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: Race #1 – OGKC Summer Superpole Series

(Quyon, QC) What a start to 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 first Superpole Series race was also Race #4 of the OGKC championship for those battling for the overall season Crown. The weather was great, with temperatures hovering around 27C with the rain holding off for the majority of the race day; however, some sporadic showers made for some seriously challenging and entertaining races.

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.

Over 20 racers participated in the event in five different categories: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters Briggs & Stratton (B&S), as well as the rental series. The 2017 edition of the OGKC series is also part of the B&S 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 click here.

The feature race podium results were as follows.

Novice

1. Connor Bell
2. Linkin Stevens
3. Brayden Goshen

It was great to see these three awesome Novice racers fighting for the win. Connor put on a clinic, and was able to stretch out a sizable lead over his two competitors. Connor performed extremely well, and was able to pass several Junior competitors who were racing at the same time in a staggered-race format. Linkin Stevens, from the Lombardy Karting Association, did an equally great job to finish in second. Brayden, in his first run this year in his new Margay Racing kart, placed third. Great job by all three racers and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the next Superpole Series race!

Junior

1. Zachary Vanier
2. Ethan Bell
3. Zander Stevens

Zachary Vanier, reigning Canadian Junior B&S Champion and regular racer at Sudbury Kartways, made a special guest appearance at Le Circuit Quyon and raced an incredible final. After qualifying almost two seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Zachary raced brilliantly to win on his first visit to the track. Ethan Bell placed a strong second, while Zander Stevens, winner of the 2017 OGKC Spring Spring Series, came home in third position. It was an awesome race to watch, and we look forward to seeing more Juniors at the next round.

Senior

1. Charlotte Lalonde
2. Shane Findlay
3. Vincent Lamothe

Multi-year OGKC Senior Champion Charlotte Lalonde demonstrated her amazing racing skills once again by winning Race #1 of the Superpole Series. Charlotte claimed first place in qualifying by over four tenths of a second, and extended that gap to six tenths of a second in the first OGKC superpole format. Second place in the Final went to Shane Findlay of the Lombardy Karting Association. Shane had a fierce battle with Vincent Lamothe, with the two racers trading paint on a number of occasions over the last several laps. At the end of the race, Shane was able to maintain his second place by just over a kart length from Vincent. This was a very competitive field and saw a lot of close racing throughout the day. Honourable mention to Jamie Hynes, who had an excellent qualifying session as well as a great overall race day. She’s getting faster and faster, and will become a regular podium finisher in the near future.

Masters

1. Darren Mallette
2. James Dunn
3. Mike Forget

Darren Mallette celebrated his second win in an OGKC Final event, and proved to be unpassable today out on the track. Darren had another great weekend at Le Circuit Quyon. The first qualifying session saw Mike Forget in first, Darren in second, with James Dunn rounding out the top three; however, the superpole session resulted in a complete re-gridding of the top three, with Darren taking the top qualifying position, James Dunn taking second, with Mike ending up back in third. The race was fantastic, and included both dry and wet conditions. Darren was able to maintain his lead in some seriously challenging conditions, and kept James Dunn and reigning OGKC Masters Champion Mike Forget behind him to take the overall victory. Darren has come a long way this year, and has now taken two races in a row – great job.

Rental Kart Challenge

1. Guy Bélisle
2. Michèle-Ann Sauvé
3. Zachary Vanier

Guy Bélisle, who placed third in last year’s OGKC Rental Kart Series, had a great race taking his first victory since September 2016. He was able to stretch out a significant lead over the following pack, with Michèle-Ann Sauvé following up in second place. Zachary Vanier used the rental kart race to learn the track and get used to the variety of corners and straights offered by Le Circuit Quyon, in preparation for the Junior series races.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #1 of the 2017 OGKC Summer Superpole Series, as well as the participants in the Rental Kart Challenge. 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 #2 of the OGKC’s  Summer Superpole Saturday Series is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. 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 on Saturday!

Race Report: Race #3 of the OGKC Spring Sprint Series

(Quyon, QC) What a great day for racing! Hot and sunny in Monaco, Indianapolis, and Quyon – the three cities that host the events that make up the (unofficial) triple crown of motorsports! Twenty racers participated in Race #3 of the OGKC Spring Sprint Series and Race #1 of the Rental Kart Challenge. Races were held in three different categories: Senior Briggs & Stratton, Masters Briggs & Stratton, and the rental series. For a class race to be official, there must be a minimum of three participants.

