Zoe Karkoulas managed a pair of top 5 finishes in the Sault.
By: Karkoulas Sisters Racing
February 9 2017
Round Two of Snowcross Racing Results in Multiple Top Finishes
Oakwood, Ontario – Karkoulas Sisters Racing (KSR) made the long trek to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to complete in the Highland Ford Can-Am Cup this past weekend. This marked the second race of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) event schedule. After a few weeks off from racing, KSR racers, Brooklyn (age 12), Dakota (age 10), and Zoe (age 7) were eager to get back out on the track. The Yards Events Centre was a smaller, tighter track that certainly tested KSR racers handling and maneuvering of their Bailey Motorsports Ski-Doo 600 and Ski-Doo 600RS snowmobiles. After multiple practice days at The Compound Muskoka in Bracebridge, KSR racers were ready to take on the challenging track!
Although she was feeling a bit under the weather, Zoe insisted on racing both days. She had some fun on her Briggs snowmobile, and gradually became more comfortable each time she raced it. In the Stock 2 race, Zoe pushed her Polaris 120 as hard as she could, and in one moto was sitting in the top 3. Unfortunately she had to maneuver around a roll over which caused her to lose a few positions. At the end of the weekend, Zoe was all smiles holding her plaque and trophy for two top five finishes in Stock 2.
Despite the track being rough and at times causing multiple collisions, Dakota was able to push through that with perseverance and determination. She was smooth and consistent in her riding each and every race. Her highlight of the weekend was earning second place in the Transition Girls class on Sunday, in addition to a third place finish on Saturday. Even after seeing her older sister, Brooklyn #500, go over a high berm, she stayed focused and raced her own race to achieve podium both days in the Transition Girls class. Dakota’s goals for the next Race at Georgian Down’s is to hone in on her starts to afford her a hole shot advantage.
Brooklyn took on this tricky track with vengeance. Going into her second moto of Transition Girls on Saturday, Brooklyn was a little too eager and for the first time in her racing career she jumped the start. The blue flag was waved, so she obeyed the rules and pulled over to allow all racers to pass by. Did this dissuade her? Not a chance! When that last rider passed, Brooklyn pinned her Ski-Doo RS and was more electrified and determined than ever to make up for the lost time. With outstanding lap times she passed each rider one by one right up to the last lap where she incredibly made an inside pass to take top spot and bring out the checkered flag! It was an exhilarating race for not only her but for her proud Mom and Dad, who were watching from the pits.
Brooklyn then raced her Novice B class which was included in the feature program under the lights on Saturday night. With the snow falling, the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge in the background, and Brooklyn’s adrenaline pumping from her last race, she raced her heart out. On her Ski-Doo Sport 600, Brooklyn raced several motos which results in a top five line pick for the final. In the final race, and as the only female racer on the track, Brooklyn was a fierce challenger. She raced right along the top competitors, and just missed the podium with an incredible hard earned fourth place finish.
Between Novice B races, the girls were excited to have the opportunity to watch team members of Bailey Motorsports take the track. Some of the highlights they were able to see included Isaac St.Onge #117 dominating the Sport 600 classes all weekend. Sunday saw Mitchell King #18 shoot off the line and finish fourth at the checkered flag in the Pro Open. Teammate Stale Eggen #799 had top 3 motos and rounded out top five in the same class. Bailey Motorsports was well represented in Pro Lite with Ryan Hunt #729 earning a fourth in the final.
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: To see full results for both KSR & Bailey Motorsports, visit www.snowcross.com/race-results
NEXT RACE: February 18-19, 2017 at Georgian Downs Raceway, Barrie, ON
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