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2017 OGKC Year-End Banquet

The Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship cordially invites you, your family, and friends to the end-of-year awards banquet at the Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau (2259 Prince of Wales Drive) on Friday, November 10 at 6pm! We look forward to celebrating a fantastic 2017 season, while recognizing the racers that succeeded in this year’s championship!

Cocktails will start at 6pm, with dinner and trophy presentations to follow after 7pm. The cost of the buffet will be $40/adult and $20/child 12 years of age and under (price includes taxes and gratuity). The bar accepts cash, credit, and debit but does not offer cash-back services.

The menu will be confirmed shortly. 

There will be trophies for the top three finishers in all categories, including the Rental Kart Challenge. There will also be great door prizes, a draw, music, and FUN!

If you aren’t on Facebook and can’t confirm your attendance via the Facebook invite, please RSVP at paul@lecircuitquyon.com to confirm. We look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet on Friday, November 10!

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2017 Le Circuit Quyon Invitational Kart Enduro – September 24!

(Quyon, QC) The grand finale of Le Circuit Quyon’s racing season, the 2017 Invitational Kart Enduro, will be held on Sunday, September 24. The end-of-season enduro is traditionally the most popular race of the year, and is an excellent opportunity for experienced kart racers to introduce new and prospective drivers to the world of motorsport through kart racing! The race durations are: Novice & Moms/Ladies Class – 30 minutes; Junior Class and 2-stroke Class – 60 minutes; and Senior/Masters 4-stroke Class –  “the Quyon 125” (a 125 km race with a 125-minute time limit).

The track will be open for controlled test and tune lapping on Saturday September 23, and the track configuration will be the “Long Configuration” in a clockwise direction.

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Event Details

Entry Requirements

Club members and non-members are welcome to participate in this awesome event. Note that racers can compete solo, or as part of a team; however, it is mandatory to make two pit stops. For team entries, at least one team member must be a rookie (i.e. not a current or former competition kart racer/driver/owner). In this context, drivers with rental kart experience are considered rookies.

Drivers must submit a completed Event Registration form, an ASN Medical Self Declaration form (if a non-club member), and have the following personal protective equipment:

  • Full face helmet that meets ASN/KQ specifications
  • Rib protection
  • Gloves, race suit (or similar) and closed-toe shoes or boots

Be sure to review the ASN Canada Sporting and Technical Regulations prior to the event.

A Pre-Race Technical Inspection form must be submitted for each kart to be used in the event. The technical form can be found here.

Classes

Class Min. Weight*
(lbs.)
Engine(s) Race Length
(min.)
Notes
Novice (8-11 yrs)
Moms/Ladies
240
  • Honda GX160
    (w/ .450″ plate & Jr. Pipe/Muffler)
  • Briggs LO206 (w/Red Slide)
30
  • Minimum of 1 driver change/pit stop.
  • Single driver teams permitted.
Junior (9-15 yrs)
  • 260
  • 300
  • Briggs LO206 (w/Blue Slide)
  • Briggs LO206 (w/Yellow Slide)
60
  • Minimum of 1 driver change/pit stop.
  • Single driver teams permitted.
Senior and Masters (15+ yrs)
  • 280
  • 340
  • Honda GX160
  • Honda GX200
  • Briggs LO206 (w/Black Slide)
125 minutes or
125 km
  • Minimum of 3 driver changes/pit stops.
  • Single driver teams permitted.
2 Stroke (15+ yrs)
  • 360
  •  Any (125cc max)
 60 (2 x 30)
  • Single driver teams permitted.
  • 10 minute break between race segments.

* Note: All weights are AVERAGES for the team (if the team has more than 1 driver racing).

Entry Fees (paid at the track)

Class Entry Fee (per kart/team)
Novice & Moms/Ladies $45.00
Junior $85.00
Senior / Masters $100.00
2 Stroke $100.00
All Classes: Transponder Rental/Purchase $15.00

Spec Fuel

Class Fuel
All Classes Open

Spec Tires

Class Tire
All Classes Open

Forms

To be completed by all competitors LCQ Enduro Event Registration Form
To be completed by all competitors without club membership and/or ASN medical clearance ASN Canada Karting Medical Self Declaration Form (Page 2 Only)

Saturday, September 23 Practice Schedule

Practice/Test and Tune Sessions
9:00 am  to 12:00 pm Morning Practice Session
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Afternoon Practice Session
Practice/Test and Tune Prices (per kart/driver)
Lapping Fee $50.00
Additional Team Members $20.00 for each additional team member

