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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!

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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!

Vega Blue Pre-season Tire Sale – LCQ Karting Club Members

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(Quyon, QC) Le Circuit Quyon is very pleased to offer LCQKC members an exclusive deal on Vega Blue tires – the tire of choice of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship! To have access to this great offer, you must be a registered member of the LCQKC for 2015.

If you register online prior to April 15th, please contact Paul Lalonde by e-mail at paul@lecircuitquyon.com to pre-pay for your tire order and receive 10% off of your purchase. If you register online prior to April 10th and pre-pay for your tire order by e-mail as noted above, you will receive a 20% discount – what a deal!

To realize the benefit of this great offer, you must be a LCQKC member! You can purchase your 2015 LCQKC membership online here. After registering, remember to e-mail Paul to arrange pre-payment for your tires.

See you at the track!

 

LCQ swap meet and lapping days this weekend

crawCome  join us this weekend Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6 pm for our annual swap meet and first official lapping weekend. If you have some karting stuff kicking around and want to get rid of it,  LCQ will be the place to be. We have the big white top tent set up for our swap meet all non racers and  racers  from all clubs are welcome.  LCQ and NR racing will have ton’s of deal’s on new and used karting equipment at rock bottom prices. The track will be open for kart owners and rental karts will be available. Bench racing is over guy’s and gal’s OGKC season opener is almost a week away!

See you at the track!

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 registration open February 17th 2014! THE WINTER PLACE TO BE.

Florida Winter Tour registration opens February 17th, 2014! The LCQ racing team is preparing for Round 3 of the Florida Winter Tour (FWT) in Orlando, Florida. LCQ’s last appearance at the FWT was in 2010 when LCQ’s driver Robby Mott tied for the Championship in the very competitive Rotax Masters Class. So far, our drivers for this round of the FWT will be William Lalonde and Eric Lefevre. Returning to karting after a two-year break, William will be racing a Margay 4.11 in the Senior L206 Class. William has been to several FWT races and is hoping for some good results!  Eric will also be racing a Brava 4.11, competing in the Masters LO 206 Class. Last year was Eric’s rookie season, competing in the OGKC, and he is eagerly anticipating his race debut at the FWT! For those racers interested in competing at the FWT, Le Circuit Quyon is offering equipment transportation to and from Orlando, Florida for the 3rd round of the FWT. Cost will be $300.00 per kart and associated gear. Anyone interested in a spot under the tent including transportation and catered lunch, cost will be $625.00. Anyone interested in a full ‘arrive and drive’ experience, packages begin at $750.00. Drop me a line at 613-223-2541 or email paul@lecircuitquyon.com

 

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2014 OGKC series schedule posted

We are very excited for the second year of the OGKC series. We have added two tracks and more races to the series. Karters Korners located in Stittsville Ontario and ICAR at the old Mirabel airport. The ICAR event will be on the same weekend as the Canadian Tire NASCAR series. This race was organized as an interclub race with the PSL MONTREAL karting club.

Please note that the end-of-season enduro will be held on Sunday, October 19th! More details on the enduro will be available closer to race day!

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