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RothmanRacing picture making the rounds on social media. The No. 412 kart leads a drift train at TRAK Race 11

Great Canadians

Here’s some feel-good, Canadian content.

Four-time Canadian Karting Champion and former IndyCar driver Zachary Claman DeMelo has been tapped to lead the Villeneuve Kart factory team in 2021. The organization combines the talents of The RaceLab and KartPlex to help bring the Villeneuve Kart to the top of the Canadian karting scene.

“…Being Canadian, it’s an honor to represent an iconic name like Villeneuve in the motorsport world. I am excited to put the kart and name at the front where it belongs…I look forward to showing what we can do as a team…”

Zach Claman DeMelo

The Villeneuve Kart team will compete in regional series in western Canada throughout summer 2021 as they prepare for competition at SKUSA SuperNats and ROK the RIO events later in the year.

One of the greatest Canadian kart racers ever (no offense, Daniel Morad) driving a kart named after Canada’s greatest F1 racer?

Rocco at FWT

Look out for Rocco Simone this year! The New Speed Motorsports racer, competing in Micro ROK and Briggs Cadet, has been on track all winter down in Florida.

The big guy had a great run in Sunday’s final round at the Florida Winter Tour, finishing only one step off the podium.

KartSport Canada – 2021 Regulations

PRESS RELEASE: Friday, March 19, 2021

With the start of the 2021 karting season less than a month away, KartSport Canada is pleased to announce the 2021 KartSport Canada Regulations. After completing a much needed overhaul back in April of last year, the 2021 version includes a few minor changes with consistency and clarification in mind. These regulations will govern the KartStars Canada Championship as well as other kart clubs across the country.

With the complete Rok Cup Canada and Briggs Canada rule sets also available, karters now have everything they need to start preparing for the race season ahead.

Former ASN National Officials Rob Oakman and Jeff Conte paired with KartStars Canada promoter Daniel Di Leo to produce both the Sporting Regulations (Book 1) and the Technical Regulations (Book 2) over the last few months, completing a 2020 year-in-review. Feedback was received from other industry leaders and considered accordingly.

As one responsible for enforcing a number of edicts that are now in print, Race Director Oakman had this to share. “This year is about refinement,” he noted. “Building on last year’s major overhaul, we focused on fixing any issues that came up from the season that required more than a simple bulletin. Most of the changes are small and keep us in line with international series. We also looked at how we need to work with media technologies like drones. Considering how we should deal with them in a way that wasn’t simply dismissing their existence, but keeping safety in mind.”

“…This set of regulations keeps us looking forward and leading the pack in Canadian Karting…”

Rob Oakman, Race Director

Having worked fulltime with the KartStars program last season, Conte brought a different perspective. “In order to build on our rule set we needed to ensure that we got usable feedback,” he said. “My role this past year had me interacting with drivers directly throughout the entire event, ensuring we made time to allow drivers to say their piece and have things explained to them as a discussion and not a statement made it so we could be flexible and approachable. The direct feedback we received from drivers and key members of the community allowed us to continue to build on the foundation we laid last year.”

The regulations can be viewed on the KartSport Canada web site:

Questions and/or concerns are welcomed at this time and should be directed to


Good luck this weekend to our young New Speed Motorsports teammate Rocco Simone as he competes in the third and final round of the 2021 Florida Winter Tour in Ocala this weekend.

Currently fifth in the overall points, and no matter how the championship finishes up, the winter season has been a great experience for Daniel’s “little brother” Rocco.

Villeneuve Kart

Jacques Villeneuve has launched his own brand of racing kart. There was a time when every kart racer in Canada…hell, every aspiring race car driver in the world…knew the name Jacques Villeneuve. Son of the late, great Gilles Villeneuve, young Jacques was racing royalty. He won the 1995 Indy 500 and CART Indy Car Championship before claiming the 1997 Formula One champion crown.

Many of today’s kart racers were still in diapers before Jacques left F1. In the 25 years since becoming Canada’s only F1 Champion, he’s competed in NASCAR and Formula E but without the same level of success, but he’s still racing royalty to Canadian motorsports fans.

Some current F1 pilots like Charles LeClerc and Daniel Ricciardo have karts brands, so perhaps the Villeneuve kart signals the start of something new in the Canadian karting landscape We’re excited to find out!

Goodwood Open House

Spring training in 5 weeks is a little…ambitious. The idea of the first points-paying race of the season being only 6 weeks away seems a little unreal. But it wouldn’t be the first time that the Goodwood crew would be shoveling snow off the track the morning of an event! Sunday was just a chance to visit the track, pre-order new helmets and racing suits, and ‘officially’ sign up for the racing season.

If you didn’t arrive in a truck or a Subaru you probably didn’t make it far in the parking lot. A foot and a half of ice-crusted snow covered most of the facility.

Young rookie racers enjoyed just being outside, going on track walks and exploring the place a little. Kids took turns sliding down the hill at Turn 1.

