Sunny skies continued on Sunday, August 7th, as the focus of the 2nd annual edition of the Capital Karting Grand Prix fully turned to the competitive aspect of the event.
A final practice session took place early in the morning and then it was on to the qualifications, pre-finals and the final races in the Junior, Senior, Master and GT High Speed categories.
In the Junior category, Owen Clarke ran away from the rest of the racers and reached the top step of the podium, completing the 15 laps of the race in a time of 12:43.838, about 10 seconds ahead of Gabriel Savoie. Ashton Lake finished third to round up the winners for the Junior class.
The Senior category was hotly contested as Charlotte Lalonde edged out Michael Forget by 0.096 of a second to finish in first place. Lalonde ran the 15 laps of the race in a time of 12:38.532. David Laplante was about 1 second behind Lalonde and Forget and beat Tom Cadieux by 0.208 of a second to take 3rd place. Forget and Laplante thus made it to the podium in the Senior class for a second straight year, Forget finishing 1st in 2015 and Laplante finishing 2nd.
While Greg Jewell took first place in the Masters class by a comfortable 4 seconds margin running the 15 laps in a time of 12:52.562, the battle for 2nd and 3rd place raged on throughout the race and was the closest result of the day. In the end, Sylvain Coulombe took second place over Cameron Nabert by the slightest of margin, 0.018 of a second!
David Laplante reached his second podium of the day as he won the GT High Speed feature, negotiating the 15 laps in a time of 11:44.860. Mike Valente, who had finished 3rd in the Senior class in 2015, finished in 2nd place to reach a CKGP podium for a second straight year. Keith Donnelly rounded up the class' winners by finishing 3rd.
All results from this year's Capital Karting Grand Prix can be found HERE.
Good crowds attended the events of the day from the very start of the day's practice all the way through the final races. The smiles on the fans' faces were proof of their appreciation for the great show put on by the racers.
After the races were done, the Carleton University Engineers took the race car they had built to the track to showcase the vehicle's speed. The car made laps in about 39 seconds and demonstrated why Carleton U. finished 13th out of 115 competing Universities from 10 countries at an event that took place earlier this year in Michigan.
Once again this year, the races were videotaped by Rogers TV and will be shown in both English and French: consult Rogers' programming to see the event which will be broadcasted on several occasions.
While we sincerely thank all our generous sponsors, special thanks go once again to our presenting sponsor, Access Rigging Services, for the TV towers and other structures on the site and for their tremendous support of the Mayor's Cup of Wishes.
We also want to thank Karters Korner for their effort throughout the weekend and for getting the karts ready for the Mayor's Cup of Wishes.
To the competitive racers, charity race team members, fans, sponsors, charity organizations, volunteers, race marshalls, Jade Racicot, Bicycle Craft Breweryand everybody else, THANK YOU for helping make this second edition of the Capital Karting Grand Prix a success once again!
We look forward to seeing you again in 2017 for the third edition!