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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.

 

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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!

 

Race Report: Race #2 of the OGKC Summer Superpole Series

(Quyon, QC) What a perfect day for Race #2 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship’s (OGKC) Summer Superpole Series. The three-race series is being held exclusively on Saturdays – June 17, June 24, and July 8. The second Superpole Series race was also Race #5 of the OGKC championship for those battling for the overall season Crown, as well as Race #5 of the Briggs & Stratton (B&S) Weekly Racing Series Championship. The weather was great, with temperatures hovering in the mid-to-high 20C range for the entire day.

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 two different categories: Senior and Masters B&S. The feature race podium results were as follows:

Senior

1. Charlotte Lalonde
2. Jamie Hynes
3. Shane Findlay (accepted by Rick Hynes)

Charlotte Lalonde has proven unbeatable so far this season, winning Race #2 of the Superpole Series. Charlotte has won five out of five OGKC races this year, but her days at the front of the field could be numbered. Jamie Hynes, who finished second, has been coming on very strong this year and had a fastest lap within six-hundredths of a second of Charlotte’s best lap of the race. It won’t be long before Charlotte and Jamie will be duking it out for the top step of the podium. Shane Findlay, a regular racer with the Lombardy Karting Association, had an excellent race as well finishing only six-tenths of a second behind Jamie over the 15-lap race. Shane was holding onto second position for most of the race, but Jamie forced her way past with only two laps to go to steal second place position. Shane was also lapping extremely well, and proved very difficult to pass over the duration of the race. These three will be challenging each other for the overall Superpole championship – only 19 points separate these three challengers, with 105 points still up for grabs in the final race. Race #3 of the Senior Superpole Series will be a real humdinger of an event! The OGKC had nine participants in the Senior event – how many will compete in the Superpole final?

Master

1. Mike Forget
2. Darren Mallette
3. Brian McCracken

After a two-race absence from the top step of the box, Mike Forget made a glorious return to form by winning Race #2 of the Masters Superpole Series, beating out the very fast Darren Mallette. Darren was racing in an unfamiliar kart during the event due to mechanical issues with his regular steed. True to form, Darren was able to adjust to the new kart and was lapping within a few tenths of a second of Mike’s best lap time. Coming home in third position was Brian McCracken, who benefited from two disqualifications due to fuel irregularities. Honourable mentions go to Wayne Shimoon and Sylvain Coulombe, who both participated in their first OGKC event of the year, and proved to be extremely fast. They will definitely be contenders for victory in Race #3 of the Series, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 8.  Eight Masters racers participated in this event – we hope that we get a strong field at the Superpole final!

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #2 of the 2017 OGKC Summer Superpole Series. Great job everyone! The points for the series can be viewed here.

Special thanks to special guest Race Director Jamie Bolton, the track marshals, the great support staff at Le Circuit Quyon, and First Aid personnel for working through the day to ensure racer safety during the event.

Race #3 of the OGKC’s  Summer Superpole Saturday Series is scheduled for Saturday, July 8. 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 – have a great Canada Day weekend!

On-line Membership Now Available!

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You can now apply for your 2017 Le Circuit Quyon Kart Club membership on-line!

If you’re tired of paper forms and are already itching for the beginning of the 2017 race season, you can get a head start on the competition by heading over to our on-line membership application page and getting your 2017 club membership early.

We will also be providing on-line event registration prior to each race. Of course, we’ll still be accepting paper registrations at the track, but you’ll be able to save yourself some money, time, and effort on race weekends by taking advantage of this service! Every time that you register online for an Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) event, your name will be entered into a draw for a great prize to be awarded at the 2017 end-of-year banquet.

Our on-line registration services are provided by Karelo.com, a trusted Canadian provider who is fully equipped to provide secure credit-card payment processing.

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!