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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