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2017 Schedule Finalized!

Hello Race Fans!

The Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) Steering Committee is pleased to present the 2017 OGKC schedule. As mentioned at the 2016 awards banquet, we have taken a different approach to this year’s race calendar. The 2017 OGKC series is composed of three three-race series which will provide racers with a variety of different challenges over the course of the race season. The three series are split into the “Spring Sprint Series”, “Summer Superpole Saturdays”, and “Fall Enduro-Fest”.

We have also advanced the date of the end-of-season enduro to ensure this popular event occurs on one of the last great weekends of the Fall season.

More details on the upcoming season, the rental kart challenge, and the new LCQ Margay Ignite Series will be shared in the forthcoming weeks. We look forward to a thrilling 2017 season – see you at the track!

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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 #5 – OGKC Rental Kart Challenge

(Quyon, QC) Race #5 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge will be held on Sunday, September 18th at Le Circuit Quyon. Make sure to be at the track by 11:00am 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 11:15am and 12:15pm, followed by a short 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: September 18*

*rescheduled from August 21 due to weather

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 Challenge crown!

*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 11:00am to complete registration and prepare for their sessions.

The overall winner of the championship will receive an amazing prize – the use of a Margay Ignite kart in the end of year enduro – how exciting!!!! More information on the grand prize can be viewed here. 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. We had 14 competitors at our last event!

Click here for the current OGKC Rental Kart Challenge standings.

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

See you at the track!

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OGKC Racers to Compete in the Capital Karting Grand Prix

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(Stittsville, ON) The Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) is pleased to be participating in the second annual Capital Karting Grand Prix (CKGP) to be held on the August 6th-7th weekend at Karters Korners, located in Stittsville, ON. The CKGP will be Race #6 of the OGKC series, and promises to be a thrilling event! The CKGP  will include participation from karting clubs based in Canada’s Capital Region, as well as racers from other clubs across Ontario and Quebec  – we are eagerly anticipating the additional competition to showcase our racers’ abilities.

At the inaugural CKGP, Le Circuit Quyon Karting Club (LCQKC) racers did extremely well – making podium appearances in all competition kart categories, with wins by Michael Forget and James Dunn in the Briggs & Stratton Senior and Masters categories respectively. The Masters proved to be our most successful category, with the top three spots captured by LCQKC members. Let’s hope that we’re that competitive this year!

For information on how to register online for the CKGP, please click on the following link.

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For additional registration information, information on the event, and to print off a copy of the waiver form, please visit the CKGP site here. The CKGP also promises over $10,000 in prizes to be won – how exciting! Information on the prizes available at the event is available here.

You can’t win if you don’t play – get registered folks, and we’ll see you at the track!

Racer Spotlight – James Dunn!

Name: James Dunn
Age: 32
Category: Briggs & Stratton Masters
Team: Margay Racing Canada / Le Circuit Quyon
Number: 825

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James has always loved the thrill and speed of rental karting, and after a quick session on the track at Le Circuit Quyon, he was hooked! James tested in a race spec Margay Brava, and instantly demonstrated his potential. Track owner Paul Lalonde recognised this and shortly thereafter had James racing with his Margay Racing Canada team.

His favourite tracks are Le Circuit Quyon, Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, for you young’ns), and Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant – all tracks with a tremendous amount of heritage and prestige, and very challenging to drive! If you can drive well at these tracks, you can drive well ANYWHERE.

James’s favourite drivers are Ayrton Senna, Charlotte Lalonde, Dave Anderson, and Mike Forget. Some you may have heard of before, some you may not be too familiar with…but what they all have in common is drive, ambition, focus, and determination! Ayrton, of course, was a three-time Formula 1 World Champion winning the F1 crown in 1988, 1990, and 1991; Charlotte is a multiple OGKC Briggs & Stratton Senior Class champion; Dave is multiple-race winner in several series in Ontario and is a regular podium finisher in regional events; Mike is a hard charger in the OGKC Briggs & Stratton Masters Class that is always at the front of the pack!

For 2016, James plans to defend his OGKC Briggs & Stratton Masters crown, as well as be a regular top-5 finisher in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) series events. Last year, James made it onto the podium in the ASN Canadian National Karting Championships (CNKC) – and he plans on being a top-3 finisher this year as well.

Good luck in 2016 James!

Claims to Fame:
2015 OGKC – Class Champion – Briggs & Stratton Masters
2015 CNKC (Nationals) – 3rd Place – Briggs & Stratton Masters
2015 BriggsWRS – Top 10 in Canada (All Classes)
2016 ECKC (Round #3) – 3rd place – Briggs & Stratton Masters

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Racer Spotlight – Paul Hoffman!

Name: Paul Hoffman
Age: 14
Category: Briggs & Stratton Junior
Team: Margay Racing
Number: 624

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Paul was first introduced to karting through rental karts, which really peaked his interest in motorsports. After several lapping sessions, Paul and his father David decided to take it up a notch and join the world of competitive karting in the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship. Paul has the need, the need for speed! He has always been interested in all things fast – be it on a boat, in a car, riding a snowmobile, or flying down a mountain on skis. He definitely knows how to go fast, but wanted to learn the ropes of kart racing in a safe and controlled track environment – acquiring a respect for driving and acknowledging that the place for fast driving is at the track, not on the highway!

Paul is a big fan of Mosport Kartways and the kart track at Mont-Tremblant; however, his favourite track is Le Circuit Quyon – and his favourite configuration is the full counter-clockwise track because it is both fast and technically challenging.

Paul’s favourite driver is Mike “Black Flag” Forget. Paul really enjoys meeting up with Mike as they have quite a jovial relationship – plus he’s fast! He likes Mike’s smoothness at the wheel and perseverance – to finish first, you first must finish!

Paul’s objective in the karting world this year is to steadily improve his karting and win a few OGKC events, and hopefully attend the 2016 Canadian National Karting Championships in Mont-Tremblant this September.  Aside from karting, he is a competitive downhill skier and a budding guitarist.

Claims to Fame:

2014 OGKC – 3rd Overall, Junior
2015 OGKC – 3rd Overall (tied), Junior

Did you know???

Paul is a competitive marksman, and can ski with confidence on any double-diamond slope at Whistler? It’s a fact!

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2016 OGKC Rental Kart Challenge – 1st Prize Announced!

The OGKC and Le Circuit Quyon are pleased to announce the grand prize for the overall winner of the 2016 OGKC Rental Kart Challenge series – the use of a Margay Ignite race kart in the end-of-year enduro hosted by Le Circuit Quyon!

The Margay Ignite is an affordable race kart developed by Margay, an American company that has been manufacturing karts since 1966. Margay has a 50-year heritage as one of the lone American kart manufacturers successfully competing in a sport flooded with European products. Margay is a 12-time World Karting Association Manufacturers Champion. The Margay Ignite is used at the infamous Ignite Shootout at the Rock Island Grand Prix, and when matched with a Briggs & Stratton LO206 motor, is the perfect combination of affordability and competitiveness. More information on the stable of Margay-manufactured karts is available at www.margay.com.

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The end-of-season enduro is traditionally the most popular and highly attended 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 winner of the Rental Kart Challenge will form their own three-racer team, with one additional member of the team required to be a Rental Kart Challenge competitor that has participated in at least three races.

More details will be shared as the season progresses. This year’s enduro is scheduled for the October 1-2 weekend – make sure to mark it down in your calendars!