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Race Report – Races #1 and #2 of the 2017 OGKC Spring Sprint Series

(Quyon, QC) What a time we’ve been having lately in Canada’s Capital Area – several communities in both Ottawa and Gatineau have been hit hard by record amounts of rainfall during late April and early May. This affected the first race of the year (originally scheduled for Sunday, May 7), with the event being postponed until Saturday, May 13. Races #1 and #2 of the OGKC’s Spring Sprint Series were run together as a doubleheader – that’s a lot of racing for one day!

As luck would have it, and as predicted by the weatherman, we had another rainy day on Saturday; however, it was actually a moderately warm day with very light rain for the majority of the time. Participants were racing on a damp to wet track with little in the way of rainfall – for you F1 fans out there, it would have been a great day for ‘intermediates’.

Fifteen racers registered for Races #1 and #2, persevering through the inclement conditions to challenge for the top step of the podium in three different classes: Junior Briggs & Stratton, Senior Briggs & Stratton, and Masters Briggs & Stratton. For a class race to be official, there must be a minimum of three participants. The OGKC Rental-kart Challenge was not held due to the wet track conditions.

The 2017 edition of the OGKC series is also part of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series (BriggsWRS), a track-based series enabling Junior, Senior, and Masters competitors to race head-to-head for the BriggsWRS regional crown. Racers are required to participate in eight (8) races at the same BriggsWRS-affiliated track/club, with the top seven (7) results counted toward the overall championship. For more information on the BriggsWRS, please visit the BriggsWRS site.

The feature race podium results were as follows:

Junior Races 1 & 2

  1. Zander Stevens
  2. Connor Bell
  3. Ethan Bell

This race did not disappoint! Zander Stevens, racing at Le Circuit Quyon for his first time, did an excellent job in the tricky conditions to capture first place in both Race #1 and #2 of the Junior category. By the end of the second race, his hands were pretty sore from the challenging “Intermediate Circuit”, which includes some tricky mid-to-high-speed corners as well as a variety of track elevation changes. Connor Bell, who placed second in the 2015 overall OGKC Novice Championship, showed his continuing mastery behind the wheel by finishing in second place in both Final #1 and #2. Connor’s brother Ethan, who was the 2015 OGKC Novice Champion, rounded out the top three in style – it was great to watch the close racing. Hopefully this rivalry will continue into the summer!

Novice Races 1 & 2

  1. Linkin Stevens
  2. Samuel Spurling

Linkin Stevens and Samuel Spurling had a fun time in the challenging conditions. Once you can master racing in the rain, racing on a dry track becomes that much easier. The Novices ran on the track at the same time as the Juniors, and were demonstrating to the crowd that they can definitely stay close to the Juniors on a rainy day – great job Novices!

Senior Race #1

  1. Charlotte Lalonde
  2. Paul Hoffman
  3. Jason Chen

Last year’s reigning champion, Charlotte Lalonde, won both Race #1 and #2, and had leads of over half a lap by the end of both events. She again demonstrated a mastery for the track, putting her Margay at the front of the field. The chasing pack was much closer together, with Paul Hoffman putting in fast lap after fast lap (and avoiding spins) to bring his Margay home in second in Race #1. Jason Chen, driving a CRG for this race, finished a strong third place.

Senior Race #2

  1. Charlotte Lalonde
  2. Phil Stang
  3. Paul Hoffman

Charlotte Lalonde was once again victorious in the Senior category. Phil Stang had a strong and clean race to bring his kart home in a solid second position. This is Phil’s best finish so far in the Senior category, and in inclement conditions – well done Phil! Rounding out the top three is up-and-coming racer Paul Hoffman, finishing the day with a second and a third in the two Finals.  It was great to see such a well-fought and entertaining event – great work Seniors!

Masters Race #1

  1. Brian McCracken
  2. Crawford Kilpatrick
  3. Mike Forget

What a fantastic race for Barrovian Brian McCracken – this is Brian’s first victory in an OGKC race final and it was very well deserved indeed. Brian showed up to the party late, almost missing the event, but managed to set up his CRG just in time to hit the track and take the win. He drove a smooth and calm race in the rain to eek out the win over Crawford Kilpatrick. Track expert and 2016 OGKC Masters Champion Mike Forget, a regular on the podium at Le Circuit Quyon, placed a strong third after some contact in the pack.

