|EKN Constructors’ Championship – 2010 Final Standings
After 16 rounds of events, the final points have been tabulated for the 2010 edition of the EKN Constructors’ Championship. This past season was a renovation year for the EKN CC program as it incorporated multiple national series and events rather than focusing on just one national program. The purpose of the expansion was to better recognize the leading chassis manufacturers across the country by gauging their success on a number of different levels of karting.
Bringing in the Championship Karting International Series, the International Kart Federation Sprint Grand National, the Rotax Pan American Challenge, the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, and the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup Series, the EKN Constructors’ Championship tabulated a wide range of results throughout the 2010 season.
“The 2010 edition of the EKN Constructors’ Championship brought together programs from one side of the country to the other,” stated David Cole - eKartingNews.com Managing Editor. “While our EKN Driver Rankings’ program has been established for a number of years now, this was the first year we essentially ‘opened’ up the EKN CC standings. We feel this is a better measuring stick as to what manufacturers are putting in the best results throughout the country. We will tweak the program some in 2011 but expect a similar format to follow next year.”
Coming out on top of the EKN Constructors’ Championship for 2010 is Arrow. Scoring a massive 311 points over the course of 16 rounds, the Australian manufactured chassis excelled in the WKA and Rotax programs. Just in WKA, Arrow scored four class championships - three behind Junior driver Sam Beasley - and a number of victories and podiums throughout the five weekend series. Team manager of BTK Motorsports and now KartSport North America - the new Arrow flagship in the United States - Eric Jones scored a Rotax Grand National championship of his own while fellow Arrow drivers recorded high results throughout the season.
Second place in the standing was the Merlin chassis brand. The ‘Merlin Nation’ was strong in 2010, especially in the WKA program. While they only recorded two championships in the competitive series (Michael Politis in Parilla Leopard and Shinya Michimi in Yamaha SuperCan Lite), the Merlin-green filled the podium throughout the year in Senior and Junior action. Led by the Franklin Motorsports operation, the Merlin brand continues to grow throughout the Eastern half of the country and is expected to find more homes west of the Mississippi with the strong results it has recorded.
In the third spot is the former EKN CC titlist while also placing as the first of the big-three from Italy - CRG. Missing out on second by just one point, CRG finished in its worse position since the program came to EKN from the Super Kart Illustrated magazine in 2007. The bulk of CRG’s points came from the SKUSA and Rotax programs. Certainly the CRG shifter chassis is popular and very successful, scoring a number victories along with the S1 Pro Stock Moto championship with Fritz Leesmann. Derek Wang and Jesus Rios Jr. brought home championships in the Rotax Pan American Challenge with a host of others adding victories on the year. Another help was the strong performance by Jake Craig at the IKF Sprint Grand Nationals with five Duffy victories.
The most consistent brand in 2010 was Tony Kart. Scoring points in 15 of the 16 rounds counted this past year, Tony Kart is possible one of the most recognized brands in the country. The Tony Kart brand scored titles in WKA, Rotax and IKF while showing strong in CKI and SKUSA throughout the season. A big victory by the green-white was from Stepanova Nekeel at the Rotax Grand Nationals, buying a used chassis that week and taking it to victory in the same weekend.
Rounding out the top-five is the Birel chassis. Scoring their third-straight WKA Manufactures Championship Trophy behind the push of MRP Motorsport and the MKP operation, the 2010 season was a successful one. Some of the top talent in the series pilot a Birel with a number of young Cadet drivers looking to move up in 2011 to help the Birel brand continue its success.
Starting out the second half of the top-10 is last year’s top brand in the EKN CC standings - Top Kart. The GP brand was seventh, scoring all of its points in the SKUSA Pro Tour program. Kosmic, American-made Margay, and FA Kart complete the top-10 for 2010.
Inside the Numbers:
Points scored by 18 chassis brands prior to the SKUSA SuperNationals XIV
Points scored by Parolin in the final event of the 2010 season to get on the board (Chuck Gafrarar - SKUSA SuperNationals XIV - TaG Master)
Points separating second through fifth (Merlin-CRG-Tony Kart-Birel)
Number chassis brands to score points in 2010
Difference between sixth and tenth (Top Kart-GP-Komic-Margay-FA Kart)
Difference between first and second (Arrow-Merlin)
Difference between first and fifth (Arrow-Birel)
EKN Constructors’ Championship Guidelines
The EKN Constructors’ Championship calculation process includes the top-five finishers in each recognized class (Senior-Junior classes). Those finishers will be awarded points with first place earning five (5) points down to fifth place earning one (1) point. A minimum of 10 starting entries is imposed for each class for the results to be included.
EKN Constructors’ Championship - 2010 Final Standings