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CSBK Rd 9 & 10 Race Report, Mosport, Ontario

posted Aug 23, 2011, 4:55 PM by Statoni Racing   [ updated Aug 24, 2011, 6:07 AM ]
Qualifying: Stacey got the weekend off to a great start by snatching pole position in the last few minutes of qualifying. She could choose which side of the front row she would start from but more importantly the four points allowed her to extend her lead to six points in the championship over Austin Shaw-O'Leary, who qualified 4th. Scott Lingelbach and David MacKay qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively.
 
Race 1: Stacey got a great start and moved into the lead when the lights went out. It remained a close seven way battle throughout with multiple position changes every lap. Eric Green made an outstanding first lap to get up to the lead group. He had started from last position after crashing out of qualifying before he could register a lap time. Importantly Stacey crossed the line in the lead for most of the laps to gain two more valuable championship points for most laps led. David MacKay crashed out unhurt at Moss's leaving six to battle at the front. Karolina Pelc put in an impressive performance and moved up to second at one point. She was unlucky to loose out on a podium with the drafting. By the final lap Stacey had nearly a one second lead coming into the final three turns. She won by 0.7 second from Leah Vignale who held off Eric Green for second place. Scott Lingelbach pipped Austin Shaw-O'Leary by 0.008 second to grab 4th place. The top six finished within 1.454 seconds of each other. Stacey stretched her championship lead to 29 points.
 
Race 2: Stacey only needed to finish in 8th position or better to win the championship race if Austin won the race and took the extra two points for most laps led. The plan was to try to make a break for the lead with one other racer to help with the draft. However, the reality was even closer than race one with ten riders in the lead group. Stacey led initially but again there were multiple changes throughout the top ten every lap. Stacey dropped back to 8th at one point, but with nine or ten in the lead pack there was a risk of not finishing in the necessary top eight, especially as Austin was fighting for the lead. The racing was very close with more than one or two bumps. Stacey said after the race " I couldn't believe how tight the racing was and when I saw a few close bumps and clashes while down the field, I felt more at risk towards the back of the group. To be honest I preferred to be at the front so I couldn't see the maneuvers going on behind me". With this in mind Stacey worked her way back towards the front. With two laps to go she was back in front. By the last lap she had a half second lead coming into the final turns. Eric Green pushed hard in the final turn to close the gap to just 0.178 seconds as they crossed the line. Scott Lingelbach grabbed the final podium position. Again Karolina Pelc was unlucky with the drafting and had to settle for another top six position. Austin Shaw-O'Leary crossed the line in 5th. The top nine were separated by only 2.211 seconds. Stacey again got the two extra points for most laps led meaning she took the maximum possible 108 points available and with it the 2011 Canadian CBR125RR National Championship. Austin with his consistent podium finishes made sure the championship had to go to the last race to be decided. At the podium it was announced Stacey made history by being the first woman ever to win a Canadian National road racing championship. Dean Ruston of Canada Tactical Products Inc was so impressed with Stacey's performance he decided at the podium to award her with a LUMINOX watch (these watches are only awarded to the pole sitter for the Harley-Davidson XR1200 series). Thanks Dean, it was the icing on the cake to an already outstanding weekend.
 
It was a busy weekend for Stacey also fulfilling PR duties for Honda by providing information for an article to be published in the annual Honda magazine for the Toronto Show. Thanks to Paul Bremner and Bill Petro (photographer) for making this fun and not adding additional pressure to the weekend. Another surprise was some television work for a small feature to be shown on one of the TSN motorcycle shows later in the year. Again thanks to Gerry for making this fun.
 
Stacey was finally able to enjoy her achievement by signing autographs and handing out post cards to race fans and spectators as they walked through the paddock. She enjoyed the remainder of the day watching the outstanding racing and chilling out with her buddy Destiny.
 
Stacey would like to thank the following for supporting her and making her season possible;
 
Lucky Stripe
Action Motosport
Arlen Ness
Pete's Superbike
Clarence & Cripps
Club Quest and Karl Viger
Tri-Tool
Beaconsfield Dental Centre
 
Franklyn Dominguez (couldn't have done it without you)
Robert Holt
Mike Rixon
Ian Lulham
Yanick Martineau
Harold Janes
David Martinez
 
Honda, Kim Moore and Eric Vlasic
Jodi Christie as the Honda mentor
CSBK
Scott McKay
Frank Wood
All the corner workers and medical staff
Steve "Doc" Walker
All the spectators for coming out to support the races
R.A.C.E
Pat Milligan
Neil Cameron
 
All the CBR competitors, especially
Austin Shaw-O'Leary for making the championship go down to the wire and his sportmanship on and off the track
Thomas and Karolina Pelc
Dana "Bugs" and Eric Green
Dawn "White Pipe" and Scott Lingelbach  
 
Bodhi Edie, Devin and Alix
Steven Nickerson, Keith and Christa
Frank Trombino
 
All her family back in Ireland for their encouragement
Mum, Dad and sister Toni
 
Julie would also like to thank Shania Twain for releasing her new song "Today Is Your Day" at the most appropriate time.
 
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