Race Report – Race #5 of the OGKC at Circuit ICAR

(Mirabel, QC) The 2014 Ottawa-Gatineau Kart Championship (OGKC) held its second ‘away’ race of the series, this time at Circuit ICAR (PSL – Montréal) in Mirabel, QC. This was as close to a large-scale race weekend as many of the racers have ever experienced, due to the activity related to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Jiffy Lube 100 race being held at the main track at Circuit ICAR on the same weekend. Transporters, media, track officials, exotic supercars, and NASCAR Canadian Tire drivers were all present at the facility, and special events were being held at the ICAR Experience Centre as well as at the ICAR Karting Centre. The weather was perfect, making for an extremely exciting and enjoyable weekend!

The circuit that was raced at ICAR was the PSL – Montréal track, a high-speed concrete-surfaced circuit composed of several flat-out sections, including a straight with a length of over 150 metres. The track has a couple of major braking areas, with the remainder being medium to high-speed corners. The track was raced in a counter-clockwise direction.

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There were three OGKC classes raced: Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton).  As the OGKC was racing during a PSL-Karting event, the competition format was adjusted to reflect their typical race-day – practice, qualifying, pre-final, and final. For the overall OGKC championship standings, points were awarded based on the pre-final and final, reflecting points for a heat race and final race respectively. The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

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Junior:

  1. Paul Hoffman (congratulations on your first win!)
  2. Owen Clarke
  3. Vincent Lamothe

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Senior:

  1. Charlotte Lalonde
  2. Miles Smith
  3. Tyler Devlin

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Masters:

  1. Mike Forget
  2. James Dunn
  3. Brian McCracken

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that made the trip down AutoRoute 50 to experience the ICAR/PSL Karting race track in Mirabel. It was a great weekend! Thanks to Louis-Philippe Gelinas for hosting the OGKC at the PSL Karting facility, to all of the track officials and volunteers that contributed to the success of the weekend, and hopefully there will be more inter-club races in the future!

See you July 19th and 20th at Le Circuit Quyon for Races #6 and #7 (doubleheader weekend) of the OGKC – online registration will be available one week prior to the event.

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OGKC Race #5 Information – Le Circuit ICAR (PSL Karting)

Hi all!

Information is available below regarding OGKC Race #5 scheduled for this Saturday, July 5th at PSL Karting Montreal’s ICAR track at Mirabel. For Saturday’s race, OGKC racers are to follow our existing rules and technical requirements! For Sunday’s race, which is optional, you will need to follow PSL Karting’s requirements outlined in the attachments below.

ICAR Event Details – ENG

ICAR Event FR

Here is a diagram of the track layout.

PSL ICAR

Online registration has been taken down by PSL due to technical issues.  Registration will be at PSL MTL.

We hope to see you there!

 

Race Report – Races #3 and #4 of the OGKC at Le Circuit Quyon

(Quyon, QC)  Another fantastic weekend of kart racing at Le Circuit Quyon! The weather could not have been better – hot and sunny on both race days! Thanks to everyone that participated in the OGKC double header; twenty-five racers made it to the track for Saturday’s race, and twenty-eight made it out on Sunday. The more competitors, the better the racing! A big thank you must go out to all of the friends and family of the racers that made the trip to Quyon this weekend to watch the fierce competition – your support and contribution to the success of the OGKC series is greatly appreciated!

Race #3 of the OGKC was held on Saturday, June 21st. The configuration for the race was the full-track counter-clockwise circuit, with a minor deviation taking the reducing radius ‘fish-hook’ curve at the end of the new track section and incorporating the ‘W’ curves of the old track leading back to the front straightaway. This particular track configuration makes for some great racing, some tense moments navigating the fish-hook, and some tricky high-speed corners! There were four classes raced: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton).  The competition format for the OGKC is a practice, followed by heat #1, heat #2, and a final race for the major points. The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

Novice picture coming soon!

