The Paris fair may not have been blessed with great weather this year but race fans were blessed with some great action at Paris Speedway this past Saturday. Early on in the day the skys looked a little threatening, but that seemed to change once the racing started as it became quite hot, much like the action on the track.
The open expert field was a bit dwindled due to a double header weekend in Springfield Illinois but the riders that were there put on a great show. With memories of last years “Bloodsport National”, fans and riders alike were hoping there wouldn’t be a repeat performance in this years final. Once the green fell however, worries were quickly put aside as the field got off to a clean start. To the surprise of everyone, Alex “Holeshot” Olsen was the first rider into turn one aboard his Brian Olsen Racing machine. With the likes of Doug Beattie, Don Taylor, Tyler Seguin and more fighting for position behind him, Olsen at one point managed to open up a lead of about six bike lengths.As the halfway flags were displayed, Olsen was still up front but Beattie and Taylor were nipping at his back wheel. A couple of laps later Olsen overcooked it into turn three which allowed first Beattie and then Taylor to slip by. Beattie would hold on to the win followed by Taylor and Olsen who had a great run to finish third.
Open Amatuer saw a great group of riders and ended up needing a couple of semis to cut the field down to 12 for the final. The day could not have been scripted any better early on as everything seemed to fall into place for the top two riders in the class. Sean Hoy had a slim 6 point lead on Shane Corbeil coming into the race and both riders seemed to bring their A game to the track on Saturday. With the luck of the draw, Hoy and Corbeil managed to make it through all their heats and also their semis without matching up against each other. Both were perfect coming into the final as they had both won two heats and a semi which set up a head to head battle in the final for all the glory. When the green light flashed however it was the #72 machine of Josh Dolan who looked to play spoiler as he grabbed the early lead. Running in this order as the race progressed, the riders approached a caution flag in turn two for a downed Nathan Hammond. A former track champion, Hammond had struggled a bit in his heats and had pushed a bit hard in the final causing the get off. As the yellow flag waved, Dolan got on the binders and Hoy took the oppertunity to slip by with Corbeil not far behind him. When the checkered flag flew, the running order was Hoy, Corbeil and then Dolan, but that was about to change. Discussions began immediately following the race regarding the pass that took place at the yellow flag and the outcome ended up being Hoy getting penalized three positions. This gave the victory to Corbeil, followed by Dolan and a great ride by Dan Whelan in third in his first ride since an injury at the first race of the season.
Other winners in front of the large crowd included:
ATV Youth-Braden Kelloway
50cc Chain-Boyd Deadman
50cc Shaft-Adrian St. Amand
This concludes the racing action at the speedway for the year but we look forward to seeing everybody at the banquet in October. Also a reminder that Flat Track Canada is hosting a race next Friday the 13th at the Norfolk County fairgrounds in Simcoe.
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