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May 21, 2012 News
WCC Round #1: Dowler, Robb, Waller and Peltier Double in Chilliwack

The Western Canadian Championships opener featured multiple double race winners (Photo: Cody Schindel)
The Western Canadian Championships opener featured multiple double race winners
(Photo: Cody Schindel)

The 2012 season of the Western Canadian Championships took off this past weekend in Chilliwack, BC. This three-round championship will provide three drivers to Team Canada for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal next November, and the competitors on the ‘left-side’ of the country got things off and running in fine fashion. A quartet of pilots used the opening round to assert their control of the proceedings and Griffin Dowler, Sting Ray Robb, Dylan Waller and Mike Peltier all swept their respective main events to take hold of the championship point lead.

Saturday – Race #1

Saturday opened with perfect race day conditions, featuring sunny skies and warm temperatures. In the Overdrive Motorsports Max Junior class, it seems that Parker Thompson will be the driver to beat for the world’s seat on Team Canada. One of his primary opponents, Zacharie Scalzo, is already qualified for the RMCGF having won the stop through his success on this winter’s Challenge of the Americas series in the southwest United States. On this day, Thompson took the pole in qualifying and won the final race, winning by over six seconds from Scalzo. Jordin Redlin completed the podium in the category, coming home less than a half-second behind Scalzo. Matthew Moniz and Colton McCaughan rounded out the top-five.

In the Overdrive Motorsports presented Max Senior class, US driver Stepanova Nekeel scored a perfect day but, as foreign driver, he is not eligible to score points in the championship. The battle for the title in Rotax Max will surely include Chris Glover and Bryce Choquer once again. On this first day, Glover and Choquer finish second and third in both races. Nekeel scored the win by just over two seconds, while Glover and Choquer battled it out behind him. Derek Wang was fourth in the order, while Bobby Wallace completed the top-five.

In Karting Canada-sponsored DD2, only four competitors were registered, but the battle was very close all day long and the final race was decided by less than three tenths of a second as Austin King won over Daniel Burkett. Multi-time Team Canada member and former DD2 Masters Grand Finals champion Scott Campbell was third ahead of Alex Gysen.

GBR Karting-backed Micro-Max was taken by Griffin Dowler, who won by just over six seconds from Marci Kacic, who kept up the chase throughout the 15-lap final. Sebastien Mercado, Jordan Novota and Ellie Musgrave filled up the remainder of the top-five. Just as the visiting American driver Nekeel was not able to record his points in Max Senior, Idaho’s Sting Ray Robb will not show on the Apollo Motorsports-sponsored Mini Max points standings after an impressive day on Saturday. Robb was the class of the field, running away to the victory. Carson Vogel took second, as he edged Garrett Gulenshyn for the position. Stephen Bachalo took fourth over Jeff Fulham. In other action, Dylan Waller was the victory in the CRG West Briggs & Stratton Junior 1 class over Christina Dezall and Graham Haggerty while Mike Peltier took first in MAX Masters, which ran in the same race group as MAX Senior.

Full results of WCC – race one are available on Mylaps.com. (http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=779461

Sunday – Race #2

Everything was reset to zero on Sunday morning, as the drivers once again started from a fresh slate with qualifying. Weather and track conditions would become a factor as cloudy conditions showed themselves in the morning, eventually developing into light rain in the afternoon. At the beginning of the MAX Junior final, the track was almost dry and most drivers took to the track with slicks, that is, except for Jacob Goertz, who made the correct bet. When the rain arrived, Goertz found himself with the grip that his competition lacked and he won the Final by 47 seconds over Matthew Moniz. Goertz almost lapped the field, as Thompson finished third, one lap down. Scalzo was fourth in the order ahead of Garrett Britton.

Micro-Max was particularly affected by the conditions because they raced both events in the slippery conditions. Dowler won again, while Mercado advanced to second on this run, finished ahead of Novota. Kacic would finish up in fourth ahead of Musgrave. Sting Ray Robb excelled in the tough conditions to complete his sweep of the Mini Max class, and he was joined on the podium by Gulenshyn and Nolan Vogel. Jessica Dezall and Adam Robinson wrapped the top-five. In Briggs and Stratton Junior 1, Dylan Weller concluded a perfect weekend, leading every session on track. In Rotax DD2, Campbell dominated in the rain and easily won the Final over King and Burkett.

In the last race of the day, Glover won in Max Senior, followed by Kevin King and Kyle Shields. Adam Dowler and Logan Downing capped the top-five in the action. Mike Peltier won his second race of the weekend in the Max Masters class, finishing tenth overall in the race group.

Complete results of this second day are available on Mylaps.com:

The second event of the Western Canadian Championships is set for July 6-8 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

For more information on the WCC, heading to http://www.maxchallenge.ca
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