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2014 Canadian Karting Championships – Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant

(Mont-Tremblant, QC) The Margay/Le Circuit Quyon Racing Team had mixed results at this year’s Canadian National Karting Championships, recently held at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. It was blue skies and warm conditions for the majority of the four-day event, and the track was raced for the first time in a counter-clockwise direction to spice things up. The race team was composed of Briggs & Stratton Junior racer Paul Hoffman (655), Briggs & Stratton Senior racer Charlotte Lalonde (717), and Briggs & Stratton Masters racers Mike Forget (882), James Dunn (823), Darren Mallette (898), and Crawford Kilpatrick (805).

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This was Paul Hoffman’s first national karting event, and he showed great progress over the course of the weekend! During the final race, Paul showed great race-craft by mixing it up with several other competitors in close pack racing, and made up several positions over the course of the race. Unfortunately, with only a few laps remaining, he was struck from behind by a fellow competitor and had to retire due to kart damage. However, it must be said that Paul improved session after session and showed amazing progress throughout the weekend! We are sure that he’ll just get better and better – and we wonder where he’ll finish in next year’s championships!

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Junior Racer Paul Hoffman

Charlotte Lalonde had a very strong weekend, with her positions in qualifying and heat races always in the top ten! Come race day, Charlotte started the final in 8th position and had a very competitive race! Charlotte was always in the leading pack, and made her way into the top five prior to dropping back and finishing the race in a strong 8th place. She had excellent lap times, with her fastest lap in the final coming on lap 12, less than three-tenths of a second off the fastest overall lap of the race. Charlotte had a very promising weekend, and things are looking good for the Coupe de Quebec race to be held in Tremblant in only a few weeks time. Look for Charlotte to rock the track upon her return to Tremblant!

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Senior Racer Charlotte Lalonde

In the Briggs & Stratton Masters Class, Mike Forget and James Dunn both had excellent times and were consistently in the top 10-15 racers in a 30-racer field. Darren Mallette and Crawford Kilpatrick were a little further back, routinely finishing in the high teens and low twenties for the majority of the weekend. In the final, Mike and James had strong starts; however, Mike was unable to complete the race after a spin off the track at the end of the long back straight. James managed to keep it on the track, racing a very hard and aggressive race to finish 11th against some of the top racers in the country. Darren had a competitive race, climbing up to 16th by the chequered flag. Crawford, although climbing up the order to 17th and holding station behind Darren, eventually dropped back into a pack of several racers and finished his day in 21st. It was a mixed event for the Masters crew – but they’ll be back next year to chase after better results!

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Masters Racers Crawford Kilpatrick and Darren Mallette

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Masters Racers Mike Forget, Darren Mallette, and James Dunn

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Masters Racer James Dunn

Congratulations to all of the members of the Margay/Le Circuit Quyon Racing Team on a great weekend! It may not have ended with podium finishes and victories; however, the team had a great time, had fun, worked together, and will be much better prepared for next year’s campaign!

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Thanks to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, l’Académie de karting Jim Russell, Canadian Karting News, PolePosition.ca, and all of the teams and sponsors for making the 2014 championships an amazing success!

 

 

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Race Report – Race #8 of the OGKC at Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC) What a fantastic weekend of racing! Le Circuit Quyon once again hosted the OGKC for practice sessions on Saturday, August 9th and full-out racing on Sunday, August 10th. It was a sweltering hot weekend, with temperatures on race day reaching 30C! It was a sunny and hot one for racers and spectators alike; everyone was reminded to keep hydrated throughout the event!

Le Circuit Quyon’s new timing system performed flawlessly on its race debut. Transponders were issued to the racers, and the transponder details were recorded for each kart that participated. The new Motosponder system works off of the latest radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, and tracks last lap time, elapsed time, lap count, best lap time, difference in total time from the leader, and also the gap from the racer ahead. As the timing system was operational, the race format was changed from ‘Heat 1, Heat 2, Final’ to ‘Qualifying, Pre-final, Final’. This made for some exciting hot-lap action!

Over 30 racers showed up for Race #8, a great turn-out for a race during primetime vacation season! The track configuration for the event was the counter-clockwise ‘fish-hook’ layout, a favourite for many of the racers as it tests both top-end speed on the straights with a mix of challenging slow and mid-speed corners. As usual, four Classes were raced: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton). The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

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Novice:
1st – Ashton Lake
2nd – Emerson Harris
3rd – Dezmen Burd
4th – Jake McNeeley

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Junior:
1st – Owen Clarke
2nd – Vincent Lamothe
3rd – Paul Hoffman

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Senior:
1st – Miles Smith
2nd – Brandon Stephens
3rd – Tyler Devlin

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Masters:
1st – Mike Forget
2nd – Phil Hall
3rd – Crawford Kilpatrick

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in making Race #8 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) a resounding success with over 30 racers taking to the grid on a hot and steamy Sunday!

