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September 4th, 2012

"New Team Energy Canada member impresses in Mont-Tremblant"

Gamebridge, Ontario - September 4, 2012 - As Energy Kart Canada continues to excel in their debut season, Team Energy Kart Canada would descend upon the picturesque Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the 2012 edition of the ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Championships. Running in the ultra-competitive Rotax Senior category, Energy Kart Canada would prove to be strong all weekend long on their Energy Kinetic chassis powered by G-Force Engines.

"I'm very pleased to be a part of such a professional race team with many great people," noted team driver Austin Milwain. "I adapted to the Energy Kart very quickly considering we only had a couple of days to get used to it. The Energy Kinetic is an excellent kart right out of the box."

"Austin is strong and dedicated," added Energy Kart Canada principal Ravinder Sanghera. "He got to grips with the chassis fairly quickly and was on the pace from the get-go, considering the first time he drove the chassis at speed was at the first practice session."

Continued to post impressive results, Energy Kart Canada would start the official event efforts off right, with Milwain claiming the fourth fastest time during the qualifying session. This solid starting position for the three heat race flight format would put Milwain in contention for the Canadian National title. An unfortunate DNF in the first heat made the rest of the weekend difficult for Milwain and the team, but neither ever gave up and continued to push for the results they knew could be achieved.

The two subsequent heats saw Milwain earn third and fourth place finishes, pushing the leaders in both races all the way. An excellent start for the prefinal put Milwain in a good position to battle through the first corner, but the Energy Kart pilot was soon nudged into the grass and sent spiraling down the running order. Climbing through the field of 27 karts, Milwain used his precision to post consistent lap times and finish in the 11th place.

The final saw Milwain display his best performance of the weekend. With a relentless drive to pursue the leaders, Milwain worked to gain as many positions as possible. As drivers with the lead pack defended their positions well, Milwain was not able to get past karts as easily. Nevertheless, the talented pilot managed to find gaps and drive to a solid eighth place finish.

"I'd like to thank Jayson and Ravi of Energy Kart Canada for all their hard work and dedication they are putting into this new team. They are right on target to having a very successful and professional race team," finished Milwain. "If we didn't have bad luck in the first qualifying heat, I believe we would have been in contention for the win.""Austin drove flawlessly, even with being forced to the back he worked his way through the field and in no time was up with the leading pack," added Jayson Nazario, Energy Kart Canada principal. "Also, we would like to thank all the organizers, sponsors, officials and emergency personnel for a safe and world class event."

Also racing under the Team Energy Kart Canada banner in the Rotax Senior class, Rui Teixeira had less luck than his teammate at the Nationals, but still raced hard all weekend.

"Rui showed his enthusiasm and unparalleled love for the sport but sadly luck was not on his side," explained Sanghera.

After working hard in his preparations for the prestigious event, Teixeira found himself unable to avoid the on track battles. Encountering a few bumps during the weekend resulted in Teixeira having to retire the kart, but he fought back well in the final. "Overall, it was a solid drive from Rui," concluded Nazario. Energy Kart Canada next begins preparation for a trip to Englewood, Colorado for the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge, set for September 20-23 at The Track at Centennial.