Race Report: Race #3 of the OGKC Spring Sprint Series

(Quyon, QC) What a great day for racing! Hot and sunny in Monaco, Indianapolis, and Quyon – the three cities that host the events that make up the (unofficial) triple crown of motorsports! Twenty racers participated in Race #3 of the OGKC Spring Sprint Series and Race #1 of the Rental Kart Challenge. Races were held in three different categories: Senior Briggs & Stratton, Masters Briggs & Stratton, and the rental series. For a class race to be official, there must be a minimum of three participants.

The 2017 edition of the OGKC series is also part of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series (BriggsWRS), a track-based series enabling Junior, Senior, and Masters competitors to race head-to-head for the BriggsWRS regional crown. Racers are required to participate in eight (8) races at the same BriggsWRS-affiliated track/club, with the top seven (7) results counted toward the overall championship. For more information on the BriggsWRS, please click here.

The feature race podium results were as follows:

Senior

1. Charlotte Lalonde
2. Paul Hoffman
3. Jamie Hynes

This race did not disappoint! It was very exciting to see resident hot-shoe Charlotte Lalonde being chased down by both Paul Hoffman and Jamie Hynes in their Margay chassis. Charlotte led the race from the green flag to the chequered; however, both Paul and Jamie were incredibly fast and will definitely be threatening Charlotte for the top step of the podium over the 2017 season. This was the first race that both Paul and Jamie demonstrated really amazing speed, and clearly served notice to Charlotte that her reign as the queen of the track may be coming to an end – awesome racing by the top three!

Masters

1. Darren Mallette
2. Mike Forget
3. Brian McCracken

Darren Mallette celebrated his first win in an OGKC Final event, and proved to be unpassable today out on the track. Darren’s weekend didn’t start off that well, with his kart suffering from mechanical gremlins and brake issues; however, when it counted, Darren rose to the challenge and fended off several pass attempts by reigning OGKC Masters Champion Mike Forget and resident Barrovian Brian McCracken to win the race by four-tenths of a second. Brian has also shown incredible speed as of late, qualifying in second position for the race and also celebrating his second podium of the year. Great job Masters!

Rental Kart Challenge

1. Michèle-Ann Sauvé
2. Guy Bélisle
3. Peter Dunn

Michèle-Ann Sauvé, who placed second in last year’s OGKC Rental Kart Series, started off her 2017 campaign with a bang by winning the first rental race of the year. She was able to stretch out a significant lead over the following pack, with Guy Bélisle and Peter Dunn trading positions several times over the entire 15-minute duration of the race. Guy was able to eek over the finish line in second position, only one kart-length ahead of Peter. Honourable mention goes to Rick Hynes, who proved very challenging to pass and finished the race in fourth.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #3 of the 2017 OGKC Spring Sprint Series, as well as the participants in the Rental Kart Challenge. Great job everyone! The points for the series can be viewed here. Congratulations to the Spring Sprint Series overall class champions:

Junior: Zander Stevens
Senior: Charlotte Lalonde
Masters: Mike Forget

Special thanks to special guest Race Director James Dunn, the track marshals, the great support staff at Le Circuit Quyon, and First Aid personnel for working through the day to ensure racer safety during the event.

Race #1 of the OGKC’s  Summer Superpole Saturday Series is scheduled for Saturday, June 17. It will also be Race #2 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge, weather permitting. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you in June!

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