(Quyon, QC) What a finish to the 2015 Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship! Round #9 went off without a hitch, with 34 racers participating in our Briggs & Stratton Junior, Senior, and Masters categories including the final of the OGKC’s inaugural Rental Kart Championship. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – it started off sunny and cool in the morning, but it quickly warmed up to over 20C by the afternoon finale.
The Junior category was close close close and fast fast fast, with all of the racers doing a great job. In the Final, Henry Knox (Ricciardo Kart) had a fantastic drive, crossing the line over five seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Paul Hoffman (Margay Racing) drove hard to take a really strong 2nd place, with Owen Clarke (Ricciardo Kart) claiming 3rd position only 3/10th’s of a second behind Paul.
Congratulations to Round #9’s top three racers, and congratulations to Owen Clarke for becoming the 2015 OGKC Briggs & Stratton Junior Champion!
2015 OGKC – Top Three Juniors Overall
1. Owen Clarke
2. Vincent Lamothe
3. Henry Knox
The Senior category was also extremely close, with the race for top spot in the overall championship to be decided during the season finale. Le Circuit Quyon’s resident hot-shoe Charlotte Lalonde (Margay Racing) took home the top position with Brandon Stephens (Ricciardo Kart) right on her rear bumper. Trailing the leaders by five seconds and taking the final podium position was Michael Forget (Margay Racing), who did enough to clinch the overall 2015 OGKC Briggs & Stratton Senior category – congratulations Michael!
It came right down to the wire, with Mike de la Plante (Ricciardo Kart) – also in contention for the overall championship – suffering from a broken throttle cable which dropped him down the order and ultimately ended his fight for the crown.
2015 OGKC – Top Three Seniors Overall
1. Michael Forget
2. Mike de la Plante
3. Jamie Hynes
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 which also confirmed him as the overall 2015 Briggs & Stratton Masters champion. Congratulations James on your overall championship! Mike Forget (Margay Racing) raced from well down the field to finish the race in 2nd position, narrowly missing out on the overall championship. Phil Hall (CRG), who has been consistently near the front of the pack all year, finished the race in 3rd position – solidifying his 3rd position in the overall championship.
2015 OGKC Top Three Masters Overall
1. James Dunn
2. Mike Forget
3. Phil Hall
In the Rental Kart category, the racing was very competitive amongst the 10 participants. There were several lead changes throughout the event, but Jonathan Séguin was leading when it counted and finished the race in 1st place, clinching the overall rental kart championship. He narrowly beat Michèle-Ann Sauvé, who crossed the line in 2nd position just ahead of Ken Chan in 3rd.
Jonathan and Michèle-Ann had exchanged 1st place overall several times throughout the season, with Jonathan confirming his overall victory with his win in the finale.
2015 OGKC Top Three Rental Racers Overall
1. Jonathan Séguin
2. Michèle-Ann Sauvé
3. Luc Fiset
The overall championship results can be viewed here.
Congratulations to all the racers on an incredible season! Sixty-five racers participated in one or more races in our five categories throughout the 2015 season. Karting is alive and well in Canada’s Capital Region – we are really looking forward to 2016!
Stay tuned for more information about the end-of-year enduro scheduled for Sunday, October 18th. Everyone is invited to participate in this great event!