Saturday August 26th saw the return of Flat Track Canada to the Western Fair District in London for round 6 of the 2017 National series. After getting rained out in London last year, riders were eager to put on a good show for the faithful fans on the fast half mile.
While the Expert ranks seemed to be down a few riders, those on hand put on a great show. The Experts were joined on this night by Oliver Brindley from Doncaster England who has been taking part in the AFT series. Expert DTX saw only one heat but Brindley quickly found out what he was up against as the Canadian boys showed him the quick way around the track. JPR rider Dave Pouliot was the leader early on but it was points leader Brodie Buchan who made his way to the front for the win. Recovering from a second row start, rookie Expert Dustin Brown made his way up to second which relegated Pouliot to third with the visiting rider Brindley following closely in fourth. At the start of the final it was Pouliot grabbing the lead and looking to check out on the leaders early on. Sadly it was not meant to be however as entering turn one on lap two Pouliot low sided at the front of the pack. Sean Hoy and Brown both took evasive action at this point choosing to lay their bikes down instead of running over the downed rider on the track. When everyone had been checked out Pouliot and Brown found themselves on row two for the restart while Hoy was done for the night after ringing his bell. In a repeat performance from the heat race it was KBR rider Buchan taking the victory to extend his points lead while Brown and Pouliot settled for second and third.
Open Expert heats saw former class champion Don Taylor send a message early on. Taylor got by Buchan early and never looked back while Cody Marentette made his way up to third when Brown had problems on his machine and had to pull off. After going to a backup bike, Tyler Seguin took the victory in heat two as he rode his Evans Racing Honda to the front. Rounding out the top three were Pouliot and Brindley on their Kawasaki KX450’s. With the heats over the lineup was set for the Dash for Cash with the top six qualifiers ready to go head to head for a little extra tire money. With a four lap sprint on the menu, Taylor knew that getting a good start would be key and he did just that. As Taylor set sail at the front on his Jim Sehl machine, the speedster Buchan found himself mired in fourth off the start. Seguin had moved into second at this point while Brindley was having a great ride holding onto third. When the checkers flew it was Taylor taking home the lion’s share of the cash with Seguin second and Buchan finally getting around Brindley to nab third.
When the riders walked to the line for the start of the Open Expert final, the crowd buzzed with anticipation as they waited to see if Taylor could keep his roll going and go unbeaten on the night. When the green light flashed Taylor showed he had every intention of keeping that streak alive as he jumped into the early lead. Buchan made his way into second early on but at this point seemed to be losing distance on Taylor. Meanwhile, after starting on row three on a backup bike courtesy of Evans Racing, Brown had made his way up to third and was closing fast on Buchan. What followed next was an incredible nine lap battle for second place between the rookie Brown and the sophomore Buchan. Lap after lap Brown looked for a way around Buchan while Buchan did everything he could do to keep the youngster behind him. With just a couple of laps remaining Brown finally made his way by but it was short lived as Buchan answered just a couple of corners later. Taylor rode the cruise control to an easy victory while Buchan and Brown rounded out the top three after their intense battle.
Intermediate DTX saw Jimmy McCullough extend his points lead on his KBR Honda as he jumped into the lead early and never looked back. Rounding out the top three were Trent Pickle and Luke Rahm. Open Intermediate saw McCullough once again get a good start but it wasn’t enough as Matty Ward barely beat the pack into turn one but then went wire to wire for the win. McCullough challenged a couple of times but eventually settled for second with Pickle coming home in third.
As a result of his second place in the DTX race, Trent Pickle earned the Inside Motorcycles magazine Hard Charger Award. After starting on row three due to a jump start, Pickle listened to some words of encouragement from his dad Jay before lining up for the restart. What followed was one of the best rides witnessed this year as Pickle passed 10 riders on his way to second place in the very competitive Intermediate division. As a result, Pickle took home a well-deserved $200 courtesy of Inside Motorcycles magazine.
For updated point standings click HERE.
Western Fair District Top Three
Open Novice: Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen, Ty Rahm
DTX Novice: Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen, Ty Rahm
VET: John Kehoe, Rick Gunby, Chris Murray
Youth 250: Dylan Biekx, Branden Keys, Taia Little
ATV Open: Andy Wayne, Brandon Doucette, Vince Vilaranda
ATV Production: Steve Wright, Chuck Graham, Max Johansson
85cc: Boyd Deadman, Adrian St. Amand, Branden Keys
65cc: Adrian St. Amand, Maguire Scott, Christopher Pittaway
50cc: Seth Parsons, Ryan Beattie, Emily Biekx
Beginner: Taia Little, Nathan Daudelin, Martine Kehoe
Vintage Dino: Bruce Durfy, Mark Fairfull, Steve Kovacs
Vintage MOD: Kevin Lambert, Bruce Durfy, Taia Little
Photography by: Shelby Lee Photography, Kim Vallee, David Dudley, WCG Photography