Calgary Kart Racing Club (CKRC) Round 2 at North Star Raceway in Strathmore Alberta

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Race 1: Kart 7 Jill Altirano won the Junior Two Stroke race. 2nd Place Kart 131 Levi Schmidtke followed by 3rd place Kart 227 Mathew Taskinen.

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Race 2: Kart 29 Mario Gimenez won the Rotax Masters race. 2nd Place Kart 12 Lonnie Ganz followed by 3rd place Kart 94 Ray Lord.

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Race 3: Kart 351 John Kwong won the Shifter race. 2nd Place Kart 5 Skylar Dunning followed by 3rd place Kart 35 Justin Woolsy.

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Race: 4 Kart 17 Spencer Perreault won the Jr. Micro Max race. 2nd Place Kart 14 Shawn Kozma. Kart 21 Kiefer Peet won the Junior 1 race.

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Race 5: Kart 25 Patrick Tompkins won the Senior 4-Stroke Heavy. Kart 5 Alan Haggerty won the 4-Stroke Light. 2nd Place Kart 392 Christopher Patterson.

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Race 6: Jr. Mini Max Rotax/Jr. Rotax. Kart 8 James Altamirano won the Jr. Mini Max Rotax race. 2nd Place Kart 43 Paul Galecki followed by 3rd place Kart 12 Connor Peet. Kart 238 Evan White won the Jr. Rotax race. 2nd Place Kart 227 Mathew Taskinen followed by 3rd place Kart 206 Naila Deen.

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Race 7: Kart 12 Enzo Sartor won the Junior 1 race. 2nd Price Kart 68 Alexander Berg followed by 3rd place Kart 120 Aiden Carruthers.

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Race 8: Kart 48 Mark Newson won the Senior Rotax Max. 2nd Price Kart 391 Jake Thompson followed by 3rd place Kart 327 Skylar Dunning.

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Interview with Edmonton’s Mathew Taskinen 15 year old JUNIOR 2 4 STROKE & JR. ROTAX Kart 227

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Velocity: “What Classes are you running?”

Mathew Taskinen: “JUNIOR 2 4 STROKE & JR. ROTAX”

Velocity: “What got you into kart racing?

Mathew Taskinen: “My dad did 13 years ago & I was a big race fan.”

Velocity: “How long have you been doing this?

Mathew Taskinen: “3 Years.”

Velocity: “I saw you out on the track just now, you did well.”

Mathew Taskinen: “Thank You.”

Velocity: “Who is your favorite race car driver?”

Mathew Taskinen: “James Hinchcliff is my favorite IndyCar driver & Formula 1 Fernado Allonso.”

Velocity: “What is your favorite part of racing?”

Mathew Taskinen: “Racing, everything is fun once you get in the go kart, you just get a feeling and you just love.”

Velocity: “How old are you?

Mathew Taskinen: “15 Years old”

Velocity: “So you ran 1 class today, what is your other class?”

Mathew Taskinen: “Jr Briggs.”

Velocity: “So how is this different; more horse power or age?

Mathew Taskinen: “Briggs is a little slower than Rotax so the competition is a little bit tighter & easier to drive. It is really fun because sometimes there is bumping on the bumpers & passing.

Interview with ROTAX MASTERS racers Kart 161 Peter Magee from Invermere B.C. & Kart 926 Peter Sammon from Calgary.

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Velocity: “What got you into kart racing?”

Peter Magee: “We took a course at Allen Berg Racing school several years ago & just kind of got hooked after that. I have also been following IndyCar since 1998.’

Velocity: “So you are a big road race fan?”

Peter Magee: “Yes you bet, open wheel.”

Velocity: “If you do not mind me saying: I interview a lot of kids moving their way up, you guys are not exactly young. How old are you?

Peter Magee: “54.”

Peter Sammon: “64.”

Velocity: “That is why the CKRC website says members from 8-64 years old.”

Peter Magee: “Yes there actually 1 member is 70 years old & out racing.”

