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EKN.ca Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings - June 9

Ben Cooper started the 2013 campaign with a pair of ECKC wins at Mosport (Photo: Gregory Lussier - babelphotos.ca)
Ben Cooper started the 2013 campaign with a pair of ECKC wins at Mosport
(Photo: Gregory Lussier - babelphotos.ca)

With national and regional championships now underway across Canada, it is time unveil the first edition of the 2013 eKartingNews.ca Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings.

Ben Cooper, having ended the 2012 season as the No. 1 man in the DD2 rankings, remains the driver to beat to start 2013 with a points total of 4,764. The reigning World Champion commenced his season in fine fashion, piloting his Birel entry to a pair of wins in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship Race 1 (867 pts) and ECKC Race 2 (864 pts) at Mosport International Karting. Given he has now won five straight times in Canada since August of last year, Cooper looks poised to continue his run at the top of EKN.ca Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings.

Ben Cooper Ė Birel
Gravesend, England
EKN.ca Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings Points Breakdown

Quebec Cup #3 (2012)1st898
ECKC #3 (2012)1st909
ECKC #4 (2012)1st913
Quebec Cup #5 (2012)1st909
Canadian Championships (2012)1st1135

Holding second place in the newest edition of the DD2 scoreboard is Pier-Luc Ouellette, with a points score of 4,680. While the CRG racer from Quebec has yet to get behind the wheel in 2013, he still has a win from the Coupe de Quebec, a couple runner-up finishes (Coupe de Quebec and ECKC), as well as a fourth place finish at the Canadian Karting Championships (1,101 pts) on his resume.

Keeping the top-three the same as how it ended last year, Brendon Bain remains in third place with a revised points tally of 4,521. The Maranello race pilot started his quest for wins and championship honors in 2013 with mixed results during the ECKC opener. After an unrepresentative result in Race 1 at Mosport, Bain rebounded in Race 2, finishing fourth (838 pts). With a proven track record behind the wheel, he is more than capable of moving up the rankings as the season progresses.

Completing the top-five in the first EKN.ca Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings of 2013 are Christophe Boisclair (Birel) and Daniel Burkett (LH). Boisclair, advanced two places, while Burkett, who is now racing cars in the USF2000 Championship, fell one position.

The 'Hard Charger' in the top-25 of the Rotax DD2 rankings was Francois Methot with a new total of 3,240 pts. The CRG driver moved up 27 positions in the standings, and is now sitting in 21st. Methot started the season off with a fourth place finish (819 pts) in the Coupe de Quebec opener at SH Karting, before adding a pair of seventh place results (815 pts & 812 pts) in the ECKC doubleheader at Mosport.

EKNca Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings Top-25
June 9, 2013

10Ben Cooper94764
20Pier-Luc Ouellette74680
30Brendon Bain94521
42Christophe Boisclair64497
5-1Daniel Burkett124494
6-1Zach Robichon64474
70Tyler McEwan74463
81Nicholas Latifi74427
9-1Enrico Menotti94377
102Dominique Legrand84311
110Fred Woodley94309
121Alessandro Bizotto124299
13-3Hugo Ouellette54294
141Corey Walsh74220
152Dante Lerra54180
162Stefan Yasin104166
179Aaron Attard53908
18-2Laurent Boivin43391
19-5Blake Reith43336
20-1Scott Campbell43255
2127Francois Methot43240
22-2Austin King43222
23-2Alex Gysen43205
24-2Jesse Lazare32533
256Cory Cacciavillani32511

For the complete Rotax DD2 Driver Rankings, click HERE

Previous EKN.ca Rotax DD2 Rankings available HERE

EKN.ca Driver Rankings Calculation Process

The eKartingNews.ca Driver Rankings are calculated using a driverís best finishes in selected Canadian karting series (Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Coupe de Quebec, Northern Ontario Karting Championship, Western Canada Championship, and Canadian Karting Championships). Assembled using events from the last 12 months, we use a driverís best five Final finishes in order to determine their overall current point total. With each new month, results from the previous year are discarded to deliver the current ranking list.

Each series was initially weighted based on its prestige and history, the events and tracks at which it races, and of course the depth of talent, with a score of 10 being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2013, the Canadian National Championships was given a base ranking of 10, the WCC is given a base ranking of 9, while the ECKC, Coupe de Quebec, and NOKC were placed with an 8 score.

Added to the initial base ranking is the variable of field size, which helps confirm the importance, strength and competitiveness of the series. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, with a full field of 34 cars or more providing one full point. Another full point or fraction of a point will be added based on the field strength of each event. The percentage of the top-25 ranked drivers in the race will also be factored into the final event ranking. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race.

Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driverís final point total from each event. Using a driverís best 5 races, we calculate each driverís overall score and subsequent ranking.
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