Friday the 13th saw the return of bikers to Port Dover and also saw some fast racing action at the fairgrounds in Simcoe courtesy of Flat Track Canada.
Open Expert saw eleven riders show up to compete in the first ever race held at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds. Early in the day it looked like the battle for the checkers could come down to Tyler Seguin or Don Taylor. These two riders waged an epic battle in one heat race which saw Seguin clip three hay bales on the front straight but never lift off the throttle. Sadly the battle ended sooner than expected as Taylor slid out exiting a corner leaving Seguin all by himself for the win.
As the final lined up it was Seguin on the front row joined by Doug Beattie, Dale Thompson and Nick Wenzler who had all had great heat races on their way to the main event. Due to his DNF, Taylor was lined up in row two but expecting to charge to the front once the green light flashed. Once again Wenzler was hit by bad luck as moments before the race started his bike died and could not be started again. When the race got underway, Seguin charged to the front while Taylor made his way up to second. As the race progressed it was all Seguin as he stretched out a lead of over half a track by the time the checkers flew. Class champion Taylor managed to hold on to second while Beattie rounded out the top three.
Open Amateur action looked like it could belong to points leader Sean Hoy but Kristy Dulaj was out to prove something different. After a great battle between the two in heat racing action, the duel carried over to the main event. With a great start, Dulaj grabbed the early lead with Hoy nipping at her back wheel lap after lap. The race continued this way until Hoy made a mistake and took a dirt sample while exciting turn two. This allowed Dulaj to coast to an easy win over Josh Dolan in second and Kyle Sheppard in third.
The speedway division was all Kyle Legault as he was alone out front in every race. Legault did his best to delight the crowd as all day long he wheelied the length front straight, dropping his front wheel as he entered turn one. In the vet division it was the ageless Rick Gunby grabbing the checkers over Waterloo native Steve Ball and Brad Kitto.
ATV racing saw a bit of a surprise when the checkers flew in the final. In a series that has been dominated by riders named Stys and Noble, it was newcomer Phillip Wilson taking the win. ATV Youth action saw Braden Kelloway taking the victory while points champion Tamara Noble finished second.
Youth racing action once again saw some familiar names at the front of the pack. 50cc chain action saw Boyd Deadman take the win aboard his KTM which made him unbeaten on that bike for the season. Maguire Scott pulled double duty as usual and he finished first in the 50cc shaft class. In the 65cc division, once again it was all Hunter Bauer as he ran away from the pack up front. As well as ripping through the corners, Bauer was picked up on the radar gun travelling an impressive 68 mph on the front straight.
The Simcoe race was the final race in Flat Track Canada’s debut season. Flat Track Canada would like to thank all the riders, fans and volunteers and we look forward to bigger and better for next year.