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RACE Superseries Rd 5 - Shannonville, Ontario

posted Sep 12, 2010, 4:05 AM by Statoni Racing   [ updated Sep 12, 2010, 5:21 AM ]
Qualifying: The Long track was used again following the endurance race and Stacey immediately improved her lap time by 2 seconds. Importantly for her she was able to run with the front runners, boosting her confidence. The heat race grid was based on current championship points standings so Stacey started 6th and Toni started in 7th. Stacey got a good start. Will Hornblower made his way to the front and pulled out a small lead. The race was on for second however, with a four way battle between current number one plate holder Loic Viscaillas, Ryan McCormick, Nicole Pilkington and Stacey. Stacey passed Nicole to move up to fourth with one lap remaining but Nicole fought back to regain the position on the last lap. Stacey crossed the line in 5th. The battle for second to fifth was covered by less than 1 second. Stacey had the second fastest lap of the race although the windy conditions meant the lap record was not at risk. Toni had a steady run to finish 8th.
Race: The weather forecast for Sunday called for rain showers. Although the practice sessions in the morning were dry a rain shower arrived during the first races. However, the sun and wind soon dried the track but two races before the CBR race the rain was on again. With the track being very wet Loic and Karolina Pelc changed to full wets. Unlike the PARTS Canada series, RACE is not a spec tire series so full wets are allowed. The rain stopped and the track began to dry again. The race just before the CBR125s was red flagged due to a crash. There was a twenty minute delay allowing the track to continue to dry. But as the race was restarted the sky got darker again. Sure enough as the CBRs went out on their warm up up lap, light rain began to fall. The track still had a drying racing line with damp patches. Stacey got a good start and moved up to third. Will again got to the front and started to pull way. Stacey moved up to third and put the pressure on Loic for second. The rain continued however and the track got wetter. Stacey crashed out on the fastest turn at the end of the straight, fortunately unhurt. Toni had started in 7th and rode a steady race to hold that position. Stacey meantime was down but not out, picking up her bike and making her way back to pit lane. Although she hurt her knee after a brief discussion with her pit crew she decided to rejoin to finish the race and try to gain some championship points. A quick check of the bike and she headed out on track again 2 laps down. Not long after the race was red flagged when leader Will Hornblower also crashed out. The riders made their way back to along to service road and Toni headed to her pit. We were not aware that the racers had to cross the finish line in pit lane to be credited for a finish. There was enough time to redirect Stacey, but Toni had to scramble to get back to the pit lane to cross the line. Still Toni was credited with 6th place and Stacey 7th. One racer was a guest rider so was not eligible for championship points so Toni ended up 5th and Stacey 6th for the points. Loic won the race and Karolina got her first podium for second, both taking full advantage of their full wet tire. Ryan McCormick finished third. Well done Karolina on your first podium finish and to Loic for winning the championship again.
Although Stacey was disappointed to crash out of a podium position, she was very encouraged by her improved pace all weekend and being able to race with the leaders. Due to her gritty finish she gained 10 points and moved up to 6th in the championship. Toni's best result of the year has moved her to joint 8th in the championship.
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 22 A Loic Viscasillas 3 8:42.006 2:32.229 3 95.304
2 91 A Karolina Pelc 3 8:43.075 1.069 2:32.304 3 95.257
3 97 A Ryan McCormick 3 8:44.377 2.371 2:32.824 3 94.933
4 25 A Nicole Pilkington 3 9:04.815 22.809 2:37.389 3 92.179
5 45 A Anissa Burachynsky 2 6:47.726 1 Lap 2:52.026 1 84.336
6 821A Toni Nesbitt 2 6:51.923 4.197 2:54.087 2 83.338
7 316A Stacey Nesbitt 1 3:37.106 2 Laps 2:36.064 1 92.962
Not classified
DNF 89 A Will Hornblower 2 6:01.230 2:29.753 2 96.880