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May 18, 2012
Exciting Racing Marks Start to Manitoba Karting Association Championship

Wyatt Lajoie emerged from multi-car fight in Junior 2 Four Stroke with race one victory (Photo: Manitoba Karting Association)
Wyatt Lajoie emerged from multi-car fight in Junior 2 Four Stroke with race one victory
(Photo: Manitoba Karting Association)

On Sunday (May 13) the weather was hot and windy for the first race of the Manitoba Karting Association Championship at Gimli Motorsport Park. The sponsor for Race 1 was Lake of the Woods Insurance.

There were fewer pylons needed to line the track this as year, as Bot Dots had been installed for curbing on the inside of the corners. Bot Dots are ceramic disks epoxied to highways to mark lanes in the Southern United States. They are not seen in Canada because they can be easily removed by snowplows. The Manitoba Karting Association will see how they work throughout the season, but so far the drivers like them much better then the rubber curbing than had be previously bolted down on the inside of the corners last year.

Most of the classes ran in a tight pack during the opening race of the 2012 season, with many lead changes. The two classes that had the tightest battles were Junior 2 Four Stroke and Senior Four Stroke. Brittney Fortier, Wyatt Lajoie, and Michael Copp switched places lap after lap in Junior 2 Four Stroke, but Lajoie held the lead at the finish. In Senior Four Stroke, Yakov Zaretskin moved up from the Junior to Senior class, and was in the three-way battle for the lead with veteran Four Stroke drivers Ian Brown and Roland Fortier. Fortier lost his chain two laps before the end, while Zaretskin got by 2011 Champion Brown to take the win. Max Roy finished third. Jillian Berard scored the win in Junior 1 Four stroke, leading Brad Bachalo and Robert Schiewe to the line. Brandon Berard was victorious in Micro Max, ahead of Rylan Despins and Logan McDonald. The Mini Max went to Jeff Fulham, edging Bryson McDonald and Stephen Bachalo at the start/finish. John Buzza was the first driver to the checkered flag in Junior Rotax, ahead of Morgan McDonald and Alexis Budel. In Senior Rotax, Jeff Bachalo scored the win over Jeff Lopushniuk and Josh Zilkie.

All in all it was a great start to the season, with everyone looking forward to Race 2.

The Manitoba Karting Association Championship resumes on May 27th at Gimli Motorsport Park. For more information visit http://www.manitobakarting.ca
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