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WHEATLEY RECAP AND FLAMBORO DOWNS PREVIEW

By Todd Vallee


Todd Vallee is the official Flat Track Canada announcer and has been announcing motorsport events for over a decade. He has written for Inside Motorcycles for 12 years with roughly 120 articles combined in print and online. Happily married for 30 years, Todd is also a proud father of two, and soon-to-be first time grandpa. Off the track, you can catch Todd riding his Suzuki SV650, watching racing or hockey, or travelling to a new destination.



One day after Mother Nature postponed the Saturday night party at the Erie Ramblers club track, fans were treated to some incredible racing action. Although the race being rescheduled to Sunday did thin the field slightly, the action provided by the riders on hand proved to be top notch.


With a baby due at any moment, Tyler Seguin wasn’t expected to make the trip.

In a last minute decision however, Seguin and his dad loaded a bike and virtually nothing else into the back of his truck and hit the highway for the trek to Wheatley. Seguin looked fast in both practice and his heat races and by the time the main events had arrived he had to be considered a favourite. Seguin grabbed the holeshot in the Open Expert final and never looked back. Slowly stretching out his lead over the course of the main event, Seguin was comfortable enough at the finish to coast across the line as he stood triumphantly on his pegs. Crossing the line behind Seguin was local part time rider Luke Rahm.


Taking advantage of a great start, Rahm rode consistently on his way to the second place finish, while Dustin Brown had all he could handle as he battled braking bumps and lapped traffic on his way to third.


Seguin definitely made the trip to Wheatley worthwhile as along with the Open Expert victory he grabbed the checkers in the DTX final as well. In the race, Seguin once again jumped into an early lead and spent virtually the entire race unchallenged as proved to be the class of the field on this day.


Some of the best action of the day came in the Intermediate ranks. The DTX final proved to be one for the ages as Liam Caskie and Ty Rahm found themselves in an absolute fistfight for the top spot. Lap after lap the two swapped the lead, and on many laps, they swapped the position numerous times as the crowd buzzed with excitement. Finally, with just a couple of laps to go, Caskie broke free of Rahm and crossed the finish line first as the crowd roared with approval. Rahm got his revenge in the Open final though as he opened a slight gap at the front of the field early on, and ultimately took the victory as Caskie was unable to mount a serious challenge.



In Novice action it was Keaton Denstedt taking the win in the DTX final while New York native Nathan Peacock was first to the checkers in the Open final.

Next round for the Flat Track Canada series is at the large cushion oval at Flamboro Downs which is located just outside of Hamilton.


For complete results and standings please visit flattrackcanada.com


Round 4 Set For Flamboro Downs

August 5th will see the Flat Track Canada National Series make a stop at Flamboro Downs. Located just outside Hamilton, Flamboro Downs is well known as one of the premiere stops on the national tour.


With the size and surface of the beautiful pea gravel horse track, action will be heightened as riders reach speeds close to 100mph before diving three and four wide into the sweeping corners. With bikes throwing rooster tails up to fifteen feet off the rear wheel, fans will be thrilled as the riders go bar to bar in search of the checkered flag, a big chunk of the purse, and the ever important championship points.


With a full range of classes including Novice, Intermediate, and Expert riders, as well as ATV’s and Youth classes, the excitement will be non-stop until the final checkered flag falls.

Action gets underway with heat race action at 3:00 PM while main events are scheduled to get underway at 7:00.


For more information as well as ticket info, please visit flattrackcanada.com





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