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Charlotte Lalonde Pre-Season Warm-up – Florida Pro Kart Series (March 14-15, 2015)

(Jacksonville, Florida)  The 2014-15 winter season has proven just too long for Margay Racing Canada kart driver Charlotte Lalonde. For 2015, Charlotte is planning on challenging for victory in several different series: the Ottawa – Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC), the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series (WRS), the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC), and last but not least, the ultimate Crown – the Canadian National Karting Championship. In preparation for her upcoming assault on the 2015 season, Charlotte recently travelled to Jacksonville, Florida to compete in Winter Races #5 and #6 of the Florida Pro Kart Series (FPKS).

For the races in Florida, Charlotte was not only supported by her father and Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) track owner Paul Lalonde, but also received trackside support from Mike & Mike Greiner of Mikim Motorsports of St. Augustine, Florida. Mikim Motorsports is the authorized Margay Racing dealer covering the south-eastern region of the United States. The FPKS winter racing action was held at the 103rd Street Sports Complex, a track with several decades of racing heritage and owned by the City of Jacksonville, Florida.

The format of each event started with a qualifying session, followed by two heat races, then a final for all the marbles. Charlotte’s first day back in her Margay started off extremely well, qualifying 3rd out of 14 racers, and missing pole position by a mere 1/10th of a second. Charlotte ran in the top two for the majority of Heat #1; however, on the penultimate lap, she had a coming-together with another competitor and tumbled down the order to finish in 10th. For Heat #2, Charlotte kept it fast and clean and ended the race right where she started – in 3rd place. In the final, Charlotte was battling for 2nd place for the first half of the race, fell back to 7th, then dragged herself back up to 5th by the end of the race. The final was close pack racing, with the top five racers being separated by only 0.6 seconds.

On day two, Charlotte put her kart on the 3rd row of the grid, qualifying in 6th position. To put the competitiveness of the racing into perspective, she missed pole position by only 0.3 seconds! In Heat #1, Charlotte made her way up to 4th and hung onto the lead pack for the rest of the race. For Heat #2, she had a fantastic overall race charging into 1st place on the final lap, leading the pack over the finish line and taking her first race win of the 2015 racing season! In the final, Charlotte started on outside pole and was running in a tight pack of six racers, fighting for 3rd position. Unfortunately, at the end of the race, she received a 10-second penalty from the race stewards for a start-line infraction and was officially classified in 9th position.

Overall, the Florida Pro Kart Series proved to be a great warm up for Charlotte in preparation for her challenge for several championships over the 2015 season.

Charlotte added:

“I am really excited for the upcoming season of karting! It was great to get back into my kart for some pre-season seat time. It was a lot of fun, and the southern hospitality was the best! Big thanks to my Dad, and to Mikim Motorsports, for all the help over the race weekend. I’d also like to give a shout-out to Margay as well, for producing such a great kart! Now come on spring – I want to race!”

The start of the 2015 OGKC and the Briggs & Stratton WRS at Le Circuit Quyon is scheduled for May 3rd.


Race Report – Races #3 and #4 of the OGKC at Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC)  Another fantastic weekend of kart racing at Le Circuit Quyon! The weather could not have been better – hot and sunny on both race days! Thanks to everyone that participated in the OGKC double header; twenty-five racers made it to the track for Saturday’s race, and twenty-eight made it out on Sunday. The more competitors, the better the racing! A big thank you must go out to all of the friends and family of the racers that made the trip to Quyon this weekend to watch the fierce competition – your support and contribution to the success of the OGKC series is greatly appreciated!

Race #3 of the OGKC was held on Saturday, June 21st. The configuration for the race was the full-track counter-clockwise circuit, with a minor deviation taking the reducing radius ‘fish-hook’ curve at the end of the new track section and incorporating the ‘W’ curves of the old track leading back to the front straightaway. This particular track configuration makes for some great racing, some tense moments navigating the fish-hook, and some tricky high-speed corners! There were four classes raced: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton).  The competition format for the OGKC is a practice, followed by heat #1, heat #2, and a final race for the major points. The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

Novice picture coming soon!

