Tillsonburg, ON- One never knows what is going to happen on opening night, but under perfect conditions, drivers, teams and fans could not have asked for more.
You would expect that competitors returing to the Beginners division would have an advantage, but rookie drivers Aiden Maynard from Blenheim and Logan Lapierre-Cassie from Brantford were very close in speed, right from the first lap. Indeed, experience did eventually win out when Rayse Meyer of Courtland took wins in the Sprint and the First Main, but it was Paige Smith of Woodstock, with a daring outside pass on the last lap of the final Main, who took that race win. Smith’s effort was not enough to knock off Rayse Meyer from the winner’s podium, but it was enough to create a three-way tie for second
In the Juniors, with returning champion Jacob Sheridan defending his title, the results were all but in the book but his younger brother Nick was not going to let him win that easy.
In fact, Nick took the overall win, with two race victories, plus a fourth place finish. Colby Bennett from Port Dover took 2nd overall despite having some misfortune in the second main. Reigning champion Jacob Sheridan from Mt Brydges decided to play it slightly safe the first week, as there were a couple of rookies gunning for him to prove they could run with the fastest driver. Jacob held tough and used his on track smarts to bring home thirdrd overall. Tristan McClay and Kyle McGlone who both moved up from the Beginner class for this year, were on the pace most of the night but were not able to hold it for top positions.
With Kate and Bea Courtnage returning to Senior, any other driver who wants a shot at winning is going to have to be good. Well, as luck would have it, two other girls look like to have what it takes.
Katherine Summers proved she could run with them last year, but graduating Junior Amber Meyer almost won the sprint and hung on a long time in the first Main. Eric McGlone, who is close to rookie status, showed he was game to run at the lead pace, and once he and his team figure out his loose kart, he will figure into the mix this year.
On a side note, the three Juniors who came up and ran the second Main to try the Seniors on for size looked pretty darn good. One of them even made it mid way through the pack before pulling off for unknown reasons. It looks like when they get a chance, there is going to be a pack of Juniors ready to take on the existing Senior division.
The Expert results sometimes seem a bit redundant as Scott won time trials. Scott won the Sprint and Scott took third in the main to win the overall. Scott KELLY from Stratford that is. After rushing the warm-up at Saturday’s practice and blowing up his fresh motor, Scott Kelly put in some used parts and got back on the track for the race Tuesday. In combination with a different frame bottom, he proved he could run consistent laps at a speed that most could not match, resulting in his best results night ever.
Next Race is May 14 . Action starts at 7pm at Chesterman Power Products just west of Tillsonburg on Hwy 3
From: Dave Chesterman
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