First “Official” Lapping Day of 2013 at LCQ

While the weather on Saturday wasn’t very encouraging (cold with intermittent snow/hail throughout the day), Sunday was much better and the spring weather brought out an impressive crop of keen karters who were itching to get out on the track. Several of the new Margay karts turned their initial laps and were very well received by drivers and onlookers alike. Charlotte Lalonde looked at home in her new CRG RS5 and a number of new and returning drivers worked on dialing in their rides under the warm spring sun.

We’ll be open again next weekend (Thursday April 25th – Sunday April 28th actually), for both Rental and Test/Tune laps, make a note on your calendar now to come out for some fun!

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Lapping at LCQ April 25th thru 28th, 2013

Springtime Karts!

All the signs of Spring are here: the snow is gone, the sap is running, and karts are back on the track at Le Circuit Quyon!

This weekend’s weather looks great, and we’ll be open for both rental and “Bring-your-own” lapping from Thursday through Sunday. It’s a perfect chance for you and a group of friends to bring your inner driver out of hibernation in our rental karts! If you’ve already got “The Bug” and are pinning to get your kart out on the track after its long winter sleep, now’s the time for some Test and Tune laps to get you a head-start on the LCQKC-NCKC 2013 Championship Series (Race 1 is May 5th).

For NCKC and LCQKC members planning to compete in the 2013 Championship Series, we’ll be performing Pre-Season Technical Inspections, giving you one less thing to deal with on race weekend. And, to help get the season started, we’re offering special pricing on Test and Tune track time – $35.00 for the whole day any day from Thursday through Sunday!

Track Schedule – Rentals and Lapping
Thursday April 25th Open at 2:00 pm
Friday April 26th Open at 2:00 pm
Saturday April 27th Open at 10:00 am
Sunday April 28th Open at 10:00 am

You can find more information on our rental packages and pricing on our Rental Karting page, and we hope to see you at the track this weekend!

Race #1 at LCQ – May 4th and 5th 2013

Le Circuit Quyon Karting Club is proud to announce its inaugural year of kart racing at Le Circuit Quyon. Our first series is being held in conjunction with the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC) and on May 4th we will be hosting a joint rookie school, swap meet and a variety of information sessions for racers and pit crews of all experience levels.  The track will be open for controlled test and tune laps all day.

The first race of the 2013 season will take place on May 5th, and we’re proud to present our class sponsors for the event:

Race #1 Class Sponsors
Novice Class NR Kart Store
Junior Class Briggs and Stratton Racing Engines
Briggs Senior (Canadian National) Class KDM Racing Engines
Masters Class Young Street Garage
Honda Senior Class TBA
4 Stroke GT Class John Deere Nortrax Dealers
Rotax MAX/2 Stroke Class Le Circuit Quyon Karting

Event Details

May 4th 2013

Practice/Test and Tune Sessions
8:30 am  to 12:30 pm Morning Practice Session
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Afternoon Practice Session
Practice/Test and Tune Prices
Half Day (Morning or Afternoon Session) $35.00
Full Day (Both Sessions) $50.00
Family Discount $10.00 off additional family members
Rookie School, Swap Meet and Information Sessions (Free!)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm Swap Meet: Get what you need for the season and find new homes for your old stuff!
9:00 am to 12:00 pm Rookie School (mandatory for new drivers)

  • Welcome to Karting!
  • What happens during a race day:
    • Registration
    • Tech Sheets
    • Transponders
    • Driver’s Meeting
    • The Race
    • Post-Race Technical Inspection
    • Trophy Presentation
  • ASN Rules and Regulations
  • Safety, Flags and Officials (Race Director, Race Steward, Club Executive)
  • Track walk:
    • “The Line”
    • Racing Tips
    • Leaving the Track Unexpectedly
    • Track Entry and Exit Procedures
    • Starts and Finishes
    • Racing Tips
  • ASN Written Test
  • Yearly Technical Inspection of Driver Equipment and Kart
  • Mock Start
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Engine and Clutch Clinic by Kelly Michaud (sponsored by KDM Racing Engines)
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Chassis and Tire Clinic by Paul Lalonde (sponsored by Le Circuit Quyon Karting)
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Driver Clinic by Cameron Nabert, 2012 Canadian National Champion (sponsored by Nabert Racing)

  • Driver Preparedness
  • Fitness
  • You Are What You Eat
  • Racer Psychology

May 5th 2013

Race Day Schedule
Pre-Race
7:30 am to 8:30 am Registration

  • NCKC and LCQKC members: $65.00
  • Non Members: $75.00
8:45 am to 9:00 am Drivers Meeting
Practice Sessions: 8 minutes each
9:10 am Junior Class
9:20 am Masters, Honda Senior, and 4 Stroke GT Classes
9:30 am Rotax MAX/2 Stroke Class
9:40 am Novice Class
9:50 am Briggs Senior Class
Qualifying Sessions: 8 minutes each
10:00 am Junior Class
10:10 am Masters and Honda Senior Classes
10:20 am Rotax MAX/2 Stroke Class
10:30 am Novice Class
10:40 am Briggs Senior Class
10:50 am 4 Stroke GT Class Race 1
Pre-Final Sessions: 12 laps each
11:00 am Junior Class
11:15 am Masters and Honda Senior Classes
11:30 am Rotax MAX/2 Stroke Class
11:45 am Novice Class
12:00 pm Briggs Senior Class
12:15 pm 4 Stroke GT Class Race 2
Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break (Fastlane League Race)
Finals: 16 laps each
1:00 pm Junior Class
1:20 pm Masters and Honda Senior Classes
1:40 pm Rotax MAX/2 Stroke Class
2:00 pm Novice Class
2:20 pm Briggs Senior Class
3:00 pm 4 Stroke GT Class Race 3
Post-Race
3:30 pm Trophy presentations

