Kart racers heat up Oktoberfest Grandprix at Flamboro Speedway

Community Oct 14, 2015 by Brad Buckler, Waterloo Regional Kart Club Flamborough Review

The Waterloo Regional Kart Club (WRKC) hosted four-cycle racers from all over Ontario at the 34th running of the Oktoberfest Grandprix Oct. 10, one of the longest standing traditions in Ontario karting.

The racing started with a qualifying session to set the grid for the pre-finals. As has been the tradition since its inception, the trophies and prizes are awarded strictly on the feature race starting order.

With this format, you need to qualify well and have a good finish in the pre-final races to have a good shot at the podium.

In the Cadet class, Ethan DeMenna was fastest in qualifying, with the next closest qualifier more than a second behind.

He continued to pace the field with a first-place finish in the pre-final and finished off the day with a flag-to-flag win in the feature race. Joining DeMenna on the podium were Jordan Ramsbottom in second, Michael Bauer in third, Logan Macrae in fourth place and Ayden Ingratta finishing fifth.

At the end of qualifying in the Novice class, there was less than a second separating the top 10 qualifiers. Connor Pritiko had the fastest lap, but Cole Quinton had a good start on the first lap of the final race, leading the field as they crossed the line at the end of the first lap.

He hung on to that position with Grace Baillargeon close behind, and Pritiko rounding out the top three.

Pritiko managed to get by Baillargeon on Lap 2, and then set out to find a way past Quinton to gain the lead.

Patience worked in his favour as on Lap 9 of the 15-lap race he worked his way past Quinton as they drove into the first turn and held on for the win.

Baillargeon finished second, Zachary Allison was third, Ethan Slote was fourth and the fifth-place finisher was Ethan Donkers.

Tyson Wassink had a strong finish to his season, he was fastest in qualifying, finished first in the pre-final and finished the day and the season with the Junior Lite first-place trophy.

But although he was strong all day, it wasn’t an easy win.

Max Wright kept the pressure on, ready to make a move if Wassink made any mistakes. The trio of Madison Colling, Josh Bisschop and Mackenzie Clark were right behind Wright.

At the checkered flag it was Wright holding on for second, followed by Colling, Bisschop and Clark.

The Junior Heavy feature event was one of the most exciting races of the day, with the finish being decided on the last lap.

Austin Bisschop started the race from the pole position and led the first 10 laps.

Liam Rhodes managed to get by Bisschop on Lap 11 and Miranda Gill, who had been catching the two front-runners by a few kart-lengths every lap, found herself in position to get by Bisschop into second place on Lap 12.

With just a couple of corners to go, Bisschop tried to get by both Gill and Rhodes with a bold passing attempt that went for naught.

Gill used that opportunity to get by both Bisschop and Rhodes and hung on for the win. Rhodes finished in second, Peter Ditner was third, Ciarra Collison was fourth and Bisschop rounded out the top five.

In Senior Light, Adam Racine led the field to the green flag and quickly established a comfortable lead.

One of the best races of the day took place for second and third, as Darren Dryden and Jared Gill passed each other at least four times. In the end it was Dryden beating Gill to the finish by barely a bumper.

Ryan Brutzki was fourth, and Dominque Smith claimed the last spot on the podium.

In Senior Heavy it was the third racer from Gill family, Tristan, who to took the win.

Darren Dryden finished second, Dominique Smith was third, Steve Lyons, was fourth and Tyler Paquette was fifth.

The masters race was won by John Dryden and veteran racer Brian Wilkinson had the fastest lap of the race, setting a new all-time track record for the Masters class in the process, but it was not enough to deny Dryden the win.

Wilkinson was second, Steve Lyons was third, Rich Mizener was fourth and Adrian Donkers was fifth.

Once again this year the WRKC was pleased to add two Briggs and Stratton classes to the Oktoberfest race schedule.

In the Junior class it was Josh Conquer with the win, Austin Bisschop was second, Liam Rhodes was third, Jordan Prior was fourth and Max Wright was fifth.

The Senior class winner was Tyler Paquette with almost a half second lead over David Grecco in second place.

David Miller was third, Michael Glaze was fourth, and Marc Stehle was fifth.

