Concord, Ontario (June 5, 2012) - Temperamental Weather Kindles Competition Between Racers
In what should have been, according to dull weather forecasts, the first rainout of the season, the Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycle racers offered spectators a very entertaining race weekend despite the foul weather. Because of the heavy rains, the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Race Association decided to run the contest on the 1/8th mile section of Toronto Motorsport Park, and although the strip was shortened, the competition remained intense as eight Screamin’ Eagle® V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycle racers again fought for contention in the Eastern Series.
Given the inclement weather conditions, hasty qualifying sessions were held and it was Harley’s Hardrock Saloon, Pido Productions Ltd., Jeff Pitre, supported by Trails End Harley-Davidson®, who came out on top of Rocky’s Harley-Davidson® rider, Pete Thomson, earning the Yellowknife rider lane choice in the elimination rounds. After that, it was Chris Fox, of Fox Harley-Davidson®, in third, in a tightly tangled group totalling eight Screamin’ Eagle® V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycles.
Pitre dispatched Thunder Road Harley-Davidson® rider, Paul Guerrieri, in the first round of eliminations with an ET of 5.925 compared to Guerrieri’s 6.184. Chris Fox then faced off against fellow westerner, Jamie Moench, riding for Edge Harley-Davidson®. Moench stumbled badly out of the gate, and Fox romped to a 5.902 ET victory with a top speed of 116.67 mph. Sophomore racer, Ray Philp, continued his rapid improvement with a win over rookie and Edge Harley-Davidson® rider, Dan Ramage, in a very close battle. Philp posted an ET of 6.022, only 0.13 seconds ahead of the hard-charging Ramage. Points leader, Pete Thomson, then took on “Goose” Gosselin who was enjoying his second outing on the V-Rod® Destroyer™ Series. Thomson, the Rocky’s Harley-Davidson®, Dyno Tunes, and Brittania Homes-sponsored eastern points leader, uncorked the best run of the day, an ET of 5.864 and a top speed of 118.20 mph, sending Gosselin to the sidelines.
In round two of eliminations, Ray Philp got the better reaction time against Pitre, but could not make it stick down the stretch. Pitre earned the win at the 1/8th mile mark with an ET of 5.914 against Philp’s 6.012. Thomson then resumed an old familiar battle with Chris Fox, as they lined up together in their elimination round. Fox got the better jump at the start, but again, Thomson held on for the win with the narrowest of margins, with an ET of 5.886, a gap of only 0.023 seconds over Fox, sending Thomson into the finals to once again face off against the Harley’s Hardrock Saloon, Pido Productions Ltd. rider, Jeff Pitre.
With the hectic day coming to an end, Pitre and Thomson once more rolled out to test their mettle, against each other and against the worsening conditions on the track. In a race that everyone thought would be cancelled, Pitre again had his chance to challenge for a win against the cagey Thomson. As the green lights flashed, both riders jumped out to a great start and in one of the closet battles of the weekend, Thomson, in a repeat from the previous weekend, eked out a win over Pitre with an ET of 5.885. Pitre rolled over the finish line only the width of a wheel behind with an ET of 5.905.
Thomson commented after the race, “you know we were only about 20 minutes away from cancelling this whole thing, so I am so glad that we had this window of clear weather to get this race in the books, thanks again to Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada for making all this possible.”
The next event of the CMDRA V-Rod® Destroyers™ National Series will kick off out west this weekend, June 9 and 10, in Edmonton, Alberta, while the eastern series resumes action on June 16 and 17 at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario. For further information on Canadian Drag Racing results, please refer to www.cmdra.com
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