Race Report: Race #2 of the OGKC Endurofest Series

(Quyon, QC) The weather cooperated for most of the day on Saturday, August 12 making for a pretty good day for karting, with lightning and thunder showers holding off until mid-afternoon. It was the second last race of the 2017 edition of 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 #8 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

Samuel Spurling

Samuel had another great race, sharing the track for the second time with Senior and Masters competitors. He had a great race, and again proved to be right at home on the track at Le Circuit Quyon. Samuel’s best time was just a few seconds off the pace of the top Senior drivers – another great drive by this talented young racer!

Senior

1. Paul Hoffman
2. Tyler Devlin
3. Vincent Lamothe

Paul Hoffman led start to finish, having a really great race until thunder and lightning mixed with rain showers brought out the red flag. Tyler Devlin kept Paul honest, always in very close proximity and ready to pounce if the leader made a mistake. Rounding out the top three was Vincent Lamothe, who drove an excellent race to finish in third position.

With only one race left in the overall OGKC series, the top three Senior competitors are:

1. Vincent Lamothe – 644 pts (one throw-away race required)
2. Paul Hoffman – 643 pts (no throw-away race)
3. Charlotte Lalonde – 611 pts (no throw-away race)

Masters

1. Mike Forget
2. Darren Mallette
3. Crawford Kilpatrick

Mike Forget and Darren Mallette fought hard for the top step of the podium, with Mike taking advantage of a great first lap to eek out a gap and maintain it for the duration of the race. Mike crossed the line over two seconds ahead of Darren, with Crawford Kilpatrick fighting hard to take third position trailing seven seconds behind.

With only one race left in the overall OGKC series, the top three Masters competitors are:

1. Mike Forget – 801 pts (one throw-away race required)
2. Darren Mallette – 769 pts (one throw-away race required)
3. Crawford Kilpatrick – 657 pts (one throw-away race required)

Rental Kart Challenge

1. Michele-Ann Sauve
2. Guy Belisle
3. Winfried Jakob

Michele-Ann and Guy fought tooth and nail for the full distance of the Rental Kart Challenge Enduro, with Michele-Ann taking top honours at the end of the 30-lap event by just over one second. Winfried, participating in his first kart race, did extremely well and managed to get to within a few seconds of the leader’s pace. We hope to see you out in the future Winfried!

With only one race left in the overall OGKC Rental Kart Challenge, the top three competitors are:

1. Michele-Ann Sauve – 50 pts
2. Guy Belisle – 36 pts
3. Peter Dunn – 15 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 track-owner Paul Lalonde for taking on the role of Race Director for Race #2. Also, special thanks to the track marshals, the great support staff at Le Circuit Quyon, and First Aid guru Pat Warner for ensuring racer safety during the event.

Please join us on Sunday, September 10 for the final race of the OGKC’s Endurofest Series, as well as the last OGKC race of the year. Additional information on race format, rules and regulations, as well as track layout will be communicated in the near future. It will also be the final race of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you at the track!

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