Sunday, September 24 Race Day Schedule

Race Day Schedule*
Pre-Race
7:30 am to 8:30 am Registration & Technical Inspection
8:45 am to 9:00 am Drivers Meeting
Practice Sessions: 10 minutes each
9:10 am Junior Class
9:20 am Novice & Moms/Ladies Class
9:30 am Senior / Masters
Morning Enduro Events
10:00 am Novice & Moms/Ladies Enduro 30 min.
10:45 am Junior Enduro 60 min.
Lunch
12:00 pm – 12:55 pm Lunch Break
Afternoon Enduro Events
1:00 pm Senior / Masters Enduro – Quyon 125 125 km/125 min
3:15 pm 2-stroke Enduro  60 min.
Post-Race
4:30 pm Trophy presentations

*Schedule subject to change based on class participation

Registration will be available at the track on Saturday during the day, or on Sunday morning. For additional information, call Paul @ 613-223-2541.

Race Report: Race #3 of the OGKC Endurofest Series

(Quyon, QC) What a great day for the last OGKC race of the season! The weather couldn’t have been any better, with bright sunny skies matched with temperatures in the low to mid-twenties. Great weather and great racing – could we ask for anything more? It was the final 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 #9 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.

Twenty-four racers participated in the event in several different categories: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters B&S as well as the Rental Kart Challenge. The feature race podium results were as follows:

Novice/Junior

1. Zachary Stakenberg
2. Tomas Lemaire
3. Liam Merrick

In a combined Novice/Junior race for the competitors, Zachary Stakenberg had a great race leading the way home in first place. After the 20-minute run, Zachary had pulled out a big gap over second place finisher Tomas Lemaire. This was Tomas’s first race at Le Circuit Quyon, but did a great job to take second place. In third was Liam Merrick, racing in his first kart event ever. Liam put his head down and raced hard, and had done a lot of practising prior to hitting the track with some more seasoned racers to ensure his competitiveness. Great job Novice/Junior racers! Next year will be a great one!

Senior

1. Shane Findley
2. Jordan Hounsell
3. Henry Knox

The Senior enduro turned into a real race of attrition, with several racers unable to make it to full race distance due to mechanical issues and failures. Charlotte Lalonde, who qualified first, took off from the start and had established a significant gap back to second place prior to suffering from mechanical gremlins and retiring. Second place racer Shane Findley quickly took over the lead, and was being challenged fiercely by Lee Williston in his TonyKart. Unfortunately, as the race approached total distance, Lee suffered from a mechanical failure and was forced to retire early. Jordan Hounsell, racing for the first time in his new Margay Ignite, did a fantastic job and passed several more experienced racers to take second place. In third place was Le Circuit Quyon expert Henry Knox, enjoying a successful first year in the Senior category.

Masters

1. Greg Jewell
2. Mike Forget
3. Darren Mallette

Greg led the entire 30-minute enduro from start to finish, putting on a racing clinic while almost lapping the entire field. Greg proved untouchable during the race. Resident Masters expert Mike Forget finished a distant second place, chased for the whole race by the ultra-competitive Darren Mallette.

Rental Kart Challenge

1. Guy Bélisle
2. Rebecca Pantalone
3. Michèle-Ann Sauvé

Guy and Michèle-Ann fought tooth and nail for virtually the full distance of the Rental Kart Challenge Race, with the two drivers never more than a few kart-lengths apart. While leading with only two laps to go, Michèle-Ann suffered a blown drive belt which ended her challenge for the victory, promoting Guy to first place. Rebecca had a solid race to take second, swapping places with Guy over the first few laps of the race. Even with the mechanical issue, Michèle-Ann was still able to finish third, having completed more laps than the remaining drivers over the course of the 15-minute race.

The final standings for the 2017 OGKC Series can be viewed here.

Congratulations to all the racers on an incredible season! Forty-three racers participated in one or more races in our five categories throughout the 2017 season. Karting is alive and well in Canada’s Capital Region – we are really looking forward to partnering with the Lombardy Karting Association for our joint series in 2018!

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

Stay tuned for more information about the LCQ end-of-year enduro scheduled for Sunday, September 24. Everyone is invited to participate in this great event which will see teams composed of both experienced competition-kart racers and karting newbies challenging for the overall endurance crown!

OGKC Rental Kart Challenge!

(Quyon, QC) So you think you can drive? Do you rate yourself as one of the top rental kart racers in Canada’s Capital Region? Come on out to Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) this Sunday, September 10 and prove it! The track is just 45 minutes west of Ottawa, nestled in the picturesque Pontiac Region of western Quebec. LCQ offers a unique experience with a purpose-built multi-configuration outdoor racing circuit that provides challenges and thrills to novices and experts alike. This year, the circuit is hosting the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship’s (OGKC)’s Rental Kart Challenge.

