Race Report: Race #2 of the OGKC Summer Superpole Series

(Quyon, QC) What a perfect day for Race #2 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship’s (OGKC) Summer Superpole Series. The three-race series is being held exclusively on Saturdays – June 17, June 24, and July 8. The second Superpole Series race was also Race #5 of the OGKC championship for those battling for the overall season Crown, as well as Race #5 of the Briggs & Stratton (B&S) Weekly Racing Series Championship. The weather was great, with temperatures hovering in the mid-to-high 20C range for the entire day.

Superpole is a timed event commonly used in superbike racing to establish the starting grid for the top qualifiers in each category. In the OGKC Superpole Series, the superpole session enables the top three qualifiers to complete one flying solo lap to set their best times – potentially re-gridding the top three for the race sessions.

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

Seventeen racers participated in the event in two different categories: Senior and Masters B&S. The feature race podium results were as follows:

Senior

1. Charlotte Lalonde
2. Jamie Hynes
3. Shane Findlay (accepted by Rick Hynes)

Charlotte Lalonde has proven unbeatable so far this season, winning Race #2 of the Superpole Series. Charlotte has won five out of five OGKC races this year, but her days at the front of the field could be numbered. Jamie Hynes, who finished second, has been coming on very strong this year and had a fastest lap within six-hundredths of a second of Charlotte’s best lap of the race. It won’t be long before Charlotte and Jamie will be duking it out for the top step of the podium. Shane Findlay, a regular racer with the Lombardy Karting Association, had an excellent race as well finishing only six-tenths of a second behind Jamie over the 15-lap race. Shane was holding onto second position for most of the race, but Jamie forced her way past with only two laps to go to steal second place position. Shane was also lapping extremely well, and proved very difficult to pass over the duration of the race. These three will be challenging each other for the overall Superpole championship – only 19 points separate these three challengers, with 105 points still up for grabs in the final race. Race #3 of the Senior Superpole Series will be a real humdinger of an event! The OGKC had nine participants in the Senior event – how many will compete in the Superpole final?

Master

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

After a two-race absence from the top step of the box, Mike Forget made a glorious return to form by winning Race #2 of the Masters Superpole Series, beating out the very fast Darren Mallette. Darren was racing in an unfamiliar kart during the event due to mechanical issues with his regular steed. True to form, Darren was able to adjust to the new kart and was lapping within a few tenths of a second of Mike’s best lap time. Coming home in third position was Brian McCracken, who benefited from two disqualifications due to fuel irregularities. Honourable mentions go to Wayne Shimoon and Sylvain Coulombe, who both participated in their first OGKC event of the year, and proved to be extremely fast. They will definitely be contenders for victory in Race #3 of the Series, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 8.  Eight Masters racers participated in this event – we hope that we get a strong field at the Superpole final!

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #2 of the 2017 OGKC Summer Superpole Series. Great job everyone! The points for the series can be viewed here.

Special thanks to special guest Race Director Jamie Bolton, 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 #3 of the OGKC’s  Summer Superpole Saturday Series is scheduled for Saturday, July 8. It will also be Race #3 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge, weather permitting. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you at the track – have a great Canada Day weekend!

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