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Race Schedule – Valley Karting Championship

Here is the 2018 race schedule for the Valley Karting Championship. For more information, please visit the Valley Karting Championship Facebook page!

 

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Race Report – 2016 Le Circuit Quyon Invitational Enduro

(Quyon, QC) Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) held its annual end-of-year enduro on Sunday, October 2nd, and what a day it was! There was rain overnight and drizzle in the early morning; however, the racers were lucky that no significant rain fell during the entire event. In fact, the track was showing a clear dry line with approximately 20 minutes left in the Senior/Masters event. Everyone had a great time and raced their hearts out for the grand prize – the top step of the podium at the most physically demanding race of the year.

Twenty-four racers took to the track for top honours, with the Novice Briggs & Stratton race being a 30-minute enduro, the Junior Briggs & Stratton race was a 60-minute enduro, while the Senior/Masters Briggs & Stratton race was a 125-minute marathon. LCQ hosted racers from the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC),  the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC), the Lombardy Karting Association (LKA), as well as some kart racers who experienced their first laps of LCQ!

The Novice enduro was the first event of the day, and racers hit the track in full rain set-up. As noted earlier, the rain had become a light drizzle during the event, but the track was very wet from the rain overnight. Brayden Ghosen, who was participating in only his second kart race, put on a rain-race clinic and looked unbeatable out on track. He started off fast and extended his lead throughout the race – it was obvious that Brayden likes to race on a wet track! Coming in a strong second was another newcomer to kart racing – Jordan Latour. Given the challenging conditions, Jordan did a great job to keep his kart pointed in the right direction most of the time, and finished the half-hour race in a strong second position. In third position was Tomas Lamaire, who has done some indoor rental karting and is now venturing into race karting at outdoor venues. In fourth position was Samuel Spurling – who also had a strong race given the slippery track conditions. Congratulations to the Novice class for a very entertaining race, and we hope to see you all at OGKC events next year!

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The Junior category was very hotly contested, with Paul Hoffman taking the lead early on in the 60-minute enduro. Vincent Lamothe was running in second, with Connor Bell in third. This was Connor’s second event at LCQ this year, and his first race in the Junior class. Paul and Vincent started this race like any other – extremely hard fighting right from the green flag! As the race progressed, the wet track conditions and the mandatory pitstop (with driver changes) mixed things up for the class. At the end of the 60-minutes, Vincent Lamothe claimed his third Enduro win in a row. Paul Hoffman and newcomer Sam Hurtebise claimed second position, ahead of Connor Bell. Great racing by the Junior category!

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In the combined Senior/Masters Class, a field of ten karts took to the track to challenge for enduro-champion status. The on-track battles were fierce, with some teams competing like it was a 125 km sprint race. There were several off-track excursions, and numerous mechanical breakdowns that impacted some teams.

By the end of the race, Shane Findlay came out on top of the Senior category with a stellar victory. He was very fast and very consistent – a great combination ensuring he took top step of the Senior podium in his Birel. Colin Chapman, former head of Lotus in Formula One, once said that a perfectly designed car would fall apart as soon as the race was over. Shane’s kart was not far from it! Second place went to Henry Knox and his father Scott Knox in their Ricciardo Kart. Henry was very fast and has really demonstrated great driving since his graduation from the Junior category earlier this year. In third place, and in only his first year of kart racing, was Jason Chen. Jason was also fast and consistent, but couldn’t keep up to the hard-charging Findlay and the Knoxes.

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In the Masters, the team of Yao Li and Rob Jefferies proved unbeatable on the full-track clockwise configuration of Le Circuit Quyon. Yao and Rob had a fast, clean, and consistent race enabling them to establish a gap over the very fast team of Sylvain Coulombe, Wayne Shimoon, and Bruno Coulombe. Sylvain and company were superfast in their TonyKart; however, the team had to make an extra pitstop which took them out of contention for first place. Coming in the third was Team Fast Lane, composed of Crawford Kilpatrick, Michèle-Ann Sauvé, and Ken Chan. The Fast Laners were hot on the trail of the second-place finishers, and also had to make an extra pitstop to correct a visor issue. Congratulations to all of the Seniors and Masters for making it such a great race!

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LCQ would like to congratulate the 2016 enduro winners, and also give a big thanks to all of the volunteers, spectators, racers, and crew members for contributing to another great race day! A special thanks goes to St. John Ambulance personnel, who were present at LCQ to support all of the OGKC races this year.

LCQ is proud to be your circuit of choice in Canada’s Capital Region, and is eagerly anticipating the 2017 race season with the OGKC! Please continue to visit our website at http://www.lecircuitquyon.com, keep an eye on the OGKC and LCQ facebook pages, and follow us on Twitter @leCircuit_Quyon for more information about next season!