Goodwood’s Dan and Stefanie were there, with help from Mattie and Kyle, to help safely register as many new racers as possible on a Sunday. There were some new faces, but racers like Miggy #TheMigster Montano returned for another run at the championship.

Demaras Racing is looking forward to another exciting year of racing…if spring ever arrives.

In the Mail

A letter from Goodwood Kartways arrived today at Demaras Racing headquarters. It was the sign-up sheet and calendar for this year’s CRKC ‘arrive & drive’ series.

Way back in 2014, dad and lad Chris and Daniel visited the Canadian International Auto Show. Daniel was like a moth to a lightbulb when he saw the racing simulator in the Goodwood booth. After spending what seemed like hours there, Chris signed up the two of them to compete.

Fast forward the better part of a decade; after winning two CRKC Championships, Daniel moved up to club racing where he won a TRAK Championship. Chris found his sweet spot and is now a veteran of the ‘rookie’ series.

Chris Demaras will attend the open house days at Goodwood this weekend to see what the track looks like now that the snow has melted.

KartStars Schedule Highlights

A closer look at the historic tracks that KartStars Canada will visit this year…with a surprise announcement for Round 3 expected soon!

R1.) Goodwood Kartways

The longest standing kart track operating in Canada, Goodwood Kartways began hosting races in 1957 and has helped produce some of Canada’s greatest racing heros. Now home to both the largest kart club and Arrive-and-Drive programs in the country, Goodwood is truly the home of karting in Ontario and the Di Leo family is excited to once again kick off the regional racing campaign and welcome all drivers, teams and families back to the track.

R2.) Point Pelee Karting

Leamington, Ontario, produced a hidden gem of the sport in the late nineties: Point Pelee Karting. Designed with drivers in mind, PPK is one of the best kept secrets in the province, and yet another great track run by great people. It’s a challenging layout built to CIK/FIA standards that has refined the skills of karting champions of the past and present. A multi-time champion himself, Jason Papp has been at the operational helm since 1998, and his team is very excited to welcome present day KartStars.

R4.) Shannonville Motorsport Park

The Bear Hunt Returns! Long the most cherished award in Canadian karting, a win at Shannonville earned a driver a ‘Bear’ for decades. This year the tradition resumes, as KartStars will contest its National Championship event in mid-August. A new ownership group at Shannonville is transforming the venue and that includes track improvements prior to this year’s visit as part of their renewed commitment to karting. The track produces the highest speeds in Canadian karting, but every verteran will tell you it takes much more than that to trap a Bear!

R5.) 3S Go-Karts

When the pandemic postponed a PPK home date last season, the finale was relocated to another provincial track steeped in history: 3S Go-Karts in Sutton, Ontario. The historic track located just outside the gates of Sibbald Point Provincial Park was the longtime home of the fabled 3S Birel team, an international karting force that racked up countless regional and national wins. This year it will see KartStars Champions crowned, as season two comes to a close.

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KartStars Set For Another History Making Season

A year ago at this time the operations team at KartSport Canada was thrilled to introduce its new vision for karting, as they looked to the past in shaping the future. The programme was well planned with staging for the season-opening event well underway when – enter a global pandemic. All in motorsport were then forced to pump the brakes, yet from the darkest of days came an opportunity to shine bright. The team rallied to produce a four-event debut campaign, one that was very well received by the karting community.

“Even now, I’m still extremely proud. Implementing a new programme is challenging enough, but to do so when safety guidelines were changing from week to week or even day to day, that really allowed all involved to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge and experience while producing safe, sound events, that were run responsibly and with the karter in mind. As was often stated last year, we were very thankful for the support from the karting community and the KartStars participants. They’re the ones that truly make the sport go, and they came together to make a great season happen.”

Daniel Di Leo, KartStars Canada promoter

With such an understanding remaining at the forefront of all planning into 2021, KartStars Canada has primed its second season, the fourth ROK Cup Canada Schedule to run North of the border. History will once again run through a schedule that starts at Goodwood Kartways and ends at 3S Go-Karts, but now sandwiched in between is the granddaddy of them all: Shannonville Motorsport Park and the Bear Hunt. The event will also double as the KartStars Canada National Championships, and as the date is free of conflict with all other schedules in the region, it is an event that should not be overlooked.

Point Pelee Karting will also get its much anticipated first KartStars date, along with another round yet to be determined. Once again race dates are spread evenly throughout the calendar, with one event each month from May through September. ROK Cup Canada and Briggs & Stratton racers will combine to create twelve championship classes at KartStars events, with a similar prize structure to last season – and hopes drivers can actually travel to the ROK Cup SuperFinal at South Garda Karting this time around.

Additional details and full prize package information will be released in the weeks and months ahead, but the dates can be entered into your calendar now, and you can definitely get ready to race!

2021 KartStars Canada Schedule

  • Round 1 – Goodwood Kartways, May 29-30
  • Round 2 – Point Pelee Karting, June 26-27
  • Round 3 – Venue TBD, July 24-25
  • Round 4 – Shannonville, August 14-15 (National Championships)
  • Round 5 – 3S Go-Karts, September 4-5