For over 15 years, the karting club racing in Leamington, Ontario has been hosting a Memorial Kart Race to celebrate the lives of club members lost throughout the years. Now operating as the Point Pelee Karting Club, they hosted the event this past weekend at Point Pelee Karting. The club is a very close knit family, and it is amazing to see the support from the southern region of Canada come together for this very special event. Current and past members from many generations continue to make this past weekends event a must-attend, creating a family reunion type atmosphere at the track.
Also, for the third year in a row, the club has turned the event into a Memorial Money Race Shootout, offering big cash prizes to class winners. Generous donations from Marc Stehle of Windsor Mobile Wash, Cole Cacciavillani of CF Groups, Mike Adams of Zaino.ca and Glenn Willis of Willis Service Centre all donated to the prize pot, while CanadianKartingNews.com brought five $100 gas cards for those drivers who came from out of town for the special event.
While there were many highlights of the day, it was amazing to see everyone in the paddock stand trackside as karts completed laps of celebration to remember those members who have been lost; Calvin Newman, Brian Heron Jr, Gord Bonham, Mike Patrick, Al Casey, Peter Frydrychowicz, George Gilbert, Jason Willis and Paul McMillan. All of these individual’s were once a part of the large family that is the Point Pelee Karting Club and it’s previous associations in Canada’s Sun Parlour.
With the celebrations complete, it was time for the racing action. Kicking things off, rookie Connor Pritiko won a very exciting Novice Final. It was a three-kart race all day long as Tommy Quinlan and Aiden Bonham mixed it up with Pritiko. Quinlan would come home second while JayC Morlog finished third with Bonham on the sidelines for the closing laps of the Final.
Next up saw Clay Van Eerd win the TaG race, with Roman DeAngelis claiming the top spot in Junior Briggs and Mike Dowhan Sr. winning in TaG Masters.
With all but one race left, fifteen Briggs Seniors lined up for the biggest race of the day. With $1000.00 on the line, and an extra $500.00 for a non-club member, the stakes were high. Credits to the club for ensuring everyone was running on the same page, ensuring all Fuel and Oil was changed prior to the Final. The race featured a 15-lap sprint, before a competition caution to regroup the field and then a 5-lap dash for the cash. Early on it was Grant Quinlan and Marc Stehle pulling away and putting on a great show battling for the lead, but the two would come into contact with two laps togo and link together, ending both of their chances at victory. This allowed Steve MacVoy to move into the lead with Dale Bonham and Brodie Myer on his heels. But MacVoy was able to hold on to the checkered, taking the win and a cool $1000.00 payday!
For those not in attendance, this is an event not to miss next year. The Point Pelee Karting Club and it’s extended family put on an amazing event and welcome everyone with open arms.
For more information about the PPKC, visit http://pointpeleekarting.com