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 click here.

The feature race podium results were as follows:

Senior

1. Charlotte Lalonde
2. Paul Hoffman
3. Jamie Hynes

This race did not disappoint! It was very exciting to see resident hot-shoe Charlotte Lalonde being chased down by both Paul Hoffman and Jamie Hynes in their Margay chassis. Charlotte led the race from the green flag to the chequered; however, both Paul and Jamie were incredibly fast and will definitely be threatening Charlotte for the top step of the podium over the 2017 season. This was the first race that both Paul and Jamie demonstrated really amazing speed, and clearly served notice to Charlotte that her reign as the queen of the track may be coming to an end – awesome racing by the top three!

Masters

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

Darren Mallette celebrated his first win in an OGKC Final event, and proved to be unpassable today out on the track. Darren’s weekend didn’t start off that well, with his kart suffering from mechanical gremlins and brake issues; however, when it counted, Darren rose to the challenge and fended off several pass attempts by reigning OGKC Masters Champion Mike Forget and resident Barrovian Brian McCracken to win the race by four-tenths of a second. Brian has also shown incredible speed as of late, qualifying in second position for the race and also celebrating his second podium of the year. Great job Masters!

Rental Kart Challenge

1. Michèle-Ann Sauvé
2. Guy Bélisle
3. Peter Dunn

Michèle-Ann Sauvé, who placed second in last year’s OGKC Rental Kart Series, started off her 2017 campaign with a bang by winning the first rental race of the year. She was able to stretch out a significant lead over the following pack, with Guy Bélisle and Peter Dunn trading positions several times over the entire 15-minute duration of the race. Guy was able to eek over the finish line in second position, only one kart-length ahead of Peter. Honourable mention goes to Rick Hynes, who proved very challenging to pass and finished the race in fourth.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in Race #3 of the 2017 OGKC Spring Sprint Series, as well as the participants in the Rental Kart Challenge. Great job everyone! The points for the series can be viewed here. Congratulations to the Spring Sprint Series overall class champions:

Junior: Zander Stevens
Senior: Charlotte Lalonde
Masters: Mike Forget

Special thanks to special guest Race Director James Dunn, 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 #1 of the OGKC’s  Summer Superpole Saturday Series is scheduled for Saturday, June 17. It will also be Race #2 of the OGKC Rental Kart Challenge, weather permitting. Please click here for more information on the rental series.

See you in June!

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!

New for 2017 – Margay Ignite Series by Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC) Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) and Margay Racing are pleased to present the Margay Ignite Series, which will be run as an “arrive and drive” category in the 2017 edition of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC). As previously communicated, the 2017 race schedule has been released and the Ignite Series races will be run as a regular class during the OGKC events. The 2017 series is split into three three-race miniseries – the Spring Sprint Series, Summer Superpole Saturdays, and the Fall Enduro-Fest.

The Ignite program offers affordable entry into karting in an environment with a level playing field for all. This category is for competitors that don’t have their own karts, but would like to participate in competitive kart racing. Maximize track time and minimize maintenance and costs as you constantly improve your racing skills in an ultra-competitive environment. Factory-sealed engines from Briggs & Stratton Racing and a chassis developed by industry-leader Margay Racing combine to provide a platform where the emphasis is solidly on driver development.

Arrive & drive packages will be available from $189 per race (base package is self-tuning), making this program one of the most affordable ways to get into karting. For the enthusiast that wants to maintain their equipment themselves, race-ready Ignite packages will be available for purchase for $4,995.00

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For more information about Le Circuit Quyon, the OGKC, and the Margay Ignite Spec Series, please contact Paul Lalonde at (613) 223-2541.

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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Race Report – 2016 Le Circuit Quyon Invitational Enduro

(Quyon, QC) Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) held its annual end-of-year enduro on Sunday, October 2nd, and what a day it was! There was rain overnight and drizzle in the early morning; however, the racers were lucky that no significant rain fell during the entire event. In fact, the track was showing a clear dry line with approximately 20 minutes left in the Senior/Masters event. Everyone had a great time and raced their hearts out for the grand prize – the top step of the podium at the most physically demanding race of the year.

