Reigning Champion Returns to the Top Step of the Podium

   It took until round three of the 2021 Flat Track Canada season but reigning champion Dustin Brown has once again found the top step of the podium. The Erie Ramblers played host to the FTC series at their club track in Wheatley on September 11th and fans were treated to a spectacular day of racing as everything came up Brown.

#1 Dustin Brown Photo by On The Gas Photography

   Grabbing the holeshot seemed to be on the menu for Brown as all day long he won the race into turn one which was his recipe for victory. With Brown out front in the Expert DTX race, Dave Pouliot seemed to be the man on the charge until an unfortunate get off in turn three. After getting checked out by paramedics Pouliot was unable to make the restart and when the green light flashed it was Brown once again leading the pack into turn one. Don Taylor was holding second at this point but Tyler Seguin was hot in his tracks trying to find a way past. On lap eight Seguin found his way around Taylor and the top three stayed in that order for the remainder of the race.

#9 Don Taylor/ #22 Tyler Seguin/ #16 Dave Pouliot Photo by: Full Throttle Photography
#9 Don Taylor/ #16 Dave Pouliot Photo by: Vallee Photography
#22 Tyler Seguin/ #9 Don Taylor/ #16 Dave Pouliot Photo By: Vallee Photography

   Open Expert also saw a restart after Taylor went down in turn three and Luke Rahm and Jarrett Phibbs hit the dirt taking evasive action to avoid the fallen rider. Off the restart it was Brown leading the pack while Pouliot was trying to utilize the high line to make his way past the leader. Meanwhile Taylor was charging from the back of the pack but saw his charge towards the front stall when he got to the number 49 machine of Brodie Buchan. While Pouliot was still attempting to make his move past Brown at the front, Taylor and Buchan were now involved in a 15 lap fist fight that would include heavy contact at one point in turn three. When the dust finally settled Brown had taken a comfortable victory over Pouliot with Tyler Seguin rounding out the top three. After roughly 15 position changes between the two, Buchan would better Taylor at the line for the fourth position.

#112 Cody Marrentette/ #9 Don Taylor/ # 49 Brodie Buchan Photo By : Full Throttle Photography
Photo By: On The Gas Photography

   Intermediate action belonged to Boyd Deadman as he took lessons learned in heat race action and translated that to two start to finish victories. Ty Rahm had a great ride to second place in the DTX race after a few years off finishing ahead of the 909 machine of Rod Scott. Unfortunately for Rahm he had a hard tumble on the back straight putting an end to his day early in the Intermediate Open race. Off the restart Deadman charged to the front with Scott in second and Justin Crumb in third. Taia Little made her way past Crumb early however and at the checkers it was Deadman, Scott and then Little.

#13 Boyd Deadman Photo By: Full Throttle Photography
#11 Taia Little/ #74 Justin Crumb Photo By: Full Throttle Photography

   Tyler Thompson was the star of the Novice classes as he nailed the green light both times and would lead each race wire to wire. In the DTX event Chris Cowan had a great start as well as he held second for a few laps as usual front runner Adrian St. Amand found himself back in fourth. St. Amand made his way past Cowan on lap three but try as he might he was unable to get around Thompson for the victory. The script was much the same in the Novice Open race as Thompson got the lead off the start and would use smart line choices to hold off St. Amand. Cowan was in third for the majority of the race until Kyle Steele stole the position with just a couple of laps remaining.

   VET action saw Brent Thompson grab the early lead but Rick Gunby had other ideas. Making his move early into the final, Gunby would lead the charge to the checkers followed by Thompson in second and Glen Brown in third.

   Next action for the FTC series is September 25th in Shannonville.

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#112 Cody Marentette Photo By: Vallee Photography

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