|Date: 3/3/2010 7:15:54 PM|
RICK @ the RACES (27/28 Feb)
27 Feb TOP KARTING Gatineau , Que
I didn't have to stand out in the cold this past weekend to get my racing fix, because it all happened in-doors. On Saturday I joined in the fun at Gatineau , Quebec for 'DIRT Does TOP KARTING 2010'.
The event was the brain child of DIRT SPORTSMAN driver Joey Evans, who put the show together. The idea was for a Karting night and get together for local DIRT racers and fans in the Capital City district . He put out invitations on the social networking site 'Face Book' and got a good response. I hadn't driven a Kart since I was a teenager but the idea of a bit of winter fun got my interest.
I arrived early and already a large group of familiar faces had assembled, some to compete and some to watch. My friends Ted Lasage , his daughter Chantal and her son Tyrek were there. Chantal had offered to take pictures with my camera while I was on track .
I was surprised when I entered and saw the speed the karts were going. They were very quick and not the 'put put' type things I was expecting. Oh Dear ! What had I let myself in for !
The roster was split in to the following two groups, of 'lightweights' and 'heavyweight
Ryan Foley, 358 Mod
Cole Dingwall SPORTSMAN
Kyle Dingwall 358 Mod
Tabatha Murphy SPORTSMAN
Jordan Hall Wilgosh Crew
Jean Marc Larose 4 Cylinder Street stocks
Jason Cummings Murphy Motorsports Crew
Johnathan Ferguson Son of Todd
Paul Kirkland Brockville Speedway Promoter
Jamie Laroque 4 Cylinder Street Stock
Joey Evans SPORTSMAN
Sheldon Hoowerf SPORTSMAN
Dave Wilgosh SPORTSMAN
Todd Ferguson SPORTSMAN
Steve Gagne 8 cylinder Street Stock
Jason Lamothe 8 Cylinder Street Stock
Ralph Murphy Tabatha's Dad
Rick Young 'a crazy Brit'
Both groups had a ten lap qualifying race , followed by a 70 lap Grand Prix.
First to go were the Lightweights and at the end of the race it was Ryan Foley who took the win, Cole and Kyle Dingwall second and third with Tabatha Murphy fourth.
It was then the turn of my group to take to the track.
The Karts were allocated by the management and I was designated # 23 and positioned at the rear of the grid. As we were flagged forward the guys in front instantly shot away, with me in hot pursuit. I didn't want to get left behind so once we got going I 'floored' the right foot. This was OK until about half way around the course when the karts in front began to slow up. I went for my brake pedal and couldn't find it !
A big wreck was imminent. With the kart going at full speed and no brakes, I shot by Joey who was directly in front of me, then grazed the side of Dave Wilgosh before piling into the safety barrier. Not a good start ! But it gave the spectators a laugh. I was pulled out the wall by the safety guys and continued on my merry way.
It was quite grueling for the oldest guy out there and by the end of the ten lap qualifier I knew I wouldn't last the full Grand Prix. As the 70 lapper got under way and I did a few laps before pulling off to watch the others race.
Check out my wreck, (about 25 seconds from the start)
Winner was Jamie Laroque, from Joey Evans and Sheldon Hoogwerf.
The two winners from each group then went into the Feature event. This was led from the start by Cole Dingwall until a last lap spin out gave the checkers to Ryan.
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