Briggs and Stratton WRS

Six weeks after the conclusion of the racing season, which saw Demaras take the 2020 TRAK Championship in the Briggs & Stratton Masters Division, Daniel received another accolade; placing 3rd in the Briggs & Stratton W.R.S.

The premise behind the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series is to compare race results of all Senior and Masters drivers in Canada to see how local racers stand up against competitors from across the country (at least mathematically). Incorporating the LO206 crate engine with a program that supports both the racers and local tracks running it, points accumulate based on the first 8 races, with one drop, leaving the best 7 of the 8 points paying races.

The points system is far more complicated that it first appears, with wild cards like 1/4 points being awarded for winning a pre-final and DNFs not being eligible for “drops”. Daniel Demaras’ total of 200.5 WRS points at Goodwood, topped rival Yanko’s 198.5 points from Mosport. But once the drops were calculated, Demaras finished third behind fellow NSM Nascar test-driver Jake Cowden in second and Eli Yanko in first.

Below is an excerpt from an eKartingNews article published earlier this week.

The 2020 racing season tested the karting industry, teams, competitors, and the community as a whole. While the beginning weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a sense of unknown to many, the sport of karting shined in the second half of the year with growing numbers of racers hitting the race track across North America. Briggs & Stratton Racing continued in 2020 with their Weekly Racing Series program, completing the sixth season of matching drivers from the United States and Canada against one another from the home track.

Despite the pandemic, the 2020 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series program welcomed 2,441 registered drivers from 37 participating tracks, competing in a total of 255 events that were counted toward the standings that includes Senior/Masters Canada, Senior/Masters USA and the combined Junior divisions. These numbers continue to provide what is the largest organized points challenge for sprint kart racers.

The top-100 drivers from each division will earn an item from the prize vault. Prizes will be shipped to the track representative by December 15.

For more on the program and a complete list of the standings, visit http://www.briggsracing.com.

Racing Number

KartSport Canada Releases 2021 National Number Registry

With the 2020 calendar now complete, KartStars Canada has begun preparations looking to build on a very successful inaugural season. Earlier this year, KartSport Canada implemented procedures designed to preserve the systems and processes that Canadian kart racers have grown accustomed to. 

As promised, a number registry that all clubs and regions could rely on was created and maintained. That list was updated all season long and provided a number registry which allowed karters to lock-in racing numbers in hopes of avoiding conflicts as they participated outside their local club. The published list dated 11.01.20 represents 264 drivers who registered their numbers with KartSport Canada in 2020. Use this link to view the registry. https://kartsportcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/KartStars-Number-Registry-11.01.201.pdf?402ada&402ada


The 2021 KartSport Canada Number Registry is set to open December 1st. Drivers who are listed on the 2020 Registry will have the first right of refusal to lock in their 2020 number for the 2021 season. To do that, drivers must complete and submit a 2021 registry form PRIOR to December 1st. On December 1st the grace period will expire and the registry will open up to the entire karting community on a first come, first serve basis.


2021 National Number Registry:

For drivers looking to secure a National number for the upcoming season, the following process has been put in place. Please note; your selected number should match your Club number when possible.

  • Fill out the 2021 Number Registry Form. The form must be completed in FULL. Use this link to view the form: https://kartsportcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/2021_National_Number_Registry_Form.pdf?402ada&402ada
  • The Number ranges from the last few years will remain the same. See below.
    • Briggs Cadet: Choose between (#2 – #99)
    • Briggs Jr Lite and Mini Rok: Choose between (#102 – #199)
    • Briggs Jr and Rok Junior: Choose between (#202 – #299)
    • Briggs Sr and Rok Senior: Choose between (#302 – #399)
    • Briggs Masters and VLR Masters: Choose between (#402 – #499)
    • Rok Shifter and Shifter Masters: Choose between (#502 – #599)
  • Submit the completed form to info@kartsportcanada.ca
  • Numbers will be assigned on a first come, first served basis AFTER December 1st.
  • The number registry will be updated regularly and posted at www.kartsportcanada.ca. Click the ‘KartSport Canada’ button in the top right corner of the home page.
  • Please note 2020 KartSport Canada numbers will be reserved until December 1st, 2020 giving the drivers who held those numbers in 2020 the first right of refusal.