Novice: 1st – Ashton Lake; 2nd – Jake McNeeley; 3rd – Kaleb Smith

Junior
Junior: 1st – Jamie White; 2nd – Vincent Lamothe; 3rd – Owen Clarke

Senior
Briggs Senior: 1st – Charlotte Lalonde; 2nd – William Lalonde; 3rd – Miles Smith

Masters
Briggs Masters: 1st – James Dunn; 2nd – Phil Hall; 3rd – Crawford Kilpatrick

Race #4 of the OGKC was held on Sunday, June 22nd, with 28 racers participating. The track was reconfigured for Sunday’s sessions to incorporate the full track, raced in a clockwise direction. The racing was extremely close and competitive, with a couple of off-track excursions and some minor bang-ups occurring throughout the many race heats; however, the day ended safe and sound with no injuries and only a few mishaps! The official classes raced were again: Novice, Junior, Senior, and Masters (all Briggs & Stratton). The results for the final races of each class were as follows:

Novice

Novice: 1st – Ashton Lake; 2nd – Kaleb Smith; 3rd – Jake McNeeley

Junior
Junior: 1st – Anthony Conty; 2nd – Jamie White; 3rd – Vincent Lamothe

Senior
Briggs Senior: 1st – William Lalonde; 2nd – Charlotte Lalonde; 3rd – Miles Smith

Masters
Briggs Masters: 1st – James Dunn; 2nd – Mike Forget; 3rd – Phil Hall

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in making our double-header weekend a great success.

Special thanks to Race Director Jason Bolton and the track marshals and volunteers for working throughout the weekend to keep the racers safe and sound during the double-header.

Karting continues to grow in popularity in Canada’s Capital Region, and this weekend was a very positive sign of a bright future. See you at the next big OGKC race day – Sunday, July 6th at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC for the interclub race with PSL Montréal Karting Club. We hope to see you there! It will DEFINITELY be a great race! More details on the event will be posted as it becomes available.

OGKC Races #3 and #4 – Online Registation is Now Open!

Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports… all the others are games. – Ernest Hemingway

Are you ready for the OGKC’s big double-header weekend? Races #3 and #4 of the OGKC will be held on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd respectively at Le Circuit Quyon! Online registration for both races  is now LIVE, and available at the following links:

Race #3: https://www.karelo.com/enter_res.php?&BID=561&Ev=14331

Race #4: https://www.karelo.com/enter_res.php?&BID=561&Ev=14332

Racing starts this weekend first thing on Saturday morning! Avoid the early morning line-up at the track by registering online – it will give you more time to work on your kart on race-day morning!

Race day fees are:

LCQKC Member Non-member
Single Entrant $60.00 $75.00
Multiple Class Discount $10.00 discount per class
Family Discount (Single or Multiple Classes) $10 discount per additional driver

Multiple Class and Family Discounts cannot be combined.
Family Discount applies to first four(4) drivers per family, additional drivers at $35/$25 each.

The drivers meetings for both races will start at 8:45 am, and track sessions will start at 9:00 am sharp. This weekend, the new timing system should be installed and ready for use!

We look forward to seeing you at Le Circuit Quyon this weekend for the OGKC double-header weekend!

Race Report – Round #2 of the OGKC at Karters Korner

(Stittsville, ON) – Team Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) had a fantastic weekend at Round #2 of the Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship (OGKC), taking the top step of the podium in two of the four classes, with two second places to add to the tally! Practice was held on Saturday, May 31st with race day starting early on Sunday, June 1st. Race-day temperatures were in the mid to high 20’s, with clear blue skies. Team LCQ managed to put on a great show, finishing with some great results, and continues to be in the hunt in several classes for top spot in the overall championship.

The action on the track was fast and entertaining, with the Karters Korner venue providing several medium and high-speed corners for the racers to navigate, linked with a long back straight. There were over 30 racers participating in four competitive classes, with a particularly large number of drivers in the Briggs & Stratton Senior and Masters classes, which had 10 and 12 racers respectively! The official classes raced were: Novice, Briggs & Stratton Junior, Briggs & Stratton Senior, and Briggs & Stratton Masters.

The feature race podium results were as follows:

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Novice: 1st – Ashton Lake; 2nd – Carson Swerbrick; 3rd – Emerson Harris

Junior Podium

Briggs Junior: 1st – Jamie White (Team LCQ); 2nd – Owen Clarke; 3rd – Henry Knox

 Senior Podium

Briggs Senior: 1st – Charlotte Lalonde (Team LCQ); 2nd – Jérémie Verner-Filion (Team LCQ); 3rd – Jeffrey Renaud

 Picture of the Masters to be added when available!

