speed could be closed for much longer.
A press release is expected on Monday to confirm the closure.
A year ago, Daniel Demaras was on a mission to get 4,000 K1RS points to qualify for the K1 Speed E-World Championships. He reached his goal, and would represent Canada for a second time. A little over six months ago, the event was delayed and Demaras has been waiting for an update ever since.
Looking at the news out of California, where the E-World Championships are held, things do not look promising. The governor of California has placed the state under a month long curfew. Californians are required to be off the streets and in their homes between 10pm and 5am daily in an effort to stop social gatherings which have lead to an increase of cases of ‘the virus‘.
In Huntington Beach, groups of protesters symbolically burned masks to show they were not going to stand for restrictions on their freedoms. Only in America.
While Demaras looks forward to returning to California for the second time, to represent Canada at the K1 Speed E-World Championships, the chances are slim that the event will even occur in the foreseeable future.
This past weekend marked the official end to the outdoor kart racing season in Ontario. Some racers will travel to Las Vegas to compete in ‘ROK the RIO’ but Demaras Racing will return to indoor kart racing closer to home.
The third season of the 130R Racing Series at K1 Speed is set to kick off this month for a 6 round challenge.
Monday, November 9th, 2020
Monday, December 7th, 2020
Monday, January 11th, 2021
Monday, February 8th, 2021
Monday, March 8th, 2021
Monday, April 12th, 2021
Two-time series champion Daniel Demaras will return to compete again, as will series veteran Chris Demaras, who had a solid Top 10 run last season. Rumors swirl about new competitors joining 130R from Goodwood Kartways, but time will tell.
Daniel Demaras took the 130R Racing Series championship last night in a tough battle with Ivano Di Vittorio and Ahmad Hamdy for Top 3 in the race, and Top 3 in the season.
Racers showed up early for practice, preparing themselves for the competition ahead. Igor Manukov, Gale Goz and his son Logan Goz traded fast laps in the hour leading up the the start of qualifying.
Pole position was decided by 0.050 seconds with Di Vittorio on top of Hamdy. Demaras also set an incredible lap time, only 0.062 seconds back, most importantly earning qualifying bonus points.
When the green flag dropped, the top three broke away from the pack, building a gap behind them. Di Vittorio lead initially, but there was no denying the speed of Hamdy who attacked his rival into Turn 2 and Turn 6, forcing Ivano to go defensive. Driving a smart race, Demaras knew finishing in the top 3 would secure the championship, and wouldn’t get drawn into a battle unless an opportunity presented itself.
When Hamdy assumed the lead, it put Di Vittorio on the back foot. Demaras capitalized, taking the position with an inside pass at Turn 7. As the laps wore on, Daniel could feel the battery draining, and his kart losing pace. Ivano regained his position, with Daniel giving chase but when the race was unexpectedly neutralized as Ross Sortino running in P4 had his kart stop dead on track. Daniel and Ivano were in the slow speed “tunnel” complex at Turns 2-3-4 while Ahmad was at top speed approaching Turn 5. When the power was remotely cut to all kart, Hamdy rolled on and gained a massive advantage under yellow.
It was very unfortunate that technical problem interfered with the final race in the 130R Racing Series. A great last lap battle was shaping up between Hamdy, Di Vittorio and Demaras, but once power was restored, the lead was insurmountable. As Daniel Demaras rounded the last corner, his kart lost all power and coasted across the finish line.
Some of the regulars in the 130R Series could not make it to the event, and all the public races had ended before the 130R final, so much like racing series around the world, the podium ceremony did not take place in a packed house. Just the competitors and track staff.
Hamdy’s win in the final round moved him up from 7th in the championship to 3rd, which was quite an accomplishment. Di Vittorio in 2nd actually competed in a Goodwood CRKC race, then drove 57 km to K1 Speed, to compete in 130R. Total commitment.
Demaras drove consistently all season long, taking wins, poles and podiums along the way. Daniel added to his trophy shelf by taking back-to-back championships in the 130R Racing Series at K1 Speed Toronto.
Daniel Demaras is looking forward to defending his crown in season three of the 130R Racing Series!
The long-awaited, much-delayed, season-ending Grand Finale race of the 130R Racing Series at K1 Speed Toronto is today; Monday September 28th 2020.
Racing will begin at 8:00 pm sharp, with contenders expected to show up early for unofficial practice sessions.
Who Will Win The Championship!
Racers in the TOP 10 who’ve been mathematically eliminated from the Championship include speedy drivers like VLR Rok Masters driver Igor Manukov, multi-time CRKC race winner Chris Demaras, plus Mosport & Goodwood veteran ‘King’ Nico Hines. These racers will not make it easy for those contending to the overall championship.
At the top of the chart is Round 2 & 4 winner Daniel Demaras with 110 points. Only 24 points back is Round 1 & 3 winner Ivano Di Vittorio. Just behind him is lap-record holder Dawson Campbell, who is always a threat. At 27 points back, he’ll need maximum points to clinch.
The 130R Racing Series is a six-event, monthly racing competition run exclusively at K1 Speed’s Toronto circuit. The second season started in November 2019 with the final race originally scheduled for April 2020. Due to the global pandemic, racing at K1 Speed was suspended for several months.
Chinese firm Xiaomi Inc has partnered with Lamborghini to create the Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition.
The go-kart is based on the Ninebot two-wheel electric scooter, which can be removed and used separately. The manufacturer claims the go-kart has “classic Lamborghini elements” such as the big rear wang.
The kart has special rear tires that allow it to be used as a drift kart, much like the K1 Speed’s “drift karts“) plus electronic drive modes for drifting or racing. There’s even four speakers onboard to simulate the sound of a Lamborghini V8 (or optional V12). The little Lambo will have a limited release, and each go-kart is set to come with its own chassis number plate. This may be the only chance for regular pay-checkers to own their own Lambo!
The last time Demaras Racing turned laps at the Downsview Park track was 6 months ago. From March to September, Daniel and Chris have been busy racing at Goodwood, Innisfil and Sutton. Indoor kart racing has been the furthest thing from their minds as they compete in CRKC, TRAK and KartStars Canada races.
K1 looks different now; lots of plexiglass screens. Behind the masks the familiar faces of Len, Josh and Juez couldn’t hide their smiles.
With a month to go in the racing season, and all focus remains on Goodwood. However, on Monday September 28th the final race in the six-month long 130R Racing Series will finally take place at K1.
The conclusion of the series has been delayed since March due to ‘the virus’ and many competitors haven’t walked back into K1 Speed in quite some time. Getting some practice races in, Daniel knocked off the rust. Within an hour, Daniel set the fastest time of the day with a 22.765 second lap.
Chris Demaras also placed in the Top 10 times of the day with a 23.081 second lap, only three-tenths off Daniel’s ultimate pace. By the look on Chris’ face, he couldn’t be happier!
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.