On Sunday, many Mosport and Innisfil Indy racers made the trek out to Hamilton for CKN’sDash for Cash event. It’s a special, non-points race that attracts racers from several clubs in southwestern Ontario.
Cody Schindel’s pictures showed many familiar faces. Daniel Demaras’ old PRO mechanic Chris P. pushing the No. 777 kart, NSM’s young lion Rocco Simone in ROK & Briggs, and Mother Nature making her presence felt on the track.
Some racers take every opportunity to compete in any event possible, like the Simone family, who this weekend Competed at TRAK Race 4 at Goodwood followed by Dash for Cash at Cameron Motorsports Park. Or true racing madmen like Yanko who has been known to drive across the province to compete in two races on the same day. Crikey!
The Demaras family seeks a little more balance between racing and family time. After racing, it’s camping.
It was kind of funny to see Daniel and Michelle playing a Nintendo Wii attached to the outside of the RV. Even funnier is that on the one day away from the track, they chose to play a kart racing game.
The first four races of the 2021 TRAK season has produced an incredible string of results for New Speed Motorsports. No. 425 Cayden Goodridge, No. 412 Daniel Demaras and No. 95 Rocco Simone have all been on the podium each race weekend.
This weekend at TRAK Race 4, Goody took the win, Demaras finished second on track, (penalty dropped him to 3rd on the podium) and Rocco finished 3rd in Briggs Cadet.
New Speed Motorsports is a small, family-run team, some weekends they’re competing against big teams from Energy Kart and Tony Kart. Great to see an independent ‘garagiste‘ team doing so well.
Here’s a short video of Daniel starting last, making his way to second, and chasing race winner Jeff Conte during the final lap of the Briggs Masters race at TRAK round 4. The behind the scenes of Jeff, with his wife and child, was beautiful. If Daniel had to get beaten by anyone on this day…glad it was Jeff.
A week after the KartStars Canada series kicked off the 2021 season, it was back to club racing at Goodwood Kartways for Race 4 of the TRAK series. The bus stop chicane was added to the track configuration for the first time in 2021, breaking up the standard long-track layout.
Daniel looked to have a repeat of his race winning efforts from KartStars Round 1, but suffered a setback as soon as he left the pits for Free Practice. Leaving the pits, the kart would not accelerate, as if the clutch was slipping, not engaging. Then, on the out-lap, Demaras was passed by three karts by Turn 4, and it became clear that the wrong gear ratio was chosen for the lower-speed layout. Daniel completed an installation lap, then bailed out. In the pits, the team determined how to correct the issue for Qualifying.
There was no change of fortune in Qualifying. Despite running the ‘right’ gear, there was an obvious lack of power and acceleration. After a couple less-than-stellar laps, Daniel was given the black flag / orange disc, forcing him to pull off the track due to visible smoke. The team determined the clutch was not engaging properly, and installed a back-up clutch over the lunch break. While the parts weren’t new, the clutch ran trouble free the previous race weekend. Daniel was looking forward to the challenge of coming through the field, having managed to qualify P7 despite mechanical issues.
The green flag waved for the Pre-Final, and Demaras made up two places by Turn 4 on the opening lap, Despite the strong start, the No. 412 kart seemed to lose pace as the Pre-Final went on. Again, the kart lacked power and acceleration, so as the laps clicked off, Daniel lost the two positions he’d made up at the start. Just like in the Qualifying, Daniel was given the black and orange flag due to smoke coming from the Briggs & Stratton motor, not the clutch. Daniel was very angry with the decision to pull him off the track again, but it was necessary for the sake of safety.
Cale and Glenn performed an engine-swap before the Final race, meaning that according to the regulations Daniel would have to start last. Since the engine issue couldn’t be diagnosed and resolved in time for the Final, KartStars Round 1 winning engine ‘Uniqua’ was bolted back on the No. 412 New Speed Motorsports kart.
Daniel made a pre-race bet with Max Preston that he could move up to P5 by the end of Lap 1, Daniel was determined to cut cut the field in the Final. With all the mechanical issues (hopefully) sorted, a motivated Demaras prepared for battle!
A good start, elbows out driving through Turns 4 and 5. Then a late-braking maneuver into Turn 9 and sure enough, Daniel was up to 5th by the end of the first circuit. From there, Demaras began racing drivers in podium contention, and needed to swiftly get by them to run down pole-sitter and race-leader, Jeff Conte. After a few good overtakes, Daniel put the front bumper to the second-place driver in Turn 5, who in turn retaliated and turned in on Daniel at the corner exit. Demaras kept the position, and set his sights on Conte several seconds ahead. Daniel began his charge.
Demaras was taking 4/10th’s out of Conte’s lead per lap, but made a conscious decision not to push too hard, not to over-drive the corners. He relied on his speed and the power of Uniqua to close-up to within a few kart lengths at the start of the last lap. Within striking range, Daniel refrained from making a risky pass, and instead tried to drag race Conte to the finish line, but it was simply too late. Jeff Conte took his first win of 2021, and Daniel capped off a difficult day with a podium finish, only 0.105 seconds behind.
