Round four of the 2019 Parts Canada Flat Track Canada National Series at Flamboro Downs, outside Hamilton, ON, July 28, offered an impressive demonstration of the prowess of reigning National Champion Dustin Brown of Bracebridge, ON. The 17-year-old won the opening Feature Heat on his Kurt Beiger Racing Honda framer, took the Expert DTX Final on his production Honda CRF450F, then returned to the framer to control the 15-Lap Open Expert Final.
Brown now holds a commanding lead in both the Open Expert and DTX Expert categories, heading into the second half of the series starting with Cornwall, ON, next weekend, August 3.
Brown jumped into the lead from the start of the feature, pulling clear of Hunter Bauer’s Honda and the Rotax of veteran front runner Chris Evans. Soon Evans got past Bauer and set off after the leader but couldn’t make much of an impression. Bauer eventually came under pressure from KBR Honda’s Tyler Seguin, who had worked past the Kawasaki Ninja Twin of returning 2017 National Champ Brodie Buchan.
At the finish Seguin got a close fourth, with Buchan fifth followed by the Kawasaki twin of American Jeremy Higgins sixth and the Sehl Yamaha of Jimmy McCullough in seventh.
After the race, Brown was thrilled with his sweep, explaining “we’ve been working hard, and it seems like right now we have the perfect package. I don’t want to give away any of my secrets, but we really have things dialed in right now. I tried to stay low and work on the edge of the groove, it was a little difficult, but everything worked out.”
Brown went on to thank bike builder Bieger, Honda Canada, North Brace Auto Tech and Bracebridge Machine.
Runner-up Evans, 56-years-old, was fighting off an illness and was uncertain of how the event would go. “I thought it was allergies, but it’s something worse,” the second Heat winner explained on the Podium. “My Dad built this bike with a lot of help from Brian Olsen and American Harley-Davidson, but I didn’t know if I had enough wind in my sails – I was making some mistakes by the end of the race.”
For third placed Bauer, age 15, his goal was to maintain his placing in the top five in the points standings, and his already-injured ankle was a concern.
“My ankle got a little sore, and I started losing some speed,” confirmed Bauer. “I had to speed myself up. It was a good battle for third, I had to get the hammer down at the end and it worked out. I really love these big tracks, it’s good to get out here.”
Bauer also thanked KBR, Honda Canada, Steel Town Garage, American Harley-Davidson and Sturgess Cycle.
The Dash for Cash opened with former number one Buchan in the lead on his Ninja Twin, chased hard by Seguin, Brown, Evans Bauer and Higgins. Evans worked through the field to challenge winner Buchan, with Seguin third ahead of Brown.
In the Expert DTX round of production-based moto crossers, Brown took a solid lead and held it, with Dave Pouliot working his way to second on the John Parker Racing Kawasaki. Earlier, Pouliot had suffered engine problems with his framer in the Feature Heat. Trent Pickle earned a strong third in DTX counter with his Gmoto Honda.
Sunday, 28 July 2019 02:37 Published in News
Dave Pouliot won his first National of the season at Flamboro Downs, near Hamilton, ON, in round five action of the 2018 Harley-Davidson Canada Flat Track Series presented by Parts Canada. The Kawasaki-backed Quebecer took control early and held off Dustin Brown of Utterson, ON, for the win over 15 laps in a big evening for the classic Rotax single cylinder powered flat track “framer” combination around “Canada’s Fastest Half Mile.”
Pouliot now leads the Open Expert series as the National Championship heads to the mid-point of the 12 event schedule.
Another classic race design netted third, Michigan-based American Stephen Vanderkurr completing the podium aboard a Harley-Davidson XR750 twin.
Veteran part-time National racer Dominic Beaulac of Trois-Riviere, Quebec, was a pre-race favorite, but a first-try jump start moved him to the back of the second start grid on his Rotax-framer. From there, the aggressive Beaulac charged up to earn fourth.
Missing from the race was reigning overall Flat Track Canada Champion Brodie Buchan of Leamington, ON. The Honda-backed Expert was scheduled to ride a borrowed Rotax-Framer in the main event, but injured his left arm in a crash during the twice-restarted “Dash for Cash” race.
Already the victor in two Feature races in 2018, Buchan’s injury throws his Championship chase in to question for the Parts Canada/Phibbs-baced rising star. Next weekend, the series has a rare double-header oval/TT combo at famed four-wheel venue Ohsweken Speedway.
The “Dash for Cash” ended with a wild battle between Pouliot and Beaulac, but Beaulac ended inches behind rival Pouliot at the finish line in a photo finish.
In the eight lap DTX Expert race, Tyler Seguin of Welland, ON, jumped into an early lead aboard his Parts Canada-backed Honda moto crosser. Class points leader Buchan worked up from a bad start to put pressure on the leader, but couldn’t make a pass stick. Seguin too his first DTX win of the year from Buchan, Pouliot third on his John Parker Racing built entry.
Fourth in DTX belonged to Brown on a Sehl Yamaha. In a tight battle for fifth place in DTX, former number one Don Taylor of Port Colborne, ON, on a KBR Honda just edged Luke Rahm’s Honda.
Following the main event, Pouliot didn’t want to be considered the man to beat for the Title, but admitted that “things are shaping up for the rest of the season.” Pouliot’s bike was built over the course of a year by mentor Parker, with backing form Moto Vanier.
Post win, Parker confirmed that the classic Woods-Rotax racer was created with “no budget, brand new build, it’s an exact replica of the bike that I won all those races with in 1999.”
For runner up Brown, just 16-years-old and second in the standings, the result came from “focusing on improvements with me and the bike, and doing my best to be consistent. I feel like I’m becoming a consistent rider, and I can put together a good run for the rest of the season.”
Third overall Vanderkurr appreciated the attention he received for racing a classic H-D twin against the classic singles. “I knew we could do well”, explained the Amsoil/RK -backer American, “but it is a challenge with this bike against the lighter bikes.”
Sunday, 29 July 2018 11:34 Published in News