See you at the end-of-year banquet  – more details will be shared shortly!

Race Report – 2016 Season Finale

(Quyon, QC) What a finish to the 2016 Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship! Round #8 went off without a hitch, with 30 racers participating in our Briggs & Stratton Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters categories including the final of the OGKC’s Rental Kart Championship. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – it started off warm and threatening rain in the morning; however, the rain stayed away and it made for a great day on the track.

The Novice category has been a quiet one this year, but we are working on trying to attract additional racers to this category next year.  At Race #8, Samuel Spurling had a great day staying at the top of the timesheets through both Heat races as well as the Final. Brayden Ghosen, who had his first kart race ever today, did a great job out on the track and took second place. Le Circuit Quyon, the home track of the OGKC, is looking at some options for next year that could bring the numbers up in this category. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting news!

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Novice

  1. Samuel Spurling
  2. Brayden Ghosen

The Junior category was close close close and fast fast fast, with the Juniors racing on the track at the same time as the Seniors. It was great entertainment, to say the least! In the Final, Paul Hoffman had a fantastic drive in his Margay Brava, crossing the line over eight seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Vincent Lamothe, also in his Margay, drove hard to take a really strong second place – enough for him to clinch the overall 2016 OGKC Junior Crown. Great job Vincent!

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Junior

  1. Paul Hoffman
  2. Vincent Lamothe

The Senior category was extremely close for the second and third steps of the podium. Charlotte Lalonde had established an insurmountable ten-second lead in her Margay over the following pack, and finished off the year in style with another victory. Second place in Race #8 went to Shane Findley in his Birel from the Lombardy Kart Association, who was closely followed over the line by LCQ regular Henry Knox in his first year racing with a Ricciardo Kart.

With the Race #8 results tabulated, Charlotte Lalonde has been confirmed as the overall 2016 OGKC Senior category champion, with Henry Knox in second, and Jamie Hynes taking the third step of the podium. Congratulations Seniors!

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Senior

  1. Charlotte Lalonde
  2. Shane Findley
  3. Henry Knox

The Masters category was a rough and tumble affair, with several drivers challenging hard for victory. James Dunn (Margay Racing), who has been strong all year, finished the year in style with a start-to-finish victory. For much of the race, James was closely pursued by Mike Forget; however, with only a few laps remaining, Mike was unable to get his kart to the finish line. Second place went to Crawford Kilpatrick in his Margay Brava. Third place went to Darren Mallette, celebrating his first podium of the year – better late than never Darren! With Race #8’s results calculated, Mike Forget has been confirmed as the 2016 OGKC Masters champion! James Dunn takes second overall, missing out on first by only nine points. Rounding out the top three overall is Crawford Kilpatrick. Great job Masters – next year is going to be a good one!

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Masters

1. James Dunn
2. Crawford Kilpatrick
3. Darren Mallette

In the Rental Kart Challenge series, the racing was very competitive amongst the 10 participants. Guy Bélisle took the lead right from the start, and was hounded throughout the entire 15-minute race by Jason Chen. Michèle-Ann Sauvé took third position just a few seconds back from Jason, narrowly holding off Peter Dunn who had a great race to finish fourth. Jason Chen did just enough to clinch the overall rental kart championship, with Michèle-Ann taking second, followed closely by Guy Bélisle.

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Rental Kart Challenge – Race #5

  1. Guy Bélisle
  2. Jason Chen
  3. Michèle-Ann Sauvé

The overall championship results can be viewed here.

Congratulations to all the racers on an incredible season! Seventy-six racers participated in one or more races in our five categories throughout the 2016 season. Karting is alive and well in Canada’s Capital Region – we are really looking forward to 2017!

Stay tuned for more information about the end-of-year enduro scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd. Everyone is invited to participate in this great event which will see teams composed of both experienced competition-kart racers and karting newbies competing for the overall endurance crown!

Race Report – Race #2 of the 2016 OGKC Series at Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC) It was a hot and humid weekend for Race #2 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship! Although the weather forecasters were calling for probable rain, what we got instead were sunny skies and hot hot heat! Due to a conflicting regional karting event in Montréal, only 17 racers braved the heat to compete in this weekend’s race. The race was originally scheduled to be held at Karters Korners; however, the venue was ultimately changed to Le Circuit Quyon due to unforeseen circumstances.

The 2016 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. Eleven tracks in Canada are participating – may the best karters win! For eligible Canadian tracks and clubs, please visit the BriggsWRS site.

The only offical classes raced today were Briggs & Stratton Senior and Masters, although a non-points race was held in the Junior category.

