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Paris 2015 Season Opener

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The weather turned out perfect and the racing very entertaining at the second iteration of Flat Track Canada’s Paris 1/2 mile on May 16th.

Compared to last year (the first time for racing on the big, 1/2 Paris track) this year’s event was much more polished, with bigger fields for every race except the vintage class, a very well-prepared and maintained track surface and very competitive races, especially in the open expert class. The inevitable ruts developed at the start/finish line and there were some stutter bumps going into the first turn, but overall the loose surface allowed many different racing lines and passing going into, out of and in the corners. The organizers kept things rolling smoothly with the next set of riders coming out on the track as the last set were leaving. There were only three extended pauses: one for track watering and two for crashes in which thankfully no one was hurt, although a crash in the first lap of the open expert final did lead to three bikes being unavailable for the re-start.

That open expert final proved to be the best race of the entire event after the re-start. Veteran Chris Evans took the lead for good at around the half-way point of the race, with Beattie and Lawrence finishing second and third.

The folks running the Flat Track Canada series have done an admirable job of promotion and have landed more sponsors for this year. I look forward to attending as many of the remaining events as possible.

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May 17th, 2015 at 8:07 am

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