This past weekend in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, the annual Canadian Tire sponsored Canadian Nationals of karting was held.
With multiple past and present world champions in attendance for the event, the competition couldn’t have been any better.
Aldergrove resident Jordan Redlin is ranked fourth against the best of the west this year in the Western Canadian Championships. This year he prepared to battle it out with the best in the country for the chance to be crowned Canadian Champion.
During the practice sessions, the local boy was consistently running inside the top five. As the weekend progressed, it soon became time for the qualification heats to begin.
“Wow, right off of the line the racing was extremely aggressive,” Jordan commented.
In the first of three qualifying heats, Jordan finished 10th. Saturday morning finally arrived, and the bulk of the racing was just about to start.
In the final practice session before the day’s racing had begun, Jordan held nothing back and showed what he was capable of, pushing the kart to the very top of the time sheet and finishing the session in first.
However, the luck seemed to end there, as Jordan had a wheel bearing failure, forcing him to retire from the second race. And an engine problem along with contact from another competitor, ruining the result of the remaining heat race.
With poor finishing positions in the final two qualification heats, Jordan would be put out of contention by any sort for a good starting position. At this level, the starting position for the final event is ever so important as in many cases the lap time difference between the fiercely competitive top ten can be as little as 0.100 of a second, on a 56 second lap time.
Jordan started the final in 17th position, saved somewhat by his top ten finish.
“After a hard race I was able to advance my position to seventh but in the end I had to settle for ninth. I believe it was a pretty good finish considering my starting position, it was too bad the qualification heats went the way they did,” Jordan said.
“I am really looking forward to taking another swing at the title for next year and would like to thank my sponsors for their continued support, for without them I wouldn’t have been able to participate in the event at all. I would like to give a huge thanks to Rampart Detection Systems, Fikse Wheels, my parents and Screen Guild Signs.”
For more information regarding Jordan and his racing program please visit his website at www.jordanredlin.com