(Quyon, QC) Saturday, July 8 turned out to be a great day for a kart race at Le Circuit Quyon. It was the grand finale of the OGKC Summer Superpole Series. The three-race series was held exclusively on Saturdays – June 17, June 24, and July 8. The third and final Superpole Series race was also Race #6 of the OGKC championship for those battling for the overall season Crown, as well as Race #6 of the Briggs & Stratton (B&S) Weekly Racing Series Championship. The weather was great, with temperatures hovering in the mid 20C range for the entire day. The track had some water pooling on the inside line heading into the infamous high-speed bowl section, making for some daring pass attempts and interesting racing!
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 three different categories: Junior, Senior, and Masters B&S. The feature race podium results were as follows:
1. Shane Findlay
2. Tyler Devlin
3. Paul Hoffman
Shane Findlay of the Lombardy Karting Association (LKA) was on fire all day, placing first in superpole qualifying, the pre-final, as well as the final. Shane’s excellent results in Race #3 contributed to him being crowned the overall Senior superpole champion. Congratulations Shane! Tyler Devlin, who was participating in his first race this year, had a great day as well with a third in qualifying, and second place in both the pre-final and final. Rounding out the top three was Paul Hoffman, racing in his first year in the Senior category.
The top three overall racers in the Senior Summer Superpole Series are:
1. Shane Findlay – 295 pts
2. Jamie Hynes – 269 pts
3. Vincent Lamothe – 264 pts
Congratulations to all the racers that competed in the Senior category!
1. Mike Forget
2. Brian McCracken
3. Sylvain Coulombe
Mike Forget made it two wins in a row claiming victory in the final race of the Masters Superpole Series, beating out the very fast Brian McCracken. Brian had held onto first place in the race for several tours of the circuit; however, he was ultimately overtaken by Mike with only a handful of laps remaining. Coming home in third position was Sylvain Coulombe, who narrowly missed out on second by 0.004 seconds. The racing was extremely tight, with the top six separated by less than two seconds at the conclusion of the 15-lap final. There were several changes of position throughout the race, making for a really entertaining event.
The top three overall racers in the Masters Summer Superpole Series are:
1. Mike Forget – 292 pts
2. Darren Mallette – 291 pts
3. Brian McCracken – 271 pts
1. Denver Craig
2. Nathan Glover
Last but not least, the Juniors competed on track at the same time as the Senior category, mixing it up with the older racers and really representing well! Both Denver and Nathan had strong races, and ended up with best laps a mere two seconds off the pace of top Senior racer Shane Findlay. Great job by the Juniors, and we hope to have a better turnout in this category for our Enduro Series!
The top three overall racers in the Junior Summer Superpole Series are:
1. Zachary Vanier – 105
2. Zander Stevens – 97
3. Ethan Bell – 95
Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 OGKC Summer Superpole Series. Judging by the results and the interest in the superpole concept, the series will definitely be returning next year. Great job everyone!
The points for the series can be viewed here.
Special thanks to Race Director Jason Bolton, the track marshals, the great support staff at Le Circuit Quyon, and First Aid personnel for working throughout the day to ensure racer safety during the event.
Please join us on Sunday, July 30 for Race #1 of the OGKC’s Enduro-Fest Series. Additional information on race format, rules and regulations, as well as track layout will be communicated in the near future! It will also be Race #3 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge, weather permitting. Please click here for more information on the rental series.
Enjoy the three-week summer break, and we look forward to seeing you back at the track at the end of the month!