Novice: 1st – Ashton Lake; 2nd – Jake McNeeley; 3rd – Kaleb Smith

Junior: 1st – Jamie White; 2nd – Vincent Lamothe; 3rd – Owen Clarke

Briggs Senior: 1st – Charlotte Lalonde; 2nd – William Lalonde; 3rd – Miles Smith

Briggs Masters: 1st – James Dunn; 2nd – Phil Hall; 3rd – Crawford Kilpatrick

Race #4 of the OGKC was held on Sunday, June 22nd, with 28 racers participating. The track was reconfigured for Sunday’s sessions to incorporate the full track, raced in a clockwise direction. The racing was extremely close and competitive, with a couple of off-track excursions and some minor bang-ups occurring throughout the many race heats; however, the day ended safe and sound with no injuries and only a few mishaps! The official classes raced were again: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton). The results for the final races of each class were as follows:


Novice: 1st – Ashton Lake; 2nd – Kaleb Smith; 3rd – Jake McNeeley

Junior: 1st – Anthony Conty; 2nd – Jamie White; 3rd – Vincent Lamothe

Briggs Senior: 1st – William Lalonde; 2nd – Charlotte Lalonde; 3rd – Miles Smith

Briggs Masters: 1st – James Dunn; 2nd – Mike Forget; 3rd – Phil Hall

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in making our double-header weekend a great success.

Special thanks to Race Director Jason Bolton and the track marshals and volunteers for working throughout the weekend to keep the racers safe and sound during the double-header.

Karting continues to grow in popularity in Canada’s Capital Region, and this weekend was a very positive sign of a bright future. See you at the next big OGKC race day – Sunday, July 6th at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC for the interclub race with PSL Montréal Karting Club. We hope to see you there! It will DEFINITELY be a great race! More details on the event will be posted as it becomes available.

Race Report – Round #2 of the OGKC at Karters Korner

(Stittsville, ON) – Team Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) had a fantastic weekend at Round #2 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC), taking the top step of the podium in two of the four classes, with two second places to add to the tally! Practice was held on Saturday, May 31st with race day starting early on Sunday, June 1st. Race-day temperatures were in the mid to high 20’s, with clear blue skies. Team LCQ managed to put on a great show, finishing with some great results, and continues to be in the hunt in several classes for top spot in the overall championship.

The action on the track was fast and entertaining, with the Karters Korner venue providing several medium and high-speed corners for the racers to navigate, linked with a long back straight. There were over 30 racers participating in four competitive classes, with a particularly large number of drivers in the Briggs & Stratton Senior and Masters classes, which had 10 and 12 racers respectively! The official classes raced were: Novice, Briggs & Stratton Junior, Briggs & Stratton Senior, and Briggs & Stratton Masters.

The feature race podium results were as follows:


Novice: 1st – Ashton Lake; 2nd – Carson Swerbrick; 3rd – Emerson Harris

Junior Podium

Briggs Junior: 1st – Jamie White (Team LCQ); 2nd – Owen Clarke; 3rd – Henry Knox

 Senior Podium

Briggs Senior: 1st – Charlotte Lalonde (Team LCQ); 2nd – Jérémie Verner-Filion (Team LCQ); 3rd – Jeffrey Renaud

 Picture of the Masters to be added when available!

Masters (Briggs): 1st – Greg Jewell; 2nd – James Dunn (Team LCQ); 3rd – Shane Findley

Honourable mentions go to Team LCQ racers Phil Hall and Crawford Kilpatrick who fought hard in the battle for third in the Masters category, and ended up finishing just off the podium in 4th and 5th positions respectively.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in making Round #2 of the OGKC such a huge success – building off of the great turnout at Round #1 that was held at Le Circuit Quyon.

Last but not least, thanks to Race Director Jason Bolton and the track marshals for keeping the peace in the pit lane, as well as working throughout the day to keep the racers safe and sound during the event!

