Kahuna Kawasaki Race Report- 2 Podiums and a National AM600 Top 10 Finish for Schouten at Mosport
July 21, 2008
Kahuna Kawasaki's Vicki Schouten enjoyed a busy and successful weekend at Mosport International Raceway this past weekend at Round #3 and #4 of the Parts Canada Superbike Series and Women's Cup Challenge.
Schouten made her way to Mosport early to take advantage of some extra practice time hosted by Pro 6 Cycle earlier during the week.
With a great deal of help from RozGar Racing's Gary Christie and their stellar lead mechanic Jim Brooks, Schouten was able to get the gearing sorted out on her Kawasaki ZX-6R for the fast paced Mosport racetrack. "The Christie's are truly the most amazing family I have ever met," explains Schouten, "their son Jodi is an extremely talented up and coming star in roadracing and the entire family is so helpful and supportive of all racers. I am really grateful that they and mechanic Jim Brooks have been so helpful to me the past few rounds. I cannot thank them enough for their help and support, especially when they are busy with their own program. It is truly an honour to be a part of their extended family at the track".
By Thursday afternoon practice for the AM600 field, Schouten was turning some quick laptimes in the competitive national class field. Accelerated Technologies' John Sharrard had spent some time on the ZX-6R ensuring the suspension set-up was perfect as usual so Schouten could focus on bringing her laptimes down even further. It must have worked because Vicki continued to bring her laptimes down each session, despite having so much wear on her Pirelli tires.
Women's Cup Challenge qualifying was held on Friday afternoon and with her Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R in top form Schouten was excited and ready to go. Schouten posted the third quickest time overall and ended up taking second place in final qualifying due to a mechanical failure that disallowed the second place rider to pass post-qualifying technical inspection.
The AM600 qualifier which was to be held Saturday afternoon was cancelled at the last minute, and Saturday morning practice times were used instead. This meant Schouten, who did not focus on fast laps on Saturday morning, would start 22nd in AM600 and would have quite a lot of ground to make-up.
Saturday afternoon saw the first of two Women's Cup Challenge races. Schouten got off to a solid start and was able to maintain second place position throughout the race. With a second place finish, this would mark Schouten's first time on the Expert Women's podium, and apparently not the last.
Sunday morning arrived with gray skies and rain. With an opportunity to practice and test rain set-up on Sunday morning, and with a few minor adjustments from Accelerated Technologies' John Sharrard, Schouten's ZX-6R was ready for the wet and slippery conditions. The rain was falling hard for Round #4 of the Women's Cup Challenge and Schouten was ready to take on the rain. Schouten got off to a strong start and was in the lead for turns two through five before getting overtaken by Pro rider and fellow Women's competitor Marie-Josee Boucher, who would maintain the lead despite Schouten's efforts to close the gap. Schouten finished in a comfortable second place and now sits in second place overall in the series, a mere 7 points behind leader Marie-Josee Boucher.
Sunday afternoon brought about the competitive Parts Canada Armour Bodies Amateur 600 race. With some rain racing under her belt from earlier in the day, Schouten was prepared for the challenge. Starting from the 7th row in 22nd position, Schouten quickly started making her way through field, passing 1-2 riders each lap of the 12 lap race to make her way up to a career best 10th place finish in a Parts Canada National AM600 class, and the fastest female rider in the field. "It was a really fun race," exclaimed Schouten, "Track conditions were drying up quickly but I just put my head down and started passing riders one by one; it was a lot of fun and a great feeling!" Schouten is now in 14th place overall in the competitive National AM600 points standings.
With some career best finishes, it was a successful weekend for Vicki Schouten on her Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R. She could not have done it without the help and support from RozGar Racing and Jim Brooks, the Christie family, Dave Shirley, John Sharrard and Sean Huffman.
Schouten also wishes to thank Kahuna Kawasaki, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Bell Helmets, Accelerated Technologies, Performance Under Gear, Komodo Gear, Compulsion Racing, Vortex, Auto Trim and Signs and Bickle Racing for all of the continued help and support.
She wishes to congratulate all of her fellow friends and competitors on their successful weekend and thank you as well to all over the wonderful corner workers and staff who were so professional and friendly all weekend.
Vicki will be at the next RACE Regional July 25-27 at Shannonville and at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia for the Parts Canada tour August 7-10 and hopes to see everyone there!