GeorgianDowns hosted round 10 of the Harley Davidson Canada flat track series and unknown to them, the boisterous crowd became part of an impromptu birthday celebration. With Open Expert points leader Dustin Brown turning 17 on race day, Brown celebrated the night in style as he won all three races he entered in front of a large group of family and friends.
Expert DTX action saw points leader Brown go wire to wire for the win on a KBR Honda borrowed from Kurt Biegger. Looking to extend his points lead in the class over JPR rider Dave Pouliot, Brown established his lead early on and second place finisher Pouliot was unable to challenge for the win. New York native Brandon Newman had a great ride for third place after passing pole sitter Trent Pickle on lap three. Pickle, who had the race of his life in winning the heat race, held on for fourth place after being passed by Newman.
Once again the Dash for Cash contained plenty of excitement as two starts were needed before the finishing order would be decided. In the first attempt at running the four lap sprint it was Pouliot tucking the front end of his bike in turn three before taking a soil sample. Off the re-start it was 2017 Open Expert champion Brodie Buchan taking the lead on the Todd Martin Kawasaki in his first ride since breaking his wrist in round five. Buchan’s lead would only last a couple of laps however as he to fell victim to a crash in turn three in virtually the same spot as Pouliot. Buchan’s crash did not result in a red flag and as the field sorted itself out it was birthday boy Brown who found himself at the front. Brown led the rest of the way to the checkers while veteran Chris Evans took second over Pouliot who rebounded from his crash to take third.
In the Open Expert main it was Pouliot grabbing an early holeshot but unfortunately for the Quebec native his lead was short lived. Perhaps riding the wave of two checkered flags on the evening already, Brown muscled his Sehl Racing Rotax past Pouliot and quickly began to check out on the rest of the field. About mid-race Pouliot lost his brakes, most likely due to his earlier crash, and put in a brave effort to keep a hard charging Evans at bay. When the checkers flew it was Brown celebrating his birthday in style with a solid victory while streaks of lightning saluted the race winner from just north of the track. Pouliot fought his way to a second place finish while Evans came in just behind Pouliot to take third.
With the victory, Brown has now extended his lead over Pouliot in the championship to 19 points. In a case of one rider having good luck while another one gets the other side of the coin, Pouliot lost his brakes in the final while it sounds like Brown blew up his machine just as he took the checkers. Had the race gone one more lap, Brown would have ended up with a DNF while handing the victory to Pouliot and drastically changing the points chase. Maybe it is a case of Brown riding the victory wave he has going lately or maybe it was the Birthday Gods shining on him. Regardless, Brown has put himself in a very good position with only two rounds left in the championship.
Photo by Colin Fraser at Inside Motorcycles
Hunter Bauer was the star of the Intermediate class once again and gained some more fans in the process. After beating Dustin Lambert and Ty Rahm to the line in the DTX final, Bauer put on an absolute clinic in the Open Intermediate final. Putting his KBR Honda out front in lap one of the Open race, Bauer checked out on the field and in an incredible run was only about two laps away from lapping the field when the checkered flag was displayed.
Next round in the championship series presented by Parts Canada will take place at the Wheatley short track on September 22nd. For more information please visit flattrackcanada.com.