As clearly demonstrated by the first two rounds of the OGKC, karting is continuing to grow in popularity in Canada’s Capital Region. The great participation in Round #2 of the OGKC shows a positive trend and is a sure sign of great things to come in the future. See you June 21st and 22nd at Le Circuit Quyon for Round #3 (doubleheader weekend) of the OGKC – online registration will be available one week prior to the event.

Round #1 of the ECKC – Mixed Results for Team LCQ

(Bowmanville, ON) – Several members of Team Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) made the trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport) Karting Centre for Round #1 of the 2014 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) held on May 17th & 18th. LCQ was represented by Charlotte and William Lalonde (both in Briggs Senior), Mike Forget (Briggs Masters), and Michael Forget (Rotax Senior). LCQ drivers were racing with Margay Racing karts, except for William Lalonde who was racing his CRG.

On day one, the Briggs Senior class was composed of 25 racers all ready for some hot karting action! In the qualifying heat, both Charlotte and William represented LCQ well by placing 7th and 10th respectively, with the top ten split by a mere 0.6 seconds. In the pre-final, Charlotte raced her Margay into an excellent 4th position at the line, behind Derek Michaud (FA Kart), Jonathan Treadwell (K&K), and Michael Glaze (TonyKart). William also had a strong result, ensuring a finishing position in the top ten. In the final, contact between racers at the front of the pack resulted in Charlotte unable to complete the race. William had a solid and consistent race, finishing 11th.

Charlotte forth

In the Briggs Masters class, 14 racers took to the track to fight for older-guy honours. Mike Forget showed excellent skill and experience by keeping his Margay near the front of the field over the course of the day, qualifying in 6th place and finishing the pre-final in 4th. This is Mike’s first year in his new Margay chassis, and he has been showing great progress since the inaugural race of the 2014 Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship in early May. In the Masters final, Mike had a great race and was able to take the last step on the podium finishing third behind Corey Walsh (CRG) and Keith Barrick (K&K).

Mike Podium

Michael Forget, racing in Rotax Senior, had a rough day and was unable to find the right set-up. and finished in 19th position from 30 racers in the class.

Sunday was not as successful for Team LCQ, as both William and Charlotte were unable to crack the top ten in Briggs Senior qualifying, finishing in 14th and 15th respectively. In the pre-final, Charlotte made contact with another racer as she was making her way to the front of the pack, sending her all the way back to 19th position. William was able to climb to 13th, but couldn’t make any further headway. In the final, Charlotte raced all the way from the back to 13th position, only 3.2 seconds off of the lead by the end of the race. William suffered from a mechanical failure, and was unable to complete the race.

Charlotte Airtime

Mike Forget had a strong second day of racing in the Masters category, but couldn’t quite match his results from day one. Mike managed to finish in 5th position in the pre-final, and slipped to 7th position out of 15 racers at the completion of the final.  Mike’s combined results over the course of the weekend leave him in 3rd position overall after the first two races of the ECKC.

Michael Forget, racing in Rotax Senior, had another tough day; however, he showed marked improvements over his results from day one and managed to finish in 15th position out of 28 racers in the final race, his best result of the weekend.

Overall it was a weekend of mixed results for Team LCQ; however, we’ll be back in full force and hunting for wins at Round #2 of the ECKC series to be held June 28th & 29th at Goodwood Kartways just north of Toronto!


Snow’s all gone, let’s go karting

IMG_0868 IMG_0869 IMG_0870A visit to the track today showed great improvement from 10 days or so ago.  The track and shop will be open this coming weekend. Friday and Saturday hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm.  Easter Sunday will be from 12 noon to 6 pm.  Rental karts will be available to the public.. Kart owners are welcomed to come and get things ready for the upcoming racing season. Opening Sunday will be weather dependant. Saturday will be open Rain or Shine. Visit our facebook  and twitter for up date information. Additional information may be obtain by calling 613 229 5397


