Welland County Speedway played host to round two of the Flat Track Canada series presented by Parts Canada. After two weeks of rainouts in their track championship series, track workers were challenged by the opposite end of the spectrum as they were faced with hot and sunny conditions that made keeping the clay track moist challenging at best. Despite the difficult task they were faced with, track workers did an admiral job of keeping the dust down for riders and fans and providing a worthy track for the national series event.
Former Canadian champion Doug Lawrence made a rare appearance in the national series and looked to be a player on the night right away. Lawrence shot to the front of the Expert DTX final when the lights turned green while reigning champion Dustin Brown found himself stuck in a three way battle back in the pack. With Lawrence out front, local favourite Tyler Seguin found himself hunting the leader in second while Sean Hoy held third early in the race. Lap three saw Brown make his way around Hoy and one lap later Seguin had a brief sniff at the lead. Lawrence made his way to the front of the pack once again with Brown making a move around Seguin near the end of the race. Running order at the checkers was Lawrence, Brown, Seguin, with rookie Expert Hunter Bauer scoring some good points after getting around Ryan Wells for fourth with one lap to go.
The Open Expert final was a different story all together as Brown made an aggressive start pay off and took the lead right from the start leaving the rest of the riders to play catch up. Crafty veteran Chris Evans was in second at this point while Seguin held onto third. Lawrence had started on the second row for the final and after a calculated effort made his way past Seguin for third. At this point the lead battle was about eight bike lengths ahead of Lawrence and proved to be too much for Lawrence to make up in the remaining laps. Brown led the final from green to checkers but Evans made a spectacular run in the final two corners coming up less than a bike length short for the win at the line. Brown has now won the first two races of the season and it is obvious he has every intention of holding to his number one plate that he earned last year.
While most would have pegged Shane Corbeil or Dustin Lambert as the favourites for the checkers in the Intermediate class, Tyler Brown had other ideas. Brown had a fantastic night taking convincing victories in both the DTX and Open races leaving the others to scramble for podium positions behind him. Lambert was hampered by a back row start in the DTX final but had an impressive run through the field to finish fourth. Corbeil used a text book start to pave way to a second place finish while Logan Wilson rounded out the top three. In the Open Intermediate race Lambert hunted Brown all race long but had to settle for a second place finish at the line. Adam Jabouri took third in the final after holding onto that position for the entire race.
Other Main Event Winners Round Two:
ATV Open: Chuck Graham
Production ATV: Chuck Graham
VET: Jeff Orosz
Vintage Lights: Glen Brown
Open Vintage: Tyler Brown
Open Novice: Tysen Mclellan
DTX Novice: Branden Keys
250: Adrian St. Amand
85: Liam Caskie
65: Seth Little
50: Kaleb Hunt
Next action for the Flat Track Canada series is July 6th in Leamington. For more information including the complete schedule and point standings, please visit flattrackcanada.com.