The feature race podium results were as follows:

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Junior (Non-points event)

  1. Vincent Lamothe (Margay)
  2. Paul Hoffman (Margay)

Vincent and Paul shared the track with the Seniors at today’s event. They had a great time trying to keep up to the pack and learned a lot from the experience. Although only two junior racers were able to participate today, the opportunity to race with the seniors was well worth it! Great job by both Vincent and Paul!

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Senior

  1. Charlotte Lalonde (Margay)
  2. Michael Forget (Margay)
  3. Tyler Devlin (Margay)

Today’s battle in the Senior category went right down to the wire. The front four racers were in  a close pack for the majority of the race, with Charlotte eking out a narrow victory over last year’s overall Senior champion, Michael Forget. Positions shifted throughout the 18-lap race amongst the top three racers – it made for an exciting event!

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Masters

  1. Mike Forget (Margay)
  2. Crawford Kilpatrick (Margay)
  3. Sylvain Coulombe (TonyKart)

Mike Forget led from the start to finish, winning by several seconds over Crawford Kilpatrick. There was a fierce battle between several racers for second position – Crawford, Darren Mallette, Ron Henrie, and Sylvain Coulombe. As the race approached its 18-lap distance, mechanical gremlins impacted both Darren and Ron, confirming 2nd place for Crawford, who was able to hold off Sylvain until the chequered flag.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #2 of the 2016 OGKC! Great job everyone! Also 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 keep the racers safe during the event.

The next race is scheduled for the June 11-12 weekend at Le Circuit Quyon. Race #2 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge is also scheduled for June 12th. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you back on track in two weeks!

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Race #2 – Online Registration Now Open!!!!

“The luck thing – really there’s no such thing as good luck. It’s good preparation and hard work”.
Bruce McLaren

Hello OGKC’ers!

Are you ready for Race #2 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) scheduled for Sunday, May 29th? For the Junior, Senior, and Masters categories, this is also Race #2 of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series (WRS)! Are YOU ready to race for the championship(s)? The 2016 season started off really well with over 20 racers participating in the Junior, Senior, Masters, and Rental-kart categories in pretty cool and sketchy weather conditions – how many participants will we have for Race #2?

*The next Rental Kart Challenge Race is currently scheduled for June 12th.

Note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue has recently been switched from Karters Korners to Le Circuit Quyon.

We will be welcoming members of the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC) to Race #2 of the OGKC – the more the merrier – this will make for some really exciting racing!

Race day fees for Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters competitors are as follows:

LCQKC MemberOnline* / At the Track Non-member
Single Entrant $65.00* / $75.00 $80.00
Multiple Class Discount $10.00 discount per class
Family Discount (Single or Multiple Classes) $10 discount per additional driver
Transponder $10 one-time fee

*Special rate for online registration!

  • Multiple Class and Family Discounts cannot be combined.
  • Family Discount applies to first four(4) drivers per family, additional drivers at $35/$25 each.
  • For Saturday lapping, the cost is $30 for LCQKC members, and $50 for non-members.

Online registration is now open and available for the Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters competitors at the following link:

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When registering online, please enter your licence number from last year (unless you have your 2016 licence), as it is a mandatory field. If you don’t have a licence number, please enter the word “Club”. This will enable you to finalize the form and complete registration. If you still need to get your membership to the LCQ Karting Club, please visit the membership page at:

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The selected track configuration for Race #2 is the ultra-challenging counter-clockwise ‘Max Track’ with the epic fish-hook turn – this is a favourite layout of  many of our racers! This track offers high speed through the straights and bowl-section, as well as integrating the complex corner sections of the original classic Quyon track. Here is the layout:

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Please remember to bring your medical waiver (if this is your first event), tech form, and parental waiver (if applicable) to the race. Links to the forms are available at the membership link noted above.

The drivers meetings will start Sunday morning at 8:45 am, and track sessions will start at 9:10 am sharp. The spec fuel is Stinson regular unleaded from Poste Essence et Epicerie Claude in Quyon. Be sure to review the supplemental information prior to the event, which provides information about the track layout, gridding procedures, points, schedule, etc. Race specific information will be posted on the website shortly. All competitors should also be familiar with the OGKC Series Supplemental Regulations, and the OGKC Race #2 Supplementals!

Let’s make Race #2 a great one – see you at the track!

 

Race Report – Race #1 of the 2016 OGKC Series at Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC) What a great weekend for the inaugural race of the 2016 Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship! Saturday’s Test & Tune sessions were very well attended, with over 20 racers taking to the track at Le Circuit Quyon over the course of the day to prepare for Sunday’s main event. It was sunny and warm, hitting a high of 18C – we couldn’t have asked for a better way to close out April!

Sunday was a different story – overcast and threatening rain, with a temperature hovering in the 7C zone for most of the day’s sessions; however, there were still 23 racers that braved the inclement weather to participate in Race #1 of the championship! Luckily, the rain held off until the end of event, with only a very light drizzle starting halfway through the final race of the day – the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge.

