The Canadian Open, the national final of the Rotax MAX Challenge, was announced last January as taking place from July 5 to 7. At the time of this announcement, the event did not conflict with any other major karting event.
However, when the calendar for the Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge (“CRFKC”) series in Ontario was announced, it became apparent that the third round of the championship was in conflict with the Canadian Open. Given the difficulty of finding a date to hold an event like the Canadian Open because of several reasons (officials, suppliers, other sporting events presented in Mont-Tremblant, etc.) it was decided to keep the original date.
Several teams and drivers from Ontario have contacted us in an effort to try and find a solution to this conflict. “The date of the third round of the CRFKC was decided in a context of synergy with the Mosport road circuit, which is hosting the MOBIL 1 SPORTSCAR GRAND PRIX (IMSA) race on the same weekend, which will be broadcast in the United States on NBC. We understand the importance that the management of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park racetrack places on presenting their circuit in the best possible television conditions, particularly because of the proximity of the karting circuit to a portion of the car racing circuit. Out of respect to Ron Fellows and CTMP management, and to give the chance to all drivers to come and race at the Open, we have decided to change the date. To eliminate this conflict, the only solution available to us is to switch the date of the Canadian Open with the date of the 4th round of the Coupe de Montréal,” explained Kim Veillette, director of the Jim Russell Karting Academy.
This means that the Canadian Open will take place from July 19 to 21 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.