A post-race, one-position penalty for contact in Turn 5 demoted Daniel to 3rd, but the result was still impressive. The No. 412 kart had been nowhere all day long. Daniel’s father Chris even received texts from James Treadwell, racing in Hamilton that day, but still monitoring Daniel on Race Monitor. “What the hell is going on!?” Treadwell demanded, regarding Daniel’s lack of pace.
To start at the back, pass everyone in the field, and finish 1/10th behind the race winner…it was a real confidence boost for Demaras.
With one more club race before KartStars Round 2 at Point Pelee Karting in Leamington, the No. 412 New Speed Motorsports kart will look to take a fifth straight podium at TRAK Race 5.
Stefanie Gallucci (of the racing Di Leo family) and Jordan Gallucci proudly announced the birth of their daughter Gia, already being heralded on Goodwood Kartways social media as ‘the newest member of our team’.
Nearly a month after the TRAK series started, CRKC racing has finally retuned to Goodwood Kartways. Some of the Friday night regulars are back like The Migster, Kasper Titus and Damiano ‘Big D’ Intranuovo have retuned. Looks like Francesco V convinced his father Guy V to come have some fun at the track. The 2021 season looks promising.
Chris Demaras is back at the track with a new look. Dressed like a road worker, Demaras hopes that his new ‘race suit’ psychologically tells his competitors to yield, slow, and do not pass. Interesting theory.
Changing conditions made driving difficult. Constant light drizzle kept the track wet, encouraging racers to take the ‘wet line’ around the outside of the corners. But as the event continued, the track dried out enough for the brave to take the ‘dry line’. Demaras qualified P2 with a 43.3 second lap.
For Chris, the race was not all sunshine and roses. Despite starting 2nd in front of younger, lighter, faster drivers, Demaras did not hold his position. When attempting a pass for the lead at Turn 5, Demaras spun out and sat helplessly as the entire field passed him. Convinced he’d been sent into a spin by contact on the rear bumper, he could be heard on the helmet cam footage muttering “I think Ericsson hit us.”
On the positive, The Migster won his race from pole, the battle between Kasper and Francesco went down to the last corner, and Guy V was in podium position for several laps. For others, bruised egos will heal just in time for 2021 CRKC R2 in just one week’s time.
On Friday, I did something I don’t usually do; I went to the track! Not to race, but to watch. Daniel had practice at Goodwood, and school is out, so I tagged along.
We arrived around noon and there weren’t any racers on track for the first a couple of hours because of the rain. That period of time was for prepping the karts! I’m not a mechanic, and I don’t know much about karts, so I definitely wasn’t wrenching on Daniel’s kart.
There really wasn’t a lot for me to do. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun! Walking around, exploring Goodwood with my brother was a good way to pass time. I haven’t been there in nearly a year.
The big challenge was trying to avoid the big splashes of water from the top of the tent! If you walked too close to the edge, sometimes the water would start pouring out. A rainy day was a fun day to come to the track.
At one point, my dad asked me to help. He told me to hold down the gas pedal while he pulled the starter cord on the motor. I didn’t really think anything of it, so I went along. What I didn’t know was that the engine is insanely loud! I pushed on the pedal and the vibration was SO STRONG in my hand. I revved it couple of times, and then he shut down the motor. I was told we had to start it a few more times, even though I’m not sure why. It was less shocking the second and third time…but still scary.
I was shaken for around 5 minutes after. I don’t know why my dad tricked me into doing that. So mean!
Soon after the rain stopped, Daniel was on track. I sat on the barriers fairly close to the track. I noticed Daniel was trailing really close to another racer the entire lap. It expected Daniel to pass the kid, because things might not end well being so close. After another lap, still not making a pass, it seemed like a risky thing to do, and you don’t really need that during Friday practice. Soon enough, the kid ran into a puddle, spun, and Daniel smashed into him.
A ton of parts on the kart were busted, and my dad brought out the spare parts he bought before the season started just in case of a situation like this. Luckily, Cale the mechanic fixed the kart in time for the next practice session, and there weren’t any other crashes.
It was a really fun day, and I hope I’ll be able to go to the track again soon.
We wanted to take a quick opportunity to thank all of you who participated in the KartStars Event last weekend. The competition was outstanding and it was very rewarding watching all of you progress throughout the weekend. Many of you set personal bests and most importantly, it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves. Goodwood Kartways is set to host
Round Four of their TRAK Club Racing championship this Saturday July 10th. With a few rounds now under our belt, we will change the configuration to Long Track w/ Chicane for this Saturdays race.
Race Four Details are now available. Click HERE. Event information including practice availability leading up to the event, class order, race format, configuration, Covid-19 protocols and a time table will all be detailed in the document.
Practice time is limited this week. Please note the designated practice times in the Race Four Details.
We look forward to having you all back for another great day of racing. Additional prizes and/or draws will take place at the podium presentation.
For more information on Goodwood Kartways and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.goodwoodkartways.com or call us at (905) 640-5278.
The KartStars Canada series is tough competition. Last weekend was a red letter day for New Speed Motorsports as all three drivers stood on the top step of the podium, with Rocco first in Mini Briggs, Cayden tops in VLR Masters, and Daniel winning in Briggs Masters. Full credit to Anthony, Max, Leonard, Cale and Glenn for building this team.
Now, on to TRAK Race 4 this weekend at Goodwood, riding a wave of confidence!