Velocity: “What got you into kart racing?”

Peter Sammon: “Much of the same thing, I was interested in IndyCar. I used to go out to Vancouver. Met some guys out there & did a school, but sedan racing was kind of tailing off a little bit in Calgary. I wanted something that I could do a little bit of wrenching myself & not have to worry about a big shop. That is what got me into karting & it is a lot of fun. I did do a few sedan races at Race City with the W.C.M.A. back in the day. I used to race with the Proformance guys from Vancouver.”

Velocity: “So next race weekend you have your big Alberta Championship races.”

Peter Magee: “All the guys & gals will be coming down from Edmonton and will be racing in the 2 races. There is a race Saturday & Sunday.”

Velocity: “Where is the kart track in Edmonton?’

Peter Magee: “Warburg south west of Edmonton.”

Velocity: “Coming from the oval at Race City, I know it is pretty tough to find a place that wants an oval & drag strip. It is a great thing you guys got this track.”

Peter Magee: “It is fabulous!”

Peter Sammon: “Strathmore was very supportive of us. Having a track in Calgary was useful as Race City was close to a lot of Calgarians. Strathmore made it possible to come out & build this facility without a lot of hassles.”

Velocity: “So do you both run just one class?”

Peter Magee: “I do yes.”

Peter Sammon: “Yes just one & wrenching. Two a day is a bit much.”

Velocity: “So what’s the difference between the old & new track?”

Peter Sammon: “More technical track, little more turns, more hairpins so more technical.”

Peter Magee: “This track is far more technical but more flowing. I enjoy it a little bit more even though it is very new to me & everyone else.

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An interview with John Kwong CKRC Club President, Shifter Class Kart 351 & Senior Rotax Max Kart 15.

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Velocity: “Congratulations on the new track. So how do you like your new track?”

John Kwong: “Very much so, it is great to be on our own asphalt again, it has certainly been a journey from start to finish. We know our track is going to be improving as we go along but I think we have come a long way. I think we have a fine facility to start with here.

Velocity: “One thing I noticed, was that you changed race direction of the track from time to time; is this typical of karting, changing race direction?”

John Kwong: “It depends on where you go, it is some what unique, and we started doing this a long time by accident at a place called Kart Gardens. What we would do at the end of the day is we would have a Big Grand Prix Race. We would run a fun race after our regular race day, 25 laps & we would run the track backwards. Nobody had driven it backwards before & we liked it so much; we incorporated it into our regular race day. So that went into the design of the track, so we could run the track in both directions, in our mind that gave us 2 tracks in 1 basically.’

Velocity: “So do you have records going both ways?

John Kwong: “We do for our pervious track for bragging rights; we kept records of fastest & which direction it was.”

Velocity: “What classes are you running today?”

John Kwong: “Senior Rotax Max & Shifter.”

Velocity: “You’re not running 3 classes this year?

John Kwong: “Not yet, half the year off last year doing construction, I developed other muscles. My racing muscles atrophied so I want to work back to doing 3 classes.”

Velocity: “Today is cooler with the rainy weather, do you run slower or faster with the lower temperatures?

John Kwong: “To a certain degree, the motors like the cooler temperatures but the tires don’t. As cold as it was this morning we were running pretty good lap times. The track is getting rubbered in, even with the rain, the wind & the dust blowing across the track. The track is getting faster.”

Velocity: “For people interested in kart racing I have been telling them to do your Try a Kart Event, has this been good this year.”

John Kwong: “I believe the 1st 2 events sold out, we are doing 6 events this year. The 1st weekend are June 20 & 21 and have 87 people registered to go through the program. It is a good fundraiser for the club, it exposes competitive karting to the general public, and it is really something you cannot get anywhere else.”

Velocity: “I would say it is the best way to see if you want to make the investment of buying or building a kart. Once people get in a kart, your conversion rate of the Try a Kart Event to racer are quite high?”

