The Karkoulas Sisters Racing Team got off to a good start to the season in Rouyn-Noranda.
By: Karkoulas Sisters Racing
January 17 2017
Top Finishes for Racers at Rouyn-Noranda
Oakwood, Ontario – Racers from across Canada excitedly arrived in Rouyn-Noranda, QC, this past weekend for the International Snowcross Grand Prix. The weekend marked the first event of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) schedule, and drew thousands of fans to the track for fast-paced, ski to ski racing.
Karkoulas Sisters Racing (KSR) racers, Brooklyn (age 12), Dakota (age 10), and Zoe (age 7) arrived Friday night to drop the trailer, go through technical inspection and prepare for early morning practice on Saturday, January 14. Transition practice went well, leaving Brooklyn and Dakota in good spirits and with ample time to catch up with fellow teammates afterwards. Zoe had open practice all day on a small oval track off to the side of the main track. The weekend was brisk and chilly, but this didn’t phrase KSR racers who kept warm in their Off-Road Vixens beanies and Choko Design snowmobile gear.
Sunday was the day racers had been waiting for what seemed like forever. Dark and frosty conditions didn’t stop Zoe #502 from taking her chance to practice on the main track. After several laps in -23 degree Celsius temperature, she still didn’t want to get off the track. Her dedication paid off when she was able to step up onto the podium and receive her third place trophy in the Stock two class. She also secured the sixth spot in her first ever Briggs class. Moments after receiving the award, Zoe eagerly scoured the pits for her idol, pro-racer with Bailey Motorsports, Stale Eggen, finally locating him at an autograph session for fans. The moment she showed him her award was heartwarming, and a true testament to the importance of mentorship in the snowcross industry.
Dakota had a solid season opener. In the Transition Girls class, she bolted off the start on her No. 501 Ski-Doo 600 RS, and was right on Brooklyn’s tail in the moto 1 race. They were 1:2 for a few laps, until Dakota hit a bit too close on the inside edge and went over the berm. She bravely untangled herself from underneath the sled, jumped up and started to rock the 450 pound sled in an attempt to get it trackside down again. Her sheer determination is the foundation of a great racer. Her second moto saw her cross the finish line in third place, with a fourth place overall. In her Transition 8-13 class, she went 6:4 in her moto’s earning her front row final where she secured a ninth place finish.
In her Novice A class she rode hard, and made the front row final, and had a solid race in the main race. The team is awaiting lap times in the main race to confirm final standings.
Brooklyn showed her competitive edge throughout all of her races on Sunday. She had amazing starts and a few solid holeshots, which saw her take the lead in Transition Girls. She finished first in both heats and finished first overall. In the Transition 8-13 race, Brooklyn raced head to head and placed in the top three in both heats, then placed fifth in the final.
This year, Brooklyn wanted some extra seat time so she decided to jump on her sisters Ski-Doo Sport 600, and take it for a rip in the Novice B class. Although it handles very differently than her RS, Brooklyn was still able to go 4:2 in her heats, placing fifth in the final. Congratulations to Brooklyn for leading nine laps, resulting in a donation to the ‘Laps4MD program’ befitting Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
Karkoulas Sisters Racing would like to thank their sponsors and supporters: Bailey Motorsports, Lucas Oil, Off Road Vixens, Backwoods Promotions, Backcountry Motorsports Media, Dayco Products, Stud Boy Traction, Choko Design, Gamma Powersports, Zoan Helmets and Dragon Goggles.
RESULTS: For official race results, visit www.snowcross.com/race-results
NEXT RACE: January 28-29, 2017 at Georgian Downs Raceway, Innisfil, ON
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WEBSITE: For more information about KSR, visit www.KRacing.ca