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May 11, 2012
Lombardi Karting Season Off to Great Start

You could not have asked for a better weekend for race one of the Lombardy Karting Associations Championship series held this past weekend (May 5-6) at Lombardy Raceway Park near Smiths Falls, Ont.

Saturday morning started off with the annual Novice and Rookie school, with over 20 “new to karting” racers in attendance, which was a huge success and thanks to the LKA promo team and their hard work over the winter with recruiting such a large number of new racers.

Open practice followed, with over seven different classes participating in the timed sessions well into the evening to prepare for the next day’s races.

Sunday morning was picture perfect with not a cloud in the sky as the pit area filled up with racers anxious to get on to the track for the days racing action. The race order was set with seven classes of racers taking part in the day’s events, which included Novice, Jr Briggs, Briggs Lite, Briggs Med, Briggs heavy, Box Stock Lite, and senior two Stroke. The day ran flawlessly with veteran racer Shane Finlay as acting race director keeping the drivers under control, along with the new remote control light system designed and built by C2 Kart Supplies Gord Costello, which worked perfectly all day.

Liz Clark, President of Lombardy Karting, stated us how proud she was of the association, as membership continues to increase every year, and she feels it is mainly due to the family atmosphere that has been created along with the old school fun style of racing that has made the series such a great place to race.

Lombardy was the first track to introduce the Briggs LO206 program in Ontario back in 2010, when it was integrated it the senior program. It was a marketing dream come true for the track, which can now easily draw new racers into karting because of the turnkey approach that the engine program provides.

Today all the four stroke classes are the LO206 Briggs except for the local favorite "Box Stock", which continues to grow to the point that it had to be split into a lite and heavy class for this season.

The mixed two stroke class has also increased this year with a great mix of shifters and DD2 Rotax to provide the crowds with some real exciting racing action.

The race one winners were Hayden Morden (Novice), Brian North (Briggs Jr.), Steve Clark (Briggs L), Sylvain Coursol (Briggs M), Brandon Burchill (Briggs H), Curtis Conlon (Box Stock), Jamie Heaslip (2 Stroke).

Thanks to the Hilton family of Lannin’s Funeral Home in Smiths Falls for kicking off the season-opener with their generous support.

The Lombardy Karting Associations Championship racing action continues on May 20th, with race two. For further information go to http://www.lombardykarting.com
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