Fundy Power Sports Race Report - May 25, 2008
May 26, 2008
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship opened this weekend, with Round 1 being held at Calabogie Motorsports Park, Ontario. The track is a challenging 2.81Km.
The weekend schedule started with 600 Sport Bike practice sessions on Thursday under cloudy skies. This was the first time at the Calabogie Motorsports Park and time was spent becoming familiar with the technical track. There was rain and wet conditions on Thursday for the Superbike practice and Andrew completed 16 laps under these less than ideal conditions.
Friday was spent getting more track time, with continued improvement to times. During the test session, we started to experience mechanical problems on the primary Fundy Power Sports, Rat Racing, Canadian Kawasaki ZX6R Sport Bike. The team pulled together to try and repair the bike, as Fundy Power Sports lead technician, Roland Gauthier, worked feverishly. A special thank you to Jeff Comello, Mike Crompton, Harald Surian, Jeremy Sharrard and Richard Winter from Canadian Kawasaki. Not only did they improve Jordans' bike but found time to help Fundy Power Sports team when needed.
Saturday morning Andrew tried the primary 600 one last time before deciding to race the B bike. A huge benefit this year to the team is having multiple bikes. Last year we would have been loading the trailer with a mechanical issue, however with Bill Brown and Claude Gagnes' support, we have a multiple bike team to chase points with. We have a very strong B bike and Andrew has confidence with either one. With the late change, there was very little practice on the B bike prior to qualifying, therefore qualifying position was not as good as we would have preferred.
With a less than ideal qualifying position, Andrew really had to focus on the job at hand, come race time. Our goal was still a top 10 and Andrew had his work cut out for him. Andrew finished 11th in the 600 Sport Bike Race as well as an 11th place finish in the Superbike season opener.
We are very pleased with the 1st round points considering the mechanical issues and only having 3 days to become familiar with the track as this was our first visit to Calabogie. We are looking forward to other National venues as we have competed at them all in 2007.
The Amateur 600 Sportbike rider, John Solowij, competed in a 41 rider field. Due to work commitments, John only had Friday and Saturday morning to practice and learn the track, prior to qualifying on Saturday afternoon. The Fundy Power Sports, Rat Racing, Canadian Kawasaki ZX6R worked well and John gained confidence with every lap taken. It was Johns' first National Event away from Atlantic Motorsport Park, and the experience was very exciting. He improved with every session and finished a respectable 20th overall.
The knowledge gained at Calabogie will benefit him tremendously at the other National Events. We are very pleased with the teams' focus, hard work and dedication, as well as the support from the entire Canadian Kawasaki Factory Team.
Looking forward to the next Regional Race at AMP and National Race in Calgary.