Round 1 Results of the 2022 Canadian Nationals- Welland,ON
One year after coming up just inches short of winning his first Expert National, Hunter Bauer redeemed himself by taking checkered flags in both classes as the Flat Track Canada season got underway at Welland County Speedway. In front of a packed house, Bauer delighted the fans, many who have been watching the youngster at the track for over a decade, as he charged to the front of the pack on his NKR Canada KTM.
With many of the same players in the mix as last season, Bauer had his work cut out for him as he searched for that elusive victory in the stacked Open Expert class. As the light flashed green, the pack seemed to leave as one as they battled for track space on the way to a crowded turn one. As the bikes sorted themselves out and sped down the back straight for the first time, it was current number one plate holder Dustin Brown on the KBR Honda leading the way. Brown had seemed to find some speed between the heat races and the final, and early on looked like the one to beat riding fast and smooth at the front of the pack. Bauer was on a mission after being denied the year before however and he steadily closed the gap to the leader before making a decisive move launching him to the top of the charts. As Bauer opened a bit of a gap at the front, rookie Expert Boyd Deadman was hounding former national champ Doug Lawrence for third position. Showing no signs of being shy in his first national Expert appearance, Deadman kept applying pressure on Lawrence until something went south on Lawrence’s bike and he coasted to the inside of the track promoting Deadman into the coveted third position. Top three at the line were Bauer, Brown and then Deadman.
Bauer took the victory in the DTX final as well but once again had to work for it as Welland ace Lawrence took the lead off the start before Bauer made his way past his former riding coach on his way to the checkers. Doug Beattie and Brown both looked like contenders for third on the podium, but Brown ended up winning that battle following Lawrence and Bauer to the line.
Rod Scott was the rider to beat in the intermediate division all night as he took the victory in both the Open and DTX races. Using a wealth of track knowledge and showing no fear when battling in close quarters, Scott made his way past Jeff Orosz for the lead in the Open race and never looked back after grabbing the lead halfway through the feature race. Orosz would hold onto second at the conclusion of the race while local speedster Jesse Isherwood would round out the top three. In the DTX final Scott made his way to the lead early and would never look back as the ever busy Tyler Brown took a well deserved second place after some scary moments while Isherwood once again rounded out the top three.
Novice division racing action belonged to Liam Caskie as he cruised to victory in both races on his number eight KBR machine. Showing poise beyond his years, Caskie was fast and smooth all race long in taking the Open final ahead of Connor Thompson and Luke Beattie who made a late race pass to grab third position. In the DTX final the finishing order was the same as Caskie once again kept the pack at bay on his way to the finish.
Next action in the Flat Track Canada series is July 9th when the series makes a stop in Quebec at the beautiful half mile in Trois Rivieres. For complete results from round one, please visit http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2022-national-standings/