(Quyon, QC) Race #1 of the 2020 OGKC Cup is in the books, and it did not disappoint! It was an awesome way to kick off the season – great weather, great camaraderie, and excellent racing. Just under 30 racers participated in Race #1 in the Novice, Senior, and Masters Briggs & Stratton categories, while Le Circuit Quyon also hosted the inaugural race of the 2020 LCQ Rental Kart Challenge.
In the Novice category, six racers competed for the honour of taking the top step of the podium. Bronson Hetherington, last year’s returning champion, dominated the class, placing first in qualifying, the pre-final, and final races. He was closely challenged by Wyatt McNeeley and Nolan Gibson, both top challengers from last year’s series, who finished second and third respectively. It was very exciting racing in all sessions, and it’s expected that the next race will be equally thrilling!
The Senior category was extremely tight, with seven competitors challenging for the lead during all of the track sessions. It was really anyone’s final, with Charlotte Lalonde, Jordan Hounsell, Matteo Bongarzone, and Zak Villeneuve being the top protagonists. After some serious pack racing from start to finish, Matteo Bongarzone took the chequered flag for his first race win of the OGKC. He managed to cross the line just ahead of Jordan Hounsell, with Patrick Aubin following closely in third place. Unfortunately, Zak Villeneuve suffered from a dramatic mechanical issue which ended his race prematurely.
Honourable mention goes to Junior racer Jess Cuillerier, who raced with the Senior category and held his own to lead across the line. Jess looks like a future champion – watch out Seniors!
Zak made up for it in the Masters final, doing double duty over the weekend to race in both the Senior and Masters categories. Zak proved his worth by taking the victory over long-time racer and former Masters champion Mike Forget. The top four racers were super close throughout the pre-final and final races, with Darren Mallette and Eric Lefebvre trading places multiple times on track. In the end, Eric squeaked out third place after a late move nearing the end of the race. Great racing by the whole category, which hopefully translates into more thrilling on-track action at the next race!
In the LCQ Rental Kart Challenge, first time LCQ competitor Rodrigo Bazques took home the victory over Rebecca Pantalone, who finished a close second position after leading several laps of the race. Third place went to Ryan Baumann, in a very tightly-fought battle for rental kart supremacy.
This year, profits from each race are being donated to two worthwhile causes: the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Centre de Pédiatrie Sociale Gatineau (CPSG). The OGKC is pleased to share that $850 was donated, with an additional $50 being contributed by the Ottawa SportsCar Club, for a total of $900 going towards children’s health in Canada’s capital region.
Finally, congratulations to Bronson Hetherington for winning our online registration raffle – he has won a complementary 18 x 12 racing photo courtesy of Rod Windover Photography.
Thanks to all that contributed to the success of Race #1 of the OGKC, and we look forward to seeing you on the track for Race #2, scheduled for Saturday, August 8 – see you there!