Masters Race #2

  1. Mike Forget
  2. Crawford Kilpatrick
  3. Darren Mallette

Mike Forget returned to the top step of the podium for Race #2, taking the win in style. Mike led for most of the race, and demonstrated his mighty racecraft in the wet conditions. On the final lap of the race, Crawford Kilpatrick managed to steal second place from Darren Mallette with a daring inside pass down the final hill before the finish line. Darren made a minor error around the hairpin, which resulted in a side-by-side drag race with Crawford down the hill. It was a very close race, with multiple spins and off track excursions – but no major damage and no injuries.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Races #1 and #2 of the 2017 OGKC Spring Sprint Series. Great job everyone! With only one race left in the three-race series, who will be the winners? 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 through the day in the rainy weather to ensure racer safety during the event.

Round #3 of the OGKC’s Spring Sprint Series is scheduled for Sunday, May 28. It will also be Race #1 of the OGKC Rental-kart Challenge, weather permitting. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you in two weeks!

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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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OGKC Race #1 – Reminder to Racers

Hello OGKC’ers!

A friendly reminder that the supplementary regulations for the first race of the series are available within the Club Racing section of the blog. The regulations, as well as other documents such as race-day technical forms, track waivers, parental consent, medical form, etc. can all be found at one convenient location. Don’t forget to bring your applicable forms to the track with you!

Online registration will remain open until Saturday, May 2nd at 9pm. You can still register at the track; however, you will no longer be able to benefit from the special online rate, which is a $10 savings from the regular rate. Please visit the registration section of the site for membership and registration information!

See you at the track!

 

OGKC Racer Spotlight – Vincent Lamothe

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Name: Vincent Lamothe
Age: 14
Category: Briggs & Stratton Junior
Current Team: Team LCQ

Vincent became interested in karting in 2012 after watching the racing action at Le Circuit Quyon. He knew he had to get himself into competitive racing so he picked up a used kart and the rest, as they say, is history! He started racing competitively in 2013 at the age of 12, taking 4th position overall in the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC) championship. In 2014, he made the move to the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC) and finished a competitive 2nd place in the Briggs & Stratton Junior category. He missed out on the overall crown by less than 70 championship points.

His favourite tracks are his home track (LCQ) located in Quyon, Québec and the PSL Circuit ICAR track located in Mirabel, Québec. He really enjoys racing at LCQ, as there are several track configurations available that offer challenging and varied racing. Vincent finished 3rd at the inaugural Circuit ICAR race in 2014, and really looks forward to racing there again this year!

Vincent’s favourite racers are both local competitors in the OGKC, and also members of Team LCQ. He enjoys watching James Dunn tear around the track in the Briggs & Stratton Masters category, and hopes to soon be racing against Charlotte Lalonde in Briggs & Stratton Seniors.  James finished 4th overall in the 2014 Masters standings, while Charlotte was crowned the Senior champion.

For 2015, Vincent is determined to win the overall OGKC Briggs & Stratton Junior Championship! He will experience some really challenging racing this year – this category is expected to be extremely competitive.

Look out Juniors – Vincent has a plan, and his plan is to win win win!

Claim to Fame: 2014 Le Circuit Quyon Invitational Enduro (Junior category) – 1st Place

Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series – Confirmed for LCQ!

Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) is absolutely thrilled to announce that it has been confirmed as a participating track in the 2015 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series (WRS) by RLV! This is great news for LCQ, and fantastic news for racers participating in the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC)!

The Briggs & Stratton WRS by RLV is a series established by Briggs & Stratton’s Racing Division, designed to promote, support, and give back to local racers competing in the Briggs & Stratton Senior and Masters Categories. The series is sponsored by Amsoil, Briggs & Stratton, and RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Inc. The WRS will enable racers in different regions to compete “head-to-head” for the top step of the podium, with three regional champions to be named in the United States, one regional champion to be crowned in Canada, as well as four top ‘206’ track awards. For the Canadian regional competition, Briggs & Stratton will be awarding over $13,000 in prizes to the top ten racers overall and the top ‘206’ track – that is a fantastic commitment to the Canadian karting scene by the sponsors of the WRS! Racers from WRS-affiliated tracks will accumulate points over the course of their racing season which will count toward the overall Canadian crown!

LCQ is the home track of the OGKC, meaning that racers participating in the OGKC’s Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior and Masters Categories will automatically be entered into the WRS! To ensure alignment with WRS requirements, all of the eligible races are to be held at the same WRS-affiliated track. The OGKC’s race dates for participation in the WRS are listed on the WRS-series website here.