John Kwong: “For those with the means to do so yes, that is sort of what it comes down to, people love it but some are limited by budget to go any further, at least they get a chance to try it.

Velocity: “That is where I say to people if the budget is not there come out & volunteer. As a marshal or some of the many other jobs required to run a race. My favorite has always been as a trackside marshal, the 2nd best way to watch a race, the best being in the kart.”

John Kwong: “We have always said that is the best seat being trackside.”

Velocity: “Anything new coming up?”

John Kwong: “The Alberta Shoot, it is a double header event at the end of June that we coordinated with the Edmonton club. It is a 4 race series, we hold the 1st 2 races, and I think theirs is at the end of August.”

Velocity: “Where is the Edmonton track?

John Kwong: “Warburg Alberta just west of Leduc.”

Kart Racing or Volunteering

2 ways to watch a race is: racing yourself or volunteering. The CKRC has a great program called ‘Try a Kart’.

If you ever wanted to go kart racing now is your chance. The CKRC have a great way to see if kart racing is for you, ‘Try a Kart’, program designed allows the public to experience kart racing for a small fee. Experience real race karts, with an hour-long classroom instruction & then 3 on track sessions. Spots are filling up fast! http://ckrc.com/Downloads/Other/TryAKart-brochure.pdf

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The 2nd best way to watch a race is as a Volunteer Race Official; my favorite is being a track side Corner Marshal. Corner marshals are the personnel that surround a track at corner stations, communicate to racers with flags & communicate with each other controlled by radios. Response to the track & to the racers is also part of the job but training is provided as to when & how to do so. As an experienced marshal I would say bring layers of clothes, racing runs rain or shine. Always try to where white clothes, never red or yellow so not to cause confusion to racers when flagging. You will be outside for the day so bring bug spray, sun block, extra food & water even though lunch is provided by the club.

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It takes a lot of people to put on an event on: Corner Marshals, Weigh Scale Marshall, Grid/Pit Marshall, Starter, Pre-race Technical Inspector, Post-race Technical Inspector, Lap Scoring and Time Keeper, Recovery Vehicle Operator & Waiver and Gate Personnel.

For more information, contact Fred Causer – Manager

Tel (403) 305-9170 Email: fredcauser@hotmail.com

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Next Race: Alberta Shoot Out! CKRC Double Header Race 3 & 4 Saturday June 27 & Sunday June 14 at North Star Raceway 1.2km circuit Strathmore Alberta

Website: http://ckrc.com/

Race 1 – JUNIOR 2 4 STROKE

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Position Kart Name Laps

1. Kart 7 Jill Altirano 12
2. Kart 131 Levi Schmidtke 12
3. Kart 227 Mathew Taskinen 12
4. Kart 57 Tyler Simmons 12
5. Kart 165 Steven Humeniuk 12
6. Kart 26 Garrett Cook (R) 12
7. Kart 9 Hailey Lenius (R) 12

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Margin of Victory 8.417. Avg. Speed 72.635 Best Lap Tm 1:04.516. Best Speed 66.960 Best Lap By 7 – Jill Altamirano

Race 2 – ROTAX MASTERS

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Position Kart Name Laps

1. Kart 29 Mario Gimenez 12
2. Kart 12 Lonnie Ganz 12
3. Kart 94 Ray Lord 12
4. Kart 77 Dan Peet 12
5. Kart 161 Peter Magee 12
6. Kart 6 Ian Mcvean 12
7. Kart 101 Josh Arnold (R) 12
8. Kart 5 Alan Haggerty 7
9. Kart 926 Peter Sammon 6

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Margin of Victory 0.576 Avg. Speed 81.135 Best Lap Tm 56.732 Best Speed 76.148 Best Lap By 7 – Alan Haggerty

Race 3 – SHIFTER

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Position Kart Name Laps

1. Kart 351 John Kwong 12
2. Kart 5 Skylar Dunning 12
3. Kart 35 Justin Woolsy 12
4. Kart 75 Nils Joergensen 12
5. Kart 27 Gerhard Roets 12
6. Kart 4 Garrett Smith 11
DQ Kart 592 Christopher Patterson 12
DQ Kart 337 Nathan Bartley 4