Masters (Briggs): 1st – Greg Jewell; 2nd – James Dunn (Team LCQ); 3rd – Shane Findley

Honourable mentions go to Team LCQ racers Phil Hall and Crawford Kilpatrick who fought hard in the battle for third in the Masters category, and ended up finishing just off the podium in 4th and 5th positions respectively.

Congratulations to all of the racers that made the podium, and a big thank you to everyone that participated in making Round #2 of the OGKC such a huge success – building off of the great turnout at Round #1 that was held at Le Circuit Quyon.

Last but not least, thanks to Race Director Jason Bolton and the track marshals for keeping the peace in the pit lane, as well as working throughout the day to keep the racers safe and sound during the event!

As clearly demonstrated by the first two rounds of the OGKC, karting is continuing to grow in popularity in Canada’s Capital Region. The great participation in Round #2 of the OGKC shows a positive trend and is a sure sign of great things to come in the future. See you June 21st and 22nd at Le Circuit Quyon for Round #3 (doubleheader weekend) of the OGKC – online registration will be available one week prior to the event.

Round #1 of the ECKC – Mixed Results for Team LCQ

(Bowmanville, ON) – Several members of Team Le Circuit Quyon (LCQ) made the trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport) Karting Centre for Round #1 of the 2014 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) held on May 17th & 18th. LCQ was represented by Charlotte and William Lalonde (both in Briggs Senior), Mike Forget (Briggs Masters), and Michael Forget (Rotax Senior). LCQ drivers were racing with Margay Racing karts, except for William Lalonde who was racing his CRG.

On day one, the Briggs Senior class was composed of 25 racers all ready for some hot karting action! In the qualifying heat, both Charlotte and William represented LCQ well by placing 7th and 10th respectively, with the top ten split by a mere 0.6 seconds. In the pre-final, Charlotte raced her Margay into an excellent 4th position at the line, behind Derek Michaud (FA Kart), Jonathan Treadwell (K&K), and Michael Glaze (TonyKart). William also had a strong result, ensuring a finishing position in the top ten. In the final, contact between racers at the front of the pack resulted in Charlotte unable to complete the race. William had a solid and consistent race, finishing 11th.

Charlotte forth

In the Briggs Masters class, 14 racers took to the track to fight for older-guy honours. Mike Forget showed excellent skill and experience by keeping his Margay near the front of the field over the course of the day, qualifying in 6th place and finishing the pre-final in 4th. This is Mike’s first year in his new Margay chassis, and he has been showing great progress since the inaugural race of the 2014 Ottawa-Gatineau Karting Championship in early May. In the Masters final, Mike had a great race and was able to take the last step on the podium finishing third behind Corey Walsh (CRG) and Keith Barrick (K&K).

Mike Podium

Michael Forget, racing in Rotax Senior, had a rough day and was unable to find the right set-up. and finished in 19th position from 30 racers in the class.

Sunday was not as successful for Team LCQ, as both William and Charlotte were unable to crack the top ten in Briggs Senior qualifying, finishing in 14th and 15th respectively. In the pre-final, Charlotte made contact with another racer as she was making her way to the front of the pack, sending her all the way back to 19th position. William was able to climb to 13th, but couldn’t make any further headway. In the final, Charlotte raced all the way from the back to 13th position, only 3.2 seconds off of the lead by the end of the race. William suffered from a mechanical failure, and was unable to complete the race.

Charlotte Airtime

Mike Forget had a strong second day of racing in the Masters category, but couldn’t quite match his results from day one. Mike managed to finish in 5th position in the pre-final, and slipped to 7th position out of 15 racers at the completion of the final.  Mike’s combined results over the course of the weekend leave him in 3rd position overall after the first two races of the ECKC.

Michael Forget, racing in Rotax Senior, had another tough day; however, he showed marked improvements over his results from day one and managed to finish in 15th position out of 28 racers in the final race, his best result of the weekend.

Overall it was a weekend of mixed results for Team LCQ; however, we’ll be back in full force and hunting for wins at Round #2 of the ECKC series to be held June 28th & 29th at Goodwood Kartways just north of Toronto!

 

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