For any additional information please call Paul Lalonde @ 613-223-254

2013 Race Series Calendar, Class Details Posted

Le Circuit Quyon Kart Club is proud to be running its 2013 race series in conjunction with the National Capital Kart Club. All six races will be held at Le Circuit Quyon, and the series includes the 3rd annual “Canada Day Double-Header”, held over the Canada Day weekend, that features racing on both Saturday and Sunday as well as overnight fireworks and entertainment. Also, in combination with the LCQKC/NCKC series, one event is part of the Karting Quebec “Interclub” series that will include drivers from other Quebec clubs.

Details, including an event schedule and class structure, are available on our Club Racing page.

‘Become One’ Holds Premiere at Lone Star Grand Prix

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What started in May of 2012 as an idea came to life on Friday evening in Lockhart, Texas at the Home Town Cinema, when the ‘Become One’ karting documentary premiered to a large audience just prior to the start of the Lone Star Grand Prix this past weekend. The creation of John Shofner and his dedicated crew is a documentary on the sport of karting, as John and his Shofner Films staff visited a number of karting events throughout the 2012 season with the sole purpose of producing a film that would introduce the sport to people around the world.

The project began officially with the support of industry members and karting enthusiasts, as they stepped up to raise money to fund the project. Through his Kickstarter page   http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1415102938/become-one-karting-documentary ), over $40,000 was pooled to help support the financial costs of producing a film of this nature. The list of industry members who stepped up to back the dream included eKartingNews.com, Superkarts! USA, DRT Racing, One RaceGear, Bondurant SuperKart School, HPD/Honda Racing Development, MG Tires and many others.

The premier of the ‘Become One’ film was held in conjunction with the Lone Star Grand Prix, taking place on the Friday evening with EKN’s Rob Howden on hand. Things didn’t go as smoothly as they had hoped over the final day, as Shofner had to battle through some major production issues to get the Blue-ray disc to the theatre on time. As a result, the curtain call was postponed slightly, until a little later in the evening. It was well worth the wait.

There were also a couple issues with the projector and the formatting, but the imagery and the content was there. The film is the most incredible piece of karting promotion that I’ve seen in my 20 years in the sport. The footage is incredible, and the interviews with promoters, racers, parents and shop owners perfectly support the message and add personality to the presentation. There’s so much real emotion in there. I can’t wait to be able to watch the film at home on my big screen. This is the film that you are going to be able to use to show your friends who just don’t quite get what you do. You tell them about karting, and they still can’t get past the images of rental putt-putt karts or the indoor version of the equation. Once they sit down and see this film, they’ll have a feel for the excitement, the passion, the people, the commitment, the physical demands and the thrill that karting provides us all. This film will educate the masses. It’s that good.

The film will be made available to everyone by April 1. The people who stepped up and supported the film on Kickstarter will be provided with their download copy by March 15. For the rest of the karting community and the public, Shofner is working a film distribution website that will handle the sales of the film download, as well as products like the movie poster and the ‘Become One’ hat. Stay tuned to EKN for more information, and a One-on-One interview with John about the trials and tribulations of producing this important film. To keep you entertained, here is the trailer once again for your viewing pleasure ( http://youtu.be/EcVQ0RCnPHw ).

Dads, Lads, and Nicole – RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary

Nicole Coffey while racingIn the early morning hours of February 10th, CBC Radio One broadcast a documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster, called “Dad’s, Lad’s and Nicole”.  It’s about go-karting, and follows Nicole Coffey from Dublin, 13 years old & aiming to become a F1 driver some day. It’s an interesting look into karting, and it sounds like race days in Ireland are much the same as race days here in Canada – anything can happen!

The broadcast is available from the RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary on One website, as a podcast via iTunes or from SoundCloud. Whether you’re a veteran karter, occasional driver, or even if you’re still just thinking about getting into the excitement, this documentary provides a fascinating glimpse into what kart racing, and race days, are all about – give it a listen!

Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show

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Le Circuit Quyon Kart Club will be at the upcoming 2013 Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, booth #129. The show runs from Thursday February 21st through Sunday February 24th.

If you didn’t make it to our recent Open House, or even if you did, stop by our booth for a look at the new Margay and CRG race karts, check out our 2013 racing schedule, or just do some bench racing to get warmed up for the coming season. We’ll have club members and track staff on hand to answer your questions about the sport and LCQKC’s plans for 2013. Make a note on your calendar and set aside some time to talk karting and get back “into the groove” with us at the show!

This year’s show is at the Ernst & Young Center. Directions to the show, and details on all the other interesting exhibitors are available at the Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show website

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