Kahuna Powerports Report on Round #2 of Parts Canada Superbike Series
Another Top 10 finish for Schouten
June 18, 2009
VAUGHAN, ONTARIO (June 15, 2009) - Kahuna Powersports rider Vicki Schouten experienced a challenging, yet successful weekend at the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Series at Le Circuit ICAR this past weekend, with a 7th place finish in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class, propelling Schouten and her ZX-6R to a tie for third place overall in the highly competitive National Amateur Sportbike class. Schouten also took home a third place finish in the Women's Cup Challenge.
Riding aboard her Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R, and freshly equipped with additional support from Motul, Pit Bull and Galfer for the remainder of the season, Schouten was excited to test Quebec's newest racetrack, a track she had never experienced before. Schouten noted, "I am really glad to see the series return to Quebec. The fan base in Quebec is really strong and enthusiastic, and it is great to see another racetrack in this beautiful province."
Like so many other teams challenged to learn the layout of this new racetrack, Schouten, along with her crew of Jim Brooks and Dave Shirley, worked steadily to adapt the ZX-6R to the demanding and technical conditions of Le Circuit ICAR. "Jim and Dave, along with Accelerated Technologies' John Sharrard, must have worked countless hours to set up the bike," explained Schouten, "We kept making more and more changes to adapt to the track conditions and each time we saw better results and the Kawasaki ZX-6R was running solid as usual."
However, Schouten was thrown a bit of a glitch on Saturday afternoon during qualifying when she had some challenges with a faulty tire. "There is some different speculation as to what the issue might have been," said Schouten, "but for whatever reason we were not having success with the Pirelli front during qualifying for AM600, and the bike just was not tracking properly." After a small low-side during qualifying, and post-inspection by the Pirelli tire experts, Pirelli offered to exchange the front tire for Schouten. "Pirelli was really good about it. We're not really sure what the issue was, but it definitely seemed to be a tire problem, and Pirelli was really great about giving us a new one, if nothing else to instill my confidence again."
Schouten qualified in 14th position for Sunday's Amateur 600 race. "I was actually really worried about starting on row 4", noted Schouten, "I really wanted to be close to the front as the competition is tough and this racetrack affords few passing opportunities." Thanks to the efforts of her team, and the fine equipment backing her, Schouten was able to pilot her Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R to a 7th place finish overall in the Amateur 600 class, putting her in a tie position for third place overall in the National class after two rounds of competition.
"My team and my sponsors have worked really hard to help get me here, and I know we are going to continue to have our work cut out for us as the competition is tough, but I have no doubt the Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R will be in contention for the rest of the season and we'll continue to be strong." said Schouten.
Vicki would like to thank Kahuna Powersports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Better Built by Brooks, Bell Helmets, Accelerated Technologies, Performance Undergear, Motul, Pit Bull, Galfer, Bickle Racing, Vortex, AutoTrim & Signs, Giro Eyewear, Pro6 Cycle and Golo Racing for their tremendous support. Thank you also to Jim Brooks, Dave Shirley and John Sharrard for all of the help throughout the weekend.
Come and see us in action again at Round #3 of the RACE Superseries this coming weekend at Shannonville Motorsports near Belleville, Ontario.
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