Schouten does the Double at Mosport, 5th in Amateur Sportbike
July 21, 2009
Vaughn, Ontario (July 20, 2009) - Amateur Sportbike and Women’s Cup Challenge competitor Vicki Schouten enjoyed another successful weekend aboard her Kahuna Powersports’ Kawasaki ZX-6R during Round #4 and #5 of the Parts Canada Superbike series at Mosport International Raceway this past weekend with a pair of wins in the Women’s Cup Challenge double header and a career best 5th place in the competitive Amateur Sportbike field.
Accelerated Technologies’ John Sharrard and mechanic Jim Brooks worked with great precision and had the Kawasaki ZX-6R dialled-in for the fast and flowing Mosport racetrack by Thursday afternoon. “The chassis felt really good and the bike was tracking really well everywhere,” commented Schouten, “we had the set-up down to perfection by as early as Thursday afternoon and it gave me lots of time to focus on setting a fast lap in qualifying.”
Schouten set the pace early on by leading Friday morning practice in the Women’s Cup Challenge with a time of 1:30.715 despite having completed only 2 laps after suffering from a mechanical failure that left her sitting in turn five for the remainder of the practice session. It was a small mechanical incident, whereby an o-ring failed thereby causing the Kawasaki ZX-6R to lose fuel and not be able to get fuel through the motorcycle, but master mechanic Jim Brooks had the issue resolved in no time and Schouten’s primary motorcycle was ready to roll once again for the Amateur Sportbike practice later in the morning.
Schouten continued to set the pace on Friday afternoon qualifying for the Women’s Cup Challenge, laying down a laptime of 1:29.532, fast enough to claim pole position for the weekend double header.
With the Kahuna Powersports Kawasaki ZX-6R working perfectly, Schouten continued to set the pace by gaining an early lead in the first of two Women’s Cup Challenge races on Saturday and crossed the line in first position with an 8.04 second lead over her nearest competitor. Schouten went on to win the second of two races in the Women’s Cup Challenge on Sunday, to take the pair of wins for the weekend. In addition to the top podium honours, Schouten was also awarded, for the second and third time this season, the Tyrox Big Winner Award (given to the rider with the greatest margin of victory).
In the competitive Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike field, Schouten continued to impress. Qualifying for the Sportbike race was cancelled on Saturday afternoon due to rain, and practice times from Saturday morning were used for grid assignments for Sunday afternoon’s race.
Schouten started her Kahuna Powersports ZX-6R in 8th position, on the outside of the third row, for the Amateur Sportbike race. It was not long before the light went green and Schouten found herself in a fierce four way battle for 5th position. “It was a really fun race!” exclaimed Schouten, “I was battling back and forth with friend and fellow competitor Kenny Reidmann as well as a few other guys. Kenny and I have had a rivalry all season long so it was fun to swap positions back and forth with him throughout the race.” Schouten came out of the battle the eventual winner by taking a career best 5th place in the Amateur Sportbike class with her fastest laptime a personal best 1:27.497.
“It was a really great weekend overall,” said Schouten, “I really cannot thank Jim Brooks, John Sharrard, my husband Dave, and all of my friends and sponsors enough for all of the hard work they put in to help me get here this weekend.”
Schouten would like to thank Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Kahuna Powersports, Bell Helmets, Better Built by Brooks, Accelerated Technologies, Performance Under Gear, Motul, Pit Bull, Galfer, Bickle Racing, Giro Eyewear, Vortex, Auto Trim & Signs and Golo Racing/ HotLap Events for all of their continued help and support.
Look for Schouten this coming weekend at Shannonville Motorsports Park for Round #4 of the RACE Regional series.