All on track photos by Rod Windover
VRRA Grand Prix 2017 - Round 4 at Calabogie Motorsports Park
For our fourth and final VRRA round of the year, we found ourselves at Calabogie Motorsports Park for the second time this season. This track is awesome! It has 20 turns and is over 5km long with exceptional grip. This was our third time visiting the track and as a result it's starting to feel more familiar and we're figuring out what-to-do-where a little better.
During the Friday morning practices sessions, it was raining quite heavily and as a result, there was very little to be gained by going out on track. Thankfully almost everyone in the paddock was feeling the same way so didn't feel like we we're missing an opportunity.
However, Friday wasn't a complete write-off, the clouds managed to part in time for the final endurance race of the year. The race was fairly uneventful. We (Andrew, Thomas, and Cody) were able to lay down 33 laps which was good enough for 9th place in our class but brought us up to 7th place overall for the Middleweight Endurance Class for 2017 out of 20 teams. Hopefully next year with a tuned up CB-1 and more experience under our belts we can do better than that.
On Saturday, we had two practice sessions to get the bikes dialed in. Under normal circumstances, there is only one practice on Saturday mornings, but the decision was wisely made by the VRRA executive to add another practice to give riders a bit of extra time to familiarize themselves with this challenging track before being in a race mode.
The first race for us on Saturday was our P1-350 heat race. The race went pretty well for everyone, with Thomas finishing 5th, and Cody and Andrew finishing 9th and 10th.
The second race of the day, was the Period 2-Lightweight heat race. This is the bump-up class for us. Most of the bikes in this class have fully built motors and disk brakes. But we were able to do pretty well in the close field. Thomas finished in 4th, Cody in 7th, and Andrew in 10th.
As far as mechanicals went we were getting away without too much trouble compared to usual. We were lucky Cody brought his welder though as his exhaust needed to be rewelded after almost every session and Andrew's exhaust had one major crack on Sunday that Cody repaired as well.
Sunday, the big tuna, the day of all days, playing for all the marbles - the guys had two races and a practice crammed into a fairly busy day on track. The first race for the guys was the Period 1-350 final. The race was pretty packed, as the P1-350's started behind another pack of bikes and as result, had to contend with some traffic. By the end of it, it was all fairly close with Thomas finishing 5th, Cody finishing 7th, and Andrew finishing 9th.
The second and final race of the day and season, was the Period 2-Lightweight race. The race turned out to be quiet hectic, as Andrews bike had clutch problems on the start and he ended up watching the race from the pit wall. Thomas had a bit of a close call on the back section of the course as he tried to cut a corner a little too tight and ended up hitting the inside curbing. However, by the end of it though Thomas finished 6th and Cody finished 8th.
This is a bit out of date as this last race happened way back in September but we've been busy since then working on our bikes and getting ready for next year. It was definitely a season of learning and getting track time. We would like to thank everyone that offered advice and a hand this year. We certainly couldn't have done it without the great riders and volunteers of the VRRA family.