This Sunday is the final race of the Rental Kart Challenge, and is one of several categories racing as part of the overall OGKC event. The rental kart category is open to those racers that aren’t quite ready to make the jump to competition karts, but still want to compete in the big show! For $60/event, racers will compete for victory head-to-head against some of the region’s top rental kart drivers. Rental-kart competitors should ensure they arrive by 11:15am to complete registration and prepare for their sessions starting at noon. The format will be a five-minute practice, 10-minute qualification, followed by a 15-minute race using LCQ’s fleet of rental karts. Points are distributed according to the Formula One points table, and rental kart racers are invited to the end-of-year banquet with the top three finishers receiving series trophies.

The overall season champion will receive a special prize to be announced at the end of the year – exciting! Please share this with any other racers you know that are looking to participate in the OGKC’s on-track activities. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and over 55 inches (1.4m) tall.

For more information, please contact Paul Lalonde by e-mail at paul@lecircuitquyon.com.

 

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!

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!

Race Report: Race #3 of the OGKC Summer Superpole Series

(Quyon, QC) Saturday, July 8 turned out to be a great day for a kart race at Le Circuit Quyon. It was the grand finale of the OGKC Summer Superpole Series. The three-race series was held exclusively on Saturdays – June 17, June 24, and July 8. The third and final Superpole Series race was also Race #6 of the OGKC championship for those battling for the overall season Crown, as well as Race #6 of the Briggs & Stratton (B&S) Weekly Racing Series Championship. The weather was great, with temperatures hovering in the mid 20C range for the entire day. The track had some water pooling on the inside line heading into the infamous high-speed bowl section, making for some daring pass attempts and interesting racing!

Superpole is a timed event commonly used in superbike racing to establish the starting grid for the top qualifiers in each category. In the OGKC Superpole Series, the superpole session enables the top three qualifiers to complete one flying solo lap to set their best times – potentially re-gridding the top three for the race sessions.

The 2017 edition of the OGKC series is also 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.

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

 Senior

1. Shane Findlay
2. Tyler Devlin
3. Paul Hoffman

Shane Findlay of the Lombardy Karting Association (LKA) was on fire all day, placing first in superpole qualifying, the pre-final, as well as the final. Shane’s excellent results in Race #3 contributed to him being crowned the overall Senior superpole champion. Congratulations Shane! Tyler Devlin, who was participating in his first race this year, had a great day as well with a third in qualifying, and second place in both the pre-final and final. Rounding out the top three was Paul Hoffman, racing in his first year in the Senior category.

The top three overall racers in the Senior Summer Superpole Series are:

1. Shane Findlay – 295 pts
2. Jamie Hynes – 269 pts
3. Vincent Lamothe – 264 pts

Congratulations to all the racers that competed in the Senior category!

Master

1. Mike Forget
2. Brian McCracken
3. Sylvain Coulombe

Mike Forget made it two wins in a row claiming victory in the final race of the Masters Superpole Series, beating out the very fast Brian McCracken. Brian had held onto first place in the race for several tours of the circuit; however, he was ultimately overtaken by Mike with only a handful of laps remaining. Coming home in third position was Sylvain Coulombe, who narrowly missed out on second by 0.004 seconds. The racing was extremely tight, with the top six separated by less than two seconds at the conclusion of the 15-lap final. There were several changes of position throughout the race, making for a really entertaining event.

The top three overall racers in the Masters Summer Superpole Series are:

1. Mike Forget – 292 pts
2. Darren Mallette – 291 pts
3. Brian McCracken – 271 pts

Junior

1. Denver Craig
2. Nathan Glover

Last but not least, the Juniors competed on track at the same time as the Senior category, mixing it up with the older racers and really representing well! Both Denver and Nathan had strong races, and ended up with best laps a mere two seconds off the pace of top Senior racer Shane Findlay. Great job by the Juniors, and we hope to have a better turnout in this category for our Enduro Series!

The top three overall racers in the Junior Summer Superpole Series are:

1. Zachary Vanier – 105
2. Zander Stevens – 97
3. Ethan Bell – 95

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 OGKC Summer Superpole Series. Judging by the results and the interest in the superpole concept, the series will definitely be returning next year. Great job everyone!

The points for the series can be viewed here.

Special 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 ensure racer safety during the event.

Please join us on Sunday, July 30 for Race #1 of the OGKC’s  Enduro-Fest 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.

Enjoy the three-week summer break, and we look forward to seeing you back at the track at the end of the month!