Schouten takes Home 3rd Overall in Amateur Championship, First in Womens Cup Challenge
September 8, 2009
It's a Wrap: Schouten takes Home 3rd Overall in Amateur Championship, First in Women's Cup Challenge
Ottawa, Ontario (September 7, 2009)- Kahuna Powersports Kawasaki ZX-6R mounted Vicki Schouten brought it all home this past weekend in front of the jam packed grandstands at Shannonville Motorsports Park for the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike series championship.
After a successful and consistent season on the Parts Canada Superbike series tour, the hard work and effort of Schouten and her Kahuna Powersports team had paid off when Schouten finished a career best 4th place in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike final, enough to take home 3rd place overall in the series championship. Schouten is amongst one of the highest overall placing female riders to compete in the competitive Amateur Sportbike class.
During the same weekend, the Kahuna Powersports/ Kawasaki rider also unofficially clinched the Womens Cup Challenge Expert title, with still one round remaining in that series.
"It took a little bit of luck and some hard work on our part," explained an elated Schouten, "but in the end we got it done." Schouten went on to add "We achieved our goals. The bike and the equipment, my mechanic (Jim Brooks), the crew...everyone has worked really hard all season and we are really pleased with a 3rd place finish. Honestly there was a time when I never thought this was possible. It is still sinking in, but it really is an incredible feeling."
Schouten qualified in 6th position in the Amateur Sportbike class, and claimed pole position for qualifying in the Women's Cup event when challenges struck. Post-technical inspection for Women's Cup qualifying found Schouten's ZX-6R to exceed the Dynojet Dyno maximum horsepower limit of 118HP, with a reading of just under 119HP, less than one HP over the series regulated limit, but over the limit all the same. Schouten would penalized five positions and be forced to start from 6th place on the grid for Sunday's Women's Cup race. "Apparently this weekend was considered to be perfect conditions for the dyno," said Schouten when asked about the reading. "I am not going to make any excuses. The bike has proven to be within the limit all season long, but as most people know, dyno readings are often affected greatly by air temperature and atmospheric conditions. It is our own fault that we did not double check in advance, as a standard precaution, and we paid the price. Thankfully Jimmy (lead mechanic Jim Brooks) was able to work around the problem and the bike dyno'd fine (for post-race tech) at 116HP on Sunday, well within the legal limit."
Schouten's challenges did not end on the dyno. After starting from the second row of the Women's Cup race, Schouten was penalized with a five second time penalty for jumping the start. "I really had no idea that I had jumped the start," said Schouten, "but I started to get the signals from my crew and I knew something was up." Schouten put her head down and still managed to ride the Kahuna Powersports ZX-6R to a commanding victory, even with her five second penalty. Unofficially, the win was also enough for Schouten to secure the Women's Cup Challenge Expert championship, with one race still remaining.
Schouten and her team continued with their success later in the afternoon for the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike final. "Our goal was to finish within the top five, so I had planned to ride smart and conservatively." While she did not get the greatest start (not wanting to repeat the jump start from earlier in the day), Schouten managed to work her way up through the pack to sit comfortably in 5th position. A little bit of luck came her way when the third place rider in the standings crashed, and Schouten was able to move into 4th position in the race, securing a third place overall in the final championship standings. "I've been called Ms. Consistency all season long," said Vicki, "and to be honest I wasn't sure it was a nickname I wanted, but the consistency has certainly paid off and we are all really pleased with that."
A third place final standing in the Armour Bodies Sportbike Class is enough to secure Schouten a position in the competitive Pro ranks for the 2010 season. "I really never thought this would be possible, but here we are and I could not have done it without a great team and great equipment," explained Schouten, "I am looking forward to 2010 already!"
Schouten cannot thank her mechanic, Jim Brooks, enough for all of his hard work and dedication throughout the season. She also wishes to thank Jason Sterling, Suzanne McCrimmon and all of her friends and supporters for all of the help this past weekend.
Special thanks for their support goes to Kahuna Powersports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Better Built by Brooks, Bell Helmets, Accelerated Technologies, Performance Under Gear, Pit Bull, Galfer Braking, Motul, Pilot Leathers, Bickle Racing, Giro Eyewear, Vortex, Auto Trim & Signs and GoLo Racing/ HotLap Events.
See Schouten in action one last time this season at the final round of the regional RACE Superseries at Shannonville Motorsports Park September 25-27, 2009.