In 2012, significant infrastructure work was completed at LCQ enabling races of different track configurations, directions, and lengths, ensuring that all of the racing action is unique and interesting for racers and spectators alike! LCQ is completing even more infrastructure upgrades this year to support on-track activities and make the racing experience in Canada’s Capital Region even better than 2014 – this year is really shaping up to be a great one!

For more information on the WRS and its rules and regulations, please visit http://www.BriggsWRS.com . For information on LCQ and the OGKC race series respectively, please visit https://circuitquyonblog.wordpress.com/ or the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship on facebook!

Here’s to a great year of kart racing – see you at the track!!! #OGKC #racehard #BriggsWRS

 

 

2014 Canadian Karting Championships – Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant

(Mont-Tremblant, QC) The Margay/Le Circuit Quyon Racing Team had mixed results at this year’s Canadian National Karting Championships, recently held at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. It was blue skies and warm conditions for the majority of the four-day event, and the track was raced for the first time in a counter-clockwise direction to spice things up. The race team was composed of Briggs & Stratton Junior racer Paul Hoffman (655), Briggs & Stratton Senior racer Charlotte Lalonde (717), and Briggs & Stratton Masters racers Mike Forget (882), James Dunn (823), Darren Mallette (898), and Crawford Kilpatrick (805).

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This was Paul Hoffman’s first national karting event, and he showed great progress over the course of the weekend! During the final race, Paul showed great race-craft by mixing it up with several other competitors in close pack racing, and made up several positions over the course of the race. Unfortunately, with only a few laps remaining, he was struck from behind by a fellow competitor and had to retire due to kart damage. However, it must be said that Paul improved session after session and showed amazing progress throughout the weekend! We are sure that he’ll just get better and better – and we wonder where he’ll finish in next year’s championships!

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Junior Racer Paul Hoffman

Charlotte Lalonde had a very strong weekend, with her positions in qualifying and heat races always in the top ten! Come race day, Charlotte started the final in 8th position and had a very competitive race! Charlotte was always in the leading pack, and made her way into the top five prior to dropping back and finishing the race in a strong 8th place. She had excellent lap times, with her fastest lap in the final coming on lap 12, less than three-tenths of a second off the fastest overall lap of the race. Charlotte had a very promising weekend, and things are looking good for the Coupe de Quebec race to be held in Tremblant in only a few weeks time. Look for Charlotte to rock the track upon her return to Tremblant!

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Senior Racer Charlotte Lalonde

In the Briggs & Stratton Masters Class, Mike Forget and James Dunn both had excellent times and were consistently in the top 10-15 racers in a 30-racer field. Darren Mallette and Crawford Kilpatrick were a little further back, routinely finishing in the high teens and low twenties for the majority of the weekend. In the final, Mike and James had strong starts; however, Mike was unable to complete the race after a spin off the track at the end of the long back straight. James managed to keep it on the track, racing a very hard and aggressive race to finish 11th against some of the top racers in the country. Darren had a competitive race, climbing up to 16th by the chequered flag. Crawford, although climbing up the order to 17th and holding station behind Darren, eventually dropped back into a pack of several racers and finished his day in 21st. It was a mixed event for the Masters crew – but they’ll be back next year to chase after better results!

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Masters Racers Crawford Kilpatrick and Darren Mallette

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Masters Racers Mike Forget, Darren Mallette, and James Dunn

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Masters Racer James Dunn

Congratulations to all of the members of the Margay/Le Circuit Quyon Racing Team on a great weekend! It may not have ended with podium finishes and victories; however, the team had a great time, had fun, worked together, and will be much better prepared for next year’s campaign!

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Thanks to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, l’Académie de karting Jim Russell, Canadian Karting News, PolePosition.ca, and all of the teams and sponsors for making the 2014 championships an amazing success!

 

 

Rental Kart top 5 track record

We’ll its official, our system is up and running. Followed is our track records as of July 27 2014

Original configuration clockwise

  1. Michele-Ann                              36.201
  2. Brian Mc Cracken                   36.359
  3. Luc                                                    36.612
  4. Henry                                              36.650
  5. Jonathan                                      36.968

Long track 745 meters clockwise

  1. Stephane                                       50.796
  2. Patrick                                             52.379
  3. Natalie                                             53.762
  4. George                                             53.919
  5. Jreed                                                 53.976