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February 06, 2013 News
Waterloo Regional Kart Club Season-in-Review
 

Ciarra Collison started her championship-winning season in Novice with a Race 1 win (Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Ciarra Collison started her championship-winning season in Novice with a Race 1 win
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)

The 2012 edition of the Waterloo Regional Kart Club proved to be both a highly-entertaining, and hard fought affair, with multiple drivers in contention for top honors until the final few races. In the end, six drivers took home a championship title, and additional 14 racers were presented awards during the season-ending banquet.

After another winter of karters anxiously waiting to get back behind the wheels, the chase for on-track supremacy at the Waterloo Regional Kart Club commenced in early May at Flamboro Speedway, home to the WRKC. The highlight race of the season-opener was Junior Heavy, which featured a great duel among the top-five. Joshua Shantz ultimately scored the victory, just edging Darren Dryden in a side-by-side finish. Setting the stage for what would be a title-winning campaign, Ciarra Collison (Novice), Austin Bisschop (Junior Lite), and Adam Racine (Senior Medium) made their presence felt in Race 1 with a win.

Returning to the track one week later, the talented WRKC drivers again put on a show for those in attendance. Showcasing the future of the club, and Ontario karting, the Cadet class was split into two in Race 2 due to increased numbers, and both races witnessed some great wheel-to-wheel duels. In the end, Keidon Fletcher earned his first win of what was to be a championship season. Tyler Turnbull (Junior Heavy) likewise made his first trip to victory lane in his title-winning year.

Race Three, run during the Victoria Day holiday weekend, continued the strong early season showing at the WRKC. With over 100 four-cycle Honda karts taking to Flamboro Speedway, the fun, yet competitive, racing the club has become known for was on full display.
 

Austin Bisschop showcased his overall speed by capturing a Fastest Qualifier trophy en route to the Junior Lite title (Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Austin Bisschop showcased his overall speed by capturing a Fastest Qualifier trophy en route to the Junior Lite title
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)

The fourth event on the calendar featured a twist for the WRKC drivers, as rather than a random draw to determine the starting grid for the first Heat race, a qualifying session was held for each class. The new format proved popular, particularly to those who posted the fastest time - Josh Bisschop (Cadet), Aaron Turnbull (Novice), Austin Bisschop (Junior Lite), Tyler Turnbull (Junior Heavy), Brock Regan (Senior Medium), Bob Bailey (Masters) - as they not only earned the pole position for the opening Heat, but also were awarded a Fastest Qualifier trophy. Come the Finals though, only two of the top qualifiers (Josh Bisschop and Bailey) came home with the win, further indicating that depth of talent among those battling for victories each and every week in the WRKC.

After a one-week break, the WRKC racers were back in action at Flamboro. The field, however, had a new challenge to overcome, with the standard track configuration being run backwards. Mia Whitney (Cadet A), Charlie Watts (Cadet B), Collison (Novice A), Kieran Cunningham (Novice B), Austin Bisschop (Junior Lite), Tyler Turnbull (Junior Heavy), Tristan Gill (Senior Medium), and Bailey (Masters) all proved up to the test, taking home victories. The fun didn't end after the racing was done though, as the annual club picnic - featuring BBQ chicken - took place, proving again to be a big hit.

As the 2012 season passed the halfway mark via Races Six, Seven, and Eight, the title fights began to take shape. That being the case, it came as no surprise that race after race, the margin of victory closed, with multiple wins being nose-to-tail affairs.
 

Keidon Fletcher visited victory lane multiple times in his Cadet run for the title (Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Keidon Fletcher visited victory lane multiple times in his Cadet run for the title
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)

Race Nine proved to be a special event for the WRKC, with the annual night race. Not only did 100 karts battle for top honors, but they did so in front of a packed grandstand. Utilizing the qualifying format for the second time in 2012, Fletcher (Cadet), Collison (Novice), Turnbull (Junior Heavy), Racine (Senior Medium), and Dryden (Masters) strengthened their positions as future championship winners with victories.

Next up was the traditional corn roast race event. While the all the WRKC driver, crews, and officials were looking forward to the delicious food at the end of the day, they were equally excited about the racing. Given the championship crowns were still up for grabs, the action was fierce, yet fair. When the final checkered flag waved, Luke Pero (Cadet), Justin Collison (Junior Heavy), and Bailey (Masters) had earned valuable wins to keep their title fights in good standing.
 

Adam Racine ended his Senior championship-winning run with a win (Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Adam Racine ended his Senior championship-winning run with a win
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)

After yet another exciting day of racing action, the WRKC hosted its premier event to close the season, the Waterloo Regional Kart Club Oktoberfest Grand Prix. The 31st edition of the prestigious event featured not only the WRKC regulars going head-to-head, but several talented karters entered the fray via one-offs. Josh Bisschop (Cadet), Ciarra Collison (Novice), Andrew Whalen (Junior Lite), Kyle Edgar (Junior Heavy), Racine (Senior Light), Gill (Senior Heavy), and Steve Lyons (Masters) proved to be the drivers to beat, capturing the wins.

With the on-track action completed, it was now time to honor the Waterloo Regional Kart Club award winners.

In Cadet, Keidon Fletcher emerged as the series champion, ahead of Luke Pero, and Josh Bisschop. With his runner-up finish, Pero was also named the Most Improved Driver, while Trevor Robillard took home the Best Appearing Kart award, and Karly Colling was named the Most Sportmanlike Driver.

Ciarra Collison was the standout driver in Novice. Not only did she win the title over Aaron Turnbull and Tyson Wassink, but Collison earned the Junior High Points title, as well as the Best Appearing Kart and Most Sportsmanlike Driver awards. Tristan DaSilva was named the Most Improved Driver.
 

Tyler Turnbull ended the 2012 race season with Junior Heavy title on his racing resume (Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Tyler Turnbull ended the 2012 race season with Junior Heavy title on his racing resume
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)

The Junior Lite title went to Austin Bisschop, who edged Jordan Howse and Kaitlin Neely in the final standings. Neely, however, was presented the Best Appearing Kart award, while Sam Ouimet took home the Most Sportsmanlike Driver award, and Wesley Tobin was presented the Most Improved Driver award.

In Junior Heavy, it was Tyler Turnbull who captured the championship crown by bettering Justin Collison and Darren Dryden. Both Collison and Dryden were further honored with the Best Appearing Kart award and Most Sportmanlike Driver award respectively. Earning the Most Improved Driver award was Justin Russell.

The Senior Medium championship trophy was presented to Adam Racine, who ended the year ahead of Tristan Gill and Brock Regan. Despite not winning the title, Gill managed to secure the High Points award thanks to his tally before drops. Regan, with his third place effort, took home the Most Improved Driver award, while Dominique Smith secured the Best Appearing Kart award, and Samuel Buckler was named the Most Sportsmanlike Driver.
 

Masters champion John Dryden was one of several racers to take home multiple awards at the year-end banquet (Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)
Masters champion John Dryden was one of several racers to take home multiple awards at the year-end banquet
(Photo: Debbie-Jo Zardo)

John Dryden was the Masters champion at the end of the season, having topped Bob Bailey and Brian Wilkinson in the final points tally. Dryden was also named the Most Sportsmanlike Driver and presented the Best Appearing Kart award. Bailey, with his runner-up effort, secured the Most Improved Driver award.

With yet another highly-successful season now in the record books, the Waterloo Regional Kart Club is not resting on its laurels, but rather busy preparing for an event better 2013 campaign.
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