Margin of Victory 1.924 Avg. Speed 86.760 Best Lap Tm 53.964 Best Speed 80.053 Best Lap By – John Kwong

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Race 4 – MICRO MAX/JUNIOR 1

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JR. MICRO MAX
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 17 Spencer Perreault 12
2. Kart 14 Shawn Kozma 12

JUNIOR 1
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 21 Kiefer Peet 12

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Margin of Victory 7.140 Avg. Speed 73.759 Best Lap Tm 1:03.493 Best Speed 68.039 Best Lap By 17 – Spencer Perreault

Race 5 – SENIOR 4 STROKE

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SENIOR 4-STROKE HEAVY
Position Kart Name Laps
1. KART 25 Patrick Tompkins (R) 11

SENIOR 4-STROKE LIGHT
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 5 Alan Haggerty 12
2. Kart 392 Christopher Patterson 12
3. Kart 31 Justin Willoughby 12
4. Kart 77 Vinnie Sudhar (R) 12
5. Kart 55 Max Roy 12
6. Kart 311 Aaron Mooney 12
7. Kart 88 Markus Kottmann 12
8. Kart 12 Dave Cameron 12
9. Kart 18 Scott Meyer (R) 12

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Margin of Victory 1.898 Avg. Speed 73.806 Best Lap Tm 1:03.069 Best Speed 68.496 Best Lap By 392 – Christopher Patterson

Race 6 JUNIOR ROTAX/MINI MAX

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JR. MINI MAX ROTAX
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 8 James Altamirano 12
2. Kart 43 Paul Galecki 12
3. Kart 12 Connor Peet 12
4. Kart 185 Tyler Kozma 12

JR. ROTAX
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 238 Evan White 12
2. Kart 227 Mathew Taskinen 12
3. Kart 206 Naila Deen 12
4. Kart 131 Levi Schmidtke 11
5. Kart 55 Brennan Peters 4

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Margin of Victory 3.083 Avg. Speed 82.148 Best Lap Tm 56.944 Best Speed 75.864 Best Lap By 238 – Evan White

Race 7 – JUNIOR 1

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JUNIOR 1
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 12 Enzo Sartor 7
2. Kart 68 Alexander Berg 7
3. Kart 120 Aiden Carruthers 7
4. Kart 88 Jonathan Howe 6

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Margin of Victory 3.175 Avg. Speed 70.079 Best Lap Tm 1:10.558 Best Speed 61.226 Best Lap By 68 – Alexander Berg

Race 8 – SENIOR ROTAX MAX

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SENIOR ROTAX MAX
Position Kart Name Laps
1. Kart 48 Mark Newson 12
2. Kart 391 Jake Thompson 12
3. Kart 327 Skylar Dunning 12
4. Kart 15 John Kwong 12
5. Kart 395 Nathan Bartley 12
6. Kart 380 Colton McCaughan 12
7. Kart 5 Alan Haggerty 12
8. Kart 692 Christopher Patterson 12
9. Kart 310 Tanveer Deen 12
10. Kart 258 Jonathan Moore 12
11. Kart 36 Nigel Baines (R) 12
12. Kart 8 John Peters (R) 12
13. Kart 17 Brian Taylor 12
14. Kart 18 Brendon Sanguinetti 11
15. Kart 23 Michael Selvaraj (R) 9
16. Kart 216 Ryan Martin 7

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Margin of Victory 1.236 Avg. Speed 84.470 Best Lap Tm 55.455 Best Speed 77.901 Best Lap By 48 – Mark News

Next Race: Alberta Shoot Out! CKRC Double Header Race 3 & 4 Saturday June 27 & Sunday June 14 at North Star Raceway 1.2km circuit Strathmore Alberta

Website: http://ckrc.com/

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