Twenty-four racers took to the track for top honours, with the Novice Briggs & Stratton race being a 30-minute enduro, the Junior Briggs & Stratton race was a 60-minute enduro, while the Senior/Masters Briggs & Stratton race was a 125-minute marathon. LCQ hosted racers from the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC),  the National Capital Kart Club (NCKC), the Lombardy Karting Association (LKA), as well as some kart racers who experienced their first laps of LCQ!

The Novice enduro was the first event of the day, and racers hit the track in full rain set-up. As noted earlier, the rain had become a light drizzle during the event, but the track was very wet from the rain overnight. Brayden Ghosen, who was participating in only his second kart race, put on a rain-race clinic and looked unbeatable out on track. He started off fast and extended his lead throughout the race – it was obvious that Brayden likes to race on a wet track! Coming in a strong second was another newcomer to kart racing – Jordan Latour. Given the challenging conditions, Jordan did a great job to keep his kart pointed in the right direction most of the time, and finished the half-hour race in a strong second position. In third position was Tomas Lamaire, who has done some indoor rental karting and is now venturing into race karting at outdoor venues. In fourth position was Samuel Spurling – who also had a strong race given the slippery track conditions. Congratulations to the Novice class for a very entertaining race, and we hope to see you all at OGKC events next year!

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The Junior category was very hotly contested, with Paul Hoffman taking the lead early on in the 60-minute enduro. Vincent Lamothe was running in second, with Connor Bell in third. This was Connor’s second event at LCQ this year, and his first race in the Junior class. Paul and Vincent started this race like any other – extremely hard fighting right from the green flag! As the race progressed, the wet track conditions and the mandatory pitstop (with driver changes) mixed things up for the class. At the end of the 60-minutes, Vincent Lamothe claimed his third Enduro win in a row. Paul Hoffman and newcomer Sam Hurtebise claimed second position, ahead of Connor Bell. Great racing by the Junior category!

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In the combined Senior/Masters Class, a field of ten karts took to the track to challenge for enduro-champion status. The on-track battles were fierce, with some teams competing like it was a 125 km sprint race. There were several off-track excursions, and numerous mechanical breakdowns that impacted some teams.

By the end of the race, Shane Findlay came out on top of the Senior category with a stellar victory. He was very fast and very consistent – a great combination ensuring he took top step of the Senior podium in his Birel. Colin Chapman, former head of Lotus in Formula One, once said that a perfectly designed car would fall apart as soon as the race was over. Shane’s kart was not far from it! Second place went to Henry Knox and his father Scott Knox in their Ricciardo Kart. Henry was very fast and has really demonstrated great driving since his graduation from the Junior category earlier this year. In third place, and in only his first year of kart racing, was Jason Chen. Jason was also fast and consistent, but couldn’t keep up to the hard-charging Findlay and the Knoxes.

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In the Masters, the team of Yao Li and Rob Jefferies proved unbeatable on the full-track clockwise configuration of Le Circuit Quyon. Yao and Rob had a fast, clean, and consistent race enabling them to establish a gap over the very fast team of Sylvain Coulombe, Wayne Shimoon, and Bruno Coulombe. Sylvain and company were superfast in their TonyKart; however, the team had to make an extra pitstop which took them out of contention for first place. Coming in the third was Team Fast Lane, composed of Crawford Kilpatrick, Michèle-Ann Sauvé, and Ken Chan. The Fast Laners were hot on the trail of the second-place finishers, and also had to make an extra pitstop to correct a visor issue. Congratulations to all of the Seniors and Masters for making it such a great race!

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LCQ would like to congratulate the 2016 enduro winners, and also give a big thanks to all of the volunteers, spectators, racers, and crew members for contributing to another great race day! A special thanks goes to St. John Ambulance personnel, who were present at LCQ to support all of the OGKC races this year.

LCQ is proud to be your circuit of choice in Canada’s Capital Region, and is eagerly anticipating the 2017 race season with the OGKC! Please continue to visit our website at http://www.lecircuitquyon.com, keep an eye on the OGKC and LCQ facebook pages, and follow us on Twitter @leCircuit_Quyon for more information about next season!

See you at the end-of-year banquet  – more details will be shared shortly!

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