Race Report – 2016 Le Circuit Quyon Invitational Enduro

(Quyon, QC) Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) held its annual end-of-year enduro on Sunday, October 2nd, and what a day it was! There was rain overnight and drizzle in the early morning; however, the racers were lucky that no significant rain fell during the entire event. In fact, the track was showing a clear dry line with approximately 20 minutes left in the Senior/Masters event. Everyone had a great time and raced their hearts out for the grand prize – the top step of the podium at the most physically demanding race of the year.

Twenty-four racers took to the track for top honours, with the Novice Briggs & Stratton race being a 30-minute enduro, the Junior Briggs & Stratton race was a 60-minute enduro, while the Senior/Masters Briggs & Stratton race was a 125-minute marathon. LCQ hosted racers from the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC),  the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC), the Lombardy Karting Association (LKA), as well as some kart racers who experienced their first laps of LCQ!

The Novice enduro was the first event of the day, and racers hit the track in full rain set-up. As noted earlier, the rain had become a light drizzle during the event, but the track was very wet from the rain overnight. Brayden Ghosen, who was participating in only his second kart race, put on a rain-race clinic and looked unbeatable out on track. He started off fast and extended his lead throughout the race – it was obvious that Brayden likes to race on a wet track! Coming in a strong second was another newcomer to kart racing – Jordan Latour. Given the challenging conditions, Jordan did a great job to keep his kart pointed in the right direction most of the time, and finished the half-hour race in a strong second position. In third position was Tomas Lamaire, who has done some indoor rental karting and is now venturing into race karting at outdoor venues. In fourth position was Samuel Spurling – who also had a strong race given the slippery track conditions. Congratulations to the Novice class for a very entertaining race, and we hope to see you all at OGKC events next year!

novice

The Junior category was very hotly contested, with Paul Hoffman taking the lead early on in the 60-minute enduro. Vincent Lamothe was running in second, with Connor Bell in third. This was Connor’s second event at LCQ this year, and his first race in the Junior class. Paul and Vincent started this race like any other – extremely hard fighting right from the green flag! As the race progressed, the wet track conditions and the mandatory pitstop (with driver changes) mixed things up for the class. At the end of the 60-minutes, Vincent Lamothe claimed his third Enduro win in a row. Paul Hoffman and newcomer Sam Hurtebise claimed second position, ahead of Connor Bell. Great racing by the Junior category!

junior

In the combined Senior/Masters Class, a field of ten karts took to the track to challenge for enduro-champion status. The on-track battles were fierce, with some teams competing like it was a 125 km sprint race. There were several off-track excursions, and numerous mechanical breakdowns that impacted some teams.

By the end of the race, Shane Findlay came out on top of the Senior category with a stellar victory. He was very fast and very consistent – a great combination ensuring he took top step of the Senior podium in his Birel. Colin Chapman, former head of Lotus in Formula One, once said that a perfectly designed car would fall apart as soon as the race was over. Shane’s kart was not far from it! Second place went to Henry Knox and his father Scott Knox in their Ricciardo Kart. Henry was very fast and has really demonstrated great driving since his graduation from the Junior category earlier this year. In third place, and in only his first year of kart racing, was Jason Chen. Jason was also fast and consistent, but couldn’t keep up to the hard-charging Findlay and the Knoxes.

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In the Masters, the team of Yao Li and Rob Jefferies proved unbeatable on the full-track clockwise configuration of Le Circuit Quyon. Yao and Rob had a fast, clean, and consistent race enabling them to establish a gap over the very fast team of Sylvain Coulombe, Wayne Shimoon, and Bruno Coulombe. Sylvain and company were superfast in their TonyKart; however, the team had to make an extra pitstop which took them out of contention for first place. Coming in the third was Team Fast Lane, composed of Crawford Kilpatrick, Michèle-Ann Sauvé, and Ken Chan. The Fast Laners were hot on the trail of the second-place finishers, and also had to make an extra pitstop to correct a visor issue. Congratulations to all of the Seniors and Masters for making it such a great race!

masters

LCQ would like to congratulate the 2016 enduro winners, and also give a big thanks to all of the volunteers, spectators, racers, and crew members for contributing to another great race day! A special thanks goes to St. John Ambulance personnel, who were present at LCQ to support all of the OGKC races this year.

LCQ is proud to be your circuit of choice in Canada’s Capital Region, and is eagerly anticipating the 2017 race season with the OGKC! Please continue to visit our website at http://www.lecircuitquyon.com, keep an eye on the OGKC and LCQ facebook pages, and follow us on Twitter @leCircuit_Quyon for more information about next season!

See you at the end-of-year banquet  – more details will be shared shortly!

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