Brodie Buchan of Leamington, ON, had a big evening at the Flamboro Downs Half Mile last night in round four of the 2017 Flat Track Canada National Championship. The Kurt Biegger Racing Honda pilot won the Open Expert Feature race on his framer Honda as well as the DTX Expert class aboard his CBR450R motocross based single and leads both Championship series.
From the start of the main event, Buchan disputed first with the Sehl-Rotax back-up framer single of Don Taylor, this pair pulling clear of the strong field. Then Buchan, the pace setter in practice, built a lead, only for Port Colborne’s Taylor to mount a challenge late in the race.
With two laps to go, it looked like Taylor might make his charge work, but a good traffic decision by leader Buchan gave him the win by a marrow margin over the resurgent Taylor. Earlier, Taylor earned the victory in the Dash-for-Cash class. Dustin Brown of Utterson, ON., worked his way up to a strong third aboard a Yamaha.
Victor Buchan, age 18, commented from the Podium that “last year I chased these guys hard, and I guess I got suckered a little bit. So I thought I could get a little more ready than I did, and it’s working, it’s close. Next up is Belleville next weekend, and I rode great there last year, so I’m looking forward to it. “
Buchan thanked builder Biegger, Honda Canada, Joe Rocket, Klotz and all of his fans for their support so far this season on the Flat Track Canada National tour.
Runner up Taylor, 28-years-old, explained that “I made a mistake with a lapper, and that’s on me. I’m trying not to make any mistakes, and the first laps weren’t great, and the races are short. It’s kind of a bummer. I guess I really threw the race away on the opening laps, I just can’t make those kind of mistakes.
“With two laps to go, I really thought I had a shot, I was catching up. This Rotax is a 600cc, built originally in the late 1990s, and we pull it out and it always runs well.” Taylor thanked Jim Sehl, Steve Ball, Motovan, Shoei and Olympia, and also mentioned that the evening was his first start at the Flamboro horse race venue just outside Hamilton, ON.
Third overall Brown, age 15, is a rookie Pro and earned his first career Feature Event Podium placing.
“I really was looking to move up, but as a Rookie it feels so good to get it onto the Podium,” admitted Brown. “I was really working on hitting my marks, being smooth and smart. I want to thanks Sehl Racing, Performance ATV, Moto Gear, Ryno Power, Fuel Clothing and North Brace Auto Tech.”
The Hard Charge Award went to Tyler Seguin of Welland, ON., who wound up 14th overall in the main event.
Fourth belonged to Jeremy Higgins of Bergen, New York, age 25, aboard a KTM twin. Veteran Chris Evans was fifth on a Yamaha framer, after a good fight with the sixth place Kawasaki DTX single of Quebec’s Dave Pouliot.
Last year’s overall Flat Track Canada Champ Steve Beattie was on hand at Flamboro, assisting riders with his suspension business. 2015 Flat Track National Champion Doug Lawrence, heading to race a U.S. National at Rapid City in three days, served as a color commentator during the main event.
Quebec teen-ager Alex Dumas, currently fifth overall in the MotoAmerica KTM single RC Cup road racing Championship, made his Flat Track National debut on a KTM and finished seventh in the Novice division.