All the talk going into the Flat Track Canada round at Wheatley centered around Dave Pouliot and Tyler Seguin. With only three points separating them in the Open Expert class and only two rounds left, Wheatley seemed like it would be a pivotal round in the championship and most observers felt it would either be Tyler or Dave grabbing the checkers at the end of the day. Apparently Brandon Seguin never got the memo and while all the pre-race focus was on his brother and Pouliot, Brandon served notice early in the day that he might be the one to watch come main event time.
Early practice sessions saw Pouliot and Tyler Seguin going at it like it was the last lap of a final but both those riders may have been caught off guard a bit when Brandon started sticking his nose into the battle. These three riders were the class of the heat races and after watching Pouliot cruise to victory in his heat, Tyler was hoping to duplicate that effort in heat two. Brandon had other ideas though and took the lead with two laps to go relegating Tyler to second at the line. Notice had been served to the two championship contenders at this point and when Brandon was given first gate pick after winning the fastest heat, it was clear that Brandon had intentions of letting the rest of the field eat his roost on the way to the checkered flag. When the starting lights flashed green, Brandon got a perfect start while his brother Tyler tucked in close behind him. Tyler held onto second for the first two laps before Pouliot took his first turn in position 2 on lap three. One lap later Tyler took over the position once again before Pouliot made another pass for second place on lap five. As Dave and Tyler battled it out behind him, Brandon was enjoying a flawless ride at the front and held a comfortable lead on the rest of the field. Brandon would go on to take a convincing victory and after grabbing second place on lap five Pouliot would hold that position for the remainder of the race and by the time the checkers flew he had opened a gap between him and Tyler.
An Expert rider for nine seasons, the victory in the Open Expert race was Brandon Seguin’s first and he was thrilled with the long-awaited result. With the two championship contenders finishing where they did, Pouliot now has a five point lead heading into the final round at Humberstone Speedway.
Pouliot did take a convincing victory in the DTX class as he would lead the race from start to finish. Boyd Deadman held onto second place for a handful of laps before Brandon Newman took over the position on lap 6. Deadman’s ride in third place would be short-lived as just one lap later Tyler Seguin made his way past and at the checkers it was Pouliot, Newman and then Seguin.
Dave Pouliot wasn’t the only Pouliot to carry the checkers on Saturday as his brother Kevin had an amazing ride to victory in the Open Intermediate race. After hitting the ground in turn one after the original start as he was trying to avoid a fallen rider, Pouliot found himself one of three riders starting form row three on the restart. Ty Rahm grabbed the lead early in the race but man on the move was Pouliot and on lap four he made his way past Rahm for the lead. Pouliot would lead the remainder of the race and by race end Rahm had successfully held off points leader Rod Scott for second. In the Intermediate DTX final Felix Dandurand would lead the field from start to finish while Pouliot ended up second and Scott once again rounded out the top three.
Liam Caskie doubled up again in Novice action as he grabbed the checkers in both races despite some inspired rides by the other racers in the field. Seth Little would take second in the Open race followed by Connor Thompson while in the DTX event Little would be chased to the line by Sean Trendell.
This coming weekend will see the final event of the season as a new Flat Track Canada champion will be crowned at Humberstone Speedway. For current points standings as well as information on the season finale, please visit www.flattrackcanada.com.