Virtual Migster

With winter approaching, kart racing season over, and indoor tracks likely closing, friend of the Demaras Racing family, #TheMigster, has moved to the virtual world of racing.

Gran Turismo Sport allows players to customize kart and driver. Very impressive.

Triple Podium

The 2020 FIA Karting World Championships were run last week at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve. Callum Bradshaw (GBR / Tony Kart) was crowned World Champion with Joe Turney (GBR / Tony Kart) and Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP / Tony Kart) making it a triple podium for the Tony Kart Racing Team.

Daniel Demaras is sure that somewhere his Tony Kart racing rival Eli Yanko is smiling.

NSM in Las Vegas

Big shout-out to our New Speed Motorsports teammates who competed at Rok the Rio in Las Vegas last week. Rocco Simone was the youngest driver in the field of 33 Micro Rok racers (and the only Canadian) finishing just outside the Top 10.

In VLR Masters 100cc Anthony Simone (possibly the oldest driver in the field) finished on the podium in 3rd place finish behind Miguel Mier and Adam Kasick.

Man, the times were so close all weekend! Over 300 entries… the experience for Rocco racing against 33 kids was so good for him. He was like a totally different driver this weekend. He was so aggressive and passing karts like he’s been racing for 5 years!

I moved up after tech and penalties. In my class it wasn’t just Rok engines; they allowed IAME engines also. But I guess some guys got caught in tech and others got penalties on track so I ended up 3rd. 

Anthony Simone, NSM

Winter Storage

Daniel Demaras has been fortunate to have consistent sponsors like Scarboro Subaru, KPMG, and Laird Auto Body since Day 1.

One company that has quietly supported Demaras for many years is In Home Service of East York.

Not only do they provide the entire tire budget for the year, they even give Daniel space at the front of their office to store the No. 412 kart over winter.

Canadians Compete in ROK the RIO

Here’s an excerpt from an article by Cody Schindel originally published on on Canadian Karting News this week. It mentions all the Canadians competing in Las Vegas this week, including our friends from Goodwood Kartways and New Speed Motorsports.

Over 300 entrants are on their way to the RIO All Suites Hotel and Casino for ROK the RIO by ROK Cup USA and we can’t wait to get there too. With the challenging global pandemic, there aren’t nearly as many Canadians competing this year compared to years past, but there are still 19 drivers ready to take on the best Rokkers from the USA and beyond.

Anthony Simone – 100cc Masters, NSM / Goodwood / Intrepid Kart – A year ago in Las Vegas, Simone was making his first karting start in more than a decade, now he’s heading back to Sin City with victory and the $2500 payday on his mind with a few more laps of experience under his belt from this season.

Rocco Simone – Micro ROK, NSM / Goodwood / Intrepid Kart: Racing alongside his father, Rocco Simone makes his international debut this week in Las Vegas. After a year of Mini ROK competition, he’s back in his rightful Micro ROK division and we’re expecting him to make some noise.

Jordan Di Leo – ON, Mini ROK, Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid Kart – The KartStars Canada Champion didn’t get his chance to compete in Italy and instead heads to Las Vegas to get his international competition in. He competed in ROK the RIO last year, albeit as a Micro ROK and qualifying on the pole position, and that experience will be huge in helping him get up to speed and racing with the leaders this week.


Rocco: New Speed Motorsports

Simone Readies for ROK the RIO in Las Vegas After Successful 2020 Season

After claiming multiple race wins and championships so far in 2020, Canadian racer Rocco Simone is looking to end the season with a win at the biggest race of his calendar year. Traveling to the ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Simone will compete at the temporary circuit on the grounds of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with the hopes of becoming the 2020 ROK the RIO Micro ROK Champion.