Florida Winter Tour Race report

Florida Winter Tour Report – Le Circuit Quyon Racing / Margay Racing

The racers from Le Circuit Quyon enjoyed a successful outing at the 2014 edition of the Florida Winter Tour, recently held in Orlando, Florida. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, the Florida Winter Tour is a well organised winter kart racing series established in 1999. In 2013, the series hosted more than 340 drivers from 26 countries, and featured participation from eight reigning and former CIK and Rotax World Champions representing 15 World titles. Recent participants have included F1, Indycar, NASCAR, and Daytona 24 Hour drivers. Needless to say, the competition is fierce, fast, and you guessed it, furious!_DSC6392

Our drivers included William Lalonde in the Briggs LO206 Senior Class and Eric Lefebvre in the Briggs LO206 Masters Class. They were joined by Margay Racing drivers Hunter Fox in the Briggs LO206 Juniors Class and James Froemming in the Briggs LO206 Masters Class.

On Saturday, both William and Eric performed extremely well for Le Circuit Quyon and Margay Racing, placing in third and first places in their respective classes. In the Senior final, William was holding second position behind Red Bull racer Collin Daley Jr (Jamaica) until he was passed by Johnny Flu_DSC6564te (Canada). Flute was able to reign in Daley to take the lead in very close quarters; however, nearing the end of the race, Flute was able to take the lead after an error by Daley. Unfortunately for Daley, both of the top two racers received varying time penalties resulting in a position swap – with Flute crowned the victor. Daley managed to maintain second, while William finished a close third. A great Saturday result from William, who was participating in his first major karting event in two years!

For Eric, it was a day of firsts: he participated in his first Florida Winter Tour; his first international event; and placed first in the final! He and Jason Froemming (USA) of Margay Racing raced neck and neck for a large portion of the race, trading fastest race laps as the final progressed. In the end, Eric finished a tight 1.7 seconds ahead of Froemming in second. John Morris (USA) placed third in his Victory kart, a full 11 seconds off the leaders’ pace.

In the Briggs LO206 Junior Class, Hunter Fox (USA) of Margay Racing had a great day, finishing in second place behind Roman DeAngelis (Canada) of Team Koene USA in his Tony/Kart. Third place in the Briggs Junior category went to Tyler Bouillon (Canada) in his CRG. The top three racers were separated by a large 28 second gap from first to third – Bouillon was on fire!Briggs_Junior_Podium

On Sunday, Le Circuit Quyon racer William Lalonde had another great race. Saturday’s winner Johnny Flute (Canada) jumped out to an early lead, but soon suffered from a mechanical failure which ended his campaign for a double victory over the weekend. His position was quickly taken by Collin Daley Jr in his CRG; however, Chad Campbell (Canada) and William were not about to let him escape to victory without a fight. Both Campbell and William pursued Daley fiercely, but Daley continued to protect his lead. William had Campbell under significant pressure, and after a few laps of battle, was able to usurp Campbell and make his way into second position. As the race wore on, Campbell dropped down the order and third place was taken by Christopher Proietto (Canada) in his Praga kart. William was only a second off of Daley’s bumper, while Proietto was a further three seconds back. Great job William!Briggs_LO206_Senior_Podium

In the Masters category, Margay was represented by only one racer – Jason Froemming (USA) due to Eric Lefebvre not starting the Sunday final. Froemming was able to take the win from a hard charging John Morris.

Meanwhile, Hunter Fox had a great day representing Margay Racing. Hunter eked out an early lead over Tyler Bouillon (Canada) and Logan Cusson (Canada) who were trailing by over two seconds. After a few laps of unsuccessfully trying to track down Hunter, Bouillon and Cusson bump-drafted together to gain valuable seconds and catch up to the leading driver; however, with only a couple of laps to go, the three top racers tangled with each other resulting in Hunter once again eking out a small lead. At the finish line, Hunter managed to retain his well fought first place, closed followed by Bouillon in second and Cusson in third._DSC6574

Le Circuit Quyon and Margay Racing are very pleased with the results achieved by our team of racers. Here’s hoping that 2014 is a successful year for both of our organisations! See you at the track!