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My wife and I spent Saturday afternoon of the August long weekend at the Woodstock round of the Flat Track Canada race series.

While my wife enjoyed the shade of the partially enclosed grandstand and the deafening roar of the starts echoing through it, my mind kept wandering back and comparing the current fare to races at the same venue many years ago. Back then the track was closer to the edge of town and I used to stay over at the long-gone Pines Motel to avoid a ride back to St. Catharines at night (the 403 had not been completed all the way to Woodstock yet). There seemed to be a lot more bikes in the lot back then, probably because the casino was not in operation yet. Nevertheless, the turnout this time around was respectable and the series seems to be drawing a few more distant riders (the US and Quebec) at each event I attend.

The organizers of the Flat Track Canada series did a superb job of moving the program along despite the need for constant track maintenance on a hot, dry and dusty day. I particularly liked the abbreviated format for the kid’s events that at one point featured sixteen bikes starting a race. I know that the kid’s races are important for developing the next generation of racers (and filling the stands with relatives cheering the kids on) but at some previous events I have attended the program seemed to get bogged down with interminable heats races featuring three shaft-drive 50cc bikes droning around a half-mile track. This was not the case in Woodstock and I think that the kids enjoyed things just as much.

The open expert final was delayed while the track was dragged after an over-zealous watering, but when it finally got going it was worth the wait. Current points leader Doug Lawrence overcame a bad start to reel in reigning champ Don Taylor and eventually take the win. Lawrence and Taylor took an outside line into the sloppy, bumpy turns on their big v-twins and steadily pulled away from the pack to make it a two bike race for first. Chris Evans tried an inside line into the turns to avoid the bumps but couldn’t keep up on a 450 single.

The top three finishers in the open expert final were as follows:

1st place: Doug Lawrence #73
2nd place: Don Taylor #53
3rd place: Tyler Seguin #22

We’re looking forward to attending the London round of the series.

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August 3rd, 2015 at 7:18 pm

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