Kart racers heat up Oktoberfest Grandprix at Flamboro Speedway

Community Oct 14, 2015 by Brad Buckler, Waterloo Regional Kart Club Flamborough Review

The Waterloo Regional Kart Club (WRKC) hosted four-cycle racers from all over Ontario at the 34th running of the Oktoberfest Grandprix Oct. 10, one of the longest standing traditions in Ontario karting.

The racing started with a qualifying session to set the grid for the pre-finals. As has been the tradition since its inception, the trophies and prizes are awarded strictly on the feature race starting order.

With this format, you need to qualify well and have a good finish in the pre-final races to have a good shot at the podium.

In the Cadet class, Ethan DeMenna was fastest in qualifying, with the next closest qualifier more than a second behind.

He continued to pace the field with a first-place finish in the pre-final and finished off the day with a flag-to-flag win in the feature race. Joining DeMenna on the podium were Jordan Ramsbottom in second, Michael Bauer in third, Logan Macrae in fourth place and Ayden Ingratta finishing fifth.

At the end of qualifying in the Novice class, there was less than a second separating the top 10 qualifiers. Connor Pritiko had the fastest lap, but Cole Quinton had a good start on the first lap of the final race, leading the field as they crossed the line at the end of the first lap.

He hung on to that position with Grace Baillargeon close behind, and Pritiko rounding out the top three.

Pritiko managed to get by Baillargeon on Lap 2, and then set out to find a way past Quinton to gain the lead.

Patience worked in his favour as on Lap 9 of the 15-lap race he worked his way past Quinton as they drove into the first turn and held on for the win.

Baillargeon finished second, Zachary Allison was third, Ethan Slote was fourth and the fifth-place finisher was Ethan Donkers.

Tyson Wassink had a strong finish to his season, he was fastest in qualifying, finished first in the pre-final and finished the day and the season with the Junior Lite first-place trophy.

But although he was strong all day, it wasn’t an easy win.

Max Wright kept the pressure on, ready to make a move if Wassink made any mistakes. The trio of Madison Colling, Josh Bisschop and Mackenzie Clark were right behind Wright.

At the checkered flag it was Wright holding on for second, followed by Colling, Bisschop and Clark.

The Junior Heavy feature event was one of the most exciting races of the day, with the finish being decided on the last lap.

Austin Bisschop started the race from the pole position and led the first 10 laps.

Liam Rhodes managed to get by Bisschop on Lap 11 and Miranda Gill, who had been catching the two front-runners by a few kart-lengths every lap, found herself in position to get by Bisschop into second place on Lap 12.

With just a couple of corners to go, Bisschop tried to get by both Gill and Rhodes with a bold passing attempt that went for naught.

Gill used that opportunity to get by both Bisschop and Rhodes and hung on for the win. Rhodes finished in second, Peter Ditner was third, Ciarra Collison was fourth and Bisschop rounded out the top five.

In Senior Light, Adam Racine led the field to the green flag and quickly established a comfortable lead.

One of the best races of the day took place for second and third, as Darren Dryden and Jared Gill passed each other at least four times. In the end it was Dryden beating Gill to the finish by barely a bumper.

Ryan Brutzki was fourth, and Dominque Smith claimed the last spot on the podium.

In Senior Heavy it was the third racer from Gill family, Tristan, who to took the win.

Darren Dryden finished second, Dominique Smith was third, Steve Lyons, was fourth and Tyler Paquette was fifth.

The masters race was won by John Dryden and veteran racer Brian Wilkinson had the fastest lap of the race, setting a new all-time track record for the Masters class in the process, but it was not enough to deny Dryden the win.

Wilkinson was second, Steve Lyons was third, Rich Mizener was fourth and Adrian Donkers was fifth.

Once again this year the WRKC was pleased to add two Briggs and Stratton classes to the Oktoberfest race schedule.

In the Junior class it was Josh Conquer with the win, Austin Bisschop was second, Liam Rhodes was third, Jordan Prior was fourth and Max Wright was fifth.

The Senior class winner was Tyler Paquette with almost a half second lead over David Grecco in second place.

David Miller was third, Michael Glaze was fourth, and Marc Stehle was fifth.

