Shannonville Motorsport Park hosted the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship Series’ last two races of the 2013 racing season. Excitement is the only word that can describe the atmosphere that permeated the paddocks during this special action packed double header weekend. 239 entries took to the track during the three full days of racing. On the line were substantial cash and draw prizes, and 25 Bears that needed to find new homes.
KDM Racing and Kelly Michaud donated four Briggs and Stratton engines, as well as $1,000.00 in cash which was drawn on Saturday from the Briggs Junior, Senior, and Masters’ class entries. Ryan Mohan won the draw for the Briggs Junior engine, Miles Curtis won the draw for the Briggs Senior engine, and Keith Barrick won the draw for the Briggs Masters’ engine. Kelly Michaud presented the fourth Briggs and Stratton engine to Briggs Junior racer Hunter Hewitt as a special reward in recognition of both his support of the Briggs and Stratton product line, and the BSRKC Series’ Briggs Junior class. Jamie Riberdy was the lucky draw winner of the $1,000.00 in cash, which fit in nicely with the two Bears he won on Sunday in the Senior Lite morning and afternoon races. Roman De Angelis also claimed two Bears, T.J. Marshall nabbed three, and Ryan Mohan grabbed an unprecedented five of them.
Since its inception, the Series has always enjoyed support from the legendary Canadian motorsports veteran Brian Stewart, and he was on hand on Sunday to present the trophies and prizes that were made possible by the generous support of Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc. and Jason Jenkins; Canadian Tire Fergus ON., and Charles and Kathy Campbell; and 401 Dixie Nissan / Infiniti and Peter Geer.
With this event representing the last two rounds of the BSRKC 2013 season, there were also a number of champions to be crowned over the three days. Once the bonus points were added for racing in all the events, and race drops calculated, there were 13 new Champions for 2013.
On the track, the Cadet class raced on Friday and it was rookie driver Johnny Robillard who took the win. He started the day off well by winning the pole in qualifying but then had a mishap in the pre-final that saw him start the final well back in the grid. By lap 5 he was in the lead, never putting a wheel wrong in the final race, to claim the win. Liam Rhodes was second and Lane Robinson third.
The Novice class had two races; Tyson Wassink won the first race with Madison Colling finishing second and Ellisondre St. Pierre in third. The second Novice race was won by Gianluca Savaglio, as Wassink was second and St. Pierre finished third. The BSRKC Novice champion for 2013 is Gianluca Savaglio with three wins in five races. Tyson Wassink was not far behind in second place with two wins. Josh Bisschop was consistently near the front in every race managing to turn his consistency into a third place finish.
In Junior Lite, the first race ended with Tanner Hamilton winning a Bear after a hard fought battle with Ciarra Collison who finished second, and it was Zachary Latimer taking third place. In the second of two races it was Tyler Edwards with a slim margin of victory over Latimer in second and Joshua Conquer in third. The Junior Lite championship was a close hard fought battle all season long. In the end, the championship was won by Tanner Hamilton with wins in Leamington and Shannonville. Andrew Whelan finished in second place with only a 4 point gap separating the two racers. Ciarra Collison was only one point behind Whelan to finish third.
The Junior Pro race was won by Roman De Angelis by a slim margin of victory over Andre Fiorini. Jordan Latimer claimed the third spot on the podium.
In Junior Heavy it was Ryan Mohan winning one of his five Bears in the first race, leading every lap but one in the process. Roman De Angelis managed to take the lead on lap 8 but Mohan was back in charge by lap 9. De Angelis was second and Jordan Howse was third. In the second race Howse started on the pole after winning the pre-final. He wasn’t going to be denied as he never surrendered the lead going flag to flag for the win. Mohan had to settle for second place and Tyler Paquette finished third rounding out the top three. The Junior Heavy series champion is Ryan Mohan, on the strength of five strong finishes including a win. Austin Bisschop had a race win, and a second place finish but in the end was three points behind Mohan to finish second. In third place was Roman De Angelis.