For those of you not familiar with the championship, the OGKC is a karting series with events held primarily in Canada’s Capital Region; run by racers, for racers – making sure that everyone has fun, makes friends, and enjoys the racing experience. The 2016 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. Eleven tracks in Canada are participating – may the best karters win! For eligible Canadian tracks and clubs, please visit the BriggsWRS site.

The official classes raced were all Briggs & Stratton categories: Junior, Senior, and Masters. In addition, the first race of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge was held on Sunday.

The feature race podium results were as follows:

Junior

Junior Category

  1. William Chayer (K&K)
  2. Owen Clarke (Ricciardo), accepted by team rep Ché Smith
  3. Paul Hoffman (Margay)

The Junior category was hotly contested, with Montréal racer William Chayer in his K&K kart consistently putting in the fastest laps over the course of the event to take home first place in the Final by over 10 seconds. Great racing William – we hope to see you at other OGKC events this season!

Senior

Senior Category

  1. Michael Forget (Margay)
  2. Brandon Stephens (Ricciardo)
  3. Jamie Hynes (Margay)

Michael Forget, last year’s OGKC Senior champion, was back on form in the Race #1 Final. Michael fought with rising star Brandon Stephens for most of the race, and successfully crossed the line first by only 2/10ths of a second. Jamie Hynes had a great race – consistent and fast! This competitive race is certainly a sign that the championship will be up for grabs this year!

Masters

Masters Category

  1. Mike Forget (Margay)
  2. Crawford Kilpatrick (Margay)
  3. Phil Hall (CRG)

Mike Forget led start to finish, but was hounded throughout the event by Phil Hall, Brian McCracken, and Crawford Kilpatrick. As the race progressed, Crawford’s kart came alive and he made daring passes on both Brian and Phil to steal 2nd place. As the race wound down, the chasing three competitors closed the gap to Mike – the top four were separated by a mere 1.7 seconds at the flag. The Masters category will be a tight one this year! For high-definition video of the Final, please click on the following link.

Rentals

Rental Kart Challenge

  1. Jonathan Séguin
  2. Jackie Chun
  3. Maxime Séguin

Last but not least, the 2016 OGKC Rental Kart Challenge started off with a fantastic race, with last year’s champion Jonathan Séguin taking the top step of the podium! As the rain started lightly falling, the track became slippery in several areas – enabling Jackie Chun to close down the gap to the leader significantly over the final few laps. The third place finisher was Maxime Séguin, who made his racing debut in the series. The next rental race will be June 12th, and we expect it to be another great one!

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #1 of the 2016 OGKC! Great job everyone! Also 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 keep the racers safe during the event.

The next race is scheduled for the May 28th-29th weekend, tentatively scheduled (to be confirmed) for Karter’s Korners. This is planned to be a multi-club event, with participants from both the OGKC and the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC) in attendance. More information on Race #2 of the OGKC will be posted shortly, once the venue is confirmed.

Race #2 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge is scheduled for June 12th. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you back on track in a few weeks!

PS The 2016 championship standings can be viewed here.

2016 OGKC Rental Kart Series – Race Day Information!

(Quyon, QC) Race #1 of the OGKC’s Rental-kart category will be held on Sunday, May 1st at Le Circuit Quyon. Make sure to be at the track by 11:15am for in-person registration and preparation for the race sessions.  The format will be a five-minute practice, 10-minute qualification, and 15-minute race using LCQ’s fleet of rental karts. Points will be distributed according to the OGKC points breakdown. The practice and qualification sessions will be held consecutively between 11:30am and 12:30pm, followed by a 15-minute break. The rental kart showdown will then be held, followed by the remaining final races of the Briggs & Stratton categories. Start times are estimated.

The OGKC Rental-kart series consists of five (5) events held at Le Circuit Quyon during select OGKC race days. Race dates are as follows:

  • Race #1: May 1
  • Race #2: June 12
  • Race #3: June 26
  • Race #4: July 17
  • Race #5: August 21

The rental kart category is open to those racers that aren’t quite ready to make the leap to race karts, but still want to compete in the big show! For $60/event, racers will compete head to head against other aspiring kart racers for the overall OGKC Rental Kart Class Championship!

*Please note that registration for the Rental-kart category is completed at the track. Rental-kart competitors should ensure they are at the track by 11:15am to complete registration and prepare for their sessions.

The overall winner of the championship will receive a special prize to be announced at the end of the season – exciting!!! Please share this with any other racers you know that are looking to participate in the OGKC’s on-track activities! There is space for 16 racers, and participants must be at least 12 years old and 55 inches (1.4m) tall!

For more information, please contact Paul Lalonde at paul@lecircuitquyon.com.

See you at the track!