Flamboro Downs Host’s Round 4
Flamboro Downs joined the Flat Track Canada series last year after a long hiatus from hosting motorcycle races. They returned to the schedule once again this season, and on August 5th played host to round four of this season’s championship series. Despite gloomy weather early in the morning, the day cleared up and a boisterous crowd was treated to some fantastic racing at one of the premiere racing facilities that this country has to offer.
A new event Flamboro Downs had to offer was the “Test Our Metal” Demo Rides brought to you by Brown’s Harley Davidson and Harley Davidson Canada. They had many members sign up throughout the day, and proved to be very successful.
In Expert DTX, current points leader Brodie Buchan sent a message early on as he won his heat over Don Taylor and Cody Marentette. With Dave Pouliot taking the second heat over rookie Dustin Brown, the front row of the final was set with Taylor and Cody Johncox being the seasoned veterans lined up amongst some of Canada’s fastest rising stars. When the green light flashed, Buchan grabbed a handful of throttle on his KBR Honda and charged into corner one. As Buchan put a little distance between him and his pursuers, the rest of the riders were left to fight for second place. When the dust finally settled, Buchan had taken the victory followed by Taylor in second and Pouliot in third onboard his John Parker Racing Kawasaki.
Open Expert saw Buchan once again grab a heat race win and Taylor and Stephen Vanderkurr did as well. When the race started, eighteen riders blasted into turn one amid a shower of pea gravel. Early on it appeared as if Buchan once again would have things his way to go two for two on the night. After a brief challenge early on by Taylor, Buchan was slowly edging out a sizeable gap back to second place. As Buchan and Taylor were running one and two, there was a fierce battle going on for third between Waters Autobody KTM mounted Jeremy Higgins and rookie upstart Brown. This battle waged on for several laps before Brown was finally able to put his Jim Sehl Racing Yamaha into third to stay. Meanwhile as the laps were counting off Buchan found himself getting into lap traffic. Perhaps using this to his advantage, Taylor put on a tremendous charge over the last couple of laps and if it weren’t for a couple of mistakes by the Jim Sehl Rotax mounted rider, things could have been different at the line. Final results were Buchan, Taylor and Brown.
Earlier in the evening there had been a Dash for Cash among the top six Open Expert qualifiers. Although it was only four laps, this race proved to be one of the most exciting of the night. Off the start, Attica New York rider Cody Johncox put his Sunnyside Cycles Yamaha into the lead. Meanwhile Buchan had struggled off the start and found himself in fourth as the field hit the back straight for the first time. Johncox continued to lead until a bobble in turn two allowed the likes of Buchan and Taylor to get by. With half a lap to go it looked like Buchan was on his way to another victory celebration but Taylor had a different idea. Through corners three and four for the final time, Buchan took the low line while Taylor went high, wide and handsome up along the bales. Using a strong drive off of turn four, Taylor gathered up a few bike lengths and when they hit the finish line he had edged out Buchan by inches to take the cash and bragging rights. Johncox held on for third.
Intermediate action saw Dustin Lambert looking like the one to beat all night as he won both of his heat races and also grabbed the hole shot in both his finals. For Lambert it wasn’t meant to be on this night however as Trent Pickle had a couple of spectacular rides to claim a couple of victories. In the DTX final, Pickle seemed to be caught behind a few riders for a few laps before making his move. After jumping into the lead however Pickle made it look easy as he put some real estate between himself and Lambert. When the race had ended, Pickle had grabbed his first victory of the year followed by Lambert and KBR rider Jimmy McCoullough. In the Open final Pickle made his move a bit quicker as by the time he hit turn one on the second lap he had grabbed the lead. The race wasn’t without drama however as Pickle would have to deal with a single file restart with a few laps to go after a red flag. With Intermediate speedster Luke Rahm lined up directly behind him, Pickle fought off his nerves to nail the restart and take the victory a couple of laps later in front of Rahm and Matty Ward.
Novice action saw KBR Honda mounted Hunter Bauer cruise to a couple of easy wins in a packed novice field. Showing no signs of rust after a serious injury at the first race of the season, Bauer was never challenged on his way to the checkered flag in both Novice DTX and Novice Open.
Flamboro Downs featured the first ever Hard Charger Award presented by Inside Motorcycles. This is awarded to the rider who pushed their way through the ranks to prove themselves as a “Hard Charger”. This award was given to Tyler Seguin. He crashed out early in the final and not only did he pick himself and the bike up to continue on racing, but he managed to pass four riders as his way back to the top. We couldn’t think of another deserving rider. Congratulation Tyler and huge thanks to Inside Motorcycles.
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Flamboro Downs top three.
Novice Open: Hunter Bauer, Ty Rahm, Roderick Scott
Novice DTX: Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen, Roderick Scott
250 Novice: Dylan Biekx, Branden Keys, Boyd Deadman
85cc: Boyd Deadman, Branden Keys, Adrian St. Amand
65cc: Adrian St. Amand, Christopher Pittoway, Maguire Scott
50cc: Liam Caskie, Seth Parsons, Emily Biekx
Beginner: Taia Little, Tysen Mclellan, Nathan Daudelin
VET: John Kehoe, Bentley Thistlethwaite, Chris Murray
Vintage Mod: Shane Livingston, Tyler Brown, Taia Little
Vintage Dino: Bruce Durfy, Mark Fairfull, Steven Kovacs
ATV Open: Andy Wayne, Adam Minnie, Steve Wright
ATV Production: Steve Wright, Adam Minnie, Jeff Chandler
For current point standings head over to the website.
Round five of the national series takes place this Saturday as Flat Track Canada presents the George Pepper Classic at Quinte Exhibition Raceway in Belleville. For more information on this event click here.