In Junior Medium it was Mohan with the victory, Roman De Angelis back on the podium in second, and Tanner Hamilton in third.
The Senior Lite races saw a great battle develop between Jamie Riberdy and Scott Nagel. Race number 1 resulted in three karts gunning to cross the finish line together. But, it was Riberdy who got there first, just edging Nagel for the win with T.J. Marshall right there with them. In the second race Nagel started on the pole but Riberdy had the fastest lap and was pressing Nagel right from the start. Riberdy got by Nagel in the bus stop on lap 11, setting up a finish that was so close Riberdy was declared the winner only after a review of the official scoring times; Ryan Brutzki was close behind in third. The Senior Lite title was won by Scott Nagel, as he started the season off with two wins in a row, but was unable to continue his winning ways as the Series moved to Leamington and finally the Shannonville double header. With his early wins he built up enough of a lead that he was able to finish ahead of Ryan Brutzki in second and Jamie Riberdy in third.
In Senior Medium it was Nagel claiming the Bear, with Jonathon Treadwell in second, and fastest qualifier T.J. Marshall in third.
The Bears in Senior Heavy went to David Patrick in race 1, with Jonathon Treadwell in second, and Brett Rickeard in third. T.J. Marshall won the second Bear with Rickeard finishing in second and Tristan Gill rounding out the top three. T.J. Marshall was the championship winner in Senior Heavy. Brett Rickeard was second and Jonathon Treadwell finished in third place.
Ron Henrie was going to be tough to beat as the Series headed to Shannonville, as he already had won two of the three races and he always runs well at Shannonville. Jake Collison was the winner in race 1 in the Masters class but Henrie posted the fastest race lap. Henrie managed to lead three laps but surrendered the lead to Collison on Lap 14 and had to settle for second place. Bob Bailey was third. In Race 2 it was Henrie who would not be denied. After six second place finishes in a row he managed to dominate the racing leading every lap in both the pre-final and the final, winning his first Bear. Rich Mizener was second and Rudy Aguiar was third. Henrie locked up the championship on the second race day with the overall win. Rich Mizener was the best of the rest with two seconds and a third, good enough to claim second place, while Rudy Aguiar was third.
In the Junior Briggs the first race of two was won by Roman De Angelis with the fastest qualifier Austin Bisschop in second place and Ryan Mohan in third. Mohan would turn things around in race 2 by setting the fastest race lap and taking the win. Second place went to Jordan Latimer and De Angelis had to settle for the third spot on the podium. Consistency throughout the series netted Hunter Hewitt the class championship.
In Senior Briggs it was all T.J. Marshall with wins in both races, but there were 21 other racers that weren’t going to make it easy for him. In race 1 Marc Stehle led a couple of laps both early and in the middle of the race, but in the end it was Scott Nagel crossing the start finish line second, Stehle was third. In race 2 Nagel was the bridesmaid again this time with Jonathon Treadwell finishing third. Kyle Edgar was close enough to the front in every race to take the series championship
It was Ron Henrie posting the fastest qualifying lap in Briggs Masters, but it was Keith Barrick taking home the Bear, posting the fastest lap in the final in the process. Henrie was second and Mike Forget was third. Henrie’s second place was good enough to clinch the class championship.
In Senior TaG, the first race was taken by Brett Rickeard, with Ryan Brutzki finishing in second and Dean Reilly third. Mike Forget collected Race 2, this time with Dean Reilly in second and Chad Campbell third. With four wins, Rickeard collected the class championship ahead of Reilly.
The Junior TaG class saw Ryan Mohan winning both races, followed both times by Brandon Lowry. Mohan also collected the class championship.
The Series organizers want to thank all of the participants, sponsors, officials and volunteers for making this another great season. Thanks also to the four tracks that hosted the events during the season 3-S Go Karts in Sutton and the Simcoe Kart Club, Flamboro Speedway and the Waterloo Regional Kart Club, Point Peele Karting and the Point Peele Kart Club, and Shannonville Motorsports Park.
Please stay tuned to the Series’ website for special announcements regarding the 2013 year-end banquet.