As fans dealt with the blistering heat during the Flat Track Canada round at the Paris Fair, they were witness to a great rider who is riding a hot streak. After taking most of the summer off, Steve Beattie followed up his win in London a few weeks ago with a victory on Flat Track Canada’s shortest track. Not only did the win at the fair make it two in a row for Beattie this year, it is also the third year in a row that Beattie has won the main event at the fair.
When the green light flashed to start the final, fans knew they were in for a treat as the trio of Beattie, Doug Lawrence and Tyler Seguin hit turn one virtually side by side. For anybody who thought current points leader Lawrence might play it safe, those thoughts were quickly dashed after he “moved” Beattie out of the way in turn three early on to take the lead. This lead was brief however as just one straightaway later Beattie returned the favor in turn one. The next few laps were a spectacle of talent and trust as the three riders up front took turns jockeying for position. When the checkered finally waved it was Beattie riding one wheel across the line just ahead of Lawrence with Seguin in third.
While Seguin was unable to grab victory in the Open race, he did have a lonely ride to first in the DTX Expert class. Rookie Expert Braden Vallee inherited second place after Nick Wenzler went down and Brandon Seguin rounded out the top three.
With Intermediate ace Brodie Buchan moving up to Expert after the Paris race, he made sure his final Open Intermediate final was a memorable one. After a couple of tries at running the race were nullified by red flags, London winner Cody Marentette found himself in the lead. Meanwhile, while Marentette was enjoying life up front, Buchan was slowly closing the gap like a hunter stalking his prey. With one lap to go Buchan made his move leaving Marentette virtually no time to strike back. Buchan crossed the line first to take the win, with Marentette second and Alex Olsen having a great ride and grabbing third.
Having a great day in Novice action was the number 69 machine ridden by Bruce Martin. After starting in the back, Martin made steady progress to the front and took the win in Open action after Dustin Brown went down in turn one. Martin was also able to grab a second place in DTX action behind Brown while newcomer Brian Zapp rounded out the final podium position.
Fans were given a treat early on in the afternoon when the final in the 85cc class was run. Much like the Open Expert final, there were three and sometimes even four riders fighting for the lead. When it was all said and done it was Mack “Wooden Wheels” Willms taking the victory with Boyd Deadman and Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three. McCullough was involved in the closest finish of the day which took place in the 250 Novice class. With Hunter Bauer out front, McCullough slowly chipped away at the lead which led to a frantic last lap between the young speedsters. When the checkers flew it was Bauer grabbing the win at the line in a virtual photo finish at the line over McCullough with Willms taking third.
ATV Open action proved to be a wild race that included a get together of a few machines in turn two of the opening lap. After spinning out a couple of times early in the day in practice, Darcy Ryksen proved he had figured out the new track surface and took home the win. Peter Grison and Ben Shoalts weren’t far behind and finished second and third respectively.
Paris Fair Top Three
Intermediate DTX: Brodie Buchan, Kyle Sheppard, Cody Marentette
VET: Rob Churchill, Brad Kitto
Vintage: Brad Kitto, Mark Fairfull, Donald Payne
65cc: Myla Whiting, Branden Keys, Brie McAllister
50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Easton Ventoso, Myla Whiting
50 Shaft: Myles Ward, Holden Fairbairn, Ryan Beattie
ATV Youth: Spencer Whittam, Tanner VanMourik,
With the completion of the Paris short track, this leaves one more race on the National series which will take place September 19th in Wheatley.
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Photos by Randy Wiebe, David Dudley