Special thanks go to Race Director Jason Bolton and the track marshals and volunteers for keeping everyone safe and sound throughout the weekend!

Karting continues to  grow in Canada’s Capital Region, and we’re loving it! Race #9, originally planned as an away race, will now be held at Le Circuit Quyon. The participants of the OGKC held a vote and it was decided that Le Circuit Quyon would be the venue for Race #9 of the series, with the track configuration being the original track. This should make for a tight and twisty event with very little time to relax. It has been a couple of years since this configuration has been used, so get ready for some entertaining racing!

The OGKC and Le Circuit Quyon look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 7th for the penultimate race of the championship! We are getting down to the wire, with only two races remaining this season! Online registration for Race #9 will be available one week prior to the event.

To see the current series standings, please visit the following site.

Good luck to the OGKC’ers that will be participating at the 2014 ASN Canadian Karting Championships to be held in Mont-Tremblant from August 20th to the 24th. Bring back some hardware for us!!!

See you at the next race!

 

Race Report – Races #6 and #7 of the OGKC at Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC) On July 19th and 20th, Le Circuit Quyon hosted its second Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) doubleheader  of the 2014 season, and it was another weekend to be remembered! Practice was held on Friday, and attendance was incredible. The paddock area looked like race day, full of trailers and tents and karters ready to rock the track! The sessions were held in the full-track/clockwise format – and it was an extremely busy day at the circuit!

Saturday was a beautiful day for Race #6 of the doubleheader weekend, with temperatures climbing into the high 20’s under a clear sunny sky. As the day progressed, a small amount of cloud-cover rolled in which may have affected track temperature, but it was virtually clear all day long and impacts would have been minimal. There were four OGKC classes raced: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton).  The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

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Novice:

  1. Ashton Lake
  2. Kaleb Smith
  3. Jake McNeeley

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Junior:

  1. James White
  2. Vincent Lamothe
  3. Henry Knox

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Senior:

  1. Charlotte Lalonde
  2. Abby Bolton
  3. William Lalonde

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Masters:

  1. Mike Forget
  2. Darren Mallette
  3. Phil Hall

Congratulations to the podium finishers on their excellent results in Race #6 of the OGKC doubleheader! It was a great day for all the racers, with testing continuing into the late afternoon in preparation for Race #7. Sunday’s forecast was for rain showers early, clearing throughout the day. No one could predict what the weather would be like on Sunday, but everyone knew that it would be a challenging event in changeable conditions! To add even more excitement to the race, it was decided that Race #7 would be held in the full-track/counter-clockwise format – a first for Le Circuit Quyon and the OGKC.

Sunday started off with light rain showers, which seemed fairly consistent through the practice session and into heat race #1. However, heading into heat race #2, some racers were opting for rain tires while others opted for slicks. It made for some very interesting and entertaining heat races! For the finals, the track had dried out and everyone was back on slicks to fight for the big points haul. As for Race #6, there were four OGKC classes raced: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton).  The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

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Novice:

  1. Ashton Lake
  2. Ethan Bell
  3. Connor Bell
  4. Kaleb Smith
  5. Jake McNeeley

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Junior:

  1. Owen Clarke
  2. James White
  3. Paul Hoffman

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Senior:

  1. Alex Healey
  2. Miles Smith
  3. Jérémie Verner-Filion

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Masters:

  1. James Dunn
  2. Mike Forget
  3. Phil Hall

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in making the second OGKC doubleheader a resounding success with 30 racers taking to the grid on Saturday and 24 making it out for Sunday’s race in unpredictable weather conditions!

Special thanks go to Race Director Jason Bolton and the track marshals for keeping everyone safe and sound throughout the weekend!

Karting continues to  grow in Canada’s Capital Region, and the OGKC is confirming itself as a popular series. The OGKC and Le Circuit Quyon look forward to seeing you on Sunday, August 10th for Race #8 of the championship! We are getting down to the wire, with only three races remaining this season! Online registration for Race #8 will be available one week prior to the event.

To see the current series standings, please visit the following site.

See you at the next race!