Karthaus Takes on Mosport
July 23, 2009
Bowmanville ON July 20th 2009 – Bow Cycle Kawasaki racer Amy Karthaus competes in the Armour Bodies AM 600 and the double header Women’s Cup Challenge on the infamous Mosport International Raceway. “I am really excited to race Mosport again.” Says Karthaus, “The last time I was here in 07 I didn’t get many laps in, so I can hardly wait to try my luck with my new Kawasaki ZX-6R.”
The first race of the weekend was our Women’s Cup Challenge on Saturday, where Amy was running a comfortable 3rd place. “Once 2nd got away from me I checked up a little. Then I saw Jordan hanging over the wall giving me the gears so I figured I’d better put my head down again!” With a dramatic last lap pass Karthaus finishes with a 4th place. “I made a bit of a mistake and it cost me, but I’m excited for a clean race tomorrow with no blunders.”
No blunders indeed, as Amy finishes 2nd on the box Sunday morning for race two with such admirable competitors as Vicki Schouten and Gigi Lesieur. “I got a great start and lead the race for a bit, and I knew I was capable of finishing well. Once Vicki passed me for the lead I challenged and hung on for a bit. I can’t wait to have another crack at it in Schubie. My Kawasaki is strong and handles really well, it makes it easy to cut some fast laps.”
Thanks go out to Kevin at Orion Motorsports and Canadian Kawasaki Motors for their help in allowing Amy to compete in the Women’s Cup. “I have only a limited budget this season and the plan was just to run AM600, but Kevin stepped up and got me out there. This trophy is for him.”
Sunday afternoon saw our AM600 racers delayed for over an hour as the Mosport staff get to work preparing for a dry race. Rain and sunshine were having their own personal battle over the skies of Mosport this weekend. With qualifying cancelled Karthaus finds she gridded at the back of the pack and by turn 1 didn’t fare out any better. “It was a good race, my finish wasn’t were I was hoping it would be, I was running at least 2 seconds off my lap times, but it was a super good learning experience. I plan on placing myself in the standings where I feel I should be (a little closer to the top) next time.” Karthaus finishes the race in 20th.
Amy would like to thank all of her friends, and family that came to root her on all weekend. “It sure means a lot to know you have the support on the track and in the pits to do your best.” Special thanks also go to Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Bow Cycle, Waznie Racing, U-vu Photography, Dirty Kustoms, Lockhart Phillips, Ogio, Hotbodies, Oakley, Galfer, Pilot Leathers, APE Race Parts, Shoei, Bella Ballistic, Motoress, OTM, and Monster Energy.