“Rocco has had a good year and has been trending upward with each passing event. The ROK the RIO event will be his biggest race of the season and a great way to cap off the year. We have big plans for 2021 starting our season in Florida but are fully focused on the upcoming Vegas event.”

Anthony Simone, owner New Speed Motorsports

Taking place over the November 4th – 8th dates, Simone enters the event on the strength of a growing resume this past year. Claiming the TRAK Championship in the Cadet class at Goodwood Kartways, Rocco was also named the champion in the Mini Briggs class and vice-champion in the Cadet division in the Kart Stars program. Racing nearly every weekend, Simone added the Innisfil Kart Club championship, as well as the Canadian Karting Championship in the Cadet ranks. Also competing in the more challenging Mini ROK class, Rocco finished sixth in the TRAK Championship and seventh in the Kart Stars regional series.

“I’m excited about having the opportunity to race in Las Vegas. Temporary tracks are never easy but I’m ready to compete against some of North America’s best Cadet drivers in two weeks.”

Rocco Simone, driver New Speed Motorsports

Rocco Simone will hit the track Wednesday, November 4th for practice before qualifying takes place on Thursday. Heat races will run throughout Friday and Saturday with main events on Sunday. Stay tuned to the ROK Cup USA website or app to follow all the live timing.


For more information on New Speed Motorsports, please contact Anthony Simone at 905-716-3797 or via email to asimone.nsm@gmail.com.


2020 CRKC Finals

Intimidation.

When you have little chance of taking victory based on pure skill, using intimidation tactics can help steal a win. Get the other guy off his game. Preparing for the 2020 CRKC Final, Chris Demaras thought of the most intimidating creature in the world, then channeled that evil energy to the track.

The Halloween shark costume did had it’s limitations. While Demaras could squeeze his HJC helmet into the shark’s pointed head, seeing out the shark’s mouth was very difficult (no peripheral vision at all). During the two practice sessions, Chris realized he would not be able to race with in sharkskin, as planned.

The only thing more feared than the Great White Shark is the Black Flag Racing Team…and Chris Demaras is a founding member!

Now flying the skull and crossbones flag, Demaras ratcheted up the intimidation factor. This would surely rattle his rivals. Qualifying mid pack, Chris knew that when his rivals saw his evil eyes in their rearview mirrors, fear would strike and overtakes would be made.

On to the Final Round!


Also competing at the CRKC Finals was TRAK racer, CRKC star, and Demaras Racing photographer, Ethan Pollack. He put on a demonstration of racing ability. Ethan had a strong season, competing against his buddy Ivan Kosar. But this is the finals. And there’s no friends on the race track.

Ethan qualified strong, was all over the pole-sitter by Turn 1, and took the lead at Turn 5. At the end of the first lap, Pollack had a massive lead and never looked back. He took the top step of the podium and won the CRKC Friday Night Championship. Amazing!


Miguel “The Migster” Montero wrapped up his first season in style.

With one pole and three wins, Miggy accumulated a total of 66 points during his rookie season in CRKC. The Final was challenging for the young racer, but he persevered and finished the season 7th in the standings.


The event took its toll on Demaras. With 28 groups competing, it may have been the biggest CRKC event in the history of the race track. The heavyweights are always the “main event” and compete as the final race of the night. Although Chris arrived at the track at 8:30 am, races were still running after 7:00 pm, under the lights. Low visibility and cold temperatures had an impact on the racers.

Goodwood boss Dan Di Leo planned a special event for the last race of the season. Morning practice and qualifying were run on the short track, the pre-final was run on the medium track, and the final was run using the dreaded chicane. Accepting the challenge, Demaras brought home a Top-5 finish in the race and secured a Top-10 finish in the Friday night 2020 CRKC Championship.