@shannonville •Shannonville, ON (August 8, 2016)- Royal Distributing sponsored Michael Leon earned a hard fought win at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend in the penultimate round of the R.A.C.E. SuperSeries in the Pro Superbike class. Reigning champion Jim Proulx was first off the line and led a three-way battle with Newcastle rider Elie Daccache and Leon for several of the opening laps. A small crack in the Proulx armour appeared by lap four, and Leon took the opportunity to slip into the lead, dragging Daccache with him.
Leon took his BMW S1000R to a bit of an advantage over Daccache, but the Yamaha rider used every lap of the 10 lap final to reel the winner in. When the checkered flag ended the contest, it was a photo finish with Leon holding Daccache off for the win. Proulx maintained his spot for the final step of the podium. In fourth was Steve “Doc” Walker also aboard a BMW R100s. Fifth place went to Brent Strong.
In Pro 6 Cycle & Dunlop Tire Pro 600 action, Daccache led from start to finish leaving the rest of the field to vie for the remaining podium spots. Brent Strong pulled ahead to earn second with Stacey Nesbitt in third. Belleville’s Mike Raniowski took fourth, just shy of the remaining podium spot.
In Amatuer Superbike action, Keswick’s Dave Natale jumped into an early lead with series point leader Michael Hood trailing. Behind the lead duo, four riders clashed for the final spot on the podium. The entire outlook of the race changed however when Hood coasted to the side of the track with a blown engine.
Natale now enjoyed a huge lead, all alone in first, until an unforced error saw him take an off-track excursion , ending his race. The four riders that were battling for fourth now found themselves battling for the win.
When the dust settled it was Richard Fearing with the win. Kingston’s Chris Fehr earning some valuable points in second and Paul Carvalho taking the final step of the podium. Max Kathron tried an exciting last corner pass but had to settle for fourth with Kingston rider Steve Cole on fifth.
The doubleheader Amateur 600 races, held on Saturday and Sunday, gave the top competitors an opportunity to earn some valuable points heading into the final weekend later in the season. Series points leader Michael Hood earned the win on Saturday with Chris Fehr in second and Max Kathron in third.
The tables were turned however for Sundays final event. This time, Max Kathron rode a brilliant race, working his way through the field to take the win, leaving Hood in the runner-up spot. Paul Carvalho carved his way from well back to finish in third with Chris Fehr in fourth, just shy of a podium spot. Steve Cole finished in fifth.
In West City Powersports Lightweight Production racing, series leader Jared Walker battled with Honda CBR250R mounted J.P.Schroeder for the opening laps before charging away aboard his Kawasaki Ninja 300 for the win. Kirk Shergold finished in third with Richard Lee in fourth and Adolph Silva in fifth.
Young Hastings, ON rider Leo Foley continues his points lead in the Lightweight Superbike series but the day’s race win clearly belonged to Hans Van Sluewen. Foley finished in second place ahead of a hard charging Joshua Thomas.
The next, and final, race of the 2016 season will be held on September 27th to 29th.