Kart racers heat up Oktoberfest Grandprix at Flamboro Speedway

Community Oct 14, 2015 by Brad Buckler, Waterloo Regional Kart Club Flamborough Review

The Waterloo Regional Kart Club (WRKC) hosted four-cycle racers from all over Ontario at the 34th running of the Oktoberfest Grandprix Oct. 10, one of the longest standing traditions in Ontario karting.

The racing started with a qualifying session to set the grid for the pre-finals. As has been the tradition since its inception, the trophies and prizes are awarded strictly on the feature race starting order.

With this format, you need to qualify well and have a good finish in the pre-final races to have a good shot at the podium.

In the Cadet class, Ethan DeMenna was fastest in qualifying, with the next closest qualifier more than a second behind.

He continued to pace the field with a first-place finish in the pre-final and finished off the day with a flag-to-flag win in the feature race. Joining DeMenna on the podium were Jordan Ramsbottom in second, Michael Bauer in third, Logan Macrae in fourth place and Ayden Ingratta finishing fifth.

At the end of qualifying in the Novice class, there was less than a second separating the top 10 qualifiers. Connor Pritiko had the fastest lap, but Cole Quinton had a good start on the first lap of the final race, leading the field as they crossed the line at the end of the first lap.

He hung on to that position with Grace Baillargeon close behind, and Pritiko rounding out the top three.

Pritiko managed to get by Baillargeon on Lap 2, and then set out to find a way past Quinton to gain the lead.

Patience worked in his favour as on Lap 9 of the 15-lap race he worked his way past Quinton as they drove into the first turn and held on for the win.

Baillargeon finished second, Zachary Allison was third, Ethan Slote was fourth and the fifth-place finisher was Ethan Donkers.

Tyson Wassink had a strong finish to his season, he was fastest in qualifying, finished first in the pre-final and finished the day and the season with the Junior Lite first-place trophy.

But although he was strong all day, it wasn’t an easy win.

Max Wright kept the pressure on, ready to make a move if Wassink made any mistakes. The trio of Madison Colling, Josh Bisschop and Mackenzie Clark were right behind Wright.

At the checkered flag it was Wright holding on for second, followed by Colling, Bisschop and Clark.

The Junior Heavy feature event was one of the most exciting races of the day, with the finish being decided on the last lap.

Austin Bisschop started the race from the pole position and led the first 10 laps.

Liam Rhodes managed to get by Bisschop on Lap 11 and Miranda Gill, who had been catching the two front-runners by a few kart-lengths every lap, found herself in position to get by Bisschop into second place on Lap 12.

With just a couple of corners to go, Bisschop tried to get by both Gill and Rhodes with a bold passing attempt that went for naught.

Gill used that opportunity to get by both Bisschop and Rhodes and hung on for the win. Rhodes finished in second, Peter Ditner was third, Ciarra Collison was fourth and Bisschop rounded out the top five.

In Senior Light, Adam Racine led the field to the green flag and quickly established a comfortable lead.

One of the best races of the day took place for second and third, as Darren Dryden and Jared Gill passed each other at least four times. In the end it was Dryden beating Gill to the finish by barely a bumper.

Ryan Brutzki was fourth, and Dominque Smith claimed the last spot on the podium.

In Senior Heavy it was the third racer from Gill family, Tristan, who to took the win.

Darren Dryden finished second, Dominique Smith was third, Steve Lyons, was fourth and Tyler Paquette was fifth.

The masters race was won by John Dryden and veteran racer Brian Wilkinson had the fastest lap of the race, setting a new all-time track record for the Masters class in the process, but it was not enough to deny Dryden the win.

Wilkinson was second, Steve Lyons was third, Rich Mizener was fourth and Adrian Donkers was fifth.

Once again this year the WRKC was pleased to add two Briggs and Stratton classes to the Oktoberfest race schedule.

In the Junior class it was Josh Conquer with the win, Austin Bisschop was second, Liam Rhodes was third, Jordan Prior was fourth and Max Wright was fifth.

The Senior class winner was Tyler Paquette with almost a half second lead over David Grecco in second place.

David Miller was third, Michael Glaze was fourth, and Marc Stehle was fifth.