Race Report: Race #1 of the OGKC Endurofest Series

(Quyon, QC) It was a fantastic day for a kart race, with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 20s under bright blue skies; however, the turnout for Race #1 of the OGKC Endurofest Series was a little lower than expected due to the summer holiday season. It was the start of the final three-race series of the year for the OGKC! The Endurofest Series is a longer-distance race than usual for all classes, making for an exciting event that challenges a drivers stamina and fitness levels. Younger drivers in the Novice and Junior classes race for 20 minutes, while competitors in the Senior and Masters classes challenge for victory for a full 30 minutes. This race was also Race #7 of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Championship.

The 2017 edition of the OGKC series is 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.

Twelve racers participated in the event in three different categories: Novice, Senior, and Masters B&S. The feature race podium results were as follows:

Novice

  1. Samuel Spurling

Samuel had an interesting race, sharing the track for the first time with Senior and Masters competitors. He had a great race, and proved to be very fast around Le Circuit Quyon! Samuel’s best time was less than four seconds off the pace of the top Senior drivers – great driving!

Senior

1. Michel Filion
2. Lee Williscroft
3. Vincent Lamothe

Michel Filion, a Margay ‘arrive and drive’ racer at this event, qualified a fantastic second place in the Senior category, bested only by resident hot-shoe Charlotte Lalonde; however, Michel successfully finished the half-hour Final in first place over a hard-charging Lee Williscroft in his TonyKart. Rounding out the top three was Vincent Lamothe.

With only two races left in the overall OGKC series, the top three Senior competitors are:

1. Charlotte Lalonde – 611 pts
2. Vincent Lamothe – 571 pts
3. Paul Hoffman – 558 pts

Master

1. Mike Forget
2. Darren Mallette
3. Eric Lefebvre

Mike Forget and Darren Mallette fought hard for the top step of the podium, with Darren leading for much of the race only to have Mike steal the lead as the end was drawing near. After 30 minutes of racing, Mike crossed the line a full 0.2 ahead of Darren, with Eric Lefebvre taking third position trailing over 15 seconds behind the front two.

With only two races left in the overall OGKC series, the top three Masters competitors are:

1. Mike Forget – 696 pts
2. Darren Mallette – 670 pts
3. Crawford Kilpatrick – 565 pts

 

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in the Endurofest event. Great job everyone!

The points for the overall series can be viewed here.

Special thanks to Race Director Jamie Bolton, the track marshals, the great support staff at Le Circuit Quyon, and First Aid guru Pat Warner for working throughout the day to ensure racer safety during the event.

Please join us on Saturday, August 12 for Race #2 of the OGKC’s Endurofest 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.

See you at the track!

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