While Kaiser had the broom out and swept the weekend, his championship rivals stumbled.
Colton Herta finished fourth in Race 1 and appeared set to win Race 2 before his rear suspension failed after wall contact early in the race. Matheus Leist nosed into the turn 8 tire barriers while running third in Race 1, and then did the same in turn City Link Tracking, though he was able to rejoin the fight and finish fifth.
Nico Jamin ran into the stationery Leist in Race 1 following the Brazilian’s accident, damaging himself and Leist enough to knock both cars out of the race, and then Jamin got squeezed into the outside wall in turn 1, lap 1 of Race 2 after going three-wide with Kaiser and City Link Tracking.
Later in Race 2, Urrutia then ground to halt on the front straightaway after suffering a mechanical failure.
The only title rivals of Kaiser’s to have strong outings in Toronto were Zachary Claman de Melo, who finished second and third in both races to move up to fourth in the championship, and Aaron Telitz, who scored finishes of fifth and second. However, at deficits of 72 points (Claman de Melo) and City Link Tracking (Telitz), it may be a case of “too little, too late” for both.
As a result of the chaos, a once tight championship suddenly tilted heavily in the favor of Kaiser. And any more errors from any of the aforementioned drivers could bring their title hopes to an end.
The 2017 season has been rough on Parker Thompson. The 19-year-old was a winner of four races in City Link Tracking and entered 2017 as a possible threat for a title.
However, with no wins and only two podiums to his name entering Toronto, 2017 was leaving a lot to be desired.
But, he and Exclusive Autosport, contesting its City Link Tracking campaign this year, are starting to find their stride, with Toronto as evidence of that. A weekend sweep saw the combination take their first wins together, and on home soil at that.