Ethan Lowther picked up his third second-place finish of the season during kart racing action Sunday in Scoudouc, N.B.
The 11-year-old Cavendish native won two of the heats leading up to the final, where he finished behind teammate Zach Hitchcock. It was the second race of the Championship Kart Racing Association’s 10-race season and comes after a successful Coupe de Montréal race the previous weekend.
Ethan’s older brother William Lowther, 14, had a more competitive field this weekend. Although placing third in a few of the heats he managed a fifth-place finish in the final race.
The Maritime Fun Group-sponsored Lowther Racing team returns to its home track in Scoudouc on Sunday, June 2, for Race 3 of the Championship Kart Racing Association series.
The Lowther brothers, racing under the Gerald Caseley Racing team banner, attended the first kart race of the Coupe de Montréal series in Mont Saint-Hilaire, Que., on Mother’s Day weekend with more than 125 racers from Eastern and Central Canada.
Ethan finished second in the qualifying round of the cadet division, .033 behind Hitchcock. The racers continued their friendly rivalry with some great passing and tense moments all day long. In the end, Ethan took second in the pre-final as well as the final, coming in one-tenth of a second behind Hitchcock.
William, in his first Coupe de Montréal race as a senior, qualified fourth in the hungry pack of 25 racers, being off the pace by .178 of a second. Two of his teammates, Kelsey Hann and Gerald Caseley Jr., qualified first and second, respectively, making for a strong showing for the Maritime racers.
In the senior pre-final, William placed fifth. The final was a tense showdown with the Maritime teammates leading a pack of racers all the way. Lowther posted the second fastest lap time of the race.
Halfway through the final lap, William was in third place, right behind his teammates, when chaos ensued. As racers made the final push for the finish line, William was bumped off the track and was unable to regain his position, finishing 20th.