(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.
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).
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.
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!